RCCM


The Regional Council for Christian Ministry is a non-profit corporation that was organized in 1965 by local churches.  Its purpose is to coordinate programs in Christian education, service, and outreach in the local area.

RCCM PROGRAMS

We have three standing committees that operate the following outreach programs under RCCM’s umbrella:

Community Food Basket Idaho Falls

Community Food Basket Happyville Farm

F.I.S.H.—Friends in Service Here

Island Park Ministry Team


Community Food Basket Idaho Falls In 1979, several families who were members of “Bread for the World” met to determine the need for a food bank in Idaho Falls.  By the middle of 1980, the food bank they started came under the sponsorship of the Regional Council.  To obtain food, a person or family must be referred by a local service agency or church.  There is a limit of six boxes given in any six-month period for each case, and each box provides food for three meals a day for four days.  

This program is supported by the donations of many caring individuals, churches, civic groups, grants, and significant gifts from the Goodfellow Fund.  Many thanks are given for the extraordinary donations of food items.  Needed food items are purchased, prepared, and distributed by over 300 volunteers.  New volunteers are always needed to collect donated food, stock shelves, pack boxes, distribute food boxes, and enter information into the computer.  

The Commuity Food Basket is located at 245 N Placer. Space is provided free by First Presbyterian Church.  


Leave Your Legacy 

If you can help, please donate here
and leave the word "WAREHOUSE" in the comment section. 

Community Food Basket needs your help purchasing our warehouse! It's crucial that we own our warehouse and thankfully we're very close to meeting our goal! But we need your help to raise those last few dollars and make our dream of a legacy food distribution warehouse a reality! 


UPDATED FOOD DISTRIBUTION HOURS

We changed our food distribution hours to better serve the community. 
Mondays | 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesdays | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursdays | 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Fridays | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Community Food Basket Annunal Report for 2020


F.I.S.H.—Friends in Service Here

Ministers from First Lutheran Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church (now St. Luke’s Episcopal church) started this outreach program in 1974, to help local people who found themselves in emergency financial situations.  F.I.S.H., Friends In Service Here, has become the last resort agency that provides help with personal hygiene items, prescriptions, food, travel, gasoline, temporary lodging, non-food items, and so on, when no one else can help the individuals in need.  Clients are referred to FISH from other agencies.  FISH works with local elementary schools to provide school supplies to deserving children.  Personal hygiene kits are assembled from donated items and distributed to individuals and other agencies.  FISH is supported totally by donations from individuals and churches.  Volunteers operate FISH. 

A FISH volunteer can be reached by calling 521-2631 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.  

Island Park Ministry Team

The Little Church in the Pines was built as a shared place of worship and was dedicated on July 6, 1941.  This is the Regional Council’s oldest continuing program, originally developed as a mission project by the First Lutheran Church with support from the regional Lutheran church in 1965.  It came under the administration of the Regional Council in 1968.  Various churches support the weekly services from Memorial Day through September  each year by attending and providing music, refreshments, etc.  The attendance averages about 108 people per week during the summer.  The organizational leadership of this Committee rotates among the Regional Council’s member churches.  The Little Church in the Pines is now open year round – services are at 11:00 a.m. during the off season.

The Island Park Ministry Team provides weekly ecumenical worship services each Sunday during the summer season at 10 a.m., at the Little Church in the Pines, in Island Park, Idaho.  A Christian minister is hired for the summer season.  The program is funded through Sunday offerings, donations and member church support.   

Should you plan to visit Island Park, please come as you are and worship with us!


  

The RCCM office is located in the basement of Trinity United Methodist Church.   TUMC provides this office space at no cost to RCCM and it is greatly appreciated!!

   If you wish to assist with one of our programs or want more information, please contact us at:

Regional Council for Christian Ministry, Inc.
P. O. Box 2236
Idaho Falls, ID  83403
Phone:  524-9935
Email:  rccm@tumcif.org

     At present, the Regional Council membership consists of the following Christian churches in Idaho Falls:

First Christian Church, 1800 E 12th St, 523-3241

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 270 N Placer, 522-8465

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 455 W Sunnyside, 522-9301

First Presbyterian Church, 325 Elm St, 523-0501

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1730 St. Clair Rd, 522-9076

Trinity United Methodist Church, 237 N Water, 522-7921

Hope Lutheran Church, 2071 E 12th St, 529-8080

St. John Lutheran Church, 290 7th St, 522-5650

Crown of Life Lutheran Church, 3856 E 300 N, Rigby, 745-7191


     Trinity United Methodist Church; 237 N. Water Ave. Idaho Falls, ID 83402                   208-522-7921        TrinityUMCIdahoFalls@gmail.com