Mission and Mobilization

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We exist to help people find and follow Jesus, and in Mark 10:45, Jesus says, "...even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve...", and we take this to heart by partnering with local organizations in serving people in need in our community, by supporting missionaries in their work domestically (e.g., college campus ministries) and globally (e.g., overseas missionaries working on Bible translation, etc.), by sending teams to serve "the least of these" in impoverished parts of the world, and by serving one another and meeting needs within our church family.

If you are ready to reach out and serve, many opportunities are available to you:

  • Learn how to help during the CoViD-19 pandemic
  • Learn about our denominational missionaries
  • Volunteer with our community partners
  • Learn about short-term mission trips
  • Make yourself available to help others in our church family

Check out the links below!

  • Ways you can help during the covid-19 pandemic

    Some of us are staying home at this time. That's okay--be safe. Some of us are meeting in person on Sunday mornings--good to worship together, even if it is a little bit different. All of us can still serve others in a variety of ways. Here are some ideas.

    Click here for ideas and opportunities.

  • Our missionaries

    Our church supports several denominational missionaries in various places around the world. We can also support them through prayer, and by helping them stay connected to our congregation through email and social media (yes, the Internet does reach the remote hills of the Philippines), and in a variety of other ways. 

    Click here to learn more about our missionaries.

  • Community partners

    One of the most important ways that we show how much we "love where we live" is by partnering with several important community service organizations. Rather than reinvent the wheel by coming up with a ministry of our own, we choose to identify existing organizations that are doing excellent work and come alongside them with both financial support and volunteers. Our community partners include (click the links for details and volunteer opportunities):

  • Short-term mission trips

    From time to time we organize week-long mission trips to other countries--primarily construction teams, but occasionally we send a medical team. In recent years our focus has been primarily on Haiti, but in previous years we sent teams to Peru and to the Dominican Republic. A domestic mission trip to Jackson, Kentucky, was planned for 2020 but has been postponed. We'll let you know when it's rescheduled!

    Click here to learn more about mission trips.

  • weekly Prayer focus: Catholic Charities (lawrence)

    Lawrence is a far better city due to the ministry of one of our community partners - Catholic Charities. They provide case management to meet the comprehensive nutritional and financial needs of individuals and families. This ministry offers financial counseling and financial literacy classes designed to help those in need through a crisis, as well as for their future growth.  Catholic Charities hosts a food pantry where people can self-shop for many non-perishable and perishable food items. They also provide pregnancy counseling and adoption programs, as well as end-of-life care through their community hospice program. Catholic Charities assists with job searches and refers people to companies that are hiring. In 2012, they began a shift away from one-time, crisis intervention programs towards self-sustainability through wrap-around services. Recipients do not need to be Catholic to receive services. 

    Catholic Charities is always looking for volunteers. Check out their opportunities at catholiccharitiesks.org/volunteer. River City Church financially supports the ministry of Catholic Charities through our Christmas Impact Offering.

    Prayer Needs:
    • Prayer requests are centered around the health and safety of their staff, volunteers, and patrons especially during this pandemic.
    • Catholic Charities also seeks God's guidance and strength to meet the varied needs of people in the Lawrence area.

    To learn more about Catholic Charities, please visit them online at catholiccharitiesks.org.