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
HOUSTON NEEDS OUR HELP! On Sundays, September 3 & 10 St. Paul will take a special collection to join Region 2 UCC churches in purchasing and assembling items for Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets. These resealable buckets, which include such items as sponges, scrub brushes, clothespins and household cleaners, will be sent to Hurricane Harvey victims to help with the clean-up effort. Please be generous, remembering “Do unto others . . . .”
Heifer Project to Kick Off at Church Picnic
Be a part of the all-church mission, Heifer International, now through January 2018. Follow updates in the Sunday bulletins, Midweek e-mail and Monthly Messenger as the focus changes but the intent—to help God’s children around the world—remains the same.
September’s goal is ambitious but doable: for $5,000 St. Paul can purchase an Ark—2 alpacas, 2 beehives, 2 flocks of chicks, 2 cows, 2 donkeys, 2 trios of ducks, 2 flocks of geese, 2 goats, 2 trios of guinea pigs, 2 llamas, 2 oxen, 2 pigs, 2 sheep, 2 trios of rabbits and 2 water buffalo.*
Visit the five Heifer booths at the Church Picnic Sunday, September 10 to learn more, get inspired and have fun with mission.
*Contributions to the Gift Ark program are symbolic and represent a contribution to the entire mission of Heifer International. When animal groups are fully funded, additional donations will be used where needed most.
Designate Your Mission Giving
The Mission Committee thanks everyone for your support of its various monthly missions and now the 4-month, all-church Heifer Project. However, in consideration of the St. Paul volunteers who count and record donations on Monday mornings, there is a way to be more precise in making your mission wishes known. Please do not be vague on the blank line of your weekly envelope. There are only so many funds to which contributions can be made, so it is very important that you not write things like food for the poor or aid to the homeless. St. Paul supports the House of Neighborly Service food pantry, so you can simply write HNS for that cause. If you are supporting the ongoing monthly mission, please write Monthly Mission. Help us accomplish your intentions by being specific, and as always THANK YOU for your continued support.
September’s food pantry theme is “Cool, crisp, windy fall air.” So this time, we will need for our hair! Items include shampoo, conditioner, brushes, combs, ponytails, hair gel.