LINC is the cooperative ministry of six congregations organized for the purpose of carrying out programs and mission projects that live out the prayer of Jesus "that they may all be one". It is a ministry that expands the work of each congregation by enabling them to carry out projects which as a single congregation they could not do on their own. The six churches participating in this important ministry are:
LINC functions through a Board of Directors made up of the pastor and a lay representative from each participating congregation. It has two main program components that function with the support of volunteers: Serving with Heart and Hammer and the Gift and Thrift Store. While most of the mission effort has been directed to the local community, LINC has also been active in providing Health Kits, Baby Kits, Clean Up Buckets and School Kits distributed through Church World Service where there is need around the world. LINC mission trips to places like Biloxi, MS, Nashville, TN, Aurora, NC and Toms River, NJ have been beneficial to the places served as well as to the many participants from the congregations.
One of the main projects of LINC is the United Church Homes and Services, with 15% of the store profits contributed to their Foundation which helps meet the needs of older adults who have limited incomes. Many of the items sold in the Gift and Thrift Store come from donations from Abernethy Laurels, a Continuing Care Retirement Community of UCHS.
A NEW LINC PROJECT provides welcome kits containing personal items and bedding to persons coming to Exodus who have nothing of their own, and will provides Home Starter Kits to persons who graduate from the Exodus Homes program and are able to move out into the community to live on their own. These kits are provided through the Gift and Thrift Store. Each participating congregation is also challenged to help collect the items needed to make up the kits. You can check with the minister for a list of needed items for each kit.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: LINC is a ministry carried out by volunteers. At the moment LINC is seeking a person to act as coordinator for the Serving with Heart and Hammer component as well as persons to help with such things as building ramps for older adults and helping with minor repairs. Volunteers are always needed to help with the store. There are two shifts available; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm,
Monday through Friday and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday. Volunteers talk about the reward they receive from participating in this ministry. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jane Melnyk, Administrator/Manager (828-464-2881) or Jo Anne Flick, LINC Secretary (828-495-8400).