Ways to Serve During COVID-19

Blood Drive

August 17-August 31

Last year, NCC hosted a blood drive. This year, we are asking for donors to select any Vitalant Donor Center or nearby drive (click here for the list) to donate blood using NCC’s group code G0450026 when making your appointment. All blood donations are tested for COVID-19 antibodies for free with the results available two weeks after you donate. Vitalant follows CDC guidelines and takes extra precautions to protect their staff and donors. Donors and staff are required to wear a face covering. Remember, every donation has the ability to save up to three lives! Click here to schedule an appointment. If you have questions or need help scheduling, contact Doug Montgomery.


Click here for more information about the FREE COVID-19 testing.


Click here for instructions for making an appointment.

URBAN IMPACT

Urban Impact, one of NCC’s mission partners doing inner-city ministry, has been providing groceries and 45 to 50 meals per week to vulnerable families who they work with on the North Side. The week of May 13, we collected and delivered non-perishable groceries to UIF. Perhaps you missed our collection dates and would like to see other ways you can support UIF during this crisis, please click here.


MEALS FOR DOCTORS, NURSES, RESPONDERS

Here’s an uplifting story about a family in the NCC congregation. Click here to read the complete article in the Post-Gazette recently. It’s about how God is using the Novak family. This story begins with Amy wondering how to be of help during this crisis to raising money and organizing over 500 meals from local restaurants for some of Pittsburgh’s first responders. Amy told Senior Pastor Mark, “God has a plan; and even though we don’t know what that plan is, I know to trust in Him through it all.” If you’d like to donate to the fund to help provide meals to healthcare facilities and emergency responder teams in the Pittsburgh area, click here. Any donation amount is helpful - and will go 100% towards meals for these teams and individuals. 


NURSING HOMES

As we learned that the COVID-19 virus was spreading, there were precautions put in place that were necessary to protect the public. One precaution implemented at retirement homes was a “visitor ban.” This was one way the administration could protect those living in the facility. However, we heard how the isolation due to the “visitor ban” was upsetting to those in the retirement home. Families from NCC have been saving their children’s crafts and sending packages to these facilities so they can distribute the crafts, notes, and projects to the residents. To help with this opportunity, please contact Mary Hoffmann.


MORE GRACE OUTREACH (APPALACHIA, WV)

For the past nine years, our church has served alongside Beth Luffy and her family, who aid the people of their community through their ministry center, More Grace Outreach. Beth is continuing to minister and meet the needs of vulnerable families. Their most pressing need in continuing that ministry is financial support. If you are interested in helping them, please visit their website. Please keep them in your prayers as well. 


MAKING MASKS

During this challenging time, most of us ask the question, “Lord, how can you use me during this time?” Well, our church family stepped up and met an immediate need. In a brief conversation, we became aware of a need for masks for Tri-State Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Katie Jackley, PA-C and others in her practice were making rounds and caring for their patients in hospitals during this COVID-19 pandemic without masks. Once we heard this, we reached out to NCC’s care response team, and that night we collected 12 handmade masks. By the next day, the church had enough for the entire practice, all 52 of them! The medical administrators, doctors, physical therapists, etc. were all very appreciative. This made a huge impact on their lives. Also, we are so grateful to the many hands from our congregation who made these masks. If you are interested in making masks, please contact Mary Hoffmann.

  • The ACTS Fund

    The “Acts Fund” is a fund to help people in our congregation or those closely affiliated who may have a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In times of crisis, followers of Jesus are called to help meet the needs of others in practical ways. If you would like to donate to the ACTS Fund, please click here.

  • Prayer

    It is an honor to pray for you or someone you know and their concerns or needs. The prayer team is a group of intercessory prayer warriors who prays for your specific requests and needs. Prayer requests are prayed for by the church leadership, staff, or assigned to a group of prayer warriors who continue to pray. To submit a prayer request, please click here. During this time, I invite you to ask yourself, “God, what are you doing in all of this, and how can I join You in it? What are the works of God waiting to be revealed in me through this situation?” If you find the Spirit prompting you to serve on the prayer team, please contact Mary Hoffmann.

  • Prayer Shawl Ministry

    The Prayer Shawl Team knit and crochet shawls, lap blankets, pocket squares, scarves, etc. As they are making these comforting gifts, the team prays for the people who will receive them. If you are interested is joining this ministry, contact Gretchen Coppin at coppin@consolidated.net. If you know someone who could benefit from one of these prayed over gifts, please click here.

Prayer Walk/Drive

During this unique time, one easy and very meaningful way to serve is to do a prayer walk or prayer drive with your family. We encourage you to make a route around your neighborhood or town and pray for those in need as you walk or drive. This could include individuals you know or just your neighbors in general - anyone who is sick, lonely, hungry, etc., also schools/teachers, emergency workers at police and fire stations, grocery employees, pharmacists, doctors and nurses at a hospital, etc. If you would like some more ideas, check out Dan Mularski’s video below of his prayer walk around Pittsburgh with some men.

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