Ministry of 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. Our church has a strong commitment to mission, supporting many projects with both financial contributions and direct involvement.

Missions throughout the year

In August and September, back-to-school supplies are donated for local school children. 


In October, we contribute to A Sacred Place, Inc. A Sanctuary of Hope for Incarcerated Women, the UCC Neighbors in Need offering, and sponsor the Colchester CROP Hunger Walk---raising funds to combat hunger. 


In November and December, we collect toys for the children of the women at the Niantic prison, as part of A Sacred Place.  Through a sock and mitten tree in our sanctuary, we contribute to needy children in our area. Our children’s Lenten giving is often for Heifer Project 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 have supported Habitat for Humanity with members giving many hours of service to local projects.


Korean Partnership

Here at CFC we are blessed to have a Korean Partner Church--the Hanmok Church--though the Connecticut Conference, UCC. Here's more about the program: 


The Connecticut Conference maintains a vital and exciting ecumenical partnership with the Kyung-Ki Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in South Korea.  The Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ formed a covenanted relationship with the Kyung-Ki Presbytery in South Korea in 1994. The churches committed to build a relationship with each other, learn about each other’s culture, and grow in faith together.  Individual Connecticut churches establish partnerships with individual Korean churches with the help of the Connecticut Conference Korean Partnership Committee.


Partners Visit Each Other


The Korean Partnership Committee sponsors opportunities to travel to South Korea to visit our partner churches.

  1. Each April we send delegates to the Kyung-Ki Presbytery’s Annual Meeting.
  2. Every four years the Connecticut Conference sponsors the Sacred Journey program in which youth in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to visit their partner churches.
  3. Individual Connecticut churches also arrange for their own travel groups to visit partner churches.

The Kyung-Ki Presbytery provides similar travel opportunities for its churches.

  1. Each October South Korean pastors attend the CT Conference Annual Meeting.
  2. Every four years Korean youth participate in an exchange Sacred Journey program in CT.
  3. CT women hosted Korean women at the Women of the UCC Conference in March 2010.

Partners Keep the Lines of Communication Open


Staying in touch is a crucial component to successful relationship development and ongoing management. Partners send greeting cards and small gifts at Christmastime or for other special events in their congregational life. They send photos of church members and photo directories with an explanation of what they receive. The ever-changing world of technology lets partners keep each other updated through email and social media outlets like Facebook. Even Sunday School classes match up students to create email-pals!  The life of our church here in Connecticut is enriched by this wonderful partnership with Hanmok Church in South Korea.

Mission Trips

One of the most life changing ways of giving has been mission trips.  CFC has had a relationship with Bridges to Community 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 2006, nine church members and friends participated in a disaster response work week in New Orleans as part of continuing recovery efforts. In October 2007, 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, that year the work of building included dry wall work, painting, and clean-up. Our work provided building labor sorely needed, and encouragement for people who suffered much. We also told their story, so they do not become forgotten. At CFC, 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.