Connecting women… impacting the world
Women Ministries is part of the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. We support women locally, nationally, and internationally.
Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO) – Our local outreach is Cornerstone Community Outreach, a homeless shelter is located in Uptown in Chicago. Through donations we are able to supply much needed basic items such as underwear, bras, socks, jeans, and pajamas. We also supply personal hygiene items, such as travel-sized toiletries. We support the women, men and children who reside at CCO. More information on CCO can be found at: CCOlife.org. The following are some of the things we do in support of CCO:
Give Me Shelter – Did you know that every night 330 people receive shelter from Cornerstone Community Outreach? This is both homeless families with children, and single adults. Not only do they not have to sleep outside, they get nutritious meals, case management support, clothing, employment, education and every support available to them so that they can focus on what they need to do to get housed. A donation of $4 will provide one night of shelter. How? The cost per night for shelter is only $20. Grants that are awarded to Cornerstone will cover the other $16 per night. So with your gift of $4 per night, someone can receive shelter and these amazing services. If you would like to support this outreach financially you can mail your check to CCO (4628 N. Clifton, Chicago, IL 60640) or you may mail your donation to the church. If mailing your check to the church, please make your check payable to NBCC-WM. Please write $4 for Shelter in the memo line.
Items needed for Cornerstone Community Outreach –Items needed for CCO include: new or gently used duffle bags and backpacks, twin size sheet sets, towels, bedding and personal hygiene items. Items can be dropped off at the church. CCO provides birthday gifts for the 350+ people who are sheltered at CCO. For many this is the only gift they will receive, only be remembered by CCO staff. There is a need for new items that can be used for birthday gifts (all ages). They also need wrapping paper and greeting cards. Jewelry is also desired (broken or whole – pieces can be re-made). Craft supplies can be used by the art program.
Annual Plant Sale – WM holds a plant sale the weekend (Fri. & Sat.) after Mother’s Day. Plants are available that weekend through mid-June. This is a fundraiser for WM activities.
Fall Fellowship – The Central Conference women’s retreat is held at Covenant Harbor Bible camp in Lake Geneva, WI. It is the third weekend in September. About 250 women attend the annual retreat.
Advent Night – This event is held annually. It is a night of Advent music and inspiring message. In the past we have done “Lessons & Carols” and an evening of the stories behind beloved Christmas Carols.