Being the hands and feet of Jesus...
At the dedication of our building in 1903, we said, "May this be the house of mercy for all that suffer, the house of help for all that need, the house of consolation for all that mourn, the house of hope and instruction for all that seek." That goal continues to be a driving force within First Church as we seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our world. First Congregational Church engages in ministries and mission projects to meet the needs of our members and friends, the greater community and the world. Some of those missions and ministries are included here.
With ONE can, we CAN make a difference
Hunger is an issue in every part of our country. Throughout the year, First Congregational Church supports the ongoing efforts of the CCTH Food Bank by collecting non-perishable food, in non-breakable containers, in the food barrel in the church parlor. Our Missions Ministry Team delivers this to the Food Bank several times each year. The food barrel is often also available when hungry visitors stop by. Our goal is to collect 100 pounds of food each month.
Hats & Hands for Hope
Knitters, crocheters and weavers work through the year creating caps and scarves for area children in need. These are displayed on a Christmas tree throughout the month of October where other members of the congregation and our circle of friends add gloves and mittens. Non-fiber enthusiasts often donate yarn to the project. On the first Sunday in November, we bless these items and pray for the children who will wear them throughout the winter. Items are then delivered to Ryves Hall for sharing with the many children they serve. Over 200 children are helped through this ongoing project each year.
Every Sunday is Mission Sunday
Throughout the year, we have monthly special mission projects that we fund through an ongoing missions offering. In previous years, our efforts have supported the work of Heifer International, the NACCC Missionary Society, Salvation Army and many others.
AA, NA & Al-Anon
As part of our mission of being a haven for hope and healing, First Congregational Church opens its doors to numerous anonymous support groups. Five groups make their home within our building and we are pleased to be able to offer this ministry to them. Please see their meeting days and times on the Church Calendar. The groups use the east door and meet downstairs.
Meals on Wheels
Feeling that Meals on Wheels supports a critical resource to a sector of the population in our community, First Congregational Church supplies free office space to the hard working members of the Meals on Wheels team. Funds raised at Strawberry Fest help support the costs involved in this ministry.