NATIVITY OF THE
HOLY THEOTOKOS

ORTHODOX CHURCH

MINISTRIES

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Loaves & Fishes

Each month we donate approximately 200-300lbs of canned goods for the local Loaves and Fishes Donation Program.

Loaves & Fishes uses a Client Choice model which allows clients to select groceries their family is most likely to eat. Clients are able to choose a specified number of items in the areas of grains, proteins, vegetables, fruit, and dairy based on the size of the family. The number of choices is determined by a Registered Dietitian to ensure that enough food is available to create three meals a day for a week. It is important to the dignity of our clients to feel they have some control and requires them to invest some time in the process. It also allows for greater interaction between clients and volunteers.

Last year, Loaves & Fishes provided groceries to over 77,600 people. 46% were children.

Stephen Ministry

Our congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, on-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

A Stephen Minister is:

  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role.
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.
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Back To School

During the month of August we collect backpacks and fill them with school supplies to be donated to local schools.

While each school may have different requirements per grade, there are basic supplies that all students may need. Here are some examples:

  • #2 Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pencil Case
  • Pkg. Lined Paper
  • Pocket Folders
  • Lined Wide Ruled Spiral Bound Notebooks
  • Blue Pens
  • Pink Erasers
  • Pkg. Crayons or Colored Pencils

Construction

In 2014 our parish started a new construction ministry. In June 2014 we sent five men to Kenosha, WI to build a one hundred foot handicap ramp for St. Nicholas Orthodox Parish. Our parish pays for our food and travel and donate we donate the labor. The host parish pays for building supplies and provides housing.

"From Sunday, July 12 through Saturday, July 18, seven parishioners from the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC made the one and a half hour trip south to Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Columbia, SC. Our main task was to renovate their parish hall that was once a warehouse for the Swisher Company. According to Father Thomas Moore, their pastor, “The hall is used all the time. We have regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and a group of Irish dancers who practice there. We plan to use the space for our Coffee Fellowship, but it needed a facelift.” The building got more than a facelift, it got a complete overhaul."
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Angel Tree Program

Every November the Salvation Army in Charlotte asks for donations of gifts for families in need. Parish families “adopt” local angels, we purchase gifts for the children.

The Salvation Army operate the Angel Tree program to provide Christmas assistance to those in need in our community. Families register children age 12 and under to receive new Christmas gifts for the holidays. Once registered, each child's information is placed on an angel to be adopted. Individuals, families, groups, and companies are given the opportunity to adopt angels and purchase Christmas gifts for these children. All gifts are then returned, sorted and distributed to the families prior to Christmas Day. Through the involvement of the community, many lives are touched and much joy is spread through the Angel Tree program.

Quarterly Meal at the Mission

Once every four months, our parish purchases food and cooks a hot lunch for approximately one hundred men at the Men’s Rescue Mission in Charlotte.

Charlotte Rescue Mission is transforming lives in the name of Jesus Christ by serving people impacted by addiction to equip them to thrive in the community.

Founded in 1938, the Charlotte Rescue Mission has a long history of reaching out to the homeless and those battling addictions. Over the years, the Mission has been located in several different uptown Charlotte buildings and had several different names, but our commitment to serving the homeless and sharing the gospel of Christ has never changed.

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Florence Crittendon Services

Throughout the year we collect diapers, baby formula, gently used baby toys, board books, and other baby items for distribution to the local home for single teen mothers.

The mission of Florence Crittenton Services is to promote health and hope for tomorrow’s children by providing comprehensive health, educational and social services for single pregnant and non-pregnant adolescents and women, mothers and their babies in the foster care system.

Florence Crittenton Services was established by Charlotte civic religious leaders in 1903. After an article in the news was published detailing the suicide of a single and pregnant 16-year-old, citizens joined forces to provide a safe place and understanding, rather than condemnation, for single, pregnant women.

OCMC Coin Collection

During Great Lent our parish collects spare change and donates all funds to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center in St. Augustine, Florida. All funds help support domestic and international missions.

As the official missions agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States it is OCMC's mission to make disciples of all nations by bringing people to Christ and His Church.

Why Orthodox missions? There are still over 4.7 billion people who do not know the hope, love and joy of a life in Christ. OCMC helps Orthodox Christians from North America welcome people around the world into the Body of Christ.

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