Local Missions

Local Missions Christmas Outreach  

All are invited to lead beyond our walls this Christmas!

You can help by:

***Packing and delivering Salvation Army Christmas Food Boxes for our neighbors in need. We are seeking volunteers to help pack food boxes from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, and to deliver food boxes from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 7.

***Adopting a family from Highland Elementary School (our Partner in Education) by purchasing children’s clothing (such as pajamas, sweatshirts and coats), personal care and household items, and a family game. 

***Purchasing Angel Tree Gifts for children of incarcerated parents through Nazareth’s Angel Tree partnership. We are seeking volunteers to wrap Angel Tree Gifts on Friday, December 6, at 5:00 p.m. and to help deliver these gifts from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 7.

***Providing Christmas Gifts to those in need in our community through a Giving Tree partnership with Exceptional Persons Incorporated (E.P.I.).

***Assembling Care Packages and providing donations for Military Personnel in the Nazareth family of faith (donations needed by December 1).

***Donating Classroom Gifts to the Blessed Beginnings Learning Center and Daycare by using the “BB Giving Tree” as a guide.

Please go to the tables in Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings, November 17, November 24 and December 1 to learn more.  This is a great opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community this Advent season!  With questions, email info@naz.org.

For more information on local missions, email local.missions@naz.org.

Local Partners

Alternatives Pregnancy Center’s Mission is to explore Christ-centered alternatives with those who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. They are truly responding to needs all around us.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to inspire & enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

Learn more about how you can help out by going to the Boys and Girls Club website at www.cedarvalleyclubs.org.

Christian Crusaders’ mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Redeemer of the world and personal Savior to all those who receive Him. They proclaim Him through radio, personal visitation, written media and the internet, which is truly leading beyond our walls.

On the first Tuesday of each month, Nazareth helps to prepare and serve a community meal (in partnership throughout the month with several other local churches) at the First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls.

If you are interested in helping our neighbors in need by assisting with these meals, email Barb Burbridge at barb.burbridge@naz.org.

Homer Larson was one of the founding members of the local Christian Community Development (CCD). The mission of the CCD is to share the love of Christ by addressing the needs of homeless single mothers through the House of Hope. Today the House of Hope provides support and personalized case management to help homeless single mothers achieve self-sufficiency through a 2-year transitional program.

To learn more about House of Hope or how you can serve this partner in ministry, click HERE.

Since 1990, Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity builds simple, affordable homes with Habitat families and volunteers. We serve Black Hawk, Bremer and Butler Counties. Habitat for Humanity is responsive to the discontent of knowing we have so many neighbors who do not have a home.

In 2017, Nazareth worked together with Habitat for Humanity to build the “Naz House”, a home built at 1217 Western Avenue in Waterloo.  The partner family was able to move into their new home by Christmas!

The vision of the Job Foundation is “all children achieving financial success.”  In 2007, the Financial Stewardship Mentoring Program was launched. Today, just as in the beginning, the program provides  participating students financial awards for good grades while educating them on financial practices and requiring them to save at least 50% of their earnings. In the spring of 2009,  tutoring was added as a service as the organization hired its first employee, a graduate of the program. With the addition of tutoring, dramatic results have been seen with some students greatly improving their academic scores in a single quarter and teachers reporting improved behavior and effort. In 2012, Veridian Credit Union began partnering with us to provide students with checking accounts for their supervised shopping trips, enhancing the learning process and furthering the goal of financial inclusion for our budding financial stewards. The commitment to providing financial stewardship training for both our low-income students and our volunteer families’ children (who tend to have higher incomes) was formally adopted in 2015.  For more information about the Job Foundation and/or how you can become a member, go to their website at thejobfoundation.org.

Life 101.9 radio is a Christian radio station based in Waterloo that offers the Cedar Valley a positive and modern alternative station with programming for all ages.

Also known as Love INC, their mission is to mobilize the Church to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ, This mobilization inspires us to lead beyond our walls.

In partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Love INC, the Nazareth Food and Essentials Pantry provides essentials (personal hygiene products and household cleaning supplies) and food to those in need in the Cedar Valley throughout the year.

At the Food and Essentials Pantry, clients (who make appointments via Love INC) shop for their own food and essentials. 532 appointments were hosted at our pantry in 2016.  The food and essentials come from the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and through donations by Nazareth community members.  More than fifty Nazareth volunteers donate their time and energy into keeping the pantry running by shopping, packing food boxes and putting away incoming orders.

Financial donations (to the Nazareth Good Samaritan Fund) as well as donations of food, locally grown fresh produce (in season) and household essentials are accepted on a regular basis.

Please contact the director of the Nazareth Food and Essentials Pantry, Barb Burbridge, if you have any questions.

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The Nazareth Gardens are located in the 300 block of Lincoln Street in the Cedar Falls Community Gardens just north of Gateway Park.

Throughout the spring and summer, all are invited to stop by to help week and water the gardens.

All of the produce grown in the gardens will be given away through the Nazareth Food Pantry.

For more information on the NAZ Gardens, please email Pastor Denny Hanson at dennis.hanson@naz.org.

NewAldaya Lifescapes is the place where you can live better. They are a nursing home in Cedar Falls, IA offering a full range of top-quality elder care services at affordable rates. This building grew out of a holy discontent knowing that there was a lack of great care for those who need it.

At the Northeast Iowa Foodbank, we are driven by our core beliefs that hunger is unacceptable; that everyone deserves access to enough food; that food sustains life and nourishes health; and that we are called to serve neighbors in need without judgment.

The Food Bank now distributes millions of pounds of food to over 200 agencies through 16 Northeast Iowa counties.  Programs such as Kids Cafe, BackPack Program, Elderly Nutrition Boxes, Mobile Food Pantries also evolved to meet the growing needs of a growing community.  To learn more, go the Northeast Iowa Food Bank Website.

NAZ serves as a Partner in Education with Highland Elementary School in Waterloo.  A team of dedicated volunteers works to mentor and encourage the children and staff at the school all year long.  Additionally, we are collecting Hy-Vee Receipts to turn in as part of the Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students program.  Receipts may be turned in at the Welcome Desk any time, and proceed will go to support students at Highland.

To learn more about this partnership, please email us at info@naz.org.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.

Its message is based on the Bible.

Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.