Beacon Heights strives to do God's work in our local and global communities.
The Beacon Heights Food Bank is part of the Associated Churches Food Bank System and serves over 35 households per week in the area surrounding the church, stretching from the St. Joe River on the west to I-469 on the east, and Trier Road on the north to the Maumee River on the south. The Food Bank is open Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30. Clients may come once a month and will receive approximately five days worth of food. The Food Bank requires two servers and a receptionist as volunteer staff. In addition, a shopper purchases food supplies that are not donated. The Food Bank is supported by donations of food and money from Beacon Heights, as well as food from other area churches. You can find out more about the Associated Churches Food Bank System at their website: http://www.associatedchurches.org
Interfaith hospitality network
Many Beacon Heights members enjoy helping with this housing program sponsored by the Interfaith Hospitality Network. During three separate weeks each year our church works with homeless families helping to serve suppers, play with children in the evening, stay overnight with our guests or transport families in the van. This is a wonderful way to serve God in our community. Visit their website at: www.ihnfamily.org
Brethren disaster ministries
Challenged by Galatians 6:2 to "carry each other's burdens," the Church of the Brethren seeks to relieve suffering, whether caused by war, strife or natural disaster. In the spirit of this call, Beacon Heights organizes a week-long disaster service trip each year in which members and friends of the congregation participate. They travel together to the site of a disaster and volunteer their time in helping victims recover from tragedy. This may include anything from cleaning up after a flood to rebuilding homes after a tornado or hurricane. Find out more at their website: www.brethren.org/bdm
partner church: mision cristiana
In 1991, Beacon Heights developed a mutually supportive relationship with a small church in Managua, Nicaragua, the Second Congregation of Mision Cristiana. Our churches share an emphasis on urban ministry, especially by providing educational opportunity for children. Since the beginning of our connection, Second Congregation has expanded from a preschool program to offering pre-K through secondary education. We have been able to support our partner church with funding for their school building and scholarships, as well as for a nutrition program for students with our Milk and Rice offering from individual members of Beacon Heights. By way of several delegations to and from Managua, the members and pastors of Second Congregation have shared with us the strength of their faith in living out God's call to minister in a cultural and economic environment very different from ours, providing us with new insights and opportunities for spreading God's love and message of hope.