In response to the recent Hurricanes in Texas, Florida and the Wildfires in the West, the First Congregational Church of Pelham UCC is working on several different options to provide help to those in need. We are accepting donations of Money only to be sent through our Denomination, The United Church of Christ, that will be sent directly to the Disaster Ministries Team for immediate use on providing for immediate needs, such as Food, Water, GAs and more. Please, no clothes or materials are being accepted at this time. We are also collecting money to assemble Disaster Relief Buckets that will provide necessary materials for people who are beginning the long process of cleaning Up. These buckets include items such as Cleaning materials, Detergent, Insect Repellant and more. We are accepting all monetary donations and will be sending the buckets directly to sites for immediate distribution. The UCC covers all the overhead costs for logistics so your donation provides idmate impact. The cost of teh buckets are valued at $30, but ALL DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED. Contact the church office for more information, or send your check to FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF PELHAM UCC PO Box 847, Pelham NH 03076. Direct your check to Emergency Service Buckets.
For more information, about the UCC DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS, please click on the attached link. http://www.ucc.org/disaster
|“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little
ones becuase they are my disciple, I tell you the truth,they will certainly
not lose ther reward”
~ Matthew 10
PROUD TO BE “FIVE FOR FIVE”
The First Congregational Church of Pelham is proud to be one of 1250 churches that are 5 for 5!
This list includes churches that contributed in 2018 to each of the 4 mission offerings in the UCC: One Great Hour of Sharing, Christmas Fund, Neighbors in Need, and Strengthen the Church; and to Basic Support of Our Church’s Wider Mission.Our commitment to our faith requires us to spend time in service to others. The Mission Ministry of the First Congregational Church of Pelham UNited Church of Christ regularly offers opportunities for members to help, serve, and expand those who are touched by Christ. Many of our mission projects focus on these areas:
As a member of the United Church of Christ, we support Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM), helping support partners in more than 70 different countries working on development projects, hunger programs, services for displaced people and natural disaster response. We also support the Special Offerings collected throughout the year for various Mission opportunities. www.ucc.org/disaster
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) is the relief, refugee and development fund of the United Church of Christ. It is one of the Special Mission Offerings received by the United Church of Christ and is a part of Our Churches Wider Mission (OCWM). OGHS, as part of OCWM, is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in more than eighty countries. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water and food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, emergency relief, and advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response. www.ucc.org/oghs
NEIGHBORS IN NEED
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.
Most UCC congregations will receive the NIN offering on October 5, 2008 as part of their World Communion Sunday observance. NIN contributions can be made on-line at any time here.
STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH
Strengthen the Church grows the UCC’s future by:
- Funding new church starts and invigorating existing congregations
- Nurturing lay and pastoral leadership
- Building youth and young adult ministries
- Supporting the God is Stillspeaking Ministry and its extravagant welcome for all within the United Church of Christ.
- All gifts are directed to activities and programs of our church’s local conference as well as the UCC’s national ministries.
THE CHRISTMAS FUND
The Christmas Fund Offering (formerly the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross), one of four Special Mission Offerings of the United Church of Christ (UCC), is an important way of sharing our joy at God’s renewing and life-giving grace. The Offering, which is administered by the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance of the Pension Boards on behalf of the UCC, is an expression of joy and gratitude to, and for, those who serve the church.
Gifts to the Christmas Fund help provide pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retirees, emergency assistance to the families of clergy and lay employees and Christmas Gift Checks to hundreds of annuitants.
HIGH SCHOOL MISSION TRIPS
Since 2007, our High School students have participated in annual Mission trips across the country to serve different populations and Mission organizations in Urban and Rural settings. Trips to Washington DC, New York, 6 New England States in Six Days and New Orleans have been life changing experiences for our youth Group members.
