Mission is not a mere list of things to do; rather, it is something we live as followers of Jesus. Thus, our mission as people of faith in Christ is to tend to the physical needs of people just as much as the spiritual needs of people and to enter into co-creative, co-operative relationships with those on the margins of society. At Northminster, we seek to partner with organizations, churches and individuals who join us in the ongoing work of mercy, justice and love and who help us live as authentic followers of Jesus. We look for opportunities in which we can partner, collaborate and create with others the kingdom of God here on earth.
In 1994 Northminster entered into a partner church relationship with Iglesia Bautista Enmanuel (Emanuel Baptist Church) in Ciego de Avila, Cuba. This is one of about 30 such partnerships between churches of the Alliance of Baptists and churches in the Fraternity of Cuban Baptist Churches. At least annually since 1994 Northminster members have traveled to Cuba for dialogue and fellowship and to participate in worship with members of Enmanuel and its several mission congregations. On each trip our members have also carried needed medicine, clothes and other items. Northminster makes a yearly financial contribution to Enmanuel to assist in its ministries. We have also helped Enmanuel pay a short-term debt on the house which serves as their worship and educational center, have provided financial support for Enmanuel students attending the ecumenical seminary at Matanzas, and have helped support the purchase of property next door to the church and renovations and additions to the building. At Northminster’s invitation and with our support several members of Enmanuel have visited us from time to time. This is a partnership of mutual respect and support, and we are richer for our relationship with our sisters and brothers in Cuba.
DeSiard Street Shelter
The 5th Saturday of any month different groups from Northminster Church gather to cook and serve breakfast at the Desiard Street Shelter downtown. We go in teams of three. One of the three is a coordinator, who is responsible for contacting the other two members of the team, as well as facilitating the shopping, cooking, and serving. We usually meet around 8:30 a.m. at the shelter (depending on how much cooking is necessary that morning) and serve from around 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Please sign-up on the sheet in the narthex if you are interested in helping serve.
Missions Trunk in Narthex
Each month a new charity is represented on the Missions Trunk in the Narthex. Northminster members are very generous in providing for the needs of our various charitible orginizations.
January: Humane Society
The Humane Society Adoption Center of Monroe is dedicated to the welfare of all animals because of their intrinsic value and rights. Our primary purposes are the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, the extension of humane education, and the provision of shelter-based services. Needs: Dog treats (no rawhides), puppy, kitten, dog, and cat food (canned or dry), all stock livestock food, hay and shelled corn, pine sol, lysol spray, dry shampoo, first aid supplies, old bath towels , sheets, blankets.