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Outreach Projects

Ministry Partnerships for 2019

Salvadoran Medical Mission

We partner with this United Methodist ministry as local physicians

from our area provide medical assistance in remote villages, provide

for a year round nurse and share the Good News so new churches

can be opened in El Salvador. We are able to provide needed

medicines for 10% of their original cost.

NACCC

As part of our national association of Congregational Christian

Churches we participate in shared ministries of the NACCC. This

includes an administrative commitment as well as ministry and

missional work in the United States and around the world.

Mision Peniel

We are joint partners with the Peace River Presbytery, Presbyterian

Church, USA in their ministry of service, providing food, clothing and

emergency support to the farm workers in Immokalee, Florida. From

time to time we volunteer on location.

Global Sports Partners

We partner with John Amabile to provide food, grain and assistance

to children living on Negros Island in the Philippines.

Builders without Borders

This Fort Myers based effort provides structures and support for

missionaries in the third world. All our contributions go toward

building materials.

Edison Park Elementary School

Our giving is the major source of funds used by the teachers of our

neighborhood school to help the neediest students and their families

throughout the school year.

South Fort Myers Food Pantry Coalition

We are a member church of this coalition and provide volunteers who

also serve. The pantry is hosted on the campus of Cypress Lake

Presbyterian Church and the pantry is part of the Harry Chapin Food

Bank System here in Lee County. We are stopping hunger one

grocery cart at a time.

Nations Association Charities

Operating here in Fort Myers since 1978, Nations now focuses its

ministry on providing programs that transform at-risk youth into

Points of Light in our community.

Operation INASMUCH

A small group of downtown churches here in Fort Myers plan and

carry out a day of service to the many needy in our community. Our

church gathers goods, provides volunteers and is one of the largest

financial supporter of the project.

Church World Service

We help send love through the purchase of blankets. CWS provides

blankets and other emergency supplies in the wake of disasters.

Military Support Program

Sponsored by Lee Memorial Health System this non-profit effort

assist local troops and their families while deployed and all veterans

returning home to Lee County. A strong focus is placed on our

homeless veterans.

One Great Hour Of Sharing & Disaster &

Recovery Ministries

An umbrella of assistance for folks whose lives have been impacted

by Disaster. Short-term and long-term recovery effort are ongoing: in

the Midwest Flooding; with the folks hit by Cyclone Idai; in Zimbabwe

and Mozambique; with the continued cleanup and long-term recovery

of Hurricane Michael & Hurricane Florence; also with rebuilds related

to the devastation of Typhoon Mangkhut, Indonesia Quake &

Tsunami, the Haiti Earthquake and the 2018 California Wildfires. This

is a ministry of the United Church of Christ and they work alongside

nine other church groups. http://www.ucc.org/disaster & http://

onegreathourofsharing.org/about-us/

Our Own Acts of Kindness

Thorough these funds we attempt to help individuals as needs arise.

It might be a full tank of gas so folks can get to work or the doctors.

It might be a gift card to Publix. It might be a small assistance with

lights or water. It might be gift cards to local restaurants. The help is

only to be temporary and is always accompanied with prayers and a

list of other options for help in Lee County.

Heifer International

Cathy’s Place Kids are collecting money to purchase a sheep for a

community abroad. The rest of the TAECC family will help them out

to reach their goal. CELEBRATING 75 YEARS of working with

communities to end world hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.

BY TRAINING PEOPLE IN SUSTAINABLE FARMING. BY HELPING

FARMERS GAIN ACCESS TO THE MARKET. BY EMPOWERING

WOMEN. https://www.heifer.org/about-heifer/index.html

ACT — ABUSE, COUNSELING & TREATMENT

offers our 24-hour hotline, 3 safe shelters, children's program,

counseling, (both individual and group), economic empowerment

program which includes financial and health literacy, life skills

education, job skills evaluation and training along with GED

assistance and ESOL. The non-residential outreach program we

provide long-term counseling, therapy and support, economic

empowerment services, a rape crisis center where we do the forensic

examinations, advocacy department that provides advocacy through

the judicial system, and a legal program for Injunctions for Protection.

We have been providing all the programs and services for over 40

years in Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties. We are here for you. All

services provided to victims of domestic violence and their children

and survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and human

trafficking are available free of charge. http://www.actabuse.com

 

FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL BAND

We are initiating a partnership with band members and our church to

offer scholarship money and as an invitation for these students to

share musical gifts with us that would be incorporated into our

worship services. Our desire is to start this program in the fall.

 

Campolo Center for Ministry

The Campolo Center will: Tap into Tony Campolo’s 50 years of

inspiring young people to ministry; Equip local churches to identify

promising talent; Help those young people fulfill their call to ministry

with scholarships and training. http://campolocenter.org

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LAST YEAR WE shared $33,080.00 with 14

different Ministry Partners. This year we have some

familiar partners and some new partnerships that

we are engaging with for 2019. None of this is

possible without God’s generosity and our desire to

be generous with what God has given us.

TAECC will always go beyond the general effort to

have more than a money only relationship with

these partners. We talk with them often and we are

always praying for them as they offer justice and

show kindness in the footprint they call their mission

field and ministry. We are also always seeking new

innovative and inclusive ministry partnerships. If you

have an idea for us to explore let us know and we

will engage a holy and transparent conversation

with them to see how their values and our mission

as a congregation meet up.

Thank you for your generous heart and thank you

that you are spending this time of your life and your

spiritual journey with Thomas Edison

Congregational church.

Blest be the tie that binds

Our hearts in Christian love;

The fellowship of kindred minds

Is like to that above.

2019 TAECC Lenten/Advent

Benevolence Appeal Team

& Pastor Jim

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