Serve Locally

Every week people at Mountain are involved in serving throughout the community in a variety of ways. Whether skilled or less-than-skilled, you can make a huge impact in the lives of people near you. Are you ready to get involved and serve in your community? We have a lot of opportunities to get started.

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    Second Saturday Serve
    2nd Saturday of each month

    Second Saturday Serve is a great way to meet new people, build friendships and be a part of Mountain culture! On the second Saturday of each month, we gather together to serve in various ways throughout our community. And, the best part is, you don't have to be skilled to participate. In fact, we have projects for all ages, interests and skill levels. 

    Projects

    Some projects support the ministry of local organizations while others are aimed at meeting more specific needs in the community. We provide manual, unskilled labor and include at least one project appropriate for younger children with their parents. Projects may include:

    • Neighborhood Cleanups
    • Painting
    • Clearing Brush & Debris
    • Planting Flowers
    • Weeding

     

    At Abingdon | 8:30 AM - 12 PM

    • Meet at the Abingdon Campus, then head out to different locations.
    • Wear clothes that you can work in, both indoor and outdoor.
    • Bring gloves if you have them.

    At Bel Air | 8:45 AM - 12 PM

    • Meet at the Bel Air Campus. Park at the outdoor soccer fields at The Arena Club and meet at the front entrance at 8:45 AM, then head out to different locations.
    • Wear clothes that you can work in, both indoor and outdoor.
    • Bring gloves if you have them.

    At Edgewood | 9 AM - 12 PM

    • Meet at the The EPICENTER, then head out to different locations.
    • Wear clothes that you can work in, both indoor and outdoor.
    • Bring gloves if you have them.

    At Mountain Road | 8:30 AM - 12 PM

    • Meet at the Mountain Road Campus (New Life Center), then head out to different locations.
    • Wear clothes that you can work in, both indoor and outdoor.
    • Bring gloves if you have them.

    Here to Serve You 

    If your organization is in need of some help from our team, please fill out the form below.

    Project Request

     

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    Special Events Team

    Many special events occur throughout the year on Mountain’s campus. We have a great opportunity to show up with a warm, engaging, loving presence and represent our Lord and our church at these events. These events are a great place to meet people and help them make a connection with a loving faith community and, ultimately, with our loving God.

    Opportunities Include

    • Administrative support
    • Greeting
    • Parking attendants
    • Security
    • Registration
    • Set up and tear down

    Volunteer 
    To get involved with this team or for more info, email Jenny Krichton or call 410-877-1824 ext. 209. 

     

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    The EPICENTER at Edgewood

    The EPICENTER is designed to be a hub of activity for kids and adults, the center of celebration, fun, healing and hope.

    The facility itself is a community center that is open throughout the week for various programs. It also serves as the host for Mountain's Edgewood Campus for Sunday morning worship services as well as other Mountain events.

    Programs at The EPICENTER include 4 core areas:
    • Children & Youth (after school program, summer camp, sports clinics)
    • Recovery (AA, NA, Al Anon)
    • Health & Wellness (fitness classes, health fairs)
    • Life Skills (resume writing, employment assistance)

    Volunteer
    There are so many ways you can help, such as:

    • Childcare
    • After school programs
    • Office assistance
    • Food give-aways
    • Events
    • And more…

    Volunteer

     

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    Donations
    Places to donate in the community

    Many of us are blessed to have extra items around our home that we no longer need. If you’re looking for a way to put these items to good use, consider donating them to the organizations below.

    Tabitha’s House: thrift store & food pantry
    112-D Connolly Road, Fallston, MD 21047
    410-877-9730

    • Food
    • Clothing
    • Household items
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Toiletries
    • School supplies

    Harford Family House: serving homeless families
    53 E. Bel Air Avenue, Apt. 3, Aberdeen, MD 21001
    410-273-6700 

    • Household items/appliances
    • Furniture
    • Electronics (limited)
    • Baby/children items
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Personal hygiene supplies (no trial size)

    Habitat for Humanity
    1013 Beards Hill Road, Building 300, Aberdeen, MD 21001
    443-567-7698

    • Gently used household goods
    • Appliances
    • Furniture
    • Building materials
    • and more…

    Harford Community Action Agency 
    1321-B Woodbridge Station Way, Edgewood, MD 21040
    410-612-9909

    • Perishable and nonperishable food items
    • Paper products
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Diapers & formula,
    • Books (for children and adults)
    • Personal care items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant)

    Wheels for Work Program
    twait@harfordfamilyhouse.org
    443-752-3967

    • Used Vehicles

    Welcome One Emergency Shelter
    1221-C Brass Mill Road, Belcamp, Maryland 21017
    410-272-2229

    • Pantry items
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Cleaning items
    • Gift cards
    • and more… 

    Alpha’s Glory Crisis Pregnancy Center
    219 West Bel Air Avenue, Aberdeen, MD 21001
    410-272-4711

    • Diapers
    • Baby/children’s clothing size 0–2T

    Boys and Girls Club of Harford County
    Aberdeen, Bel Air, Edgewood, Havre de Grace
    410-272-0010

    • Cleaning supplies
    • Paper products
    • Youth sports equipment
    • and more…

    SARC: Coming Together to End Abuse
    Bel Air, Maryland
    410-836-8430

    • Hygiene products
    • Linens/pillows
    • School supplies
    • Pantry items
    • Paper products
    • and more…

