Reaching out to people and the planet locally, nationally, and globally is a priority at FCC. We support a variety of projects with our time, talents, money, and donations. Anyone may be involved in these outreach efforts.
This ministry began in 2001 and over the years has had many participants and recipients. Prayer shawls are knitted or crocheted and given to members and friends who are going through illness or crisis. Chemo caps are donated to the SIH Cancer Center as a healing outreach to those who have lost their hair undergoing chemo. Some of our products are sold at the Neighborhood Coop to raise money for more supplies.
For over 40 years, the Carbondale Interfaith Council has worked “to make God’s love visible in our community by fostering interfaith cooperation, sharing religious experiences, engaging in service, discovering unity while respecting our differences, and speaking with courage and strength for justice.”
A few of our members attend their monthly meetings where events are planned. Most of our members participate in the CIC Spirit of Christmas by purchasing presents for children and seniors who wouldn’t otherwise receive Christmas gifts. The Jewish – Christian – Muslim dialogue is held several times a year, and is an evening of learning and conversation on one chosen topic from a variety of faith perspectives.
CWU is one of the oldest interracial groups in Carbondale. They founded the Thrift Shop, hold several worship services each year, and make the gigantic annual Hunger Sale happen.
Feed My Sheep
Bethel AME Church on Jackson St. has served a free lunch to anyone in need for over 20 years. Several days a week FCC members help with the preparation and serving.
Meals on Wheels
FCC members drive for Meals on Wheels one week a month.
Begun as a seminary project of one of our members, the Sparrow Coalition works to improve local policies and services with our homeless neighbors. They meet monthly via Zoom.
FCC supports Good Sam’s homeless shelter and our members donate food to the Good Sam food pantry.
Several of FCC’s members were involved in the creation of the Warming Center and serve in its leadership and as volunteers.
Race Unity Dialogue Group
Some FCC members participate in this weekly dialogue group to increase understanding and build relationships between African American and European American Carbondale residents.
The CRJC meets monthly to discuss and take action on issues of racial inequality in Carbondale.
We also support the Disciples Mission Fund and Special Day Offerings on Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Other support goes to:
- Week of Compassion is the Disciples witness in the face of natural or man-made disasters. Floods, hurricanes, fire, civil wars, poverty, disease are only a few of the challenges Week of Compassion responds to on behalf of Disciples.
- Reconciliation Ministry: For more than 40 years Disciples have had a visible ministry to address the racism in society. Gifts support programs and initiatives aimed at dismantling racism.
Carbondale FCC is also committed to having its building available for community use. We provide space for Scouts, local theater rehearsals, and other community meetings when available.