At Grace, we believe that God created each of us to fight for something bigger than ourselves. For a cause. Not to just support a cause, but to be a cause.
The purpose of the [MY]CAUSE campaign is to showcase those in our church who have done just that by partnering with or creating their own organizations to fight for their cause. The causes listed on this page are not necessarily funded or sponsored by Grace Community Church. [MY]CAUSE is simply a way for those at GCC to spread the word about causes they are passionate about.
The last Sunday of each month in 2014, we will spotlight a cause, if you would like a chance to be included in the [MY]CAUSE spotlight, fill out the application here.
April Spotlight: The Food Initiative
The Food Initiative is a farm to table garden program that is growing a lot more than just food. The Food Initiative works with high school students from all over the community from all different types of backgrounds. These students are not only learning about gardening but also learning about serving the community, working with people who are different than themselves, how to communicate effectively, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. The food that is produced through these programs is sold at the local market as well as donated to local organizations to help the hungry. This time of year while the youth are in school, TFI needs volunteers to help plant and ready the garden for the summer. They can use both individual volunteers and community groups. You can also help by telling others the story of TFI and by visiting the their booth at the Downtown Market over the summer. You can visit thefoodinitiative.org and like the The Food Initiative page on Facebook to stay up to date on how you can help!
They have Community Dig Days coming up on April 12th, April 19th, May 3rd & May 17th and they need your help. Sign up to volunteer for those days HERE.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat of Montgomery County has partnered with 81 qualified applicants who invest sweat equity into building simple, decent and affordable housing to achieve homeownership through a twenty year , zero interest mortgage. Habitat collaborates with faith, civic, and business organizations who envision neighborhood revitalization through new home construction. Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide.
The ReStore location collects appliances, cabinets, countertops, doors, electrical, flooring, furniture, hardware, insulation, lighting, lumber, paint, plumbing, roofing, tools and windows.
It also hosts a program called "Cans for Homes." This is a youth recycling project where youth from different churches and clubs help collect: Soda cans, clothes, shoes, linens, blankets and purses. The funds raised from that will help build Clarksville's first can home.
To find out how you can partner with them to make a difference in Clarksville, email firstname.lastname@example.org and
follow them on social media by clicking the links below:
Montgomery Country Habitat chapter
Cans for Homes - Recycling Program
Habitat is hosting a Family Friendly 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on April 19th, find out more HERE
This ministry founded by 12 year old Mallory Fundora, who attends Grace Community, has a motto of "Be the Change You Want to See in the World". Mallory has done just that as she has worked to provide food, medicine and education for children in Uganda as well as employment opportunities and mentoring for the adults. Working with organizations on the ground in Uganda, Project Yesu is forming partnerships and creating opportunities for permanent change. She has traveled to Uganda & continues to raise support to help the people of Uganda. Mallory plans to return to Uganda annually to strengthen her relationships, see the effects of her work, meet with existing partnerships and work to establish new partnerships.
www.projectyesu.org, you can also find Project Yesu on Facebook www.facebook.com/projectyesu
Good News Club
The Good News Club is a one-afternoon a week Bible club held in public elementary schools all over the USA. Several clubs exist in Clarksville and the surrounding areas. Grace is sponsoring the Good News Club at Burt Elementary School, each Thursday afternoon during the school year, but we cannot do this club without YOU!
We need volunteers. No experience necessary. All training and ongoing support is provided. Lauren Kent is the team leader. She can be contacted at: 931-216-7067 or email@example.com.
In a time when most children don't get to go to church at all, we have an awesome opportunity to take Jesus to them! The Good News Club is a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship, an interdenominational ministry to children since 1937. www.ReachingKidsForJesus.com
On June 21, 2014, two members from Grace, David and Kelly Blevins are leading a 10 day mission trip to Ethiopia. While in Ethiopia, we will be visiting some of the poorest villages in the world...communities filled with people who are considered outcasts. The people there are desperate to know that they are loved, needed and valued by others, so our main focus of this trip will be serving them through acts of love. Jesus tells us over and over again to love one another, to love in deed and truth, and that His greatest commandment is love.
Each day will be busy but the joy that you will experience is indescribable.There are a limited number of spots available! For more information contact Kelly Blevins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you ready to come to Ethiopia and be the hands and feet of Jesus with us? It will not only change their lives, but it will change yours!
A "second chance" ministry for those currently in jail or prison, those recently released, or for those affected by the incarceration of a loved one.
Mission of Fringe: To offer grace, love and guidance through Christian mentoring to achieve successful reintegration into family and career life, as well as spiritual growth.
Vision of Fringe: We seek to be a bridge for those who are starting over after incarceration, welcoming them into our church home and helping them, through mentoring, to have a solid opportunity for success. We also desire to offer spiritual support to their families during and after the incarceration.
