Here are some of the ways EHCC, and you(!), help those in need:
Neighbors in Need Special Offering
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
NIN grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the NIN offering.
EHCC will receive this special offering on Sunday, October 7 during worship; please plan on being generous!
Hot Dog-n-Chili Fundraiser for UNICEF
Wednesday, October 31 In our fellowship hall from 4 to 7 p.m. during the downtown Winslow Trick-or-Treat festivities. We can use help on everything from set-up to clean-up to inviting and welcoming the crowds of kiddies (and their families). Talk to Madelyn Fox or Jennifer in the church office. It’s a great cause and lots of fun. Join us!!
October Caring Coins: UNICEF
Since the creation of UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) in 1946, it has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization.
In Syria, for example, UNICEF has been on the ground since the conflict began in 2011. They are working closely with partners to provide education, water, health care and clothing to children in Syria and Syrian refugee children in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Europe. These families are exhausted and financially drained from years of conflict and unemployment, making the purchase of warm clothing and heating fuel all but impossible. This winter, UNICEF aims to reach more than 2.5 million children in the region with winter kits and cash assistance for families. The situation for children in Syria is dire and in our small way we can help provide financial support to meet the urgent needs.
Please be generous with caring coins and/or checks made payable to EHCC with UNICEF in the memo line.
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.