CROP Hunger Walk • Sunday, September 241:30 p.m. Registration|2:00 p.m. Start TimeRegister OnlineEach year, neighbors walk together to take a stand against hunger in our world. Together we raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as local organizations. *CROP stands for Community Response to Overcome Poverty. Walkers from Birmingham and Bloomfield churches follow routes of 1.5, 3 or 5 miles beginning at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham and ending at First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.
A message from our coordinators: Please go that extra mile this year and ask a few friends or neighbors to sponsor you and help increase the Kirk footprint of caring. We must continue this amazing tradition of coming together as a congregation—young and old—to end hunger, one step at a time. Pick up a walker envelope at coffee hour each Sunday beginning on August 25. Sign up to join the Kirk team and collect/request online donations here.
If you have any questions, please email Bob Heuer at email@example.com, or Bobi Tallinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*CROP Hunger Walk is a program of Church World Services (CWS). Founded in 1946, Church World Services is a cooperative ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations, providing sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance in some 80 countries.
Baldwin CenterOn the second Thursday of each month, six Kirk volunteers are needed to help serve dinner to the children and families at Baldwin Center from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Contact Glenda Herb at email@example.com with questions.Sign Up Here
On the third Tuesday each month (except June, July and August), 4–6 Kirk volunteers are needed to prepare and serve dinner to about 20–25 people at CARE House. Dinner is served from 5:30–6:00 p.m., but you can arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. and use their kitchen, or prepare the meal ahead of time at home. By serving, you are helping children who are victims of child abuse. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Waldo at firstname.lastname@example.org.Sign Up Here
Rebuilding Together–Oakland County • 2018 Date TBAKirk volunteers are needed each spring to partner with Rebuilding Together–Oakland County! In 2017, we assisted two elderly homeowners in Pontiac with some basic home repairs. If you're handy at home, know the business end of a hammer, paint brush or garden rake, you're qualified! Watch for announcements in early 2018 and help us make homes more livable for homeowners in need.For more information, please contact Bobi Tallinger at (248) 229-6201, or Gary Gallo at (412) 736-0838 or email@example.com.
South Oakland Shelter • May 13–20, 2018
Breaking the cycle of homelessness—that is the vital mission of the South Oakland Shelter (SOS). For eight consecutive years, Kirk in the Hills has participated with more than 60 congregations in this amazing and wonderful ministry. SOS provides temporary shelter for over 300 families and individuals each year, along with supportive programs and resources such as career building, rapid re-housing, job readiness and skills to prepare for employment, financial literacy, self care and nutritional planning. They have a food pantry, clothing closet and even teach Yoga techniques to alleviate stress.
Our week to host SOS guests traditionally begins on the Sunday of Mother's Day. In past years, Kirk volunteers have housed, fed, transported and cared for approximately 30 men, women and children in a variety of ways. They delivered beds, drove people to and from work, cooked for the families, washed laundry, performed clean-up duties, served as evening hosts, and some stayed the night.
For more information about volunteering with SOS, please contact Jessica Behenna at (248) 973-8001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foster Care Ministry
The foster care system provides placement and supervision for children who are temporary or permanent wards of the state, including children who cannot remain at home because their parents are unable to provide minimal care and supervision. Foster care children may live with their foster care family or if one is not found, they may reside temporarily in an institution such as Children's Village; after the age of 18, they must leave foster care, and many become homeless. Learn how to get involved with the Kirk Foster Care Ministry
For more information, please contact Jessica Behenna at (248) 973-8001 or email@example.com.
Life Remodeled • October 1–6, 2018 Watch for Online Registration in mid-2018!Life Remodeled Video
Once again in 2018, the Kirk will form teams of volunteers for Life Remodeled week. Life Remodeled is a Detroit-based nonprofit that invests approximately $5 million in cash, labor, and materials into one Detroit neighborhood each year. Projects are determined by the community's needs and vision.
Life Remodeled partners assist in three areas:• Remodeling a school or other community asset• Repairing owner-occupied homes• Mobilizing 10,000 volunteers to clean up 300 city blocks in six daysEvery phase is about people transformation—those served and those who are serving.
Two Pound Challenge
Please remember to bring two pounds of fresh produce with you to church every week! Donations may be placed in Heritage Hall during the coffee hour, or at the collection table on the front patio during the summer coffee hour. The produce is delivered to Baldwin Center to help feed the needy.
Pick up a new Two Pound Challenge bag at coffee hour on Sunday to transport your produce from the grocery store and/or your garden to the Kirk on Sundays!
A variety of items (clothing, baby items, games, books, cleaning supplies, socks, underwear, gloves, mittens) are collected year-round. Donations are collected in the mission hampers located in the entry to Heritage Hall, the refectory foyer, or the Tower of the Apostles near the sanctuary.