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Outreach

Mission:

The expression, through useful projects, of our common humanity under God with those in wider communities than that of our church.  Outreach enterprises should facilitate the giving and receiving so as to nourish the lives of all concerned.

God calls us to mission work wherever there is need for healing and reconciliation, for justice and peace.

Planning meetings are held every few months as needed.



Supported Charities

... shares our joy at God's renewing and life-giving grace. Gifts 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. Offering 4th Sunday in Advent [1 of 5]

Church World Service: CROP Hunger Walk
...helps children and families worldwide -- and right here in the U.S. -- to have food for today, while building for a better tomorrow. Each year some two million CROP Walkers, volunteers, and sponsors put their hearts and soles in motion, raising over $16 million per year to help end hunger and poverty around the world -- and in their own communities. Des Moines CROP Hunger Walk takes place the 1st Sunday of May

Des Moines Food Bank
...alleviates hunger in our community by providing food assistance to any person in need. They serve the city of Des Moines, most of SeaTac, and the west hill of Kent.

Family & Adult Service Center
...provides homeless with meals, baths, clothing, etc.

...creates an atmosphere of hospitality for the guests through the warmth of a welcoming and caring community, and to provide the time, program and safe place to bring peace, hope and security to their lives. Spring Fling Gala, Walk for the Women, and Beds for Boats

Neighbors In Need
...is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion thoughout 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. Offering on World Communion Sunday [2 of 5]



...is the special mission offering of the UCC that carries God's message of love and hope to people in more than eighty countries. Offering 4th Sunday in Lent [3 of 5]






...is the name
we use to describe the work we do as the UCC beyond the local church–through our Conferences, national ministries, and UCC-related institutions. [4 of 5]



Each day, visions and dreams are created in the hearts of many in the United Church of Christ. Through this offering they can become a reality. As God calls our congregations to be "church" in new ways, our gift will plant new churches and awaken new ideas in existing churches, develop spiritual life in our youth and young adults, and ensure many more will hear the good news that "God is still speaking," Offering on Pentecost Sunday [5 of 5]