    JAMSQUAD Cycling: nonprofit providing bikes to children
    443-584-3526
    info@jamsquadcycling.org

    • Old bicycles
    • Bicycle parts

    LASOS: Linking All So Others Succeed
    33 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, MD 21014
    410-836-0333

    • Hard cover books for children
    • Magazines
    • Board games
    • Outdoor play for kids (chalk, bats, balls, jump ropes)
    • School supplies
    • Craft supplies
    • and more…

    Bel Air Health & Rehab: Bingo Activity
    410 East MacPhail Road, Bel Air, MD 21014
    410-879-1120

    • Costume jewelry
    • Clip-on earrings
    • Large print word search/crossword puzzle books
    • Boxed tissues
    • Men’s after-shave
    • Hand lotion
    • Nail polish
    • Snacks (sealed containers)

    Kia’s Korner: Thrift Store
    1955 Pulaski Hwy, Edgewood, MD 21040
    410-612-9020

    • Clothing
    • Shoes
    • Household items/furnishings
    • Baby items
    • and more… (call for current needs)

    Jobs for Life
    Classes available at The EPICENTER at Edgewood:
    1918 Pulaski Highway, Edgewood, Maryland 21040
    443-981-EPIC

    • Business/professional clothing for men & women

     

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    Foundations

    Livin’ on a PRAYER
    Oswald Chambers said, “Prayer does not prepare us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” This “greater work” is at the center of our local outreach ministry. Prayer grounds our efforts in God’s purposes; it informs and empowers our ministry. In prayer we humbly seek a two-fold transformation:

    • Personal transformation. To be agents of change in our communities we must be changed ourselves. We strive to be faithful in connecting with God through prayer, allowing His greater work to be done in us. Individually—and collectively as a church—we faithfully seek God in prayer, maintaining an intimate relationship with Him.
    • Community transformation. Our prayer for our community is simple: that God’s kingdom would come and His will be done right here as it is in heaven. God is at work in the world bringing healing and restoration, reconciling the world to Himself. We join Him in this work. We intercede on behalf of our community petitioning God to bring about dramatic sweeping renewal—socio-political, familial, environmental, economic, spiritual.

    Practice your SERVE
    One of the distinguishing characteristics of a Christian community is the way that people serve one another in love. We believe God has placed us in this community as His servants in order to be a blessing to the people around us. Christian service expresses itself first in our own homes, extending to relationships with our neighbors and co-workers, and beyond to those on the margins of society. Christ himself is the best picture of what a servant looks like:

    • “I am among you as one who serves.” –Jesus (Luke 22:27)
    • “For the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” –Jesus (Mark 10:45)
    • “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” –Jesus (John 13:14-15)
    • Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant. (Phil 2:4-7)
    • Whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)

    Rules of ENGAGEMENT
    As we engage our community there are several core principles that inform and guide our efforts. Our community impact ministry is shaped by the following values:

    • Holistic ministry: Our Jesus-like compassion for people in our community leads us to care for them physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and spiritually. We are committed to meeting real, physical needs AND evangelism and discipleship.
    • Commitment to the marginalized: Jesus came to preach good news to the poor and went out of his way to care for people whom the rest of the world overlooked. Whether poor, sick, orphan, widow, foreigner—Jesus affirmed the dignity and worth of all people and offered them hope and healing.
    • Solidarity: We are needy people ministering to needy people. We all need a Savior. This understanding keeps us from mistaking ourselves as “experts”, “professionals”, “saviors” serving “the needy” or “less fortunate.” Our community and our local outreach ministries have the same thing in common: we need Jesus.
    • Priority of relationships: We make the most of every opportunity to engage people in meaningful relationships. Our projects, activities, and events may accomplish many tasks, but more importantly they create contexts for relationships. We value people above tasks. Relationships take time and can be difficult, but discipleship and transformation won’t happen without them.
    • Networking: We honor and appreciate the many people and organizations who are committed to serving our community. Our relationships with these groups have a two-fold effect: (1) We are able to connect people with the assets and opportunities they offer, and (2) we resist “reinventing the wheel.” Before creating our own programs we explore partnerships with other trustworthy organizations who are already positively engaged in our community, supporting and encouraging their ministry where possible.
    • Local ownership & sustainability: Change in a community might be initiated from the outside by a catalyst external to a neighborhood. We seek to be this catalyst in the many neighborhoods in our community. However, a sustainable transformation only happens through local ownership. With this in mind, we recognize areas where we are “outsiders” and work hard to build relationships, discover local resources, and empower local leaders. We aim to “work with” not “do for.”
    • Kingdom focus: Jesus began his ministry proclaiming “the Kingdom of God is near,” and we anticipate the day when his Kingdom will come in all of its fullness. God’s Kingdom is a reality in which: God is honored as Lord, His love abounds, His presence is with his people & He is known by them, people of all nations are united together, peace reigns & sadness is no more, true justice is realized, all wrongs are set right, there is freedom from oppression, relationships are restored, Creation is redeemed, life is rich and abundant, there is healing & wholeness. We keep this comprehensive vision in mind while praying that God’s kingdom would come and His will be done on earth—in our community—as it is in heaven.

    Discover more resources for biblical foundations and the undergirding philosophy for community impact ministries.