Congregation Yahshua Messiah Gathering UCCMA

Every Light Counts

aka Eternal Light & Power Company Publishing   |   Smethport, PA   |  https://www.YahBible.Org

Mission

Our mission is to spread the good news of Yahshua Messiah and salvation in His name through good works, community service, weekly prayer and spiritual services, and missions world wide through good works in Yah's name. We support volunteers and missions world wide and local community low income services and homeless shelters by rehab property development. Through our partnerships with individuals and charities, we provide grants and microloans to help in economic depressed local communities world wide. We also provide publishing and translations of scriptures and genealogical books, history and religious materials.

Notes from the nonprofit

We have Four branches of our organization: Publishing, Media, Congregation and Genealogical. Our goals are to promote historical studies in individual growth through ancient texts and knowledge of who we are and where (and who) we came from. We strive for personal salvation through a relationship with our creator through our Messiah to do good works for others world wide. We provide inspirational books and translations at http://www.YahBible.Org

Ruling year info

2021

Pastor

Dr. Daniel W. Merrick PhD

Main address

858 Route 446

Smethport, PA 16749 USA

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EIN

27-3465670

NTEE code info

Religious Media, Communications Organizations (X80)

Jewish (X30)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Diversity in worship groups providing multicultural orientation thought genealogy and ancestry DNA can be used to enhance the community awareness of origins and the roots of the worship experience by self-actualized feelings of belongingness. We seek to fund projects that enhance community action and participation in our chartered projects through the Merrick Foundation to provide a community library and learning center with community workshops. We provide worship through extended programs such as FAITH RADIO broadcasts including ministry in the community and world wide mission projects. We have active missions in Ukraine and Philippines. We publish books on varied topics including scripture translations, history and genealogy. We have active outreach programs in providing the needs of our local community and our missions providing food, clothing and other services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Worship & Prayer Services Facilities

Weekly Services and community outreach

Population(s) Served
Adults

Weekly Radio Broadcasts

Population(s) Served
Adults

Homeless Center Halfway house facility

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Homeless people

Yah's Way TV is a ministry and missions outreach program which airs weekly on TCT TV network. It serves as a community awareness and education show for the Messianic Jewish faith (Followers of Yeshua Yahshua Messiah). The program consists of ministry in music, teaching, and public awareness of the ministries of Congregation Yahshua Messiah Gathering and features guests from the messianic community world wide.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Missions and community service within the structure of the congregation provides food bank services, bibles, missionary donations, and world wide ministry outreach to save the lost people of the world. Our missions also participate in doctors without borders type programs with other groups and missions to provide clothing, food, and local worship leadership.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Awards

Recruitment 2017

Military Officers Association of America "MOAA"

Mission Outreach 2020

UCCMA

Affiliations & memberships

Merrick Foundation Org 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people using homeless shelters per week

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people, People with physical disabilities

Related Program

Missions and Community Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Optional source of placement with housing and or other service locations in the area.

Number of households served with eviction notice or forced displacement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Military personnel, People with intellectual disabilities

Related Program

Missions and Community Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Low income placement in transition due to eviction

Number of financial literacy courses conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Educational materials on small business and economics and seminars

Number of low-income units in market-rate neighborhood

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Missions and Community Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Conversions of properties into low income units or economic development partnerships. OECD converted one unit in 2017 and 2 in 2016 from CYMG resources.

Number of loans issued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Multiracial people, Veterans

Related Program

Missions and Community Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

KIVA partnership and direct aid to low income.

Number of active missionaries

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Faith Radio Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Using In Place Online congregation members to provide outreach in world wide programs of education, assistance and aid programs.

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People of European descent

Related Program

Missions and Community Service

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Ongoing effort to support war effected areas in Eastern Ukraine has provided packages of clothing and aid every year since 2004

Number of people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Faith Radio Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Faith Radio and Yah's Way TV downloads links and stats show a continued extended outreach world wide with 7700 social network connections. letters, emails and phone contacts are counted.

Number of paid participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families

Related Program

Missions and Community Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Merrick Foundation Org presents DNA and Genealogical field trips and memberships as an outreach work to educate people on ethnic origins and diversity of roots of the human race.

Number of books distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Multiracial people, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Worship & Prayer Services Facilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Eternal Light and Power Company provides books, bibles and materials to the Merrick Foundation, Prison inmates and low income in third world countries and the USA with proceeds of sales to charity.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To provide associated belonging to the congregation members, community and build family like relationships with associated integration of multiple outreach, worship and leaning programs. Provide outreach and missions including FAITH RADIO broadcasts for a personalized worship and learning experience during the present pandemic. We seek to overcome racial biases through genealogical and ancestry DNA projects to establish origins and roots with communities of varied cultures by providing a library and online learning relationship. In 2019 we provided a debt free home to a deserving family in the local community and hope to continue our efforts to provide funding to our projects and good works.

By identification with relationships in family and friendships in worship and group workshops, we believe that cultural identity boundaries and biases can be overcome and provide for community needs, mission outreach and closer relationships across social boundaries of the past. By embracing multicultural origins of worship and genealogy we can remove the racial divides. We believe all humans should share common understandings to become more productive and cooperative in all areas of life.

We have over 30 years experience in our Pastor, Dr. Merrick providing spiritual, cultural and community learning to enhance and provide charity and education to serve our congregation and community.

We have have in the past worked with the YWCA Safe Space Center shelter to provide housing for low income homeless persons. In 2017 We provided a gift property at 54 Jefferson Bradford PA to the local NPO Economic development district for rehabilitation. In 2016 we provided a property for new construction for Low Income property at 44 Elm St Bradford Pa that is now a two townhouse side by side that is similar to habitat type housing projects. We have several properties that we hope to turn into homeless shelters or rehab properties this year. The low income and homeless problem in the area is one of our primary areas of service and philanthropy. We have also published over 40 books and bible translations over the last 20 years. Our hopes are to continue doing what we are doing with social network and media marketing to encourage community support and national public relations and produce a documentary film about our projects and translation work by Dr Merrick. In 2017 and 2018 we provided donations of homes to the Elm Street project for community enhancement and gave a house to the City Of Bradford to provide for community degraded demolition projects. In 2019 we provided aid and services as well as missions work and shipments of food, clothing and other needs in several areas. We provided a low cost home and a debt free home to two families in the community in 2020 as well as pandemic extended worship services through FAITH RADIO and other aid to the local community for masks and other covid relief projects. We provided genealogical and DNA research for local societies and historical community services and libraries to provide roots identification and learning workshops. We have provided transportation services for distance learning during the pandemic, grief and spiritual counseling.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the community at large and the world as followers of biblical ethics, morals and standards.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Community meetings/Town halls, Online Fellowship at YahSpace.Org,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have expanded services and missions to the south pacific region and Ukraine to help with war orphan efforts in eastern Europe. We responded to congregational feedback to address syndication of FAITH RADIO during the recent pandemic to provide online worship resources.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    As a worship congregation and community service organization, we depend on the point of contact feedback and document each interaction to enhance our future outcomes and modifications of services.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We get feedback on a regular bases online that facilitates actionable responses so the above N/A,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Congregation Yahshua Messiah Gathering UCCMA

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Capt. Daniel Merrick

Merrick Foundation Org

Term: 1993 - 2017


Board co-chair

Rev. Robert Young

Congregation of Yahshua Messiah Pittsburgh

Term: 2012 - 2014

Daniel Merrick

CYMG UCCMA

Robert Young

Congregation Yahshua Messiah Pittsburgh

Olga Merrick

RDJC, Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/27/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multicultural DNA R1b J1b Native American
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/28/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.