The festivities during Christmas in Kalona provide us with a wonderful opportunity to feel the love and joy of the season while making memories with our loved ones. This is also a season of …
The festivities during Christmas in Kalona provide us with a wonderful opportunity to feel the love and joy of the season while making memories with our loved ones. This is also a season of generosity, and those so inclined will have an opportunity to make a financial contribution to the Council of Mid-Prairie Churches at the event.
The CMPC booth will be set up on Dec. 3 in the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the vendor area.
The Council recognizes the needs of many in our community, and uses the funds collected to support the following local ministries:
Retrograde Ministries is a Christian residential care program with locations in Kalona and Sharon Center that offers programs for addiction recovery, sober living, and extremely low-income housing. The immersive residential addiction recovery program helps people get clean, develop healthy habits, get a job, make sobriety connections, and receive life skills training. The long-term sober living community is for those who want a fresh start and want to rebuild their lives surrounded by people who want the same thing.
The Lighthouse Center is a Christian community outreach in Washington that serves all of Washington County. The heart of this ministry is to reach people in need by offering food, clothing, counseling, furniture, emergency housing, transitional living, and the message of Jesus Christ.
Shelter House, which is located in Iowa City, provides safe shelter and helps people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness. It has a 70-bed emergency shelter, as well as over 60 permanent supportive housing units. Shelter House focuses on programs and support services that include housing, employment, and mental health recovery that helps adults, children, and families get back on their feet.
The Local Missions Fund is an initiative of the Council of Mid-Prairie Churches that discerns which local needs the churches can best address. To date, the fund has helped pay utility bills; provide clothing, food, and furniture; and build ramps to provide accessibility.
The CMPC also uses funds to support food pantries in Wellman and Kalona.