Leland Community Church strives to provide tangible opportunities to be God’s hands and feet in Leelanau County, our state, country, and world. God has given each of us special talents, passions, and resources to help others. Many in our congregation are involved in a variety of community activities that help others. Members strive to serve and show God’s love beyond our church doors. If you’re interested in using your skills and passion to help those within the larger Leland community, contact us and start serving today!
5Loaves2Fish is a community outreach ministry of Leland Community United Methodist Church seeking to feed the mind, body, and spirit. Programs centered on Art and food are offered in an atmosphere of love, justice, and service to the community.
Watch a video where Pastor Daniel interviews Michelle and Bill White on the 5Loaves2Fish outreach ministry.
Where does the food go? We prepare 80-90 meals a week. On Mondays, we serve dinners to a predominantly homeless population in Traverse City at 5 pm from our base at DHS Park. On Fridays, meals go to individual families in Leelanau County.
How do you find people in need of meals? We are informed of individual families in need by Leelanau school teachers. We also coordinate our food outreach with the Northwest Food Coalition of Traverse City.
5Loaves2Fish is thankful and grateful for those individuals and businesses who have supported our mission through food, time, and monetary donations. Through these donations, we can show God’s love and compassion and be the church. Deuteronomy 15:11: “For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.”
Here is How You Can Help!
1. Make home-made food
Cold dishes, hot dishes, soups, stews, bread, desserts. Any amount will work (minimum 6 servings). Make what you like to cook and what you like to eat! Save some for yourself, donate the rest.
2. Donate groceries
Canned, packaged, fresh, or frozen foods are welcome.
3. Make a monetary donation
Cash donations help us fill in the gaps to ensure complete meals are offered. Make checks payable to Leland Community United Methodist Church, memo “5Loaves 2Fish”.
Follow this link for a very convenient way to donate.
4. Make a Love Card
We include words of encouragement and love with every meal we deliver.
Food drop-off Times and Location :
Contact Michelle White at
(231) 866-6073 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Leland Community United Methodist Church, 106 N Fourth Street, Leland, MI 49654.
Additional delivery arrangements upon request. Contact Michelle White at
(231) 866-6073 or email@example.com
A prepared or pot-luck meal is provided periodically at LCUMC following Sunday worship. There are also opportunities for art and games.
Art & Soul North
Art & Soul North is a separate outreach ministry under 5Loaves2Fish. It is operated through Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City on Thursdays from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. The program is designed to bring dignity, pride, and purpose to those who are homeless and marginalized. Through self-expressive and collaborative community art, this program helps to nourish mind, body, and spirit. It is first a ministry of hospitality, offering a place of comfort and encouragement using art as the medium. Expressive art is the focus. Art becomes the vehicle for healing, self-discovery, and transformation.
Art and religion have always gone together. There is a deep and ancient bond between the church and the artisan. Art fosters new ways to see and experience God. Therefore, it is natural for the church to support and encourage the gifts of artistry and creativity throughout its community. Making art is a discipline that requires silence, contemplation, discernment, humility, and mindfulness — all spiritual practices!
Art programs for the homeless, while new to our region, have been successfully established in many cities throughout the country. Examples of incredible works of art created by the homeless are sold through art galleries and art shows from Seattle to New York. These programs have showcased the immense creative potential of the homeless community. For many talented individuals, art provides the opportunity to make a living selling their art, and to be able to afford housing and basic living needs.
Organizations with year-round opportunities:
- Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN) | www.leelanauchristianneighbors.org
- Weekly Food Pantry
- Weekly Baby Pantry
- Samaritans Closet Resale Shop
- Blessings in a Backpack
- Neighbor Assistance Program
- Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse – a homeless shelter in Traverse City | www.gtsafeharbor.org
- Central Methodist Community Outreach Thursday Lunch Program | https://www.tccentralumc.org/outreach/
Local Organizations with Seasonal Opportunities
Northport Indian Mission United Methodist Church
On the third Saturday of May each year, Leland Community Church teams with members of the Northport Indian United Methodist Church, and Central Methodist Church to help with the spring clean-up of the Northport Indian United Methodist Church, campground, and cemetery. https://northportindianumc.org
Student Assistance Programs at Leland Public Schools | www.lelandschool.com
- Bridge (tutoring and mentoring) Program
- Mentoring Program
- Aids (non-classroom)
- Teacher’s assistants