"The single biggest obstacle to the church’s mission and vision of peace with justice is the fact of the segregation of the poor / the oppressed / the exploited / the neglected / the stranger from the comfortable / the secure / the satisfied." — Jack Jezreel
"We believe how we treat the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger, the sick, and the prisoner is how we treat Christ himself. “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40)." — Richard Rohr
“To me, a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor...it's nothing.” — Bono, singer-songwriter and philanthropist
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” — Edmund Burke, author and philosopher
"Our proclamation of the lordship of Jesus Christ is at stake in our solidarity with the most vulnerable. If our gospel is not “good news to the poor,” it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ (Luke 4:18)." — Richard Rohr
“To live with Jesus is to live with the poor. To live with the poor is to live with Jesus.” — Jean Vanier, philosopher and theologian
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” — Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun
"God calls us to protect and [help] those who are poor and vulnerable, and our treatment of people who are “oppressed,” “strangers,” “outsiders,” or otherwise considered “marginal” is a test of our relationship to God, who made us all equal in divine dignity and love." — Richard Rohr
"Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God." — Proverbs 14:31
Non-profit 501(c)(3) enabling healthy cooperation
For too long, organizations in Forney have acted independently in trying to meet the needs of this community. This has created a huge amount of redundancy in costs and administrative time and effort.
Some organizations have time or personnel, but limited financial capabilities. Others have the financial wherewithal, but lack time or personnel. Some have it all! But, if we work together, cooperate and participate together, it is a win-win for everyone … especially those who need our help.
FCM seeks to enable volunteers, donors and ministries to connect to each other, and to coordinate their efforts to build meaningful and impactful relationships with those who need our help, to the benefit of everyone involved.
The FCM financial records are available for review. Funding for FCM overhead is managed through donations from its Board of Directors. It is run by that board, with representation options available for each partnering organization.
Let's work together to meet the needs of our community… openly, honestly and effectively!
The public is invited to join us for our Board Meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month, at noon at Alfredo's Steakhouse in Forney. We would be delighted to have you join us to hear about our many events and those of our partners!
Note that, just like each of us, you will be responsible for your own lunch, should you choose to eat with us.
Forney Community Ministries is a coalition. That means that we serve as a facilitator for the ministries and charitable activities of our partners.
Not only does this give the community-at-large the opportunity to participate in activities organized by these organizations, but it allows those organizations to have a much larger volunteer and donor pool, to do what they do best!
The Menu bar at the top of the page provides access to all of these links. But they are discussed here in more detail for your information:
The various projects of our Partners are highlighted in our Projects pages:
Health & Assistance is where you will find information about medical, funeral, utilities and rent assistance, etc.
Forney ISD Projects are a vital part of FCM's activities. Here you will see the giving heart of our school district, and to work with them to support our students...not only in education, but in their personal battles.
Youth Events highlights some of the activities of Sharing the Love Foundation, working to empower our youth and help them network with our community businesses. This is a fun place to get involved.
Construction & Repairs highlights our currently schedule projects. Many of these are organized by Community Life Church, Connect Church and/or Hunger Relief Ministries. But you are encouraged to come out and get your hads dirty with us. There are many in need of this gift in our community.
Food Assistance provides information about some of the food supply options available in Forney.
The News page is where we try to keep up with what we've done together, although there is a lot going on! See descriptions and pictures of some of the past activities, going back to the beginning.
The Partners page presents a short bio on each of our partners, and links to their respective websites.
The Resources page lists links to many of the helpful services available in Kaufman County. We have also provided a button to a form that FCM personnel review and try to respond to, or to pass to the appropriate partners for further action.
Various "Donate" buttons are scattered throughout our site, and we encourage you to give generously. Most of these buttons are specific to the activity being discussed. But a "global" Donate button is provided at the top and bottom of each page, allowing you to select a particular activity on a dropdown list within Paypal. If you are making a Donation-In-Memory, please type the name of the person in the Notes section on the Paypal form. Thank you so much.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL funds received by Forney Community Ministries go directly to their designated purpose. Paypal fees and any other administrative costs within FCM are covered by our Board of Directors. Since FCM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all donations are fully tax deductible.