Missions

Missions

Concord Missions Center

Located in the rear of our Atrium, Concord’s Missions Center highlights a number of local, national, and international ministry opportunities for you and your family. Whether you would like to contribute financially, donate specific items, volunteer in the community, or go on an international mission trip, you’ll find a wide variety of options available here for your consideration.

The Missions Center is open before and after Sunday services and during office hours on weekdays. Stop in and check it out!

Butterfly Haven
Every child deserves to be cared for and loved. Butterfly Haven serves children in the St. Louis area who are impacted by foster care, adoptive families, and families in crisis situations by providing a network of support, as well as offering practical items and other resources.

ITEMS YOU CAN DROP OFF AT CONCORD’S MISSIONS CENTER:

  • Children’s socks and underwear
  • Children’s pajamas
  • Activity Kit items (coloring books, crayons, stickers, card games, etc.)

Or give online at concordchurch.com/give(select Butterfly Haven in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Volunteer to sort donations at 8505 Mid County Industrial Drive
  • Volunteer to stock the pantry and resource room (@ address above)
  • Help with special events (birthday parties, family outings, Christmas party, etc.)

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Host a no-sew blanket-making party
  • Sponsor a child for a birthday party ($30)
  • Provide funds for backpacks to make Activity Kits ($12 each)

For more information about getting involved with Butterfly Haven, please check out their website at butterflyhaveninc.com.

Concord Construction Ministry
This team does construction projects (honey-do jobs) at the homes of widows, widowers, and single moms, as well as helping out with projects on the church campus. They also work on occasional projects to support other ministries in the St. Louis area.

WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE THROUGH CONCORD:
Give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Construction Ministry in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Donate or secure donor for the materials needed on a particular project
  • Volunteer as a group to help on a particular project

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Notify the ministry leader (see contact info below) when you see a need
  • Volunteer to help on a particular project (skilled or unskilled labor) – a great way to learn building skills from accomplished tradespeople while helping others
  • Help connect trained builders and tradespeople you know to this ministry

For more information about getting involved with the Concord Construction Ministry, please contact Larry Summers at kb175@sbcglobal.net.

Concord Food Pantry
The Concord Food Pantry allows us to provide emergency food assistance to those in need, both within and outside of our church family. Your generous donations also enable us to provide some personal care items and cleaning supplies to these families.

ITEMS YOU CAN DROP OFF AT CONCORD’S MISSIONS CENTER:

  • Canned soups, canned stews/chili, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, granola/protein bars, canned fruit, fruit cups, juice boxes, juice (large bottles), canned meats, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, raisins (snack size)
  • NOTE: Please do not donate any perishable items, items in glass packaging, or expired/nearly-expired items.
  • Dish soap, wipes, disinfectant spray, laundry soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste/toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine products, disposable razors, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, lotion

Or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Food Pantry in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Sponsor a food drive in your class, neighborhood, or place of employment
  • Sponsor a drive for personal care items or cleaning supplies in your neighborhood or place of employment

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Volunteer to stock the pantry
  • Volunteer to rotate stock in the pantry

For more information about getting involved with this ministry, please contact Kim Freeman at kimf@concordchurch.com.

Homeless Ministry
Ministering to the homeless can seem overwhelming to us, even a little scary at times; but this is a harsh reality that many people face day in and day out. A group of individuals at Concord offers ongoing assistance by preparing lunches twice a month and helping with other special events and giveaways.

ITEMS YOU CAN DROP OFF AT CONCORD’S MISSIONS CENTER:

  • Adult hats, gloves, scarves, socks and underwear (new)
  • Travel-size toiletries

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Volunteer to help make lunches
  • Volunteer to help make care kits

Or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Homeless Ministry in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Sponsor a drive in your class, neighborhood, or place of employment for the donation items listed above
  • Provide peanut butter and jelly for one week’s lunches (10 large jars pb, 8 jars jelly)
  • Provide individual-size bags of chips for one week’s lunches (185 bags)
  • Provide granola bars or candy bars for one week’s lunches (185 bars)

For more information about getting involved with the Homeless Ministry, please contact Kim Freeman at kimf@concordchurch.com.

HUGS 4 LIFE
After the loss of her oldest son, Shannon Kress started HUGS4LIFE in his memory. This ministry connects with people after the loss of a child by delivering a memorial candle (featuring a picture of the child) and a special note of encouragement to the parents or guardians.

WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE THROUGH CONCORD:

Give online at concordchurch.com/give to help with mailing costs (select Hugs4Life in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

Purchase Yankee Candles and labels at South County Mall (tell them they are for Hugs4Life and they will hold them for Shannon).

