How YOU Can Help

Looking for a way to get involved in the mission and ministry of Jesus and North Church? We encourage you to donate by clicking on the “Donate” button below. Please also join us in the service opportunities below.

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Special Projects:
Amherst Warm Clothing Project
Can You Spare a Coat?
Alternative Christmas Marketplace: SPECIAL UPDATE

Ongoing Projects:
Friends of Night People
Dress-A-Girl
Harvest House Needs Clothes
Food Bank Donations
Directory of Donation Sites

Amherst Warm Clothing Project

It is not necessary to travel far to find children in need. They are often in our own neighborhoods. The Town of Amherst Warm Clothing Project for Children in Need program has been operating for 29 years. Last year they provided 294 local children with appropriate winter clothing. Learn more. 

It’s Cold: Can You Spare a Coat?

As you are bringing out the winter wear, please keep Friends of Night People in mind. They have put out a call for men’s winter coats, boots, hats, gloves, and socks. If you have any of these items you no longer need, please bring them to church. We will transport them to FONP.

Alternative Christmas Marketplace: SPECIAL UPDATE

For the past 15 years the Mission Committee has held an Alternative Christmas Marketplace, a mission-oriented social event. Attendees selected charities and social services organizations to support in lieu of buying Christmas gifts for friends and families. The Marketplace has always been well received as well as successful. Each year the Mission Committee has been able to forward thousands of dollars to local, national and international programs due to congregational generosity.

Although we hope this event can continue to be a part of our church calendar in the future, we have made the decision to forego the Marketplace for 2017. None of us were happy to make this call, but we felt it was necessary in part due to the huge amount of time and effort this one activity requires. In addition there is a heavy burden of Mission activities for committee members throughout the entire holiday season.

Many of you have become accustomed to the Marketplace for Christmas gifts. We are providing a list of the most popular items from last year’s event, below. Each has a donation link if you would like to continue the practice of giving. It is our hope to be able to support an Alternative Christmas Marketplace in future years. We are always looking for new committee members and would welcome an inquiry from you.

Local Ministries:

National & International Ministries:

Friends of Night People

We serve a meal at Friends of Night People at 394 Hudson St., Buffalo, the fourth Tuesday of every month. If you would like to become involved in this ministry, contact Barb Beall at beaschwa87@yahoo.com or call 716.479.5794.

Gently-used clothing: FONP is now accepting the following donations for men and women: jeans and sweatpants jackets, sweatshirts, t-shirts, sneakers, and boots. If you have any of these items that are in near-new condition (no stains, rips, etc.), please bring them to the church.

Dress-A-Girl

We gather to make simple dresses (for girls), shorts (for boys), and dolls, all of which are sent to children in need. New volunteers (of ANY skill level–even complete beginners!) are always welcome; we meet the 4th Monday of each month from 4-8pm. Learn more about Dress-A-Girl.  There are no meetings in July and August.

Harvest House Needs Clothes

An Opportunity for Families with Children Infants to Size 14

Harvest House Baby and Children’s Ministry needs clean clothing is for newborn to size 14. Please put items in the box in north wing. Thanks for helping children in need. This gives hope to those parents trying to provide for their children.

Food Bank Donations

Please remember to contribute to the Food Bank collection box in the narthex. The bulk of these donations go to University Presbyterian Food Pantry, an agency of The Food Bank of Western New York. From the donations, we are also able to provide staples to those who stop at the church office looking for help. The need is great and does not end when a specific food drive ends. If we could all try to bring just one item when we come to church, it would make a significant difference in the lives of those in need.

Directory of Donation Sites

A directory has been prepared to help you with the daunting task of de-cluttering. We all have more stuff than we need, but if you throw it away, it will sit in landfill for years. There are many agencies that welcome your unwanted, used items. They are detailed in this directory with contact information and lists of acceptable donations. Reusing and recycling may be a bit more work than tossing things, but it will benefit others in our community and be better for the environment. Please have a look at the document posted here: Directory of Donation Sites. You can pick up a print copy of the directory from the Mission Kiosk in Westminster Hall.

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