Mission & Outreach

 

"We are a Community Seeking to Share God's Love"

 

 P0001027-ppHigh School Youth Group at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen in New MilfordIMG 0511Chris and Janet Childs in Mexico.

IMG 1279Simply Smiles Mission Trip ~ Oaxaca, Mexico 2010

 

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South Dakota 2012

 

UPDATE: Our church is planning a mission trip back to South Dakota in 2016: July 2-9th

If you are interested, please contact Rev. David Peters

 


 

Our Congregation Seeks to Share God's Love!

We believe in a God who has called each of us to help our neighbors 

whether in town or around the world. We are citizens of God's world.

 



Extending Your Reach

We Extend Your Reach at home and around the world 

through our denomination and partner agencies.


To Find out more about how you, through your church, serve others around the world,

click here on the Global Ministries page and click on a region.


Important note: 100% of your financial donations go directly to aid others.


 




A New Mission Opportunity!


A need has been expressed to have breakfast prepared and served on weekends to those who stay in the Homeless Shelter in New Milford. During the week, those who stay in the church hall there, are given a voucher for a hot beverage and a breakfast sandwich at a store on Bank Street. On Saturdays and Sundays, they do not. So, Charlie Meade, upon hearing about this, decided to organize a new ministry - Weekend Breakfast.

Currently Shelter Breakfast is at St. John Episcopal Church  There averages about 10 men or women. Half are working poor.

To sign up to help the weekends contact Charlie directly at 860-355-1584 and let him know of your willingness to help.

Is God Calling You to this New Way to Share God's Love?


 




Mission Trip 2014

We completed one of our mission outreach efforts as we traveled to LaPlant, SD July 5-12, 2014 and returned to work with the members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Simply Smiles. We worked on rehabilitation of housing there as well as bringing smiles of hope to those who are poor, forgotten in our own country!

We supported this effort through fundraising to cover the costs of the daily camp for the children of the community as well as to reduce travel costs. 

 

Those went include:

Rev. David Peters, leader; Heidi Neff, Brian Neff, Sue Stauffacher, Bill Steers, Dawn Collette, Zach Collette, Gaila Rossiter, Chris Childs, Janet Childs, Pat Mulcahy for our congregation. From the wider community: Dick Bartkus, Jeanne Bartkus, Ryan Bollard, and Al Ciarlo.

 

We are planning to attend again in the Summer of 2016!



 Our Church's Wider Mission - Extending Our Reach!

 

We carry this out through a number of diverse mission projects through financial support, prayers and education. They include:

Basic Support - support of the Ct. Conference and the wider United Church of Christ.

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Click on the movie below to learn more about how we, through Our Church's Wider Mission help others beyond Roxbury, nationally, and around the world!

 


 

 

Also these denominational special offerings:

 

One Great Hour of Sharing, Assisting global village development and disaster assistance

The Christmas Fund - Veterans of the Cross, aid to retired clergy with low retirements and benefits

Neighbors In Need, assisting neighbors here in the USA including native americans

 

Association of Religious Communities in greater Danbury serves the wider community in housing ministry, domestic violence prevention, inter-faith understanding through the cooperation of the broad spectrum of religious communities of our region.

 

Christian Community Outreach Ministries serves in Danbury to those who are caught between the systems that support people in need. Revs. Merideth and Wanda Payton have residential, job training, support and service oppoetuniites.Christian Community Outreach Minstries, Inc. is a Christian based community organization whose purpose is to offer support and resources to individuals in order to aid in transformation toward empowerment, self-sufficiency and an increase in the quality of life through the Judeo-Christian values.

Services and supports:  Provide for physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals in the community.

 

Andover Newton Theological School, Boston, MA Mission Statement: a graduate theological school in the Reformed Tradition, in faithfulness to Jesus Christ, we strive to educate leaders who are: enlivened by rigorous study in a community embracing diversities of faith and life; devoted to the renewing of church and society through ecumenical witness and creative expression of the Gospel and committed to enacting God's ways of justice and live in the world

 

Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT Mission Statement : Hartford Seminary serves God: by preparing leaders, students, scholars and religious institutions to understand and live faithfully in todays multi-faith and pluralistic world; by teaching, research, informing the public and engaging persons in dialogue, and by affirming the particularities of faith and social context while openly exploring differences and commonalities. 

