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Community Outreach

As Christians, we must be actively engaged in service to those around us. Not only is this a natural response to the love and ministry of Jesus Christ, it is also an essential part of the process of establishing the Kingdom of God on Earth. The Scriptures tell us:

"You who are my disciples must be found continuing in the forefront of those organizations and movements which are recognizing the worth of persons and are committed to bringing the ministry of my Son to bear on their lives." - Doctrine & Covenants Sec. 151:9

The Richardson congregation of the Community of Christ supports the following local, national, and international organizations and charities with our time, our talents, and our material resources. To learn more about each organization, the work they perform, and how to contact them for information on how you can lend (or receive) support, please click on the links below. Also, be sure to visit our page with additional links to Christian, humanitarian and charitable organizations available on the Internet.

 

Outreach International

Outreach International is a human-development agency striving to alleviate the injustice of hunger, poverty, and disease in the world through educational programs and activities designed to improve health, livelihood, education, and community organization, and by helping people help themselves to enable self-sufficiency.

Network Community Ministries

The Network of Community Ministries is a service center supported by a coalition of churches, religious, civic and social organizations, businesses, and individuals. The purpose of The Network is to respond to human needs and to serve as an educational and consciousness-raising agency concerning all issues which affect those in need in our community.

Food Pantry

The Community of Christ in Richardson maintains a "Food Pantry" supplied by members of the congregation. Items in the Food Pantry include non-perishable food staples, paper goods, dish soap, laundry soap, bath soap, and other items required for basic living needs. The church leadership is responsible for identifying church members in need of these items and distributing them accordingly in a confidential manner. Occasionally, special "Food Pantry Drives" are conducted when special needs are discovered or identified in order to meet an immediate need.

Oblation Fund

The Oblation Fund is a special account maintained and supported by almost every Community of Christ congregation in the world. Its purpose is to provide emergency funds to local church members (or friends and family of church members) in need. Most often, these funds are used to help pay utility bills, rent, or to buy groceries during a financial crisis. The Oblation Fund is meant as a short term aid and is often replenished by recipients when they achieve a more stable financial status. A special offering is collected for the Oblation Fund typically on the first Sunday of each month. Members donate to the fund either by specifying this fund on the offertory envelopes, or on their checks. Also, any cash collected during this offertory is placed in the Oblation Fund.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.  It is a genetic disease and it affects approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States.

Connor's Books

Connorís Books is a program created to honor the memory of  Connor Ellis McLuckie by donating books to the Scottish Rite Hospital of Dallas, Texas on his birthday, May 15th.  Connor's parents ask friends and families to donate childrenís books (ages 0-18), or money for books that will be given to the children in the hospital.

   
 

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