Isaiah 58 was a mission started by First Christian Church in
1996. Last year, Isaiah 58 gave out about eight tons of food to
more than 300 families each month. Isaiah is 100% volunteer
managed and most of the volunteers come from our church. Ten to
fifteen members volunteer at Isaiah each week. In 2009 we gave
$3,000 to support Isaiah 58.
* We gave $ 1,500 in five special offerings collected
seasonally to support our thirteen colleges and universities, as
well as seven seminaries; to support 147 missionaries serving in
44 countries; to manage the pensions of our clergy; to develop
lay leadership of men, women, and youth; to support new church
development; to strengthen ecumenical partnerships through the
Council on Christian Unity; to provide global emergency
assistance through Church World Service, as well as immediate
emergency response through our Region; and to help cover the
administrative costs to manage our denomination. Occasionally,
when disaster strikes, our church collects a special offering
for our own local response, i.e. in 2010 we sent $950 for
emergency relief in Haiti.
* Because our church is located near the High School
and the Middle School, we adopted working with youth as a
mission goal. Each Wednesday evening our pastor meets with a
youth group that ranges from ten to twenty on a given week.
Last year we spent $2,000 to send six youth to church camp
during the summer. In addition, we sponsored ten young people
on a ski trip to Ruidoso, NM during the Christmas break. Two
years ago we took our young people on a mission trip to San
Antonio. A similar mission trip is now being planned for 2010.
In addition, our church “adopted” the Big Spring High School.
Whenever requested by either Principal Ritchey or a school
counselor, we anonymously provide clothing, school supplies,
and/or food to the family of students. We encourage volunteer
service at Isaiah 58 during summer months. Our youth are just
one of two groups in Big Spring that participate in the
Souper Bowl of Caring, and we received the 2009 “Ruth
Jackson” Youth Leadership Award from the state of Texas for our
efforts to pick up trash and clean the Spring in the park.
* Other efforts we support with dollars is the High
School Bible Class, the Lake Brownwood Retreat Center, CASA,
Good Samaritan, the Angel Tree project, and the Hereford
* Although now run by other groups, our church
started three major activities in Big Spring. We brought trout
fishing to Big Spring, we brought the Empty Bowls project to Big
Spring, and we were the first church to offer Trunk or Treat for
little ones. For two years, we sponsored the kids trout fishing
tournament, but turned the event over to the Big Spring Rotary
Club in 2010. Empty Bowls is now a signature event for United
Way, but we continue to host the event at our church. This past
Halloween some 500 youngsters walked car to car for candy
* We offer the traditional activities of church
including choir; Sunday School for kids, youth, and adults; an
intergenerational Bible School in July; Youth group meeting and
activities; Sunday fellowship luncheons; and pastoral care for
members. Our pastor expects to be called anytime in case of
* All of our church activities are promoted through a
monthly newsletter, The Caller
(click it to read it).