Home Ministries Outreach


We seek to make a positive difference in our community and the world. God calls us to be intimately involved in our community to aid and support those in need. The agencies for which we volunteer are serving the poor, homeless, hungry, uninsured, young, and older members of the Kalamazoo and broader community. Portage United Church of Christ supports these organizations with dollars, but they also need the time, skills, and knowledge of volunteers to carry out their good work.  Many types of Volunteers Opportunities are available through our church. Contact Nancy Honeysett(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with questions or to volunteer your gifts of time and talent.


Food Pantries

  • Westside – Last Tuesday or Friday each month – 3 hours – Contact Maija Petersons
  • Bethlehem Baptist – One Thursday a month – 3 hours –Contact John/Lenore Armstrong
  • Loaves & Fishes – Weekly – ½ hour-manage church food collection – Contact Bill Haas


  • Ministry with Community – Serving meals to those in need - Last Saturday each month – 3 hours- Contact Prudence McCabe
  • Wide Open Table – Providing meal & fellowship to the community & those in need - Third Saturday each month – 2-3 hours- Contact Kay Ensfield
  • Open Door - Prepare/Serving Community Meal twice a year - Contact Dave Holzwarth
  • Mental Health Ministry – North Presbyterian Church –During week- various times – Contact Jo Cunningham


  • Meals on Wheels – delivering prepared meals to disabled – once every six weeks – 2 hours – Contact Klay Woodworth


  • Open Doors – renewal work on buildings for underemployed – Occasional projects – Contact Dave Holzwarth
  • Habitat for Humanity – building – renewing of homes for those in need – Occasional projects – Contact Dave Holzwarth
  • Mission Trips – Adult and Youth missions to different cities and countries to serve those in need – Trips vary each year.


  • Community in Schools – distribute weekend food packs – tutoring – 1-4 times a month – Contact Patrick Song
  • School supplies – donate, collect, deliver – Once a  year – Contact Patrick Song
  • SLD Center – tutoring – training provided – 1 hour a week – Contact Heidi Turchan


  • Veterans Hospital – letters, donations (blankets), singing – Occasional – Contact Dave Holzwarth

Money Donations

  • Foods Resource Bank – sponsor crop acres for funding mission work – Once a year – Contact Bill Pierce
  • Shelter Donations – food/toiletries/money – Anytime – Contact Dave Holzwarth
  • Love Fund – Discretionary fund of church for community need – 1st Sunday offering
  • Sponsorship of Youth Mission Trips – Once a year

Denominational Outreach Support

Being 5 for 5 is one sign of congregational vitality in UCC churches that fully support the denomination's Our Church's Wider Mission.  Portage United Church of Christ gives to this Mission in all 5 ways:

Basic Support through the denomination

Special Mission Offering dates are:

Neighbors in Need on World Communion Sunday

Justice and Compassion Like a Mighty Stream
Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including ministry carried out by the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and by the national offices of Justice and Witness Ministries.

The Christmas Fund on the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Remembering Those Who Serve Our Church
Provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands

One Great Hour of Sharing on the Fourth Sunday in Lent

Giving Help, Hope and Life
Supports partners in more than 70 countries with ministries that fund development projects, feed the victims of famine, provide services for displaced people, and respond to natural disasters.

Strengthen the Church on Pentecost Sunday

Faithfully Building the Body of Christ
Supports church growth and leadership development in the conferences and through the national offices of Local Church Ministries.