The Purpose of FMC Outreach
The Outreach Commission is the branch of the Leadership Council that facilitates the church’s vision with regard to various outreach functions at the local, conference, church-wide and global level. It supports and fulfills the church’s mission to follow Jesus Christ and his teachings; to walk in compassion with those who suffer; to seek truth; to wage peace and freedom through truth, love and action and to promote wholeness of life and joyful, abundant living for everyone.
Getting Involved in Outreach
Interested in learning more about FMC member outreach efforts or becoming involved? Please see the list below for the organizations people at FMC support through their involvement. If you would like to speak to someone from FMC who is connected with one of the programs listed below, please contact Dan Wessner, Outreach Coordinator.
Efforts with Local Focus
First Mennonite Church Assistance Program
First Mennonite Church funds and operates the First Mennonite Church Assistance Program which offers rent and utility assistance for individuals and families living within the following boundaries: north of Exposition Avenue, west of Federal Blvd., east of Downing Street and south of Colfax Avenue. The Assistance Program office is open on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11:30 AM, unless otherwise posted. The phone number is 303-892-1039. Staffing for this program is provided by FMC volunteers.
In 2015, the Outreach Commission awarded grants to the following groups:
VORP Youth Leadership
Project Worthmore ESL classes for refugees
FMC ESL classes for Head Start
Casa de Paz
DOOR (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection), a program of Mennonite Mission Network: http://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/DOOR/Pages/Home.aspx
Family Promise: http://www.interfaithhospitality.org
Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp: http://www.rmmc.org
Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP): http://www.denvervorp.org
Efforts with Global Focus
Ten Thousand Villages: www.tenthousandvillages.com/denver
Mennonite Central Committee: http://mcc.org/about/purpose
Mennonite Mission Network: http://www.mennonitemission.net/About/Pages/Home.aspx
Women Bridging Borders: http://womenbridgingborders.com/