The Mission of the Men’s Club at Ivanhoe follows James 2:14-26 (NIV)
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
The Men’s Club at Ivanhoe Church strives to provide our church family and Christian community a source of male fellowship; to maintain and improve our historic building and property; and to reach out to the world at large as God through Christ gives us guidance.
Meeting on the 2nd Saturday of each month, beginning w/ breakfast and fellowship at 8:15AM, the business meeting is followed by a few hours of service around the property. In addition to the normal repairs and maintenance, some of our recent projects have been window replacing, a rear entrance roof, and work on restoring our 150-year-old bell.
Our first outreach/mission project continues at the Adopt-A-Cabin program at Tower Hill UCC Camp. Located on the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan at Sawyer, MI, we are renovating and maintaining the Wyatt Samuel Hewitt Memorial Cabin (#13) for the use of all comers. In the future, we hope to enlarge the scope of our maintenance and improvements at the Camp.
In addition to our Camp work, we are committed to an annual mission trip to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico at the Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. Predating Hurricane Katrina (2005) by more than 80 years, Back Bay Mission is now helping the residents reconstruct their homes in an area first settled by Europeans over 300 years ago (A.D. 1699).
The main fund raiser for our projects and missions is the annual Chicken & Corn Roast, held on the church grounds at the end of August in conjunction with the Women’s Guild Craft Show. An excellent opportunity for fellowship and outreach, most of the funds raised help our communal outreach. Additionally, periodic all-church dinners, the Easter Pancake Breakfast, and other events work to increase God’s work among us.