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Mission Council Application for Mission Organizations Form HERE

Campus Ministries

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (ICVF)

Knox serves college students seeking to find Jesus and how He fits into their lives through our continued support of campus ministries. The purpose or mission is to provide a Christian presence on campus emphasizing student and faculty transformation as they come to or grow in their faith, campus renewal by love, grace and justice, connecting students to God so they will become change agents for good.

Our geographic scope is downstate Illinois college campuses (Intervarsity) Chris Swiney is helping to spread the Good News at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Cents-Ability

This ministry is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty. In the yellow coin funnel on the Mission table, one can deposit any amount of spare change. All the pennies, nickels, etc. that are collected go to Cents-Ability, a part of the Presbyterian Hunger Programs, and are used to relieve hunger and benefit self-help programs where necessary. 

Remember the yellow coin funnel: any pennies, nickels, and dimes are welcome and will be donated to Cents-Ability. The money will be sent to Cents-Ability which uses proceeds to feed the hungry locally and globally. 

CROP HUNGER WALK

 Crop Hunger Walk 2017

Each year approximately 1100 CROP Hunger Walks are organized nation-wide. The primarily goal of the CROP Hunger Walk is to raise funds to help battle hunger in our own communities and throughout the world. CROP Hunger Walk $$ are also used to provide disaster relief and fund self-help programs. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. Over the past 30+ years, the congregation of Knox has been supporting the local Naperville Area CROP Hunger Walk by either walking or sponsoring a walker.

  • We walk for the families who depend on Loaves and Fishes for groceries.
  • We walk for the many children who grow up in poverty.
  • We walk for refugees who need protection and assistance.
  • We walk for victims of natural disasters by providing shelter, food and water, and other emergency relief items.

The final numbers are in for CROP Hunger Walk 2016: On Sunday, October 16,  15 Knox walkers participated in the 34th annual Naperville Area CROP Hunger Walk. The Knox CROP Hunger Walk recruiters would like to thank each and every walker and sponsor for being part of this year’s walk. Knox had a great team of walkers who raised a total of $3725. All this money will be used to support local and global efforts to relieve hunger and malnutrition. Also, a big thank you to the Presbyterian Women of Knox for allocating funds to help make hunger history. PW was able to sponsor every Knox Hunger CROP walker. See you on Sunday, October 15 for the 2017 Naperville Area CROP HUNGER WALK.

 Of all the money raised during the Naperville Area CROP Hunger Walk campaigns, 25% will stay in our own community with Loaves and Fishes Community and the Northern Illinois Food Bank as the beneficiaries. More information about the local CROP Hunger Walk is available on www.napervillecropwalk.org.

Thank you for “Helping Make Hunger History”

Knox CROP Hunger Walk Recruiters

Rachel Koritala and Ineke Pelella

Dupage PADS

DuPage PADS is committed to end and prevent homelessness in DuPage County by serving as a model for providing interim housing, transitional and permanent housing, and supportive services for people who are homeless in a setting that encourages responsibility while offering the opportunity for independence and self-sufficiency. 

Hesed House

Sign-up to help HERE / Recipe Link

Hesed House Inc. is a center for ministries providing services to poor and homeless persons. Hesed House has four branches. The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry provides weekly grocery assistance for poor individuals and families not currently experiencing homelessness.  The Aurora Soup Kitchen Inc. provides hot lunch on Mondays and Fridays to poor and homeless individuals and families.  PADS Inc. is a multi-program organization providing various housing and other services to homeless individuals and families.

LIGHT-House Permanent Supportive Housing provides stable apartments for chronically homeless individuals and families.  The Association for Individual Development (AID) has a full-time mental health counselor on-site at Hesed House.  Aurora U.'s Harvesting Hope provides therapeutic play for homeless children. 

Locally, we continue our efforts to meet the needs of the homeless and the hungry. ‘Hesed’ means God’s unconditional love. Knox supports this mission by providing food and volunteers on the 4th Saturday of the month September - May.  Help is needed for:

  • Serving meals:
    1st shift (6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
    2nd shift (9:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.)
    3rd shift (3:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.)
  • Preparing food in advance.
  • Donations of toiletries and personal care items

The volunteer dates for 2017 are:  September 23, October 28, November 25, and December 23.  The dates for winter 2018 are: January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28 and May 26.  Directions to Hesed House are here.

If you have questions about volunteering at Hesed House or need more information please email Jill Wittwer at jillwittwer

There is an ongoing need for bicycles by Hesed House guests.  Often times a bike will serve as a guest's only reliable and affordable means of transportation to and from work.  If you have a bike that is in very good working condition that you wish to donate, please contact Hesed House directly.

Loaves & Fishes Community Food Pantry

In Naperville alone, an estimated 4,600 or 3.1% of its 147,000 residents live below the federal poverty line.  15.7% of Naperville's female single parent households live below the federal poverty line.  13.7% of Naperville's residents age 65 and over live below the federal poverty line.  Over 1,000 Naperville school children do not have access to government supported summer lunch or after school snack programs.  This local food pantry, located at 1871 High Grove Lane in Naperville provides basic food, toiletries and home necessities for all in need of this service in the City of Naperville.

Hunger Sundays are the first Sunday of every month.  Loaves & Fishes donations are based on the most needed items as identified by Loaves and Fishes here.  

