Uniting our community in love and service
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12
Faith Coalition started in 2011, after Joe & Greg met on a mission trip to Joplin, Mo, where they were cleaning up & repairing damage from the devastating tornado in that town. They were impressed by the spontaneous outpouring of support for people in need, & wondered what could be achieved if Christians organized and prepared throughout the year to address disasters like this one, AND to serve ongoing local needs in our communities. And so Faith Coalition was born.
Our first project was a house at 922 Grand Ave. in Edwardsville, which was donated to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Faith Coalition pledged to provide the manpower and funding to rehab the house so that it could be sold at (a greatly improved) market value, with all proceeds going to Habitat.
From 2011-2016, every Saturday morning, workers from local churches and civic groups came together to work on the house. We shared our knowledge, our vision, and our LUNCH, learning and growing as a group through the frustrations and triumphs of remodeling the 100-year-old house. When completed in 2016, the home was sold at market value and provided funding for three new builds for Habitat for Humanity partner families. (Faith Coalition continues to work closely with Habitat to make affordable housing and home ownership a reality in the Metro East.)
To meet the financial needs of rehabbing the Grand Street house, Restore Decor was started in 2013. Since then, it has raised and given away thousands of dollars to local nonprofits and families in need. By selling re-purposed/repainted furniture to raise money, we have appealed to shoppers, crafters and recyclers alike, with a message of rebirth and beauty. And, like the Grand Street house, Restore Decor has united people from different churches in a common focus of serving our community.
“…and many MORE!”
Faith Coalition has only begun to explore the ways in which churches and individuals can unite in common mission. The following projects have resulted from our collaborative efforts:
A 2013 mission trip to Moore, Oklahoma
An annual ecumenical Easter sunrise service (2014-present)
Blankets For Friends(2013-2016), a group of tweens who made fleece tie-blankets for nursing homes, hospitals, and others in need
A collection from area churches to purchase Thanksgiving baskets for clients of our local GlenEd pantry(1st annual, 2017)
A Community Day of Service, in which area church members provided yard work and home-repair services to senior citizens and others (1st annual, 2018)
In all of our activities, we seek support and participation from the entire body of Christ, recognizing and empowering our common call to serve others, encouraging congregations and individuals to live out their vision of being a blessing to others. We hope that this website will be a resource to those seeking to connect in common mission. Contact us if you have questions or would like to attend our next meeting to find out more.
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