Our Ongoing Outreach activities include:
- Christmas Giving Program for local families
- Summer Fun and Food Camp for area children
- Monthly meal for the COTS Daystation
- COTS Walk for homeless shelters
- Charitable donations through special offerings
- Other mission projects as initiated by Outreach Ministries Committee, pastor or members
Personal Hygiene Items Drive for COTS
We collected personal hygiene items to help supply the COTS shelters with items that their housing insecure clients need the most.
Progresso Soup Drive
The soup was donated to the Richmond Food Shelf. Staff at the Food Shelf request that we provide Progresso soup, as all varieties have a consistently high nutritional value and it is popular with their clients.
One Great Hour of Sharing – Special Offering of the United Church of Christ
One Great Hour of Sharing, as part of Our Churches Wider Mission, is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ 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. For more information, CLICK HERE
Strengthen the Church – Special Offering of the United Church of Christ
Strengthen The Church is a special mission offering to re-imagine and build the future of the UCC. It supports church growth, pastoral and lay leadership development, youth and young adult ministries within conferences and administered by Local Church Ministries.
Sunday of Service
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” ~ 1 Peter 4:10
We put our faith into action by serving in various ways around the Richmond community.
- Singing at Sterling House (Carpool from RCC)
- Richmond Trail Project – bring work gloves, rakes, clippers
- Meals for Act 1 & Bridge Program (RCC kitchen)
- Our Community Cares Camp Project – bring your favorite pen to help prepare fund raising envelopes (RCC Classroom)
- Cleaning flower beds for a church member – bring work gloves, rakes, garden tools, bags for weeds (carpool from RCC)
- Washing windows for a church member (Carpool from RCC)
Thank you to everyone who sponsored the RCC walkers who participated in this year’s COTS walk. Our team of four raised funds to work to end homelessness in Chittenden county. We were able to tour the newly renovated program and housing facility and admire the thousands of origami butterflies, some of which came from RCC. The COTS walk is a fun and important annual event, and our church’s support is greatly appreciated!
The Christmas Giving Tree
As in past years, we will focus on providing gifts to children in families in Richmond, Jonesville, Bolton, and Huntington. I am working closely with Holy Rosary Church to coordinate our programs and with the guidance councilors at Richmond, Smillie, and Brewster Pierce Elementary Schools, and Camels Hump Middle School.
The Christmas Giving Tree will appear in the church parlor filled with gift request starting on the first Sunday in Advent.
The Christmas Fund
Our fourth and last drive for this year will benefit The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund and will take place on Sunday, December 18th, 2016. The Christmas Fund provides direct financial assistance to retired and active United Church of Christ ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas thank-you checks.
Kitchen Shower for the VT Refugee Resettlement Program
The Vermont Refugee Resettlement program team prepares new homes for some of the most vulnerable people in the world whose lives have been interrupted by war, political unrest, violence, or fear. Imagine coming to a new country with your entire family and only a few suitcases. You would need some help to get started in your new home! Our goal is to collect as many much needed kitchen items as possible to help our refugee families feel welcome in their new homes and community.