Over and over again, scripture calls us to "bear one another's burdens" (Galatians 6:2) and "provoke one another to bold acts of love" (Hebrews 10:24), for "faith without deeds is dead" (James 2:26).
At Federated Church, there are many different ways we empower our community to love our neighbors: from acts of service and generosity to acts of compassion and justice.
Through our highly regarded Preschool Ministry, we empower you to support a safe, stable, and creative play-based pre-K learning envrionment that reflects the rich diversity of our world as we help grow compassionate, successful, justice-oriented children. (Learn more here!)
Through our partnership with the DeKalb County Community Gardens and their Grow Mobile, we empower you to volunteer by distributing groceries each month as we help ensure that our neighbors have the essentials they need.
When the shutdowns were first implemented in response to the covid-19 pandemic and many of our neighbors were fired or furloughed amidst the chaos and uncertainty, we initiatied an emergency community relief fund, and we empowered our community to "pay forward" all or part of their stimulus checks.
Through partnerships with trusted community leaders and social workers, we raised and distributed nearly $20,000 to help our hardest-hit neighbors with: emergency rental assistance, utility bills, groceries and crushing medical bills; together, we made 30 distributions to help neighbors find safety and stability as they fled domestic violence, struggled to feed and support their children, and were threatened with losing their housing. (Read Pastor Eric's annual report on this ministry here)
Through our Backpack Ministry, we partner with trusted DeKalb County agencies such as Safe Passage, Hope Haven, and the Salvation Army to empower you to help students obtain the supplies needed to thrive. Over the years, this ministry has helped hundreds of youth throughout the county in need of financial assistance to shape their destiny!
There are also several annual fundraisers at which you can volunteer, which raise funds to support a variety of ministries and area non-profits: from our annual Thrift Sale each spring with an array of used household goods and clothing; to our much-loved Sue Lyon Book Sale each June, providing hundreds of affordable used adult, youth and children's books; to our Drive-Thru Pork Chop Dinner each fall.
As a church committed to putting faith into action, we are always open to new ideas, partnerships, and opportunities that empower people to give back and serve the community. We would love nothing more than to hear your ideas and help them grow from possibility into reality—so join us as together we seek to change the world!