The Serve Team connects DeerGrove with ministries and service opportunities locally and globally. We seek to ensure DeerGrove is making a difference in our community and beyond.
Palatine Opportunity Center
The Palatine Opportunity Center (POC) connects underserved residents of the Palatine area to services and resources in order to build a community of empowered people, healthy families, and vibrant neighborhoods. We serve with the POC in many ways including tutoring, mentoring, and hands-on projects. The most regular way to engage with DeerGrove and the POC is through Birthday Club.
POC Birthday Club—On the third Thursday of each month at 5:00, we host a birthday party for the children at one of the POC after-school sites. Contact us to sign-up for the next Birthday Club (see the calendar for dates). Ministry Partners are needed to bake cupcakes, buy a birthday present book, and to serve at the birthday party.
Other Local Involvement
Through Thanksgiving baskets for the Palatine Food Pantry, serving at local events, and a variety of individual involvement in the community (Rotary Club, volunteering at schools, etc.), we engage in service in our local community. Are you involved in service to the local community or do you have an opportunity for DeerGrove to participate? Please let us know by email.
Covenant Kids Congo
Together with World Vision, the Evangelical Covenant Church is partnering to sponsor children in the poorest region of the poorest country in the world—the Democratic Republic of Congo. DeerGrove has responded very generously and many families sponsor children through Covenant Kids Congo (CKC). Learn more about Covenant Kids Congo.
Covenant World Relief
Covenant World Relief (CWR) is the ECC’s response to disaster and human suffering around the world. Covenant World Relief joins God in loving, serving, and working together with the poor, the powerless, and the marginalized. DeerGrove participates in an annual offering to CWR in the fall with our SoupFest celebration. Learn more about Covenant World Relief.
DeerGrove supports several missionaries through the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Erik and Kristina Amundsen—Serving in Ecuador.
Joel and Kim Delp—Serving in Ecuador.
Christy—Serving in East Asia. (Due to security concerns, we cannot publish more information about Christy. If you would like to learn more, please contact us.)
DeerGrove also supports Covenanters in Mission who are members of DeerGrove.
Loren and Kensey Ledebuhr—Serving in Papua New Guinea.
Feed My Starving Children
Quarterly, we serve with Feed My Starving Children at their Schaumburg packing location. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit where children and adults hand-pack meals for malnourished children and then ship these meals around the world. Learn more about Feed My Starving Children.
We engage in a three-year rotation of trips that are local, national, and international. Our Serve Trip for Summer 2016 will be to Jackson, MI where we will serve with the Spencer Perkins Center for Reconciliation and Common Ground Covenant Church. Click here for more information and the registration form.