Serve

In our Community

We serve meals at Baldwin Church and Center, hold blood drives for the Red Cross,  prepare food baskets at Thanksgiving and baskets of Christmas presents through Neighborhood House.  We provide volunteer time and financial assistance to Lighthouse, Baldwin Avenue, South Oakland Shelter, Neighborhood House and Haven.  We have also helped build home’s in Oakland County through Habitat for Humanity.

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 Local Missions we work with:

 

Raising RochesterRaised Beds

In 2016, Abiding Presence has partnered with the Raising Rochester program to help provide fresh produce for neighbors in the Rochester area. With four raised beds, the produce that is to be grown will be donated to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House Food Pantry.Building the Raised Beds

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Rochester Area Neighborhood House Food Pantry & Clothes Closet

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Lighthouse of Oakland County

Lighthouse of Oakland County

Haven Women’s Shelter in Pontiac

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Abiding Presence collects many items that are donated to Haven. We have in the past collected bath items, diapers, baby items, women’s underwear and much more. 

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County

Ketelsen Annual Fundraising Dinner

Habitat Build - Stacking Apples Challenge

 

Every year in February the Ketelsen and Newer families host a dinner and game night in honor of Kurt Ketelsen. The money raised is donated to Habitat for Humanity. 

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Bi-Annual Guatemala/Cost Rica Builds

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Approximately every two years a group of members have traveled to Guatemala and Costa Rica to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

In the Summer of 2016, a group will be traveling to El Salvador. 

 

Baldwin Center

      Baldwin Center

Every couple of months a group of about 8 volunteers travel to the Baldwin Center in Pontiac to help serve the noon meal.

The video below describes the programs that the Baldwin Center uses to help the needy in the City of Pontiac. 

Other Service Events

 Abiding Presence Weekly Children’s Noisy Offering

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During the Children’s Time in the middle of our Worship Service, the preschool and elementary age kids collect loose change in buckets from members of the congregation. The money is given to a charity of the children’s choosing.  

American Red Cross

Red Cross Blood DriveWe host blood drives on a regular basis at Abiding Presence in our Fellowship Hall. Visit their website, http://redcross.org, and enter sponsor code: abidingpresence to sign up to give blood at our next blood drive.

 

 

 

 

Equal Exchange Coffee Sales in the Church Narthex

IMG_3759Abiding Presence supports the work of farmers in other countries through the Equal Exchange program. A table is set-up in our Narthex with a free will offering. Everyone visiting our building has the opportunity to help this cause.

The products we are currently offering are Coffee (12oz), Organic Fruit & Nut bars, Organic Chai Black Tea (20 tea bags), Hot Cocoa (12oz).

The key pillars of Equal Exchange’s mission are:

  • Fair Trade with small-scale farmers.
  • Support for sustainable farming.
  • To operate as a democratically governed worker cooperative.
  • Encourage consumers to think about, and care about, small-scale farmers around the world.

Neighborhood House Christmas Baskets

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In December, as a congregation, we collect food and other items which then get assembled into food baskets for needy families. Abiding Presence puts together about 25 baskets each year.