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.
Accomplishments for 2015-16:
... 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 and Highline 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.
...seeks to help homeless women find home, health, and hope. This overnight shelter is housed at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church. NPUCC has been a strong supporter since HH opened its doors in October of 2000: providing meals, in-kind donations, leadership, overnight volunteers, and financial support. Spring Fling Gala and Walk for the Women
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]
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]
COMMUNITY MEALS NPUCC started our Community Meal program in January 2013 in conjunction with Grace Lutheran and Des Moines U Methodist to provide dinners on Tuesday nights. NPUCC cooks on the 4th Tuesday of each month and we receive some food from the Des Moines Area Food Bank. This is a community dinner and all are welcome. Over 30 volunteers help with dinners every year.