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Collect funds to purchase a gift card to Yankee Candle to be used for candles and labels
  • Write cards of encouragement for the gift bags

For more information about getting involved with HUGS4LIFE, please check out their Facebook page at HUGS4LIFE.

International Partnerships
Concord partners with several ministries internationally to help share the love of God in practical ways throughout the world. Two that we support through visiting teams and regular financial support are in Cuba and Guatemala.

CUBA – QUINTA IGLESIA BAUTISTA
Our partnership with Quinta Iglesia Bautista (Fifth Baptist Church) in Guantanamo City is relatively new, but we’ve seen God at work with over 100 new believers each time we’ve made a trip there. Depending on the political climate and freedom to travel, we send teams to assist with local outreach efforts and children’s ministry.

GUATEMALA – GOOD SHEPHERD MINISTRIES
Located just outside of Quetzaltenango, Good Shepherd serves 13 villages in the immediate area. The training center is the heartbeat of the ministry with a goal to equip and train national believers in a culturally-relevant way so they can reach their own people for Christ. Good Shepherd also runs a children’s home and is adding a home for older children. Concord sends teams to help with construction and other practical projects.

WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE THROUGH CONCORD:

Give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Cuba or Guatemala in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Pray for these ministries and those from Concord who go on the mission trips
  • Volunteer to go on one of the mission trips (expected to resume in 2022)

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED

  • Send letters or emails to ministry leaders
  • Pay someone’s way to go on a mission trip
  • Collect items needed for a mission trip

For more information about participating in Concord’s international mission trips, please contact Sherri Wirt at sherriw@concordchurch.com.

Joni & Friends
Joni and Friends desires to see every person with a disability come to know Jesus and find hope, dignity and their place in the body of Christ. They focus on serving the physical, spiritual and relational needs of families and individuals living with all sorts of disabilities and special needs through marriage/parent/caregiver support groups, respite events, annual Family Retreats, annual Marriage Getaways and other special events.

CONTRIBUTE THROUGH CONCORD:
Give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Joni & Friends in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Volunteer to make phone calls or make and send cards
  • Volunteer to drop off care packages
  • Volunteer at a Family Retreat
  • Attend one of several Lunch & Learn events offered throughout the year to become better informed of ways to serve
  • Serve in the Chair Corps (collecting used manual wheelchairs, canes, crutches and walkers)

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Make cards for Valentine’s Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving and/or Christmas
  • Sponsor a couple for a Marriage Getaway
  • Sponsor a family for a Family Retreat
  • Enter a team in the annual Walk-N-Roll fundraiser event

For more information about getting involved directly with Joni and Friends, please check out their website at www.joniandfriends.org/missouri.

Love Packages
Located in Butler, Illinois, Love Packages ships over 2000 tons of usable Bibles and Christian literature to missionaries and Christian workers in port cities around the world. These locations act as distribution points and have the capability to disperse these materials to thousands of churches and ministries overseas, reaching over 60 million people a year.

ITEMS YOU CAN DROP OFF AT CONCORD’S MISSIONS CENTER:

  • New or gently-used Bibles
  • New or gently-used Bible commentaries or reference books
  • Gently-used Sunday School quarterlies, devotionals or Bible study materials

Or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Love Packages in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Collect donatable items from friends or family
  • Contact other churches in your area and offer to pick up any donatable items they may have
  • Take a daytrip or overnight trip (free lodging on-site) to Love Packages to help pack items at their facility

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Volunteer to sort and box donations
  • Contact friends/family in other churches to organize a materials collection

For more information about getting involved directly with Love Packages, please check out their website at lovepackages.org.

Monarch Jewelry – Crisis Aid
Crisis Aid International provides a transition home to those rescued from sex trafficking. Monarch Jewelry works to raise awareness and resources to support this cause in St. Louis through the sale of repurposed jewelry.

ITEMS YOU CAN DROP OFF AT CONCORD’S MISSIONS CENTER:

  • Used jewelry (ANY, including broken, fine jewelry, or costume)
  • Authentic silver-plated cutlery
  • Genuine leather

Or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Monarch Jewelry in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Purchase repurposed jewelry from their website or Etsy site
  • Contact organizations or churches to ask them to host a used jewelry drive

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Host a virtual or in-person jewelry party in your neighborhood or place of employment featuring Monarch Jewelry
  • Sponsor (or collect and deliver to representative) journals and arts supplies
  • Sponsor activities like skating, trampoline park, museum visits, etc., for one of the refuge homes ($ varies)

For more information about getting involved with Monarch Jewelry, please check out their website at monarchjewelry.org. To purchase jewelry, please check out their website or etsy.com/shop/Monarch4Freedom. The Concord representative is Bernice Van Zyl—vanzylbj@gmail.com.

