Mission – giving and doing for others – is at the heart of the life of Royersford First United Church of Christ. Many of our members are directly involved in and deeply committed to a variety of service ministries and organizations and reach out to people in need within our communities, across the nation, and around the world.
Royersford First UCC is a leader among the churches of the United Church of Christ in our mission support. Either through the greater church or directly, with our monetary gifts or with our own heard work, we contribute significantly to many missions. We contribute to missions in the local area and the state of PA, along with missions nationally and internationally.
Our mission work is under the auspices of the Missions and Ministries team within the church. This is led by Gloria Gaynor and Barbara Shaffer. Our Church Women contribute to many of our missions and this is led by Cathleen Bach. Pastor Deb Timmins oversees the work of the entire congregation.
National Night Out is a unique event that gives communities the opportunity to come together to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. It is held nationwide and was started by the National Association of Town Watch. This is a special night in Royersford where people can gather to meet and greet each other and learn more about various groups and organizations within the community. Last year’s event included law enforcement agencies, civic groups, local businesses, neighborhood organizations, churches, and local officials. It is a free evening with food, games, and tables of information and handouts promoting the safety of our community. It has steadily grown over the years and now takes up three neighborhood blocks! First UCC, Royersford organized and led the first NNO in Royersford and continues to be a main player in its organization and leadership. The event is held the first Tuesday of August every year. This year's date: August 6, 2019!
Our mission to support the homeless shelter and the men at Old First Church in Philadelphia began many, many years ago! There was a coffee can placed in the back of the church so that people could put their change in the can, and that money would then be sent to Old First to help buy coffee for those homeless men who used Old First for shelter during the winter months. This mission has now been broadened, and although change is still being sought, the money will be used by Old First in ways needed not just for coffee. The children of the church collect this change making a joyful noise the first Sunday of each month.
Our purpose is to support those who are suffering from domestic abuse through education and funding. To that end, we collected money for Laurel House which provides safe housing for those suffering from intimate partner violence. We also support community education of IPV and had a speaker from the Royersford police force and a speaker from Laurel House. Going forward there will be other events and collections to support the education and funding against IPV. There is a project in the works where we hope to join with one or more local churches to take this mission to community leaders and organizations. Much work needs to be done to come up with a goal, schedule, speakers, and a luncheon. We hope this project can come to fruition in 2019.
As an Open and Affirming church, First United Church of Christ, Royersford is committed in making sure that compassion and justice is served for those in the LGBTQ Community. We proudly fly a rainbow flag as a symbol to all that no matter who you are, you’re welcome here. A special resource center has been set up in the social hall, providing books, resources, and more to those who need it. On “Rainbow Sunday”, June 24, 2018, we shared with everyone how we are Open to All of God’s Children and Affirming of their Gifts. A special worship service was planned with a picnic held afterwards. We particularly want to share this congregation with folks who have been rejected by churches because of their sexual orientation or beliefs about orientation, folks who don’t know that there is a place where the message of the Bible is “God is Love” and our call from Christ is to “Love one Another.” This is an ongoing mission and we are always looking for more opportunities to show support and advocate for all!
Bethany Children's Home provides a safe haven for youth to heal from their pasts and prepare for their futures! Youth come to Bethany with some degree of trauma from abuse, abandonment, neglect, or drug/alcohol exposure. They are seeking an opportunity to learn new skills for their journey in coping with the past, setting positive education and life goals for the present and preparing for their future. The last two year’s “Over the Edge” campaigns raised over $100,000! This year, Bethany is asking for more people to go Over the Edge to provide our local youth the hope, courage & opportunity for a brighter, stronger future. Proceeds from this year's event will provide support for the health and medical needs of the youth served at Bethany.
We at First UCC, Royersford participated in Bethany Children’s Home’s “Over the Edge” Campaign in20172018 and sent their very own, Darlene Canning over the edge! The edge of the 525 Student Apartments on Lancaster Avenue in Reading in 2017 and the edge of the Abraham Lincoln Tower Apartments in 2018 that is!!!! We raised over $1,000 each year to send Darlene rappelling over the edge!