OPEN AND AFFIRMING (ONA)
For more than 30 years the national setting of the UCC has been on a clear course of welcome and inclusion, calling for serious study of human sexuality, supporting the civil rights of LGBT persons, and in 1985 adopting the Open and Affirming (ONA) resolution, that it has publicly declared that “gay, lesbian, bisexual” (GLB) people (or those of all “sexual orientations”) are welcome in its full life and ministry (e.g. membership, leadership, employment etc.) It bespeaks a spirit of hospitality and a willingness to live out that welcome in meaningful ways. The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns provides significant leadership in the ONA movement, developing resources and urging congregations to become ONA. Their website is https://openandaffirming.org/
We support our local United Church of Christ affiliated seminaries, understanding the importance of educated seminarians entering the Ministry. We encourage any person who is interested in Ministry as a Calling to call our Pastor to discuss the process and some friendly conversation.
PELHAM GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND
Established in 1969 to provide food and financial assistance to those in need, the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund sponsors the Food Pantry located at St. Patrick’s church at 12 Main Street. The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund is a non-profit organization. It is not a state or town funded agency. All of the programs and services are made possible by the generosity of people like you. All donations are used to provide food and financial assistance to less fortunate neighbors. Visit the website at www.pelhamgoodneighborfund.org
Lazarus House assists people in need of food, shelter, medical and dental services, a home for AIDS patients and three thrift stores serving over 8000 people a month in the Greater Lawrence area. Visit www.lazarushouse.org
THE WISH PROJECT
From your attic to a needy home, one wish at a time
The mission of The Wish Project is to provide basic furniture, home and baby goods to the poor in the Merrimack Valley in order to help them gain independence while improving our environment by recycling goods back into original use.Each year TWP provides $1 million in value of free furniture, home, clothing and baby goods for more than 25,000 needy people through recycling more than 600 tons of furniture, clothing and more back into welcome homes.Basic things like clothing, furniture and baby gear are life changing to local families moving out of homeless shelters and struggling to survive that first year back on their own.Wish Project is 95% privately funded and every $1 donated is leveraged into $4 in value of free goods given out. They help all ages, races and abilities. More than 2/3 served are children. Every couch and lamp in a new home means one less in the landfill.www.thewishproject.org
NASHUA SOUP KITCHEN
The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter (NSKS) is dedicated to providing shelter and food to those in need. The overall objective of the agency is to advocate, create, and operate programs and services that promote dignity and self-sufficiency for those we serve. To ensure that basic needs are addressed, the NSKS is committed to joining with others in a community-wide ethic of caring.
BI-MONTHLY FREE COMMUNITY DINNERS
Since 2012, the First Congregational Church has sponsored Free Community Dinners to serve those who may be hungry in our community. Receiving Grants from such businesses as Wal-Mart, Collins Dentistry in Pelham, Enterprise Bank and more, we are able to offer a nutritious meal for all members of our community in a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere. Members of our church prepare and serve the meals to all who walk through our doors.
Habitat is a non-profit, ecumenical housing organization, which builds simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. Their website is www.habitat.org.
Nobody’s Children provides medical and humanitarian resources for needy children throughout the world. The organization was founded in 1991 by Edward and Elaine Yourtee after experiences in Romania while adopting their son Jonathan. Moved by the plight of orphans in Romania, they organized their friends to make a limited contribution to improve the conditions they had seen. They also sought to leverage their efforts by working directly with Romanian doctors to improve their abilities to care for children. When a key volunteer from Romania moved to work in Bosnia, opportunities arose to help children from all factions who were left homeless by war. www.nobodyschildren.org
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
Church World Service is a ministry of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
in partnership with indigenous organizations in more than 70 countries; CWS supports
sustainable self-help development, meets emergency needs, and helps address
the root causes of poverty and powerlessness.Within the U.S., Church World Service assists communities in responding to disasters, resettling refugees, promoting fair national and international policies, providing educational resources, and offering opportunities to join a people-to-people network of local and global caring
through participation in CROP WALKS, the CWS Blanket Kit and Layette Program, and the Tools of Hope Program.
Since 1944, HPI has helped more than 4 million impoverished families in approximately 110 countries and 35 states become more self-reliant through the gift of livestock and training in their care. A non-profit organization, rooted in the Christian tradition, HPI joins with people of faith everywhere to work for the dignity and well being of all people. HPI provides 24 types of food and income producing animals, as well as intensive training in animal husbandry, environmentally sound, sustainable farming practices and community development. www.heifer.org