Missions/Outreach

"Over the Edge" - 2017

First UCC, Royersford is participating in Bethany Children’s Home’s “Over the Edge” Campaign & wants to send their very own, Darlene Canning over the edge! The edge of the 525 Student Apartments on Lancaster Avenue in Reading, PA that is!!!! If we can raise $1,000 we will send Darlene rappelling over the edge on Friday, 9/22!    Bethany Children's Home provides a safe haven for youth to heal from their pasts and prepare for their futures! Our youth come to us 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.    Last year’s “Over the Edge” campaign raised a total of over $95,000! 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.    


For more information or to make a donation Visit: www.bethanyhome.org/ote4bethany/   

Scroll down and click on To make a donation for an Eger, click here!  You will be directed to GiveGab; just type in Darlene Canning's name and make a donation!

Clean Up Buckets to Hygiene Kits UCC Asking That We Make the Switch

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.     

Souper Bowl of Caring - Feb 2018

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.

One Great Hour of Sharing - March 11, 2018

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.

  

OGHS is the special mission offering of the UCC that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works 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.  We will receive donations to OGHS on Sunday, March 11th. 

Aluminum Tabs

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. 


Habitat For Humanity

Upcoming events:

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.

Information:

Habitat for Humanity Montgomery / Delaware Counties

533 Foundry Rd, Eagleville, PA 19403-3901

Phone: 610- 287- 7710

habitatmontdelco.org

See Lorie Cannon or email her at cannlo_63@outlook.com