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2021 Annual Appreciation Banquet

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Thursday, October 14, at 6:15 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Located at South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing, MI 48917.

Please RSVP to 517.485.0145 by October 7, 2021.

Please join us for a time of celebration and appreciation for another year providing food, shelter, and hope in Michigan's capital area! There is no charge for this event, as it is our way of saying “thank you” for the support you give throughout the year, though you are welcome to provide a donation if you choose. Please remember that space is limited and we need to know in advance how much food to prepare, so we cannot guarantee seating will be available for those who call after the RSVP date. RSVP to 517.485.0145 or Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to the opportunity to fellowship with you.


To Give an Answer

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“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12

As we enter the fall season, the City Rescue Mission continues to meet an increasing need for food, shelter, and hope. Our services have grown nearly 50% since early summer, and we are preparing for a continual growth in the area of food and shelter through the fall and winter season. These current numbers exceed the pre-COVID demand that we experienced last year. In the midst of “increased demand” we have a staffing deficit. We are in critical need for more personnel at our three locations that are open 24/7. However, as experienced for 110 years, we know that “God will provide a way.” We rest in the hope of eternal life and the critical work of the ministry of rescue to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We know our work is not temporary but it is eternal and ordained by God to meet the needs of the “least of these” according to His will and glory. For that, we rejoice because our work has eternal purpose.

The apostle Paul admonishes his readers to be “patient in tribulation” and “constant in prayer.” The English word “tribulation” originates from a Greek word that means “a pressing together" or “pressure.” It doesn’t always mean persecution, albeit the Roman Christians certainly witnessed persecution that is revealed in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans. Part of our pressure as a ministry includes actively meeting needs in the community while dealing with persistent inconsistency of staffing availability and resources. For this reason, I am reaching out to all of you to pray. Not only are we looking to raise funds to increase the services and beds at the Men’s Shelter on Michigan Avenue, but we are also in great need of full time and part time staff. The labor force has been challenging, but our pool of candidates is even smaller because we are only looking for men and women who are followers of Jesus Christ and therefore ready to give a reasoned answer “for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15). Please join us in prayer for the personnel needs and for the funds necessary to renovate the Men’s Shelter (as introduced in our January 2021 Newsletter). We must pray for the salvation of souls and the ability to meet the current and future needs in our community. Thank you for helping us help others. Thank you for being a rescuer!

I hope to see you October 14 at our Annual Appreciation Banquet at South Church! If you haven’t already, please RSVP by calling 517.485.0145.

In Christian Service,
Mark Criss
Executive Director

The Need Grows

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August is traditionally one of the busiest months for the Mission; however, this August has seen our numbers jump to greater than even our pre-COVID demand. On August 18, we provided a safe haven to 200 women, children, and men, between our three locations: the women and children’s shelter, the men’s shelter, and our drop-in center, the Outreach. While an increase is not unusual, it is always in response to extreme temperatures or the approach of the school year (for women leaving bad situations). This sudden, but not unanticipated, increase caused a strain on our already limited staffing. In the “Message from Mark,” our executive director speaks to our need for staff who not only desire to meet the physical needs but also the spiritual needs of those in our community. This is a great opportunity to allow many to witness the compassion of Christ and to see His love in action. While we are not sure if this is only a glimpse of continued increases through the rest of the year, we are grateful for the support that enables us to meet the need as it comes. Thank you for the vital role you play in providing rescue in our city.


Chicken Corn Chowder

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Family Size: 8 Servings
2 (14.5 oz) cans of Sweet Corn
2 (14.5 oz) cans of Cream Style Corn
2 (14.5 oz) cans of Diced or Sliced Potatoes
2 lbs diced cooked Chicken
1 medium Onion, diced and roasted
1 1/2 Cup Milk
1/3 Cup Butter

Mission Size: 150 Servings
30 (14.5 oz) cans of Sweet Corn
30 (14.5 oz) cans of Cream Style Corn
30 (14.5 oz) cans of Diced or Sliced Potatoes
30 lbs diced cooked Chicken
6 lbs diced and roasted onions
1 1/2 gallons of Milk
6 Cups Butter

In a Dutch oven or stock pot, melt the butter and add the onions to soften for about 1-2 minutes for family serving, add all other ingredients and heat through, stirring often to prevent any scorching. Serve with crusty bread or your favorite sandwich!

Just in time for the fall, this recipe was featured in the October 2017 Mission newsletter.