Here are some of the ways EHCC, and you! help those in need:
January Caring Coins: Reading Partners Seattle
Reading Partners is a National Tutoring Program that started in California in 2001 for elementary students from K-4 grades. Their mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. Reading Partners has spread to cities and towns in 10 states throughout the country, including Seattle in 2014. The Seattle-based Reading Partners program currently has an interim executive director, Cassy Charyn, who is a BHS ’08 alum. EHCC can help Cassy expand the reach of Reading Partners to more Seattle students with financial support through our January Caring Coins. For more information check out their website at www.readingpartners.org.
Dinner at Benedict House
On February 5, the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church team will prepare and serve the comfort dinner of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, salad, rolls, drinks and desserts. If you can help in any of the following ways, please let Madelyn Fox know:
- Go to Bremerton to help prepare and serve the dinner – leave from EHCC at 3:00 and return about 7:15. Need 4-5 folks for this trip (Madelyn will drive).
- provide 3 doz dinner rolls,
- provide dessert dishes that will serve 10
- 2 gals of drinks – tea/lemonade, apple cider (they have milk and coffee there)
- Monetary gifts are also welcomed to help offset the cost of purchased food.
Hurricane relief via the UCC:
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.