For more information or to make a donation Visit: www.bethanyhome.org/ote4bethany/
If you would like more information about Bethany or our Over the Edge commitment contact either Darlene Canning or Gloria Gaynor.
Great news! The push to help restock CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets for hurricane and other disaster survivors has succeeded! Congregations from coast to coast assembled hundreds of buckets, replenishing CWS's depleted supply. So proud of First UCC for helping with this effort! Now Church World Service is asking the UCC to shift to putting together CWS Hygiene Kits over the next few months. Members of the denomination can assist hurricane and other disaster relief efforts by pre-assembling various kits that are warehoused by CWS, ready to be shipped at a moment's notice when the need arises. "For families that have lost everything, CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other CWS Kits are more than just relief supplies, they are an expression of love and symbol of hope for the future,” said Zach Wolgemuth, UCC Disaster Ministries executive. "It's energizing to see congregations engaged in hands-on ways, reaching out to people they will likely never meet.”
The Church Women have responded to the plea of needing hygiene kits and have committed to assembling 36 kits! Several members have volunteered to pick up the necessary contents (hand towels, washcloths, combs, fingernail clippers, soap, toothbushes, and bandaids!) All items will be placed in plastic Ziploc bags. CWS will add a tube of extended expiration date toothpaste to each hygiene kit just prior to its final journey.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed when we look at all the areas of need in God’s world: there is hunger, sickness, and injustice in so many communities. It is easy to feel there is nothing we can do to help. We can feel trapped by hopelessness and fear that what little we can do—won’t have an impact. But there is hope! Better yet: we are that hope! As the Apostle Paul writes, “by the power at work within us,” God is able to “accomplish abundantly more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). “We are the agents of transformation that God uses to transfigure this world” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu). Wishing and dreaming of a better world means nothing if we don’t realize that God gives us community to practice love and compassion. We cannot only care for ourselves, but we must also care about those around us, both near and far. Our gifts become part of a loving legacy in ways we can’t foresee. Our gifts become blessings to people we don’t know and blesses in ways we can’t expect. We can make a difference beyond what we can imagine.
First UCC, Royersford is proud to be a 5 for 5 Church in the UCC! We support all of the special mission offerings. They are:
· Our Churches Wider Mission - funds the work we do in the Conferences as well as in the national and global church. OCWM funds are invested in programs, resources, and tools needed to keep local UCC churches strong, effective, and growing. OCWM helps provide pastoral placement and education for church leaders; worship materials and theological interpretation; resources and training for stewardship and fundraising; and so much more. (collected weekly)
· Neighbors in Need- One-third of this offering supports the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM) and two-thirds is administered by Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. (receive on World Communion Sunday in October)
· One Great Hour of Sharing- Since the end of WWII, Christian denominations have joined together for the annual OGHS. Proceeds help fund health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief, refugee ministries and both international and domestic disaster response, administered by Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources. (received in March)
· Strengthen the Church – Supports church growth, pastoral and lay leadership development, youth and young adult ministries within conferences and administered by Local Church Ministries. (received on Pentecost)
· Christmas Fund – Provides direct financial assistance to retired and active UCC ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas thank-you checks. (received in December)
We are collecting aluminum soda tabs to be recycled for Ronald McDonald House! Collecting pop tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling while raising funds to help children and their families at the same time. A drop off spot is located in the Narthex (lobby area) of the church. If you have any questions, see Sharon Davidheiser.
Faith Build: Will take place on weekends starting in June and continue through December 2018.
-Looking for 1-2 lunches provided during work day
-Sandwiches, piece of fruit, chips, cookies, tea, lemonade, water
-Looking for volunteers to assist with building
-No experience needed-Lorie can share more info on volunteering
Women’s Build Week: Date TBD
-Lorie plans to do a fundraiser at the time of the event.
Habitat for Humanity Montgomery / Delaware Counties
533 Foundry Rd, Eagleville, PA 19403-3901
Phone: 610- 287- 7710
See Lorie Cannon or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org