 

The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education  The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education (CFHE) was founded in 2004 by Rebecca and Frederick Crosby of Old Lyme, CT, to provide full scholarships for secondary education to academically gifted students living in the Artibonite Valley (north of Port-au-Prince), who otherwise could not attend school. In 2006, we expanded the program to include university scholarships, and, in 2009, we initiated our technical school scholarships in the hopes that both of these programs would prepare students for professional careers in Haiti. This expansion of our program was a natural outcome due to the success of many students graduating from high school and the need to continue their education for future employment.

 

Seafarer's Friend, based in Boston, MA Provides for the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of sailors on shore in Boston, Portland and Portsmouth
 

Holy Joe's Cafe , a ministry founded through the First Congregational Church of Wallingford, CT, supports the work of US military chaplains overseas with coffee and supplies so that they can provide the setting for pastoral interactions with those involved in war and it’s aftermath.

 

Renewal House (formerly known as Shelter of the Cross)  – provides transitional housing, support and services for elderly homeless men and women in the Greater Danbury Area.  

 

Greenwoods Counseling Service, based in Litchfield – provides a wide range of counseling services to mainly Litchfield county families. 

 

Back Bay Mission– Biloxi, Mississippi - a community ministry of the UCC, serves the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the wider church community poor, homeless, victims of AIDS or substance abuse; works with teenagers and works to provide affordable housing after Katrina.

 

WCSU Campus Ministry - centers on student spirituality.  Provides opportunities for students to ask questions, to grow, to serve and to belong; sponsors an alternate “Alternative Spring Break” for students to work with Habitat for Humanity in Mexico.

 

Uplands Retirement Village– a nonprofit continuing care retirement community of independent living, assisted living and long-term care in Pleasant Hill, TN.  Uplands is home to over 300 people who value simple living and serving others.  It has been particularly attractive to those who have served the world as doctors, nurses, teachers, missionaries, pastors, engineers, and volunteers

 

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, New Milford – runs the New Milford Community Hospitality Kitchen, which serves meals to the needy.  Sponsored and supported and staffed by area churches.

 

The Greater Danbury Women's Center - free and confidential services to women, children and men of Danbury and area towns to prevent or lessen the trauma associated with domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life transitions.
 
Simply Smiles- provides loving homes, appropriate educations, and every chance at happy and successful lives for impoverished children.  Works supporting the mission of the Casa Hogar Children's Home in Oaxaca City,  and has built homes for the 33 families who call Oaxaca's garbage dump home(Mexico). They are curently working in the southern jungle region with food distribution for hungry families affected by the globalization of coffee. SImply Smiles also works in South Dakota on a Indian reservation there. Described as "third world", S. S. is working to rehabilitate housing and provide for basic needs. Our congregation sent mission trips to both Mexico and was one of the first to go to South Dakota in 2010. We are already scheduled to return to South Dakota in 2012!

 

Simply Smiles (Add'l aid for school and sports uniforms)

 

Daily Bread Food Pantry- – at St. James Episcopal Church, Danbury, distributes food staples to needs CT residents.

 

Thula Sizwe Education Fund – assists with school uniforms for children of the singing group who's children are students in Africa.

 

Micro-loan Program, UCC Wider Church Ministries – micro loans to needy women around to the world who require equipment/materials to support their families.

 

Relay For Life an all night sponsored walk on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Our congregation has had at least one team each year!

 

 

IMG 0524Thula Sizwe, from South Africa, following an overnight visit and concert

 

 

 

In addition we serve others with:

 

 

Art for A Cause, an annual dinner and art auction to benefit Simply Smiles

 

Mother's Day Card donating a blanket in their honor through Church World Service

 

Father's Day Card program - "Tools of Hope" purchasing tools in their honor through Church World Service

 

The Santa Fund, (also known as St. Nicholas Fund) a regional program of providing gifts and clothing to needy living in New Milford and neighboring towns including Roxbury. Based at New Milford Social Services.

 

Roxbury Relief, a coopertive effort of the Congregational, Episcopal and Catholic Churches to serve anyone in need living in Roxbury.

 

Minister's Discretionary Fund, a confidential source of help for those in need.

 

Your Directed gifts to help in disaster situations. (earthquake, flood, typhon, famine, etc.) (100% of donation goes directly in the locality to help)

 

These gifts flow through our UCC and to agencies such as Church World Service and others

Additional information is made available during the year on our Bulletin Boards in Fellowship Hall. We invite all to peruse the notes of thanks from the folks you help as well as learn more about the agencies.

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