ECCCM: the body of Christ into the world
ECCCM is a Christian ministry, born of our local supportive churches, that fulfills the biblical message our pastors teach on Sunday: being the body of Christ into the world. In addition to our supportive churches, ECCCM receives support from individuals, local businesses and foundations.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me” (Matt 25:35–36 NRSV).
ECCCM serves all of eastern Catawba County (ECCCM service area), providing emergency financial assistance for mortgage and rent payments, assistance with utility bills, fuel oil and kerosene purchases, and life-necessary pharmaceuticals. In addition, ECCCM provides emergency food and clothing to those in need.
Typical reasons leading to a crisis include, but are not limited to, job layoffs and unemployment, underemployment, unexpected major expenses such as medical emergencies or other crisis situations. Residents are invited to apply for assistance if needed. A personal interview is required with proper documentation (see this page for more information).
The Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers serve those who come for assistance knowing that through the services provided ECCCM is fulfilling the gospel message.
The Circle of Light to Those in Need logo, developed by Tim Elliott of Elliott Designs in Newton incorporates two elements from our previous insignia:
- The cross and triangle emphasize our Christian mission, centered on Christ and guided by the Holy Trinity.
- The waves of circles, inspired by the Fresnel lens of a lighthouse, symbolize ECCCM, a beacon to those in crisis.
- The concentric circles represent the churches of our community, both large and small, and individuals who stand ready to help neighbors in need.
The rings also denote the ministries of ECCCM: recycling lives and goods through our food bank, thrift store and educational outreach. Abstractly, the circles become hands above and below--those who give, those who receive. The ecclesiastical color of green, harmonizes well with the blue, often used in Christian contexts to connote hope and good health. The Lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope to those in need.
Crisis Ministry Hours:
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Applications not accepted after 4:15 pm
Thrift Store Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thrift Store donations accepted during all ministry hours of operation!