Here are some of the ways EHCC, and you(!), help those in need:


December Caring Coins: Heifer International

EHCC’s annual support for Heifer International helps families transform their future.  So, in line with our “Living Water” theme, our goal this year is two fold:

  1. purchase the GIFT OF CLEAN WATER: $300. Millions of people still lack access to clean drinking water and in some communities, water is scarce or contaminated. Heifer helps families install treadle pumps, practice water conservation and use organic fertilizers to protect drinking water and improve their health
  2. purchase THREE SCHOOLS OF FISH: $300. With well-stocked ponds of fingerlings and training in fish-farming techniques, families can increase their nutrition and income.  We give new meaning to the old saying “Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.”

As always, checks may be made payable to EHCC with “Heifer” in the memo line.  Please help us collect the needed amount to make these life giving purchases.


Christmas Giving Tree for Mary’s Place: Santa needs your help!!

Collecting gifts for the Giving season begins early at Mary’s Place in preparation for their Holly Jolly Holiday Party on December 20th.  Tags are now hanging on the tree in the narthex for your selection.

Tags include:

  • a monetary donation for shoes;
  • toys for the kids;
  • and gifts for moms.

Please take one or more tags from the tree, purchase the gift(s) and place them UNWRAPPED (with tags attached) under the tree BY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9.

The dollars for shoes makes it possible for Mary’s Place to give everyone attending the Holly Jolly Holiday Party a gift card for new shoes and the gifts make it possible for the kids and moms to select gifts for each other at the Santa Store.  Let’s help make the holidays a little brighter for the women, children and families of Mary’s Place who are experiencing homelessness. Help them share in the joy of giving and receiving this season.  Your generosity is appreciated!


Super Suppers

EHCC hosts IFC/Helpline House-sponsored Super Supper dinners the last five working days of the month.  Area churches take turns preparing the free meals for those in need.  For more information, contact Pat Johnson.  On the last Sunday of each month, EHCC now prepares a and shares a meal with area low-income folks. If you’d like to participate, and we heartily encourage you to, please contact Geri Parker.


Lunch at Mary’s Place and Dinner at Benedict House

Several times a year we prepare and serve lunch to homeless and low-income women and children at Mary’s Place in Seattle, and we prepare and serve dinner to the residents of Benedict House in Bremerton.  If you’re interested in helping–and we can always use help (!)–talk to Madelyn Fox or Jennifer Merrill.


Helpline House Donation

We’re asking all who able to donate, on a regular basis, to the Helpline House basket in the narthex.  Make it a habit, as you’re leaving for church, to bring an item to donate; those in need depend on us!

Always Needed: hearty soups, chilis and stews, canned fish and meats, canned beans, cereal, fruit and vegetable juice, coffee and tea


Island Volunteer Caregivers

—IVC Needs You!—

IVC is growing at a rapid rate and urgently needs volunteers to keep up with the demand!  An enticing thing about volunteering with IVC is that you do as much or as little as you like, and you choose the area of service that interests you the most.  If you are a person who likes to connect with others  and help out with tasks that enable people to live as independently as possible, then IVC may be perfect for you. One volunteer called it “the best volunteer gig around!” Interested? Please contact IVC at 842-4441 or e-mail Robin Gaphni at robin@ivcbainbridge.org


Clothing Donation Bin

Have you noticed the big blue bin in the EHCC front parking lot? We are now hosting a clothing donation bin for Northwest Center, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving children and adults with disabilities. Reduce/reuse/recycle and support a good cause by dropping off your clean, gently used clothing and/or shoes in the big blue bin. You can even obtain a tax receipt for your donation by visiting the Northwest Center Web site. Northwest Center enjoys a long-standing relationship with Value Village who purchases the reusable items. Proceeds from the sale of these items goes directly back to NW Center as a means to fund their educational, intervention, enrichment, and after school programs designed specifically for special needs individuals all over the state of Washington. To learn more about Northwest Center, visit their Web site at www.nwcenter.org or www.BigBlueTruck.org.


Special Offerings

Approximately quarterly, we encourage your financial contribution to special offerings designated by the United Church of Christ.    To find out more about UCC offerings, click here: www.ucc.org.


Our Church’s Wider Mission

In the United Church of Christ, we affirm that, although the congregation is the fundamental unit of mission, mission is not just local. We are connected to one another, across boundaries of neighborhood, class, race, and national border. Our Church’s Wider Mission is the name we use to describe the work we do as the United Church of Christ beyond the local church–through our Conferences, national ministries, and UCC-related institutions. Our Church’s Wider Mission is also the name we give to the financial support given by UCC members and congregations that makes this broader mission possible. EHCC makes a substantial contribution to OCWM annually. To find out more, www.ucc.org


For more information on any of the above, please call the church office.  206-842-4657.