Here are some of the ways EHCC, and you(!), help those in need:
One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering, Sunday March 31
Funds collected from OGHS support the UCC in its work with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, and emergency relief and rehabilitation. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response. Please given generously!
March Caring Coins: Real Change
Real Change (a Seattle Street Newspaper) exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice. The award-winning Real Change paper is distributed weekly and produced by a team of professional journalists with 50 years of combined experience. New issues are available every Wednesday morning in print. Founded in 1994, it offers immediate employment options for the poor and homeless and challenges the structures that create poverty. The paper is distributed by Vendors who purchase the papers for $.60 then sell them for $2.00 keeping the difference plus tips for themselves. Additional opportunities for Vendors include advance sales training, elected vendor leadership positions, vendor internships, assistance with resource referral, access to computer lab and paid participation in the Homeless Speakers Bureau. Let’s reach deep into our coin purses this month and show that EHCC stands behind the Real Change movement for justice. Checks can be made payable to EHCC with Real Change 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.
Dinner at Benedict House
Several times a year 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.