Cascade Christian Church was established in 1864 and continues to be very active in missions and the community. It is the desire of the Social Action and Mission Outreach (SAMO) Committee to engage congregants in local, denominational, and international missions. This may include hands-on service, financial gifts, and/or providing needed items. For more information, call the church office at 616-949-1360.

Below are some of the missions/missionaries that we support:

LOCAL

  • A.C.C.E.S.S. 6 – Helping families in the Ada, Alto, Bowne Center, Caledonia, Cascade and Vergennes Townships. CCC is a part of a faith-based community connection of local churches that provides assistance with basic needs when families or individuals are experiencing financial hardships.
  • Boy Scout Troop 334 - has been sponsored by CCC for over 50 years. During that time over 100 scouts have achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
  • Easter Care PackagesFor over 30 years the children of the church have been sending care packages of God’s love to about 1100 inmates of Kent County Jail.
  • Family Promise - The mission of Family Promise of Grand Rapids is to end homelessness, one family at a time, by engaging faith-based and community organizations to provide emergency shelter and basic needs to families with children who are homeless and to provide additional programs to assist them in finding housing and sustaining their independence.
  • Gaylord House ApartmentsGaylord House low income senior citizen housing is a Cascade Christian Church partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide quality housing for seniors in the Cascade area.  These well-maintained apartments provide housing, and additionally offer a wonderful social neighborhood and opportunities for community involvement. Twenty eight one-bedroom units are part of the complex. Applicants who qualify within defined income limits pay 30% of adjusted gross income towards rent; this includes electrical allowance, gas heat, sewer/water, and trash removal. Rental information can be obtained through the church office.
  • HQ The mission of HQ is to create a safe and affirming space for youth to find rest, build connections and pursue their passions to realize their dreams. It is a safe place for teens and young adults to go; a place off the streets with lockers, showers, computer access, and a meal. Meals and personal care items provided.
  • Keryx Prison MinistryRepresented by members of CCC in visits to women's prison for Christian teaching at annual weekend retreats. Funding and prayers provided.
  • Meals on Wheels - Volunteers from CCC, Ada Congregational, and Forest Hills Presbyterian Church deliver meals Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week.
  • Operation Santa Claus - A program that began with a CCC youth group 59 years ago and now involves several local churches, stores, Forest Hills Schools and other groups to provide gifts for children and food for area families who need help at Christmas time. A great opportunity for volunteering.
  • Paper GatorA Paper Gator bin is located in the parking lot next to the playground on Hurley Street and is available to anyone. Use of the Paper Gator helps in recycling paper products such as newspapers, phone books, catalogs, junk mail, office/school papers, and hard and soft covered books. Proceeds from the Paper Gator benefit Operation Santa Claus and Scout Troop 334.
  • Jack DuivenA self-funded missionary who grew up at CCC, Jack serves on University of Michigan campus through Reliant Ministries -funding and prayer provided.
  • Second Mile House - Takes in donations of clothes and necessary household items that are made available to anyone with those kinds of needs. Often whole families are clothed. A limited supply of walkers or other mobility items may be available for loan. By appointment only. For an appointment contact the church office at 616-949-1360.
  • Soul WarmersKnitting and crocheting group that makes blankets for YWCA Domestic Crisis Center and church members experiencing health issues.
  • Soup and Sandwich LuncheonsThese are usually held the first and third Thursdays of the month at noon, followed by a short program. All ages are invited and the community is welcome. Suggested donation for a meal is $4.

DENOMINATIONAL

  • Camp CrystalOverlooking Crystal Lake in Frankfort, Michigan, Crystal Conference Center is the home of Camp Crystal. Summer camps are held all summer long for people of all ages. Scholarships are available to all camps at Camp Crystal. For more information, contact the church office at 616-949-1360.
  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Michigan RegionTheir mission is to nurture and support congregations, encourage initiatives of Christian stewardship, promote ecumenical activities, and provide resources for ministry, outreach and education.
  • Disciples Mission Fund (DMF)Disciples Mission Fund (DMF) brings the whole Church together, connecting us to the life-giving and life-saving work we have been called to do. It also simplifies giving for congregations and individuals, providing a way to support the entire Church at once. DMF-funded regional and general ministries offer opportunities for Disciples to serve as missionaries, attend college or seminary, advocate for the least of these, and so much more.
  • Rippling HopeThe ministry of Rippling Hope plans, leads, sponsors, and helps to resource mission trip projects in a variety of settings around the country. CCC has partnered with Rippling Hope on a few occasions to help clean up neighborhoods in the Detroit area. Through work projects experienced first-hand and relationships formed on mission trips, people of all ages will learn that by reaching out to their sisters and brothers in need, they will not only change their lives, but also will powerfully effect the lives of those they serve. 
  • Week of CompassionWeek of Compassion is the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. We seek to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development, and the promotion of mission opportunities.

INTERNATIONAL

  • Caribbean Children's FoundationThe foundation formed to support Nora Leon’s work in meeting the needs of orphans and other impoverished children in Haiti. Currently, our funds have helped build and support an orphanage, church, 3 schools, a trade school, feeding programs and a medical clinic to be opened on the island of Ile-a-Vache.
  • Esther's Hope Ministry of Joan Cornelison, a Grand Rapids pastor, who grew up in Kenya. Her work focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty for young African women. We partner with local churches to help Esther’s Hope provide education scholarships, life skills training, Bible studies, health care and clean water.
  • Nora Leon in HaitiNora began her full time mission work in 2004.  A CCC mission team accompanied her on her move. Since then, two other CCC mission teams have gone to work with her there. Nora is one of the founders and Executive Director of Caribbean Children’s Foundation.
  • Shannon O'Rourke KasaliShannon grew up in CCC and has spent the last several years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is currently an Education Specialist and about five years ago began an effort called Books for Eastern Congo. Eastern DRC is known as a place that has suffered from over 20 years of war, but there are local organizations and institutions that are building a better future for children and youth in the country. This group is working with the local community to put books into the hands of more children and youth in Congo, helping to provide them with a better quality education.