Here are some of the ways EHCC, and you! help those in need:
Hurricane relief via the UCC:
2nd Annual B.I. Beach Cleanup
Saturday, September 9, from 12-3pm. Last year the EHCC team cleaned the shoreline of Hawley Cove Park, and we are hopeful EHCCers will do the same, in that same location, this year. The BI Beach Clean up is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup involving more that 112 countries. Last year Bainbridge volunteers cleaned all 53 miles of our shoreline; let’s do that again. Join us on September 9!
We have been blessed with some amazing weather these past couple of months. While we all found ourselves eventually hoping for some rain to soak our dry landscapes, I’m hope for at least one more sunny Sunday on September, 24. The Bainbridge Island-North Kitsap CROP Hunger Walk will take to the streets that afternoon (2pm start time), and we’ve been lucky enough to have mostly sunny skies in our 21 years of island walks. The 5K (3.1-mile) walk starts at EHCC again this year—following the original route along Winslow Way, through the Wing Point area, back along High School Road, and down Madison Avenue back to the church. After such an amazing summer, the leaves are changing color and thoughts of hibernation sneak into our consciousness. But—instead of retreating into your winter cave with some hot chocolate and a good book—it’s time to get out and do some walking to fight world hunger! Twenty-five percent of the funds raised stays right in the community—supporting Helpline House on Bainbridge Island and Fishline of Poulsbo. The remaining 75 percent is distributed by Church World Service programs to fund food production, clean water, emergency relief and other programs around the world. Rather than just providing the money or supplies to those world communities in need, Church World Service teaches and helps people to sustain themselves. All ages are invited to walk, or you can support the walkers as a sponsor or offer prayers for the success of the event – it all helps. In addition to the walk itself, CROP Hunger Walk funds are raised through Restaurant Day. On September 14, several Bainbridge Island restaurants are offering a portion of their receipts for CROP Walk. Keep your eye out for one of the local restaurants that are helping in the cause. Don’t forget to say “thank you” to the restaurant managers. This is a great program, and we’re lucky to have such fine business folks in our community. Don’t hesitate to call me at 842-3537 for more information. —Dave Beemer
Living Waters: Watering Help Needed!
Please join us! The newly-acquired Bainbridge Island Land Trust property, Shoreline Preserve, has a lot of recently planted native plants needing water this summer! EHCC is setting up two crews of waterers: one for Monday evenings, and one for Thursday evenings. Training provided; satisfaction guaranteed! Please contact Jennifer (in the church office) with your questions and your interest-in-helping.
September Caring Coins: Operation Nightwatch
Fifty years ago a group of brave Nightwatch ministers took to the unfriendly streets of Seattle at 10 every night reaching out to the homeless in Pioneer Square, Skid Road, and First Avenue. They were risk-takers but at some point the word went out on the street to homeless people, bar patrons, street toughs, bartenders, and hotel workers that “Those folks from Operation Nightwatch are okay” It took persistence, bravery and sacrifice to get to that point. Their Street Ministry continues today, but right now they face a new challenge: living with uncertainty. They need to leave their current location this fall and still don’t know where their shelter will go, or who will run it. In spite of this uncertainty, they do remain hopeful because they care about homeless people and know the importance of trying to move people inside to safety and stability. This is good for Seattle, the larger community, and especially for the next guy under Interstate 5. Let’s support them with our annual Sock Collection (200 pairs) and our September Caring Coins—please be generous. Make check donations payable to EHCC with “Operation Nightwatch” in the memo line and cash donations in an envelope marked Caring Coins.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.