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PADS Volunteers and Items needed for Des Plaines Site

PADS Homeless Shelter in Des Plaines is in need of volunteers for the 2018-19 season. PADS meets at St. Mary Church in Des Plaines on Friday nights October - April. Volunteers may sign up for one or more of the following shifts: 

  • Set-Up/First Shift (Friday 5:45 p.m. - 11 p.m.) 
  • Overnight (11 p.m. - Saturday, 3 a.m.) 
  • and 3rd Shift (Saturday 3 a.m. - 7 a.m.) 

A one time mandatory orientation for new PADS volunteers is conducted at The Journeys Office in Palatine. Click here for info on the training schedule.

For info on volunteering at PADS in Des Plaines email or call 847-477-0821.  

PADS is also looking for items for the guests. Click here for a listing and donation drop off hours.  

Joy of Giving - Sunday, Dec. 16: Collection Day

Joy of Giving partners with local outreach partners to bless those in the surrounding communities and this year we are collecting specific items for World Relief! Sign up to purchase an item listed below by contacting Lilly Staar and then bring it to church with you by Dec. 16. We will also have fleece material available again to make a blanket. Visit the Welcome Center for more info or email Lilly at 

      8 pack & plays
      BOX of diapers from sizes 1-5 (8 boxes per size needed)
      8 sets of brooms & dustpans
      8 sets of mops & buckets

Family Ministry Winter Camp Registrations Now Open!

Registration is now open for kids camp, middle school, and high school winter retreats! If you’re interested in providing a scholarship to help a student attend camp, contact Pastor Kal or Nick.

Click here to register

Iron Men Kickoff - Jan. 12, 7-8:30 a.m., MPR

Join us for our Iron Men January Kickoff event. We will be joined by special guest speaker, Pastor Erwin Lutzer. Pastor Lutzer was pastor of The Moody Church for 36 years, author of many books, and is the featured speaker on three national radio shows. He will be speaking about 5 battles every man must face. Free breakfast included.

Women’s THRIVE New Series “Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath” - Begins Jan. 17/18

Learn to Breathe and make room for resting in the Lord through the teaching of Priscilla Shirer and by engaging in the weekly study materials. Breathe begins Thursday, January 17 at 7 p.m. or Friday, January 18 at 9:15 a.m. Childcare will be provided in the morning!
Register on the app, online or at the Welcome Center beginning Sunday, December 16. Cost is $10. Study guides will be available to pick up at the Welcome Center.

Click here to register