OASIS International and Good Neighbor Initiative
OASIS works directly with refugee families (many of whom have fled war-torn countries and have heart-wrenching testimonies) to help them learn how to begin rebuilding their lives. Along with food, clothing, furniture and household items, OASIS also provides English classes with childcare provided. In the Good Neighbor Initiative, OASIS partners with the Metro Baptist Association to help connect each refugee family (most of whom don’t know Jesus) with a Christian family in the area. Befriending a family is simple and can be as involved as you want it to be, giving a face to God’s grace and love for a family who may otherwise feel very alone and isolated in a strange new country.

ITEMS YOU CAN DROP OFF AT CONCORD’S MISSIONS CENTER:

  • New, unwrapped toys for our Giving Tree (these toys will be used for birthday and Christmas gifts for refugee children)

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Donate clothing, furniture or household items directly to OASIS International
  • Volunteer to sort clothing
  • Help with English classes or childcare
  • Volunteer to deliver food or supplies to a family
  • Get acquainted with a refugee family and start including them in your family outings

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Sponsor a toy drive in your neighborhood or place of employment
  • Host a baby shower for a refugee mom
  • “Adopt” a refugee family for Christmas and buy gifts for the entire family
  • Sign up for the Good Neighbor Initiative to be an “American friend” to a refugee family

For more information about getting involved with OASIS International and/or the Good Neighbor Initiative, please contact Sherri Wirt at sherriw@concordchurch.com or check out the organization website at oasis4refugees.org.

Operation Christmas Child
Gifts in shoeboxes bless children in need around the world and share the good news of Jesus. This project delivers not only the joy of salvation, but, for many children, is their first gift ever. It also gives them a tangible expression of God’s love.

ITEMS YOU CAN DROP OFF AT CONCORD’S MISSIONS CENTER:

  • “Wow” items: stuffed animals, dolls, soccer ball with pump, shoes
  • Small toys: car, jump rope, yo-yos, toys that light up or make noise (with batteries)
  • Non-liquid hygiene items: toothbrushes, bar soap, washcloths, combs
  • School supplies: pens, pencils, sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, coloring books, picture books, solar calculators
  • Accessories: socks, sunglasses, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with batteries)

Or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Operation Christmas Child in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Take one or more shoeboxes throughout the year, fill them and return them by the collection deadline (in November)
  • Pay the postage for your box and someone’s else’s box (see online-giving link above)
  • Volunteer to make or sort donated items throughout the year
  • Help deliver collected shoeboxes to the official collection site (November)

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Sponsor a drive for one or more of the donatable items in your class, neighborhood, or place of employment
  • Participate in Concord’s Packing Parties in November

For more information about getting involved with the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child project, please contact Laura Groat at millionx2@hotmail.com or check out the organization website at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

PREGNANCY CENTERS
Hand N Hand (Jefferson County) and Pregnancy Help Center (South County)
These centers provide confidential, non-judgmental services to new and expecting parents, including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, material items, counseling, adoption information, and training. The volunteers at each center champion LIFE by sharing the gospel, discipling moms and dads, and providing a “family” of support often missing in their clients’ lives.

ITEMS YOU CAN DROP OFF AT CONCORD’S MISSIONS CENTER:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Onesies

Or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Pregnancy Centers in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Donate your spare change throughout the year (pick up empty baby bottle banks in the Concord Missions Center)
  • Volunteer to sort donations or pack diapers
  • Volunteer as a counselor at either center (training and time commitment required)

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Sponsor a diaper drive in your class, neighborhood, or place of employment
  • Make gift baskets of assorted baby items

For more information about getting directly involved at one of these ministries, please check out their websites at hnhcenter.org or thepregnancyhelpcenter.com.

Urban Partnerships
Concord partners with two ministries in urban areas of St. Louis that have made it their mission to promote positive change by meeting basic needs, providing service opportunities and transforming lives by equipping people for Christ-like living.

Bridge of Hope Ministries
Located in The Ville in the heart of St. Louis (63113), Bridge of Hope helps provide for primary needs such as laundry, showers, clothing, meals, tutoring and more.

Good Samaritan Ministries
Located in the Washington Park area of East St. Louis, IL, Good Samaritan also provides for primary needs of local residents. In addition, they offer an in-house basic trades training program designed to equip participants with job skills that will enable them to sustain long-term growth.

WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE THROUGH CONCORD:
Give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Bridge of Hope or Good Samaritan Ministries in the drop-down) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Volunteer to help with meal delivery
  • Volunteer to help with tutoring
  • Volunteer to mentor someone in a particular trade skill

WAYS YOUR GROUP OR CLASS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • Take a volunteer team to help with maintenance, gardening, or facility upkeep
  • Take a volunteer team to help sort clothing and donations
  • Take a volunteer team to help with a ministry outreach event
  • Take a volunteer team to provide a hot meal

For more information about getting directly involved with one of these ministries, please check out their websites at bridgeofhopestl.org or gsmmetro.org.


