Outreach & Missions

Outreach & Missions

At Effort we believe that we are blessed so we can help others.  Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.”  Whether that be in our church, locally, regionally, or worldwide, we are passionate about giving back to God’s children with our time, love, and resources.  Below are our ministries in which we would love to have you be part of.

Local Impact

Fluvanna Meals On Wheels

Fluvanna Meals on Wheels provides a source of daily social contact for people who would otherwise be alone. It also allows for earlier release from hospitals and long term care facilities and helps in keeping elderly and disabled persons out of institutions altogether. It can help older married couples to remain together and gives many people the opportunity to live in their own homes for longer periods of time.  Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver a hot nutritious meal, a warm smile and a safety check to keep senior and disabled adults healthy and living in their own homes within Fluvanna County.

(Contact Lisa Himes at fluvannamealsonwheels@embarqmail.com)

Stop Hunger Now

Everyone on the planet has the right to the nutrition necessary to live life to his or her full potential. From the implementation of sustainable community development projects to their meal packaging program that harnesses the passion of local volunteers, they strive to make a global impact on hunger by building resilience, self-sufficiency and empowerment among the communities they work in and with. We regularly pack over 15,000 meals during our Saturday events. 

(For more information, go to www.riseagainsthunger.org)

Habitat for Humanity

Fluvanna County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, non-profit housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope.  It is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. It advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help improve their shelter conditions.

(Contact Mike Himes at fluvannahabitat@live.com)

The Glass Slipper

The Glass Slipper program is dedicated to helping girls overcome financial obstacles related to their high school prom experience by collecting new and gently-worn formal dresses and accessories — then offering those items at nominal prices. Our objective is to create a loving, caring and respectful environment— assisting each young woman to shop for a special prom dress of her choice.

(Contact Kim Feight at kimfeight@gmail.com)

Salvation Army

Effort Church partners with Charlottesville Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.  Different small groups are scheduled throughout the year to provide dinner on the second Tuesday of every month.

(Contact Sims Wright at pwright2@gmail.com)

Blue Ridge Mobile Food Pantry

Effort works in conjunction with The Blue Ridge Mobile Food Pantry to provide food to people in need to our outlying areas.  The Mobile Food Pantry vehicle sets up in Effort Parking lot on the last Thursday of every month.  Food distribution begins at 10 am until 12 noon.

(Contact Dale Kirby at ahk61@gmail.com)

Prison Ministry

This is a Christmas gift ministry to all inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women in Troy, VA and is sponsored by The Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia, Inc.  Gifts are donated by churches and individuals throughout the state of Virginia and beyond and include Christmas cards, greeting cards, stationery, and a kit of hygiene items.  Effort Church has been involved in managing and supporting this ministry since it first started in 1998.

(Contact one of the following:
Nancy & Ron Switzer (ron.nan@comcast.net 434-989-6558/9);
or
Pam Wimmer (pwimmer@embarqmail.com, 434-589-8830)

Celebrate Recovery Inside

We choose to put our faith into action by taking Jesus, using the Celebrate Recovery® Program, inside to the men and women incarcerated inside prison and jail facilities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information about CR Inside, go to www.cr-inside.org.

(Contact Jenny Faulknier at jennyfaulknier@gmail.com for more information)

MAACA

Provides crisis intervention to hundreds of families through assistance with food, clothing, and financial help with housing, fuel, utilities and other emergency situations.  Rural Outreach staff assess clients’ circumstances beyond the immediate situation and link these low-income families with a wide variety of organizations and services to meet their many needs.  Fluvanna’s food pantry, operated in conjunction with the Fluvanna Christian Services Society, is open Monday through Friday to meet the food and nutrition needs of low income residents.

(Bertha Armstrong at flumacaa@ntelos.net)

Regional Impact

BGAV Partnership

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches from Seoul, South Korea, Toronto, Ontario, the District of Columbia, and the states of California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

Effort Church is a proud partner, and Pastor Ben is also on the Executive Board for the BGAV.

Global Impact

Haiti Partnership

Through the Baptist General Association of Virginia, we’ve partnered with the Source of Light Orphanage in Haiti. We’re able to see young children get the care they need and exposure to Jesus through our kind donors, as well as get boots on the ground in Haiti to help disciple leaders, improve conditions at the orphanage, and help inspire and train teachers to be more effective for the Kingdom and their students.

This year our mission group will journey to Haiti 7/22-29/2017.

(Contact Susan Hineman at susanh@effortchurch.org)

Liberia Partnership

Effort has been involved in a partnership with Effort Church Liberia and Lott Carey Missions since for over a decade.  We have been involved in developing schools and scholarship programs for children, providing humanitarian and medical aid to orphanages, helping to plant churches, and  providing training and development for teachers, pastors and church leaders.

(Contact Molly Fulton at mollymfulton@gmail.com)

Mission Trips

Youth

Mission Serve- Fair Bluff, NC – July 9 – 15, 2017

Adult

Haiti – July 22 – 29, 2017.