Other Ways to get involved:
- Pen Pal Program: Send letters and cards that are spiritually uplifting
- Jailhouse Socks: Sponsor a starter bag of clothing, linens and 3 Christian books.
- Mentoring: Visit with 1 inmate once a week for 30 minutes (visits are via phone conference, not face-to-face), following the PAUL model: Prayer, Accountability, Unconditional Love, and Listening.
Project GG (God's Grace)
Project GG is a ministry that supports Samaritan’s Purse World Medical Mission. Their desire is to provide opportunities to introduce people to Jesus by providing quality healthcare. But they need our help. All over the world, especially in Third World countries, doctors are overworked, medical equipment is broken, and supplies are running out.
Project GG is able to help by collecting the following:
Bandages, Gauze, Blood Pressure Kits, Breathing Machines, Slings, Thermometers, Unopened OTC medicines, Neosporin, Neosporin, Ace Bandages, Rubbing Alcohol, Peroxide, Crutches, Walkers, Canes, Wheelchairs and other Medical Supplies & Equipment.
If you would like to partner with other Grace attenders in supporting this effort, please email ProjectGGMinistry@gmail.com .
Relove Haiti is a ministry founded by Zac Gillman who attends Grace Community. Their mission, as an organization, is to continually search for more opportunities for the rising generation of Clarksville, Tennessee to make an impact in our world. They hold an annual 5K race and benefit concert to raise funds and awareness for their cause. For more information, check out their website here or email email@example.com.
Mladi Zivot - From Clarksville to Croatia
17 year old, Kayla Mihalinec attends Grace Community and has a dream of beginning a Young Life group in Croatia. Her family is originally from that country & she is partnering with Young Life of Clarksville to take a trip there to begin the effort. She is looking for youth in 9th-12th grade that would be interested in traveling to Croatia and help with projects such as building playgrounds for low income communities, teaching English, & teaching kids about Jesus. In 2014, we want to take a few teens that want to experience a part of the world that is untouched with ministries/missions. To find out more about her cause, check out her FB page here or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
S.T.E.P.S. Project School Tools that Empower & Promote Success
This is a ministry started by 14 year old Alexis Mihalinec who attends Grace Community. God has laid it upon her heart to collect school supplies for kids whose parents struggle to provide supplies for them at the start of each school year. Her goal is to help our church's global and local ministries such as: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Byrns Darden Elementary, Relove Haiti, Manna Cafe and more. They are currently collecting supplies to find out what supplies are needed & how you can support this ministry, check out this page. Also find out more on it's FB page HERE or visit their website HERE.
Hope for Healing - Hope Pregnancy Center
It is estimated that as many as 43% of women will have one or more abortions. Many are unprepared for the emotional and spiritual consequences. Often, decades later, they still think about that experience with regret... every day. If you or someone you love is struggling with the pain associated with a past abortion, you don't have to suffer in silence. There is Hope for Healing.
Hope for Healing is an abortion-recovery program offered through Hope Pregnancy Center. Using a powerful Bible study, participants are able to experience true healing and restoration for what often feels like an unforgivable mistake. Group and one-on-one opportunities available for women, as well as men. All inquiries are confidential. Call the Hope Pregnancy Center at 931-645-2273 or email Jennifer at JT.HopeForHealing@gmail.com.
Here's a few organizations that our GCC Staff is passionate about:
Abolition International combats sex trafficking through accreditation, education, and restoration. Through their efforts, they seek to create a growing community of abolitionists, grassroots organizations, & aftercare programs around the world working together to bring freedom to the survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation. For more info, go to abolitioninternational.org
Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. They distribute the shoes, free of charge, to people in need around the world.
Grace has partnered with Soles4Souls to be a regional collection spot for shoes, there is a large collection bin in the parking lot of our office building located at 1716 Memorial Drive. This makes it even easier for individuals like you to donate your shoes and help those in need around the world. For more info on Soles4Souls ministry, click HERE.
Mercy Ministries’ free-of-charge, voluntary, faith-based residential program serves young women from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages 13-28, who face a combination of life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy also serves young women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking. Using proven methods, a holistic approach and professional counselors in a structured residential environment, Mercy has helped thousands of young women be restored to wholeness. Mercy’s goal is to help these young women find freedom from their issues and empower them to serve in their communities as productive citizens. For more info, go to mercyministries.org
Blood:Water Mission is a grassroots organization that empowers communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. The purpose of Blood:Water Mission projects are to "empower communities to fight against..." Rather than providing a hand-out, which inevitably leads to dependency and failed projects, we seek to transform communities from the inside out, enabling them to be the agents of change within their own context. For more info, go to bloodwatermission.com