THE MISSIONS AND OUTREACH COMMITTEE - 2016
The Church of the Pilgrimage, Plymouth, Massachusetts
HONORING THE CONCERNS OF OUR CONGREGATION
AND THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITIES
11% percent of your pledged and collected dollars goes to Missions.
The committee uses this share in the following ways:
75% to support our Church of the Pilgrimage Missions work
25% sent to The United Church of Christ to support
“Our Church’s Wider Mission.”
Striving to become a missions-based congregation, we look to Matthew 25:35 to keep our path true to the teachings of Jesus:
For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me; I was naked and you gave me clothing; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me. Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these . . . You did it to me
Meetings: Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Assisted by members of the congregation and other friends in the community, we collaborate to give support locally, nationally, and internationally in ways that will bring the most benefit to those in need.
MISSIONS AND OUTREACH
THE POWER OF YOUR PLEDGED DOLLARS AT WORK
75% of your pledged Missions dollars support Church of the Pilgrimage Missions work.
Locally, Nationally & Internationally
Monday Meals– Through our church volunteers, Missions funds and individual donations, hot meals are provided for the homeless, the unemployed, and others in need Mondays from September through April. Many take home a bagged lunch and extra dinner. In 2015 our guests have numbered 35-45. There are four teams and approximately 20 volunteers help each month with Monday Meals. We also serve a dinner on Christmas Day.
The Good Samaritan Fund – The Good Samaritan Fund is used to provide temporary and limited assistance to any local individual in need, at the discretion of the minister and Head of the Deacons. Special offerings replenish the fund each month. The Mission Committee budgets an annual supplement to the Good Samaritan Fund.
South Shore Women’s Resource Center –Missions contributes to this local domestic violence program that has been helping victims of domestic violence and their families for more than 30 years. The focus is to create a welcoming environment with resources to help victims to take control of their lives. It is not a shelter, but aid is available for shelter placement.
Overnights of Hospitality - an inter-faith program providing winter shelter to the homeless in Plymouth, continues in its eleventh year. The Plymouth Taskforce to End Homelessness and Father Bill’s Mainspring, a social services organization with an office in Plymouth, have formed a partnership, relying on people from congregations and the community to serve dinners and stay overnight as hosts. The two churches offering the sites for the shelter this year are Christ Church Episcopal and the First Baptist Church. The Church of the Pilgrimage provides financial help from our Missions’ budget and has committed to four weeks of providing meals and overnight hosts. We are eager to have more people participate. Please use the website www.plymouth-taskforce-homeless.org to volunteer.
Plymouth Food Warehouse – Food donated through the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse is distributed to area food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, councils on aging, Head Start programs, low-income housing developments, boys and girls clubs, and adult day care programs.
Habitat for Humanity – Missions makes an annual pledge to our local branch of Habitat for Humanity. Dedicated members of our church volunteer their time to build or repair homes and serve on the Board of Habitat for Humanity.
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences – Missions has been making annual financial contributions to support this organization’s programs. Using science as a basis, the Manomet Center works to help people from all walks of life balance environmental, economic, and social needs. We all can work for a sustainable future in harmony with our environment
Youth Sponsorship – The Missions Committee budgets support for mission trips for the youth in our church. In 2015 young people went on mission trips to help the homeless in Boston and repair homes for low-income people in Maine.
*not all-inclusive /can vary year to year
National & International Aid*
Heifer International For over three decades, May has been designated as Heifer International Month at the Church of the Pilgrimage. Heifer International is a global nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty and caring for the Earth. Today, there are more than one billion chronically hungry people in the world and nearly 2.4 billion people live on less than US$2 a day. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to more than 22.6 million families—over 114 million men, women, boys and girls in 125 countries. Heifer provides 30 kinds of livestock, trees, seeds and training in environmentally sound agriculture. Each year Heifer works in more than 30 countries, including the United States. Heifer uses culturally appropriate animals that are requested by the groups. It takes more than an animal to make ongoing self-sufficiency a reality, thus, Heifer also provides training in sustainable livestock husbandry and community development. Visit www.heifer.org. Annually, we The Church of the Pilgrimage attempts to fund an "Ark" - $5,000 to help provide farm animals and training to build food sustainability and community development.
