This is our first newsletter since becoming Little Brown Mission in May 2014. God bless you for your response. The Holy Spirit has been at work forming us into an urban mission hub to make new disciples of Jesus Christ in urban Long Beach. Take a look at our new vision statement.
A Sister of Mercy speaking with a young man at Little Brown MIssion's homeless feeding
What is the Little Brown Mission?
We are not a Local Church:
A Local Church Consists of:
A Congregation that has programs
A Congregation that has partnerships
A Pastor who is focused on the congregation
We are an Urban Mission Hub:
A Mission Hub Consists of:
A Team that includes mission-focused groups
A Team that is a partnership that shares a common vision
A Pastor who focuses on, mentors, and leads the Team
The Unique Vision of a Mission Hub:
Focused on Kingdom causes not just community development
It’s joining the team not just renting space
It’s a team leader not just a landlord
Commissioned: We believe our Lord Jesus has sent us into urban Long Beach to make new disciples and grow mature disciples. Therefore, all mission must focus on this commission and depend upon the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Combined: We believe God will draw mission groups, who have an overlapping vision and passion for making disciples into the mission hub. Therefore, forming Christ-centered and like-minded partnerships is the pattern for carrying out the commission.
Creative: We believe that effective mission requires new and non-traditional ways of reaching people and make new disciples. Therefore, attempting new and non-traditional mission will be encouraged.
Constructive: We believe this mission hub belongs to the Lord Jesus who, as an outcome of the mission conducted through it, receives the fruit of followers who love him and live for his glory. Therefore, it is the glory of Jesus that is to be foremost in all that is done.
Our Current Mission Groups:
• Mision Catolica del Divino Nazareno: Latino outreach
• North East of the Well: outreach to at-risk women
• Christian Outreach in Action: outreach to seniors
• Father Al Scott: feeding the homeless
• Church Resource Ministries: spiritual direction outreach
• Covenant Presbyterian Church: partner in ministry
• Nouma Church: Korean outreach
Waiting for a hot meal at Little Brown Mission
Tell Me a Story about Little Brown Mission:
Father Al Scott is an icon in urban Long Beach. He is a retired eighty-one year old Roman Catholic priest, but hardly retired from the Kingdom of God. Besides spending an hour a day in the daily office, then to the gym, and committing to taking one course per quarter at Long Beach State University, Al recruits a team and feeds the homeless every third Sunday at Little Brown Mission. The reason he does this toward the end of the month is because that is when the homeless have run out of funds.
A few weeks back, I met Al at the church where about 40 volunteers had prepared supper for the 200 people lined up outside the building. Among these volunteers were two sisters from Mother Teresa's Sisters of Mercy. Just before the meal began, Al and I walked down the alley way where the people were waiting. Al shouted out, "Now, no profanity and no fighting or we'll throw you out. OK, let's pray!" Straight forward Jesuit clarity!
Then people of every color and age made their way through a line to a hot meal finished off by a scrumptious dessert. An hour and a half later, the Social Hall at Little Brown Mission was clean and ready for a meal following the Latino service. Praise God for Father Al!
What are the budget needs for the mission?
Basic expenses are for minimal personnel and to keep the building open and maintained for the various outreach ministries.
Salaries and Benefits $108,910
Building, Grounds, Administration $21,000
TOTAL Expenses $129,910
Mision Catolica $36,000
Grant $25,000 from Presbytery of Los Ranchos
TOTAL income $85,000
*Net Need for 2014-2015 = ($44,910)
What are the giving levels I could engage?
We ask you to invest in the Kingdom of God through this innovative ministry. We need to raise $45,000 for the year 2014-2015 in addition to the Los Ranchos Presbytery grant. We encourage you to pray and consider investing the following
• $20, 000 grant (Los Ranchos Presbytery is giving $25,000)
• $10,000 grant
• $5,000 grant
• $1,000 grant
• Monthly/Yearly pledge
You may reply via email to Pastor Jeff McCrory at firstname.lastname@example.org and send your tax-deductible grants/pledges to:
Little Brown Mission (First United Presbyterian Church)
600 East 5th Street, Long Beach, CA 90802—come and visit!
Or if you want to donate online, please email and we will give you the information.
Mobile Number: 949 510 1658