There are always opportunities to get engaged in mission at St. Paul UCC. Every month our Mission Committee identifies ways to make a difference in our local communities. Please read below for information on this month’s missions and how to get involved!
MISSION OF THE MONTH
October’s mission will be a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ. One-third of the Neighbors in Need funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry. Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct-service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities. This offering also helps us to be recognized as a 5 for 5 church.
October’s food pantry items include Hamburger Helper, jelly, sponges, dish soap, 409, Comet and Windex.
November’s food pantry items include Hamburger Helper, jelly, evaporated milk, dish soap, 409, Comet, Windex and toilet bowl cleaner.
Of course, you may always donate whatever you wish. Collection bins are in the breezeway of the administrative entryway. As always, thank you to all members of St. Paul who give so generously to the food pantry!
The St. Paul high school youth group is continuing to collect items to include in care kits for the homeless. These items include (but aren’t limited to) backpacks/drawstring bags, wool socks, hand warmers, deodorant, beef jerky, warm gloves/hats, basic first aid items, space blankets, ponchos, vitamin C packets, dried fruit, nut-free energy bars, alcohol-free mouthwash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wet wipes, feminine products, pens, composition books, travel mugs/bottles. Please drop off quality new/gently used items to show that we care. Thanks for your support in our mission to help those less fortunate.
Free the Girls
Free the Girls is a ministry helping save girls from human trafficking. Donations of gently used and new bras are given to the ministry for these girls to sell at market and allowing them to become self-supporting. For more information, visit freethegirls.org . A collection bin is in the breezeway of the administrative entryway. Thank you for helping these girls have a better life.
Making sure that people have access to food is an important priority at St. Paul. We collect food and funds each week to stock our local food pantry (see above for monthly theme), and routinely staff it with our members. We put together Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for needy families in the community, including baskets for families victimized by domestic violence who are sheltering in safe houses. We host a free community meal for any and all comers every Monday night. More often than not, even ordinary church meetings tend to share food as part of the agenda.