“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.” Matthew 25:35-36.
It is our mission to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Collections are taken regularly for our friends at the Food and Care Coalition. Our facilities are being used for gatherings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Food Addicts helping them to get out of the prison of addiction. Spaces are also being used by cub pack and a scout troop as well as two community choirs and regular health screenings, seminars, recitals, and concerts.
“God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” Gen 1:31
The Art Stroll is held the first Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m. We decided to become involved in this event to highlight people’s creativity in our community as well as in our congregation. We also wanted to open our beautiful church and sanctuary to the community. This has been a very successful event. Light refreshments are served and everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun.
Plans are underway to resume our participation in Art Stroll in June 2021 and every other month afterward through December 2021. If you have an interest in showcasing your art in the community, please reach out to our Public Affairs.
“In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12
Christmas is one of the highlights in the church calendar. We remember those suffering from HIV/AIDS by providing “AIDS stockings” as Christmas presents. Carols by Candlelight is a community favorite now surpassing forty years, and the Messiah Sing-Along are both well attended events each year open to all in the community. “For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Isaiah 56:7
We are proud supporters of Our Church’s Wider Mission:
We also support United Church of Christ’s four Special Mission Offerings:
One Great Hour of Sharing: Giving Help, Hope and Life
Supports partners in more than 70 countries with ministries that fund development projects, feed the victims of famine, provide services for displaced people, and respond to natural disasters. These ministries are the responsibility of Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources. Received annually on the fourth Sunday in Lent.
Strengthen the Church: Faithfully Building the Body of Christ
Supports church growth and leadership development in the conferences and through the national offices of Local Church Ministries. Received annually on Pentecost Sunday.
Neighbors in Need: Justice and Compassion Like a Mighty Stream
Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including ministry carried out by the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and by the national offices of Justice and Witness Ministries. Received annually on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of October.
The Christmas Fund: Remembering Those Who Serve Our Church
Provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands, a ministry carried out by the Pension Boards. Received annually on the Sunday before Christmas.