Oak Arbor Church Outreach
Oak Arbor Church offers many outreach programs for our members and friends to show our love for our neighbors both near and far. We welcome anyone who would like volunteer or who has an idea for organizing a new outreach program.
All the elements of wisdom and love dwell in service. All the elements of thought and desire dwell within act. All the elements of faith and charity dwell within deeds.
- Emmanuel Swedenborg, Divine Love and Wisdom 214
Since charity consists in having an affection for what is good, it also consists in feelings of mercy for those in distress. The good of charity holds such feelings within it because it comes down from the Lord’s love towards the whole human race, a love which is ‘mercy’ because the whole human race is in distress.
- Emmanuel Swedenborg, Arcana Coelestia 5132:2
Current Outreach Programs
Soles4Souls Shoe Drive - starts May 1st, 2017
Did you know over 300 million children around the world are without shoes? Footwear is a first step in helping people in impoverished areas live healthy , productive lives. Footwear can help eliminate
the spreading of diseases through the foot as well as help children obtain an education - as many
schools have footwear requirements to attend.
Soles4souls is a charity that collects shoes from warehouses and people like you. They then distribute them to people in need around the world.
They will take almost any condition shoes, sandals, flip flops, boots etc, even your evening pumps as they are used to help locals start a shoe business. Torn, poor condition shoes are used for repairing other shoes or recycled and they are paid for the scraps.
For more information check out the website www.soles4souls.org
The collection box will be in the Oak Arbor Church lobby for the month of May 2017. You can drop off your shoes on weekdays, 8:30 AM - 3 PM (school entrance) or on Sunday mornings, 9 AM - 12 PM (church entrance).
Please secure your shoes together in pairs, and make a donation (suggested $1 per pair) in the envelope to help with the delivery costs. Thank you!
We collected over 200 pairs of shoes at a previous drive, thank you!
Other Outreach Programs throughout the year
Forgotten Harvest - at Lamphere High School (new dates to come)
You are invited to join a group of Oak Arbor Church volunteers (6th grade and up) for this rewarding outreach experience!
This program runs out of Lamphere High School – in the west end of the building. (610 West 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights – between Stephenson Hwy and John R.) Volunteers are asked to arrive by 9:00 a.m. when we will begin the process of preparing the food for our families. The families begin arriving by 11:00, and we’ll have a steady stream through approximately 1:45. We begin clean-up and are usually all finished for the day by 2:15.
RSVP or ask questions by sending an email here.
NHS Service points can be redeemed, bring your sheet to be signed.
About Forgotten Harvest:
Mission- We are dedicated to relieving hunger in Metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste.
What we do- Forgotten Harvest “rescued” 48.8 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 800 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.
Read more at www.forgottenharvest.org.
Rochester Neighborhood House Backpack Program
Each summer we collect school supplies for local children in need through this program.
RANH Backpack Program Supply List:
- backpacks for children (ages 6-18)
- colored pencils & markers
- black sharpies or fine point markers
- red & blue pens
- glue sticks (large)
- plastic rulers with metric
- black & white compostion notebooks
- college-lined filler paper
- 2-pocket folders
- loose-leaf bonders (3-ring, size 1 1/2)
- loose-leaf binder dividers (sets of 5-8)
Thank you from the Outreach Committee!
Rochester Area Neighborhood House Inc. (RANH) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. Originally founded in 1968, as a vision of seven ministers looking for a center where all communications of need could be channeled and shared, Neighborhood House has grown into an effective organization that continues to serve the needs of the community 40 years later.
Every Easter the beautiful flowers that you bring to decorate the chancel find appreciative homes with those in need of care in our community. The flowers are delivered to the OPCthe day after the Easter service. The OPC sends the flowers along with the meals delivered in the Meals On Wheels Program to the mature people in our Rochester Community that are not able to easily get out to be with others. These flowers brighten their week and share a message that they are thought of and important.
Thanksgiving Food Drive for Grace Centers of Hope
Food donations brought to the Thanksgiving Festival Service (November 24th at 10:30 AM) will be donated to Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac. They accept donations of food or toiletry items.
Offerings of fruit or non-perishable food items can be brought up during the Thanksgiving church procession. Other donations can be placed on the table in the church foyer Sunday November 20th until the Thanksgiving service.
Two Collections to benefit local children in need, through Rochester Area Neighborhood House
Gift Giving Tree
Shoe Cutting Party for Sole Hope
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Party with a Purpose; we were able to cut patterns for 70 shoes and received over $400 in donations!!
Rochester Road Clean-up
Oak Arbor has adopted a section of Rochester Road as part of the Oakland County Adopt-a-Road program. Periodically, we organize volunteers to keep this section of road clean, contributing our part to the process of keeping Michigan beautiful.
DTE Energy Farm
Some of our youth group helped out at the DTE Energy Farm which supplies Gleaners Food Bank with fresh produce.
Food Drive for Gleaners Food Bank
Thank you to Oak Arbor School's 3rd & 4th graders for organizing the food drive for Gleaners, and for our school families for all the donations!
Here is the thank you note from Gleaners:
"Thank you so much for organizing to bring a group of wonderful volunteers to Gleaners on February 26th, 2015! We are extremely grateful for the hard work provided by your group.
We also want to thank you for the generous donation of food. Your donation of 281 pounds of food will help us to nourish communities by feeding hungry people.
Thank you again for your dedication to serving our hungry neighbors!"
Oak Arbor and God's Helping Hands
Outreach Opportunity – for youth group and anyone age 10 and up
Oak Arbor had an opportunity to serve families in need at God’s Helping Hands in Rochester. God's Helping Hands is a Christian community outreach assisting families in Oakland, Macomb, and Lapeer counties, along with other counties in Southeast Michigan with clothing and food. We helped to distribute food that day.
Relay for Life:
This event calls to attention the on-going need for funding research and assistance for cancer of all varieties and its victims and survivors. The Oak Arbor Church congregation alone has a number of cancer survivors. Add to that the names of relatives, other loved ones, neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances, etc. … the list goes on! You can get involved by walking with a team, creating a new team, or making a donation.
Memorial Day Weekend Family Canoe Trip
This weekend trip to Baldwin, Michigan features two days of canoeing, kayaking or rafting down the Pere Marquette River, considered to be Michigan's clearest and cleanest free flowing river. The journey offers you new opportunities around each bend to enjoy the wildlife and peaceful beauty of Northern Michigan. A great canoeing river for the beginner to intermediate paddler, Pere Marquette follows a winding course through a mixture of National, State, and private forests. Before and after canoeing, families enjoy meals, activities and fellowship around a campfire. Many good memories have been made on this trip over the years. more >>>
Rochester Area Neighborhood House
Sudden job loss, death of a spouse; life circumstances can change everything, for anyone.
RANH recognizes the basic needs of residents in crisis
and responds with emotional and financial assistance. Founded in faith, RANH believes that people helping people is the model of a strong community.
Oak Arbor Church is a member church of RANH. If you would like to find out more about Neighborhood House, or would like to help, contact Pastor Derek Elphick or Brad McCardell.