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


Puerto Rico Disaster Kit Assembly at EHCC Potluck

Sunday, November 12, EHCC will be making Hygiene Kits for Church World Service, who will send them to Puerto Rico where most people are still without water, power and other basic necessities after the hurricane several weeks ago.  You can donate money, supplies, or your time. We will be collecting items and cash donations (from which we will purchase items for the kits) until November 12th. There is a collection box in the hallway outside the sanctuary. Then we will gather together at 5:30pm Sunday, November 12 to put the kits together and have a potluck dinner.

CWS Hygiene Kit Supplies needed:

  • One hand towel measuring approximately 15” x 28” to 16”x 32” (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
  • One washcloth
  • One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
  • One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package
  • One bath size bar of soap in the wrapper
  • One toothbrush in the package
  • Ten standard size Band-aids

All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal before boxing. Do not add any extra items or toothpaste. A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each Hygiene Kit just prior to its journey.  Do not enclose money inside the kits or in the shipping boxes.


Helpline House Thanksgiving: More than a Day!

Helpline provides nutritious food to those islanders who struggle to put enough food on the table.  Donations from the generous Bainbridge community during the Thanksgiving holidays are particularly important to ensure adequate supplies and offer holiday foods.  For your information:

  • Helpline receives donations Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm.
  • Donations of perishable foods or frozen turnkey are welcome on Saturday, November 18 from 10am-3pm.
  • Baking ingredients are particularly appreciated.
  • Grocery store gift cards of $35 are popular alternatives to food during the Thanksgiving week, especially for singles and couples who do not plan to cook a big Thanksgiving meal.

EHCC will distribute grocery bags with attached holiday food lists at our Sunday, November 12 worship service.  We request that you return the bags with food donations the following Sunday, November 19.  And we thank you very much for caring and sharing this Thanksgiving season!


Holiday Packages for Prisoners

Thanks in part to EHCC’s November Caring Coins, this year the prisoners at the Monroe Correctional Complex (all 2,500 of them) will receive small holiday packages consisting of some chocolate and other treats, plus a few personal items like toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant.  Each year, nonprofit groups that volunteer at the prison team up with interested churches to fund this project.  It’s become a holiday tradition that the men really look forward to!  “The holidays are a particularly grim time in prison,” says Carol Estes, EHCC choir director and prison volunteer.  “Many prisoners have no one on the outside, receive no visitors, and believe that they have been completely forgotten.  These small packages show them that some people really do remember them during the holidays!”

So, don’t be shy: drop your change—or more!—into the offering plates this month and bring a smile to someone behind bars.


Hurricane relief via the UCC:


Famine Relief

The UCC is inviting donations to a special relief fund for famine victims in East Africa. Drought and conflict have combined to put millions of people at risk of starvation.  If you would like to help through UCC channels, you can find the details at http://www.ucc.org/disaster_south_sudan_famine.
Our good neighbors at Cross Sound Church are also encouraging donations for famine relief, giving through the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund.  See: https://www.gofundme.com/Bainbridge-Cares-Famine-Relief-2017 Generous donors at Cross Sound have set up a $10,000 matching fund for any donations that come in from the broader Bainbridge community through this giving instrument.


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.