Missions and Outreach

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart and a humble mind.

~ 1 Peter 3:8


The Mission and Outreach Committee has the following responsibilities as stated in our Church Bylaws:

(1) To have general charge of the mission of the church in the community, state, nation, and world in a manner to alleviate suffering, enrich the spirits of others, and contribute to constructive Christian change.

(2) To encourage the understanding and support of the congregation on a continuing basis, in an effort to heighten awareness of, and potential for, avenues of Christian outreach commitment.

(3) To recommend an annual budget for benevolences and to designate allotments for selected projects.

The Mission and Outreach Committee supports organizations globally, regionally, and locally. Most funds voted by the committee go to non-profits we have built relationships with over the years. In a new successful effort last year, we supported the Marion Food Bank through discounted purchases at Marion General Store. The Food Bank is now closed, but Marion General Store customers continue to donate funds so the store can help those in need. What a wonderful circle of giving: helping those in need and supporting a local business.

When the Mission and Outreach Committee looks to fund a new organization, we do research on their programs and finances. We also check in with the non-profits we support to find out their current needs. Through the Southern New England Conference of the UCC, we send the church’s support for Our Church’s Wider Mission, Disaster Relief, Strengthen Our Church and more.

To spread our help throughout all these worthwhile organizations, the funds we vote rarely exceed $500, except for Our Church’s Wider Mission. Suggestions of organizations to support are always welcome and we encourage input from the congregation on non-profits that are doing great work. We also welcome church members to join us on Zoom for our Mission and Outreach meetings, which are the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM. If you would like to attend, please email Chair Susan Smith a few days before the meeting at: missions@marionfirstchurch.org.

At this time, we are asking for donations to help clients of Damien’s Pantry in Wareham. Their current needs are: canned goods, pasta, pet food, toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers (all sizes infant to adult). Collection bins are located outside the church office and in the church narthex. We are also collecting for Heifer International in the Change for Change jar on the table in the narthex.

Our popular Friendship Dinners are on hold for now. Each month we review the status to evaluate and determine when we can safely reunite and gather for a delicious meal prepared by Chef Colby.

Your Mission and Outreach Committee would also like to share some very exciting news. Last year’s anonymous Pledge Challenge donor has stepped forward again this year to contribute $5,000 to the Mission and Outreach budget! This very generous gift will further our outreach and our help to those in need. Our sincere thanks go out to this anonymous donor!

Your Mission and Outreach Committee: David Albert, Karen Correia (Secretary), Jeanne Lake, George Linzee, Susan Smith (Chair), and Rev. Richard Woodward.

Many of you may be wondering what meal train is all about. You may already have received an email inviting you to participate. Below is an explain of Meal Train, taken straight from the web site. It is a wonderful way to help anyone who needs a helping hand!

Meal Train creates and strengthens physical communities, enabling giving by reducing the information gap between those in need and those with the capacity to help.


mealtrain.com simplifies the organization of meal giving around significant lift events. We strive to simplify and promote interpersonal relationships between friends, families, and neighbors through meals.


A Meal Train is rooted in the idea that a meal is a symbolic gesture of one person"s willingness to help another. The meal is a vehicle that allows the giving party the opportunity to show they care, that they hope to reduce a burden, and they will be there for the receiving party in the future. this outreach is a true interpersonal connection and is one that helps foster inter-dependence, dialogue, and compassion.

Some Reminders:

Collection boxes can be found in the Narthex for:

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!!

Your Missions Committee