Jesus actually set the example to touch people were they live. We are merely trying to follow that example. We build relationships by reaching out to the people in our community.
AFRICA OASIS PROJECT - Assemblies of God World Missions/Africa has launched a major effort to respond to Africa's critical need for safe and available water. The Africa Oasis Project is focused on providing appropriate solutions based on recognized best practice methods. The range of responses to local situations includes deep-water wells, sanitation training for maintaining water in sanitary conditions once gathered, rainwater harvesting and storage, irrigation, and sewage management. Their mission is to reflect the compassionate nature of Christ by alleviating the suffering of those impacted by unsafe or inadequate water. Digging our 5th fresh-water well in southeastern Africa has become a reality.
ARNOLD FOOD PANTRY - We, at Grace Union Church, are assisting the Arnold Food Pantry to donate much-needed supplies to those affected by the recent flooding which has impacted our community.
BLOOD DRIVE - Several times each year we partner with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center helping save lives through the Grace Union Blood Drive.
FEED MY PEOPLE - Grace Union Church partners with this Christian inter-denominational organization, striving to show God's love and compassion to all His people, but particularly to His people in need. Here is our monthly collection schedule:
Paper household products
Canned and boxed foods
Canned and boxed foods
Holiday foods and supplies
FINDING LIFE IN PRISON - Partnering with Prison Fellowship to bring the light of Jesus to those who have hit bottom. When ministering to prisoners with the Gospel, we follow a path marked out for us by Christ, who freely offered salvation to whomever would recognize their need.
H.E.R.O.E.S. Care - "Homefront Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support" We're assisting H.E.R.O.E.S. Care's support for deployed military members and their families by providing care and comfort boxes.
MISSION TRIPS - Our youth is fully engaged and work first-hand in transforming lives through the Gospel; providing love, compassion, healing, and hope. Several of our trips have included:
+ Mission of Hope/Haiti + Jamaica + South Africa
OASIS INTERNATIONAL - The love and care of God through ministering to refugees of war-torn countries in need in the St. Louis area.
+ Bar-B-Q Outreach at South Bevo Mill park + Box Fan Drive + Furniture Drive + Winter blankets, coats, gloves, scarfs and hats
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD - Through the Samaritan's Purse International Relief organization, Operation Christmas Child delivers simple shoe box gifts for children throughout the world. Each year, we not only collect and assemble the boxes of gifts; we support several of our church family members making the trip to Boone, North Carolina, to help sort the gift boxes for world-wide distribution.
OPERATION HONOR - This is our ministry to our local Law Enforcement (specifically the St. Louis County's 4th Precinct). Our ministry includes the following events:
+ Breakfast With Santa + Car Wash + Breakfast With The Easter Bunny + Thanksgiving Meals + Summer Barbecue + National Police Week
ST. LOUIS FOOD BANK - Stamp Out Hunger is an annual event that takes place across the nation on the second Saturday in May. Each year, we participate in this event unpacking and sorting at the distribution center in Bridgeton.
TRUNK OR TREAT - This is a Halloween-alternative event, held annually on the Grace Union parking lot where we "decorate" the trunks of our cars and pass out treats. We extend a "trunk or treat" invitation to our neighborhood families and provide a "trick-or-treat" alternative in a safe family environment.