Missions and Outreach

"The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become."  
- Henry Martin, Missionary to India and Persia

The Missions Committee welcomes Rev. Janet Wallace to our pulpit and looks forward to working through the spirit of giving to others for the duration of her ministry.

Friendship Table began again on September 21st after a hiatus due to the flooding of the Community Center. Chef Colby graciously offered to host. The congregation made cupcakes for dessert.

We thank Ruth for reorganizing the cabinets and supplies for this mission. Chef Colby has offered to host December, January, February, March, April, and May dinners. What a blessing he is to our church. We are looking for volunteers to assist Sue Kenny for the October meal - please call Sue if you are available to help. The November dinner will be the traditional Thanksgiving meal with roast pork stuffing and squash and we ask the congregational to provide pies.

Missions and Outreach continue to support Turning Point and Damien's Pantry. We thank you for your contributions of food on a weekly basis in the vestibule. Backpacks from Gifts to Give were generously donated and delivered to Turning Point.

Mobile Ministries is in need of winter item before November, such as coat, jackets, and sweaters. We collect the items in the vestry.

The Change for Change collection will begin again this month and we will designate the funds from September and October to the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ youth age 13-24. This request was submitted by a member of the congregation this past summer. The collection will be designated to the Alzheimer's Association for November and December.

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are collecting for Hurricane Relief for three weeks. The Missions Committee voted to send funds to the UCC Disaster Fund because we can designate where we wish it to go. The UCC DIsaster Fund distributes 95% of donated funds, using 5% to maintain their website, etc. No funds go to salaries. The collection information is posted on the home page of this website with a link to the details. Make checks out to the First Congregational Church of Marion with a note that it is intended for hurricane relief. You may put it in the offering plate or drop it off at the church office.

We continue to fund the Church's Wider Mission, which has always been an important tradition of our giving. We received additional funding, specifically designated to Missions and Outreach, from the generous matching gift collection, which will be put into the Benevolence Fund. The committee will prayerfully consider needy recipients throughout the coming months. If you have suggestions, please contact a member of the committee.

Thank you for all your generosity and understanding of the importance of our church to continue to reach out and give in the spirit of love and compassion, as set by Christ's example.

Some Reminders:

Wish Lists (Donation Boxes in the Narthex):

Mobile Ministries: (formally Mobile Loaves and Fishes) will be needing our help to stock the trucks that go to different parts of New Bedford to distribute clothing donated to the homeless. They need raincoats, sweatshirts, lightweight jackets, caps, and socks. There will be a container in the vestry to collect your donations. They go out Mondays and Saturdays with their trucks to outfit the homeless in New Bedford. You generously helped them in the winter with a wonderful supply of clothing. They are very thankful for your support.

Gifts to Give: stuffed animals can be given to the children because of the special process that G to G has to clean them.

Turning Point: Backpacks, Plain and Colored Pencils, Blue and Black Pens, Pencil Sharpeners, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters, Notebooks, 3-Ring Binders, Filler Paper, White Glue, Rulers, Erasers

Mercy Meals: Good Used Books, White Tube Socks

Damien's Pantry: (Please check expiration dates) Hot/Cold Cereals, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Dry Pasta and sauce, Rice, Mac and Cheese, Instant Potatoes, Baked Beans, Soups, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Tuna Fish, Juices

We appreciate your support - we couldn't do what we do without your help!!

Missions Committee:
Meg and David Albert, Ruth Cederberg, Sue Kenny, Susan Smith, Susan Taggart