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Mission & Witness

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Mission & Witness

Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the gospel. A contemporary wit has added, and if necessary, use words. We try to spread the love of God through care for our neighbors, here and around the world. Each Sunday during worship a basket of non-perishable food items is brought forward, to donate to the local food pantry, and to have a visible symbol of the connection between worship and the work of compassion. This church has a strong commitment to mission, supporting many projects with both financial contributions and direct involvement.

In August and September back-to-school supplies are donated for local school children. In October we contribute to the UCC Neighbors in Need offering and sponsor the Colchester CROPwalk www.churchworldservice.org/CROP , raising funds to combat hunger. In Nov. and Dec. we collect toys for the children of the women at the Niantic prison, as part of “A Sacred Place, A Sanctuary of Hope for Incarcerated Women” www.asacredplace.org Through a sock and mitten tree in our sanctuary, we contribute to needy children in our area. Our children’s Lenten giving is for Heifer Project www.heifer.org helping families to help themselves and each other. In the spring continued support of Church World Service programs is given through Tools and Blankets of Hope. We help at local soup kitchens and support Habitat for Humanity www.habitat.org with members giving many hours of service to local projects.

One of the most life changing ways of giving has been mission trips. This congregation has an ongoing relationship with Bridges to Community www.bridgestocommunity.org in Nicaragua. Both adult and youth members have built houses in a rural community in Nicaragua. We also show our continued commitment through a matching funds banking program for project workers.

In October ’06 nine church members and friends participated in a disaster response work week in New Orleans as part of continuing recovery efforts. www.ucc.org/disaster/gulf-coast-hurricanes.html In October ’07 a group of 15 traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild homes. While most of the work in ’06 was gutting moldy walls and other materials, this year the work of building included dry wall work, painting and clean-up. It’s heart breaking to see how slowly progress is being made. Our work provided building labor so sorely needed, and encouragement for people who have suffered much. We also tell their story, so they do not become forgotten. We find that through helping others God’s love flows through us, and to us—in the joy of giving, and living creatively through Christ’s Spirit.

Colchester Federated Church, Colchester, Connecticut