Kenya Educational Fund – Working with leaders in Esabalu, Kenya, Missions sends money to aid specific students with educational expenses. Active communication between Missions, the student, and an adult program supervisor keeps us up-to-date on the progress of the students we support.
ASAPROSAR – El Salvador - Missions provides funding to support this Salvadoran Association for Rural Health. ASAPROSAR is a private organization providing health, education, environmental and economic development programs in El Salvador.
St. Rock Haiti – Missions makes a financial contribution to this nonprofit agency providing health care and programs that promote self-sufficiency and education for children in Haiti.
Jamaica Outreach – Dr. John Peterson has volunteered his time, money and services for a Ministry of Dentists giving urgently needed dental care to the poorer population of Kingston. Missions budgets a donation to this project each year.
Church World Services School Kits – Helping children in the US and worldwide by giving impoverished schools and refugee camps basic tools for learning. Members of our congregation donate school supplies, in addition to a financial contribution from Missions.
Disaster Relief – Missions also budgets to provide relief in extreme emergencies or disasters. This money supplements our commitment to Our Church’s Wider Mission contributions.
*not all inclusive/ can vary year to year
One Sunday each month the Missions Committee sells fair trade products during coffee hour to help limited resource farmers and refugees.
In November and December, the Missions Committee sponsors an Alternative Gift Market featuring fair trade products (coffee, cocoa and chocolate), Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity, The Granola Project and Artisan Crafts.
We often have the great luck and blessing to be asked What can I do? How can I help? Here’s how!
- Cook or serve for the Monday Meals
- Volunteer as a Host or Prepare Meals for Overnights of Hospitality
- Donate toiletries or clothing for the homeless
- Help organize a kit-making party with kids, teens and neighbors
- Donate non-perishable food to the Plymouth Food Warehouse in the baskets as you enter our sanctuary. We deliver every week!
- Help with Mission programs i.e. Alternative Christmas Fair, Health or School Kits or Youth Mission trips
- Let us know of other important work that our congregation should support.
Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) Fund
25% of your pledged Missions dollars are sent to this United Church of Christ (UCC) Fund for distribution by the UCC in the following .
Through UCC conferences and local church ministries
- Train and equip leaders for youth ministries
- Teach best practices for pastors and congregations
- Aid pastoral search committees in local churches
- Provide financing for new churches
- Support ordained and lay ministers in their vocation
Through the Church’s Wider Ministries
- Feed the hungry
- Care for children in need
- Respond to emergencies and disasters
Through the Justice Ministries
- Celebrate diversity
- Promote justice and peace
- Provide justice leadership training for church members
Through the Office of General Ministries
- Manage the UCC publishing bodies
- Plan the General Synod
- Plan the future of the UCC Mission
- Nurture ecumenical and interfaith relationships
- Care for retired UCC clergy and spouses
*for further OCWM information go to www.ucc.org
ABOVE AND BEYOND YOUR PLEDGE
The Missions Committee Oversees
Four United Church Of Christ Special Offerings
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: Giving Help, Hope and Life
Supports partners in more than 70 countries with ministries that fund development projects, feed the victims of famine, provide services for displaced people, and respond to natural disasters, both international and domestic.
STRENGTHEN OUR CHURCH: Faithfully Building the Body of Christ
Largely supports youth ministries, developing leadership skills for the church of the
future. Funds also support full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country
where the UCC voice is not present.
NEIGHBORS IN NEED: Justice and Compassion Like A Mighty Stream
Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto
Rico, including ministry carried out by the Council for American Indians Ministries
(CAIM), justice and advocacy, and direct service projects supported by Justice and
THE CHRISTMAS FUND: Remembering Those Who Served Our Church
Provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and
children who face overwhelming financial demands, in a ministry carried out by the