Our missions at St. Paul UCC are “beyond belief” and are based on the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, that His disciples spread His teachings to all the world.
In order to spread His teachings to the world, to our communities, we must build relationships with those communities. Service to our communities helps build those relationships. Through scripture we also know that, in order to truly serve God, we must be in service with others.
Here at St. Paul UCC we have many mission opportunities locally, regionally and nationally.
St. Paul UCC Missions Update
March Mission—Helping At-Risk High School Students at the CCSI
The Career Center of Southern Illinois (CCSI) provides an alternative high school program of education for “at risk” students—students who are not able to succeed or continue in their current high school setting. The mission statement of CCSI is “to provide an alternative educational program to help the dropout and at-risk youth in the three-county area of Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair get a second chance at a high school education and get them back into the game of life.” Students must meet certain criteria to be eligible for admission to this optional education program. They must be at least 16 years of age during the semester of application, they must be referred by their school principal, counselor, probation and/or parole officer, social worker or regional superintendent’s office, and they must have a reasonable chance to obtain a diploma or GED by age 21.
While the cost of attending CCSI is paid for just as if the student were attending a traditional high school, they may face economic, social and family challenges that may make just attending a school difficult. Please help reach out to these young people of our area communities and region. Some of the “member” schools of this program are Waterloo, Valmeyer, Columbia, Dupo, Red Bud and Sparta. Please help us let them know they are loved, valued and worthy members of the community of Christ.
St. Paul’s Mission Committee is asking for your help to provide gift cards which can be used for gasoline, food and toiletries at area Casey’s stores. The gift cards will be enclosed in Easter greeting cards made by the young people of SPLASH and will be delivered to the school prior to the CCSI student’s Easter break. Our goal is to provide gift cards of $25 each to the 98 students enrolled in the CCSI alternative high school program as well as offer Christ’s message of inclusion in the good news of the resurrection. Thank you in advance for your help in “reaching out” to these young people in Jesus’ name!
March’s food pantry theme is “Luck of the Irish! Share your Pot O’ Gold!” Items include laundry detergent, bars of soap, dish detergent, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, paper towels, bandages, dental floss, tissues, glass cleaner, dish towels, household cleaning products and pot scrubbers.