On February 15, 2015, Kenneth Winfield froze to death on the streets of Louisville. Before he died, Kenneth was a regular visitor to the St. John's Shelter for Men, a ministry that provides care and direction for homeless men. Upon hearing that story, First Christian Church member Sandy Selby felt the call to get more involved at St. John's. After visiting the center and talking with the staff, she decided to apply for a wholeness ministry grant to help provide coffee for t
According to Ty Anderson, co-president of St. Stephen Bulldogs Football and Cheer, their youth sports program is about much more than football and cheerleading alone. It is about helping young inner-city boys and girls learn about healthy life choices, hard work, and achieving goals in life. Run by volunteers, the program does everything it can to keep the experience affordable; however, football equipment, league fees, and other costs add up. Without additional support, the
Andrea Ragsdale first went to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2008 - in only a week she fell in love with the island and the people who lived there. Before she left, she told her GO Ministries Team Facilitator, "I'll be back!" Little did she know that summer of 2015 God would call her to serve on the island while she was leading a High School Youth Mission Trip. Andrea moved to Santiago, Dominican Republic in May 2016 to serve as the Director of Internships for GO Min
For a second year in a row, First Christian Church has provided financial support for a vital prison ministry. New Life in Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a faith community affiliated with Mission Behind Bars and Beyond. It is located at the Dismas House Charities' Dierson House - a woman's halfway house in Louisville, Kentucky. Weekly Bible studies, life skills classes, mission projects and worship services are conducted by the church.
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Sometimes you just need a champion in your corner! Shiny Varghese, the Family Advocate at Eastern Area Community Ministries (EACM) is that champion for families in Northeast Jefferson County. Through her work with the Family Empowerment Program, she is helping families move toward greater financial independency. Many families don’t realize that they already have the assets and ability to make positive changes in their lives that can lead to greater stability. Shiny takes t
As part of our efforts to build bridges of peace with our Muslim neighbors, an FCC Wholeness Grant was given to help provide a sheep for a local Volunteers of America Center meal program. Our grant, along with a gift given by the Turkish Muslim Community, allowed us to serve a meal to the center’s residents and clients who are part of their Family Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Program. You can find out more about the Volunteers of America at their web-site.
Teenage members of the LGBTQ+ community face many struggles as they seek to find their way in life. These struggles often lead to adverse, even dangerous situations and realities. The effects of these challenges often result in lower GPAs, higher drop out and suicide rates, isolation, eating disorders, substance abuse, and higher risk-taking activities, to name a few. Unfortunately, many LGBTQ+ teens are left to face these challenges alone, some even being abandoned by famil
Through his volunteer work at My Dog Eats First, church member Joseph Bianca found an opportunity to provide healing to an often overlooked aspect of being homeless - the care and provision of deeply loved pets. My Dog Eats First is a ministry that provides pet food, supplies, basic vaccinations and spay/neuter services for the pets of the homeless and underserved within our community. The support provided by My Dog Eats First is done in a judgment free environment for indivi
The SAGES (Sensational Adults Going Everywhere!) is a group of over fifty members and friends of First Christian Church of Louisville ages 55 and up that engage regularly in fellowship. Each month this group of senior adults gets together to share their blessings and burdens with one another around food, fun, and lots of laughter! Part of that group is made up of individuals on a fixed income. When that is the case, it can be hard to find the budget for outings like lunch an
On February 7, 2016, children of First Christian Church and their families gathered after the 11am service and put together care items for the homeless in Louisville. The items included: Socks Hand and Foot warmers Lip Balm Tylenol Packs Cough Drops Cleansing Wipes Tissue Packs Toilet Paper Emergency Blankets Equally important to the items above, were handmade message of love and encouragement attached to each item given out as well as the prayers of blessing said over them a