Here are some of the ways EHCC, and you! help those in need:
Doing Our Part to End Hunger: Bread for the World (BFW) Offering of Letters
On May 21, EHCC will participate with churches across the country to take up an offering not of money but of letters to Congress advocating on behalf of hungry people. This year our offering is very important because the White House Budget and powerful forces in Congress are pushing to dismantle, or outright cut, funding for many of the programs that help hungry people in our country and worldwide.
Programs threatened with deep cuts include direct help to buy food for infants and families in the U.S. —specifically WIC and SNAP—as well as significant cuts to critical foreign assistance programs. Right now 20 million people in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria are at risk of starvation due to famine and near-famine conditions; slashing U.S. foreign assistance funding, which represents less than one percent of the federal budget, is the difference between life and death for these people. It is appropriate for us, as Christians, to advocate on behalf of the hungry with our members of Congress. Please join us to do so in church on May 21.
Also, please be generous with your Caring Coins during our May worship service offerings; they, and any additional contributions you care to make, will go to BFW.
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 email@example.com
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.