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.
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.
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
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.
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
One Great Hour Of Sharing & Disaster &
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://
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.
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
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
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
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