This local mission, organized with multiple partner churches, is a special emphasis of Westminster. The Jackson Personal Care Ministry provides personal care items such as soap, toothbrushes, toilet paper and dish detergent to help persons in need. The care pantry is housed at First Baptist Church of Jackson, 201 S. Jackson Street in downtown Jackson. It is open to all residents of Jackson County on Thursdays (except holidays) from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. Persons in need of assistance can come to the pantry as often as weekly. One person per household may receive products. An ID showing proof of Jackson County, MI residence is required.
Financial Donations: We purchase items in bulk, and therefore welcome financial donations. Tax-deductible donations for Jackson Personal Care Ministry may be sent to:
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Memo: Jackson Personal Care Ministry
2301 Ridgeway Rd.
Jackson, MI 49203
Donations of Items: We accept donations of the 15 items we distribute. Items must be new and unopened. To donate: contact Westminster at 787-4017 or email@example.com, and we will arrange to receive your donation. (Donations can be made through any of the participating churches.) Items we distribute are:
Shampoo Toothpaste Lotion Toothbrushes
Razors Combs Lip Balm Deodorant (Men's and Women's)
Body Soap Dish Soap Maxi Pads Laundry Detergent (Liquid, small bottles)
Toilet Tissue Paper Towels General Purpose Cleaner
Volunteering: The various partner churches sometimes need additional volunteers to work with them on Thursday nights. If you are interested in volunteering on a montly basis, contact Westminster at 787-4017 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will connect you with a church that needs assistance.
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Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC) is a national organization that joins churches in a community together to help persons in need by using what each church can do best. Westminster supports Love INC through direct volunteer participation, financial support for benevolence and operating expenses, and personal follow-up beyond the initial need for which someone is referred to us.
LINCC stands for "Love In the Name of Christ Committee," Westminster church's committee that works with individuals referred to us through Love INC.
Special opportunities for giving abound during the year, and we try to provide enough information in advance to enable participants to plan their giving. Seasonal giving opportunities to meet the needs of others in our community include “Save a Sole” sock collection for shelters and clothing banks, Thanksgiving baskets, and Christmas gifts. We also participate in the four Presbyterian special offerings. Giving received all the time includes toiletries, clothing, sheets & towels.
Since Hurricane Katrina, we've co-planned mission to the Gulf Coast with Brooklyn and Jackson First Presbyterian Churches. So far, we’ve sent 8 groups to aid with ongoing Hurricane relief and resettlement!
Our fall emphasis on stewardship of God’s gifts to us includes offering of the diverse talents God has given us for use within and beyond the church. Then, when a need arises for a worship leader, photographer, someone to provide transportation, or whatever, we know who can offer that service or skill.
We join with other Presbyterians in mission by contributing financially to Shared Missions a number of times each year. These funds send mission co-workers around the world to work in partnership with churches in diverse countries, develop curriculum, provide resources to support our ministry, and many other things..
Westminster’s congregation is committed to using at least 10% of our income each year for mission, including various local mission programs, Presbyterian mission efforts throughout the world, and disaster assistance. Some of the ways we do that are elsewhere on this page!