Our congregation supports both local and global outreach. Here is a short description of some of the programs we support.
St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village: They provide emergency support to the community since 1984. We provide both financial aid through our mission offerings, food donations and a Christmas Mug campaign.
Food bank homepage
Hope Mission: Hope Mission started as a soup kitchen in 1929 and has grown into a “not-for-profit Christian social care agency caring for impoverished and homeless men, women and children in Alberta.”
Hope Mission currently offers Meals and Critical care, Addiction Recovery and Spiritual Care, Shelter and Housing as well as Kids and Youth Outreach. Daily, they serve over 1000 meals and provide shelter for over 500 people. Hope Mission also collects donated items for their Hope Bargain Shoppe. You can see more about what they do and offer at their webpage: https://hopemission.com/edmonton/
Shoe Voucher: Shoe Voucher Program provides backpacks with school supplies and shoe vouchers for kids going back to school. This is a combined effort with the Food Bank and the Society of St Vincent de Paul. https://www.ssvpedmonton.ca/
CCC Benevolence Fund: A Benevolence Fund is a reserve used to assist individuals or families with a specific need within our church or in our community. These are usually in emergency cases where individuals just need a little help to get them through a difficult situation or handle an unexpected expense. In the past this has included bus passes, groceries, counselling fees and Taxi fares.
Words of Hope: WOH is one of the Missions that the RCA supports. Please prayerfully consider specifying missions in your weekly offering. This money will be used further the work of the Lord in hard to reach places.
Words of hope is an organization that “proclaims the gospel through media in order to build the church in hard to reach places.” They primarily work through radio as it is available to many remote regions and provides a media that can reach large numbers. They provide indigenous churches the means to proclaim the gospel through the use of media. Words of Hope partners with indigenous churches with a shared vision for them to minister in their own countries with the resources they need. Words of Hope also provides daily devotions and podcasts as other means to engage in God’s word that are readily available on their webpage (www.woh.org).
RCA Global Missions: For over 375 years, RCA Global Mission has impacted millions of people around the world with the love of God. And God’s faithfulness continues. Our goal is to provide opportunities for RCA churches to partner with global churches in ways that are collaborative and mutually meaningful, helping us all live and love like Jesus. Today, around 100 RCA missionaries and partners are bringing hope through the light of Christ. Your gifts support their work and enable the hope of Christ to reach even more people. https://www.rca.org/global-mission/
LOCAL/GLOBAL: Mobilizing for Missions: As part of the RCA, we are asked to prayerfully consider supporting the Mobilizing for Mission Fund. This is a fund that is organized by the Regional Synod of Canada. All mission funds collected during September and October (unless otherwise specified) will be donated to the RCA Mobilizing for Mission Fund (MfM). The MfM “exists for the purpose of preparing and provisioning the people and churches of the Regional Synod of Canada for mission. Funds are provided by donations from churches and individuals. Our goal is to help transform God’s call and our dreams into reality.” You can visit their webpage for more information – you’ll even recognize the Wulkan’s photo for the Pastor and Family Sabbaticals link! https://www.synodcanada.org/mobilizing-for-mission-fund.html