Since food donations in general do not cover all the needs of Loaves & Fishes, financial support for the food pantry would also be very much appreciated.  Envelopes for financial support are in the pews.  Checks are always welcome.  Please make these out to Knox and mark "Loaves & Fishes" in the memo section. For every $10 you donate, Loaves & Fishes is able to purchase $100 worth of goods. The total food expenditures of Loaves & Fishes are between $15,000 to $20,000 per month. These amounts represent about half of the food that needs to be bought. The other half comes from donations. Thank you so much for your support.

Loaves & Fishes has expanded its food pick up hours. Consequently, more volunteers are needed to help out with the distribution of food, on Tuesdays and Thursdays especially. A complete list of volunteer positions, requirements, days, and times can be found on the website of the food pantry www.loaves-fishes.org under the "Volunteer" heading.  Please call the Volunteer Manager at Loaves & Fishes at 630-355-3663 before you go.

Naperville Cares

Naperville CARES has been serving the community for 14 years by helping local families in financial crisis meet their essential needs by providing emergency financial support and resources. The CARES Emergency Assistance program provides direct financial assistance and also collaborates and coordinates funding with local congregations, social service and government agencies to pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, child care, car payments or car insurance.  CARES also has a Car Program which provides reliable transportation by repairing vehicles donated by community members and providing them to eligible households that lack critical transportation to get to work or repairing client-owned vehicles of those individuals who are working or actively seeking employment.

Pullman Presbyterian Church 

Knox Presbyterian has been a partner-in-mission with Pullman Presbyterian in Chicago for more than ten years. After Clint and Deb's arrival on Staff in 1999, Knox increased its support to Pullman, while many of its leaders gave time and talent to fulfilling the twenty-five year vision of a new facility for a vital inner-city congregation. Rev Clint with others in his congregation have enthusiastically served on the Pullman Mission Team in order to realize this vision and to demonstrate the power and promise of shared mission outreach in the best traditions of the Presbyterian Church.

Knox and Pullman worship together annually on Pentecost and World Communion Sundays. Knox and Pullman serve together each summer through the Dakota Partnership for shared mission outreach to Native American Dakota Sioux in South Dakota and Montana.  

Samaritan Interfaith

Samaritan Interfaith, a faith-based counseling center founded by Knox Presbyterian Church and three other Naperville churches in 1971, provides spiritually integrated, therapeutic counseling to individuals, couples, children, and families, regardless of religious affiliation. Circumstances can sometimes interfere with one's ability to cope, and we may need to seek outside help. Samaritan Interfaith is here to help individuals reach balance and wellness in their lives and can help restore hope to those who may be struggling with life's situations.

Samaritan's counseling services address issues such as:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Marital relationships
  • Major life transitions
  • Job/career changes
  • Grief and loss
  • Spectrum disorders
  • Learning disabilities

Samaritan Interfaith's Access Program can help provide counseling at an affordable cost for those unable to afford the care they need. For your convenience, you may log onto an anonymous online depression screening tool at www.samaritancenter.org.

Teen Parent Connection

Teen Parent Connection (TPC) is a nonprofit organization in DuPage County which provides comprehensive programs and services related to teenage pregnancy and parenting.  For over 20 years, Knox has assumed the responsibility for providing the facility, childcare and family style meals as one of our vital mission and outreach programs. 

Looking for an opportunity to help out teenage moms (and dads) and their little ones this new year? Why not sign up to provide and serve a pre-planned meal to TPC young parents and their infants and toddlers on Tuesday evenings? There are dates available from September through May for you to get involved. Meals need not be home cooked or complicated. Instructions, reimbursement and personal support are available. Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m., allowing you to finish before 7:30 p.m.!!

Click Here for the current meal calendar and more details!

Wayside Cross Ministries

  • Wayside Cross is a Christian ministry serving people in need living in the Fox Valley area through the following outreach efforts:
  • Lifespring serving women in need. Knox women lead a monthly group creating scrapbooks as an outlet to re-building their lives
  • Master’s Touch serving men in need
  • Urban Youth serving young people from at risk environments
  • Hope Outreach providing job training, clothing, furniture and appliances through a resale shop
  • New Life Corrections serving men in prison

Fill-A-Truck Sunday

On Sunday, April 30 from 8 am - 12:30 pm Knox will once again sponsor Wayside Cross Ministries truck for our Annual “Fill-A-Truck” Sunday. Clean your closets, dresser drawers, and storage areas. Give us your outgrown or ratty clothes.

Your donation of CLEAN CLOTHING will help us serve hundreds of people with meals, clothing, and lodging. Your clothing will either be distributed through the Community Outreach Program or turned into $$$ for WCM in the Hope Chest Resale Store. Even ripped or torn clothing is turned into $$$ by recycling to organizations that provide clothing to 3rd world countries. 

Because of a limited number of personnel and the large variety of donations we can only receive clothing; games and small children’s toys, toiletries for both men and women; and unopened products of Tylenol and seasonal allergy medicine.

 If you would like to donate furniture or large items at any time, WCM is interested.  Arrangements can be made for furniture pick-ups by calling Wayside Cross Ministries 630-892-4239 or filling out the form at the WCM website.  If you would like to know more about this mission opportunity or Wayside Cross Ministries, contact Gary McGregor.

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