Diaconal Ministries

Service Deacons
Mike Cuffle – Chair – mcuffle911@gmail.com
Peter Boldenow – Liaison to Friends In Deed
Cathy Green – Liaison to CAP and Social Justice Committee
Neal Kessler – Liaison to Emmanuel House and Family Life Services
Matt Admiraal – Liaison to Habitat for Humanity
Phil Palmbos – Liaison to Hope Clinic

Service Volunteer Opportunities – Online Form…

Diaconal News and Events…

 

Each year our congregation designates a portion of our budget for helping those in need. The support goes to Community Ministries and Church Ministries.

 

Community Ministries
The following are brief descriptions of the community agencies that we currently support.

Community Assistance Program (CAP)
CAP is an agency located in inner city Detroit that provides financial assistance, food, and clothing to individuals and families who are in need. AACRC members Mark Doorlag, and Matt Admiraal are currently serving on the board of directors.
-CAP Closet – Donate your good used clothing
-Thanksgiving Day Meals
-Spring Produce Run
-Food Collection

Emmanuel House
Emmanuel House is facility that provides free housing for elderly residents of Washtenaw County who do not have other options. All services are provided for free by volunteer staff. The home has been established to uphold the value and dignity of long life as bestowed by God.
Emmanuel House…

Friends In Deed (FID)
Friends In Deed (FID) is an inter-faith volunteer organization that provides for needs of Washtenaw County residents that are not being met by other human service agencies. FID provides information, referral and screening services to congregations and agencies as well as resources to people in need.
-Furniture pickup and delivery
Friends In Deed…
Phone: 734.484.4357
Contact Person: Sarah Thornburg

Habitat for Humanity-Huron Valley
Habitat for Humanity-Huron Valley brings families and communities in need together with volunteers and resources to build and remodel decent, affordable housing. Homeowners contribute “sweat equity” and house payments are recycled to build and remodel additional houses. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization and welcomes volunteers from all faiths who have committed to Habitat for Humanity’s goal of eliminating poverty housing. Our church, along with other area churches and individuals, have contributed money to fund the building and remodeling of houses and many of our members donate time to complete construction.
Habitat for Humanity-Huron Valley…
Phone: 734.677.1558 ext 110
Contact Person: Carmen Yearby

Hope Clinic
Hope Clinic is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian medical and social service organization. Its goal is to provide compassionate and practical help to those in need, ministering to the whole person. This includes providing comprehensive health and dental care and a range of other services aimed either at meeting basic needs or equipping people with the tools needed to improve the quality of their lives and/or to become self sufficient.
Hope Clinic…
Phone: 734.485.5595
Contact Person: Jim Gajewski

Pregnancy Counseling Center (Family Life Services)
Pregnancy Counseling Center (Family Life Services) is an interdenominational Christian ministry that offers support to women during and after their pregnancies, post abortion counseling, mentoring for new moms, and sexual integrity instruction.
Activities:
-Baby Bottle Boomerang – A fund raiser where participants are asked to save their loose change in the bottles for two weeks.
Pregnancy Counseling Center…

 

Church Ministries – Benevolence
Church Ministries are the services provided to AACRC members and attendees.
-Tuition Assistance
-Coordinating volunteers for moving, temporary housing, transportation, yard work, cleaning and household chores, small appliance repair, and ….
-Addressing physical and financial needs of members and attendees
-Scheduling special offerings
-Collecting food, books, and other supplies for local organizations like: CRI, Food Gatherers, FID, …
-Help with benevolence activities initiated by members: Rotating Shelter, Ghana Well Project, Social Justice Committee, …
-Housing for Families of Patients of University of Michigan Hospitals