Leland Community Church strives to provide tangible opportunities to be God’s hands and feet in Leelanau County, our state, country, and world. God has given each of us special talents, passions, and resources to help others. Many in our congregation are involved in a variety of community activities that help others. Members strive to serve and show God’s love beyond our church doors. If you’re interested in using your skills and passion to help those within the larger Leland community, contact us and start serving today!
Cookie Outreach Ministry
5Loaves2Fish is a community outreach ministry of Leland Community United Methodist Church seeking to feed the mind, body, and spirit. Programs centered on Art and food are offered in an atmosphere of love, justice, and service to the community.
A prepared or pot-luck meal is provided periodically at LCUMC following Sunday worship. There are also opportunities for art and games.
Art & Soul North
Art & Soul North is a separate outreach ministry under 5Loaves2Fish. It is operated through Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City on Thursdays from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. The program is designed to bring dignity, pride, and purpose to those who are homeless and marginalized. Through self-expressive and collaborative community art, this program helps to nourish mind, body, and spirit. It is first a ministry of hospitality, offering a place of comfort and encouragement using art as the medium. Expressive art is the focus. Art becomes the vehicle for healing, self-discovery, and transformation.
Art and religion have always gone together. There is a deep and ancient bond between the church and the artisan. Art fosters new ways to see and experience God. Therefore, it is natural for the church to support and encourage the gifts of artistry and creativity throughout its community. Making art is a discipline that requires silence, contemplation, discernment, humility, and mindfulness — all spiritual practices!
Art programs for the homeless, while new to our region, have been successfully established in many cities throughout the country. Examples of incredible works of art created by the homeless are sold through art galleries and art shows from Seattle to New York. These programs have showcased the immense creative potential of the homeless community. For many talented individuals, art provides the opportunity to make a living selling their art, and to be able to afford housing and basic living needs.
Organizations with year-round opportunities:
- Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN) | www.leelanauchristianneighbors.org
- Weekly Food Pantry
- Weekly Baby Pantry
- Samaritans Closet Resale
- Blessings in a Backpack
- Neighbor Assistance Program
- Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse – a homeless shelter in Traverse City | www.gtsafeharbor.org
- Central Methodist Community Outreach Thursday Lunch Program | https://www.tccentralumc.org/outreach/
Local Organizations with Seasonal Opportunities
Northport Indian Mission United Methodist Church
On the third Saturday of May each year, Leland Community Church teams with members of the Northport Indian United Methodist Church, and Central Methodist Church to help with the spring clean-up of the Northport Indian United Methodist Church, campground and cemetery. https://northportindianumc.org
Student Assistance Programs at Leland Public Schools | www.lelandschool.com
- Bridge (tutoring and mentoring) Program
- Mentoring Program
- Aids (non-classroom)
- Teacher’s assistants