PEACE & JUSTICE OPPORTUNITIES
The Outreach Commission oversees First Mennonite’s ministries that go beyond serving our own congregation. Our core mission, as the prophet Micah says, is to bring about greater justice and compassion in our society, grounded in our service to God. In particular, we are seeking to address:
As a congregation, we are involved in the following ministries, and we invite those within and beyond our congregation to get involved as you feel called by God:
Working with Church World Service and Commonwealth Catholic Charities, we sponsor refugees that have moved to the Richmond area. They often need transportation, guidance for navigating complicated systems, and other forms of assistance. If you would like to help, email Jean Oswald.
This new ministry that involves the cooperation of multiple congregations seeks to empower individuals and families move out of poverty. Every few months, our congregation plans to supply a Tuesday dinner for 65 people. If you would like to help, email Paul Joireman.
Mennonite Disaster Service
Following floods, tornados, and other natural disasters, our congregation periodically sends out a team to help clean-up and rebuild for several days. If you would like to be notified when such a team is needed, email Jay Rohrer.
This local organization collects and distributes food and supplies for those living in poverty. Our congregation collects food and selected items at our church each week, and some members volunteer at Lamb’s Basket. To get involved, email Sandy Elliott.
Virginia Center for Restorative Justice
This organization provides restorative justice services to schools, juvenile courts, prisons and churches by bringing together victims and offenders in a cooperative process of responsibility and resolution. If you would like to become a trained volunteer facilitator, email Daniel Foxvog.
Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities (RISC)
This interracial, interfaith, nonpartisan organization unites dozens of congregations to take action on such issues as elementary reading, childhood trauma, job training, and affordable housing in Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield. First Mennonite is in the exploring phase of involvement. We will need 6-8 volunteers, plus strong congregational involvement, to carry out membership in this program. If you are interested in getting involved, email Tina Eshleman.