Missions & Outreach
Extra Step Missions
St Paul’s Mission Outreach & Extra Steps
Seeking to Know, Grow In, and Show the Ways of Jesus
Acts 1:8 “...and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
January Extra Step - God Cares
God Cares Ministry is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization. Incorporated in 2010, it is staffed entirely by volunteers from the Warrenton area. Its mission is to assist homeless veterans, as well as non-veterans, in finding employment. Temporary shelter, food and clothes are provided to those in need. According to God Cares Ministry President, Kia Phillips, "We help others to help themselves." Services are provided free to the needy in Warren, Lincoln and Montgomery counties. Cash donations are especially needed and can be sent to: PO Box 309, Warrenton, MO 63383. For more information, contact Kia Phillips at 636-697-7620 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit them on the web: www.godcaresministry.com/
February Extra Step - One Great Hour of Sharing
A mission offering carrying God's message of love & hope to people in more than 80 countries, working with international partners to provide clean water, food, education, health care, small business micro-credit, emergency relief, & advocacy and resettlement for refugees & displaced persons
OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness & response as well as development initiatives, including support for 6 missionaries working in health care, education & agricultural development.
Visit them on the web: http://onegreathourofsharing.org)
March Extra Step - Shannondale Community Center
Shannondale Community Center is a Mission serving the spiritual, educational, and economic needs of Shannon County (one of the poorest counties in the state of Missouri). Shannondale also encompasses the Bucher Memorial Tree Farm, the oldest continuing tree farm in the state of Missouri. The tree farm illustrates a continuing commitment to God’s land and its resources. Shannondale provides varied lodging arrangements for families and groups on service projects, work camps or retreats.
Visit them on the web: www.missourimidsouth.org#!shannondale
April Extra Step - Turning Point Mission
Turning Point was founded to provide shelter and services for victims of domestic violence. Recently adding
sexual assault victims, Turning Point believes in the right of all people to live free from violence. Turning
Point seeks to reduce the incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault and the devastating effect it has
on the lives of the victim and her children. Turning Point strives to provide a safe haven and services for
victims and educate the general public.
Turning Point shelters 75 women and 100 children annually, providing them with over 280 bed nights. Services
are not limited to residents of the shelter, or women. Ninety-nine additional families were assisted with legal
issues, case management and referrals in 2007. Part of the shelter staff's salary is paid by a Department of
Public Safety Grant. Turning Point has four full-time and five part-time employees. An on-site Licensed
Counselor's services were added in 1999.
An annex building, funded by a Community Development Block Grant was completed in 2002. It enables
Turning Point to provide a location for victims to meet with attorneys, counselors, clergy, law enforcement
and Family Services. The confidentiality of the victim is much easier to maintain.
An 800 number is maintained 24 hours a day/7 days a week for victims’ convenience and safety. This number
does not appear on their telephone bill.
May Extra Step - Strengthen the Church (UCC)
A special mission offering to reimagine and build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard.
June Extra Step - Camp Fund (Shannondale and MO Val)
These camps provide and insure a safe and enjoyable stay for all campers in their ministry. All monies donated this month will go toward supporting these camps.
July Extra Step - Eden Seminary
Eden Theological Seminary is a graduate school preparing women and men for ordained Christian ministry. One of the six seminaries of the United Church of Christ, Eden is a community that seeks God’s justice and peace in the world. Eden is welcoming, inclusive, and ecumenically diverse.
August Extra Step - Neighborhood Houses
Neighborhood Houses was born as a settlement house in 1913, and over the years, has offered a wide variety of programs and services to children and families in need. Today they focus on three core services, all designed to strengthen children and families, helping them to reach their own magnificent potential.
September Extra Step - Neighbors In Need
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the U.S. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the Neighbors in Need offering.
October Extra Step - Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) gives gift-filled shoe boxes and gospel booklets to children in desperate situations around the world, some of whom are refugees of civil war, while others are survivors of a natural disaster or victims of extreme poverty. Visit them on their website: www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
November Extra Step - Pregnancy Assistance Center
Because of your generosity, local needy families will be receiving help at Christmas from the Pregnancy Assistance Center. Many of these families have children with physical impairments. Ornaments with suggested needed items will be displayed on the tree in the lobby. Consider making a contribution of one or more items to help these families in need.
Please return your donations with the ornament attached by Sunday, December 10th. You may return your contributions wrapped or unwrapped.
December Extra Step - Veterans of the Cross Ministry
“We Have Come to Bear the Light of Christ.” For 112 years, the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund—one of four special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ—have been a way in which we, as members of the United Church of Christ and the predecessor denominations from which our denomination was born, share the light and love of Jesus Christ to those who have so faithfully and selflessly served, and who now find themselves facing unforeseen financial crises.