Missions Center – International Corner Projects

Through these special international projects featured in our Missions Center, we are able to support families and communities around the world with life-saving and life-changing assistance.

Chickens ($25)

Sometimes miracles come with feathers. Chickens and their eggs are a beautiful gift of nutritious food for a hungry family. Chickens are also easy to breed, so your gift can multiply to create income, be shared with neighbors, and help to make a better life for a whole village. You can drop off your gift at the Missions Center or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Chickens in the drop-down menu).

Refugee Food Kits ($10)

Drought. Conflict. Displacement. After fleeing disaster and losing their homes – and sometimes a few of their family members – refugee parents often don’t know where their children’s next meals are coming from. Your gift of $10 will feed a refugee child for an entire week. You can drop off your gift at the Missions Center or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Refugee Food Kits in the drop-down menu).

Foreign-Language New Testaments ($6)

God’s Word is powerful! Those who read it, believe it and apply it to their lives are changed for all eternity. Your gift of $6 provides 5 New Testaments for people in foreign nations so they can learn about their Savior, Jesus, and read His Word in their own native language. You can drop off your gift at the Missions Center or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Bibles in the drop-down menu).

Fruit Trees ($25)

Oranges. Mangoes. Bananas. Papayas. Kids love fruit! And with essential nutrients like vitamin C and anti-oxidants, it helps protect them from malnutrition. With your gift of fruit trees, you’ll feed children, provide income, and help yield seedlings so more families can grow their own fruit. You can drop off your gift at the Missions Center or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Fruit Trees in the drop-down menu).

Solar Lanterns ($20)

Solar lanterns give safe and reliable light. Kerosene lamps burn costly fuel, cause eye and lung damage, and pose a fire hazard. Your gift provides a safe, long-lasting light source for school kids, households and health clinics in remote areas and refugee camps. You can drop off your gift at the Missions Center or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Solar Lanterns in the drop-down menu).

Water Filters ($20)

It is estimated that 14,000 people die every day from PREVENTABLE water-borne illnesses. Sometimes drilling takes time or an emergency makes a well inoperable. Water filters help bridge that gap, giving families safe water while they wait for a permanent supply. You can drop off your gift at the Missions Center or give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Water Filters in the drop-down menu).


Additional Community Outreaches

In addition to the local ministries highlighted in our Missions Center, Concord also does other specific community outreaches annually.

Clothing Giveaways

We host two clothing Giveaways each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. These are basically gigantic, free garage sales to help those in need in our community. Donation details and Giveaway dates are announced several weeks in advance of these outreaches.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets

Each holiday season, we collect items to fill dinner baskets for families who need a little extra help to provide a special holiday meal. Donation details are announced several weeks in advance of these outreaches.


Missionary Partnerships

In addition to the various ministries highlighted in our Missions Center, Concord also partners with other mission works to help spread the Gospel throughout the world.

Annie Armstrong (North American Mission Board)

Through your gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) supports more than 5,000 missionaries and more than 3,800 chaplains who serve in difficult places where the Gospel is often not welcome. You may give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Annie Armstrong – Easter in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

Lottie Moon (International Mission Board)

Each year, churches around the world help support 4,800 International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries (and their 4,000 children) who help spread the Gospel among 900 people groups. We partner with these missionaries by collecting a special offering each December. You may give online at concordchurch.com/give (select Lottie Moon – Christmas in the drop-down menu) or write a check with the ministry name on the memo line.

Nancy Henson (Guatemala Missionary)

This medical missionary from the St. Louis area brings medical care, water filters, and the Gospel to remote villages in Guatemala. Our monthly support enables Nancy to continue to provide nutritious meals, safe drinking water, and to hold medical clinics, all while sharing the love of Jesus. Follow Nancy on her Facebook page at facebook.com/nhenson3 to see what’s happening in her ministry and to share words of encouragement with her.

Tyler & Jessica Stewart (Italy Missionaries)

Our monthly support enables Tyler and Jessica to live in Italy with their two sons, Antonio and Giacomo, and to work alongside other pastors and missionaries there to help plant churches and develop various community outreaches. In addition to ongoing evangelism and relational discipleship efforts, the Stewarts have a special passion for helping facilitate a revival of worship in Italy by encouraging Italian believers to write their own worship music, since many of our contemporary worship songs do not translate well into Italian. They hope to eventually record and distribute this music all over Italy in order to help build up the churches there and draw unbelievers to Jesus. For more information about Tyler and Jessica’s work in Italy, check out their website at prayforitaly.com.