A "Little Birdy" to tell you about the CUCC Mission Work
Here at Congregational UCC, we are actively engaged in making our communities a better place. Our members and friends are vigilant about identifying the needs of the community and responding with love, compassion, and grace - and often some good old fashioned elbow grease.
Canton Sunday Picnic-
The Canton Sunday Picnic is the organization that we have worked with previously, and hope to continue to work with once safety is more ensured, to provide warm lunch once a month on the fourth Sunday in downtown Canton. Funds donated will buy food and needed supplies used by our friend Skylark to serve the downtown community every Sunday, when there is no other soup kitchen open. For now, we will collect monetary donations through our online giving website at https://www.cucccanton.org/online-giving-offering Select there to offer donations to the Canton Sunday Picnic.
Calvary Mission -
The Canton Cavalry Mission is an organization that is equipped and licensed to provide food for pennies on the dollar from the Akron Food Bank for the Calvary Food Bank. For more information on Calvary Mission, please click https://www.cantoncalvarymission.net/ Our Awesome Terry volunteers at Calvary Food Bank and will assist with dispersing our donations to assist in the efforts of this Food Bank, which are needed now, more than ever, to keep our neighbors from hunger.
For now, we will collect monetary donations through our online giving website at https://www.cucccanton.org/online-giving-offering Select there to offer donations to the Canton Sunday Picnic.
Thank you all so much for your past and future support for the food insecure in our area.
Middlebranch Elementary School Missions:
Middlebranch Elementary School serves 517 students in grades Kindergarten-4 and we have had a strong and healthy relationship with this school for approximately since 2014.
Eagle Backpacks - Through the school year, we collect for nutritious afterschool and weekend foods and snacks for Middlebranch students who wouldn’t otherwise have something to keep them going. Plain Local will be eager to offer your donations that we collect to the children in need to bring home after school during the week, or when they have nothing for the weekend.
We’ve always done such a great job and this year with people out of work because of the Covid-19 virus, we are sure that healthy, nourishing foods are truly needed!! If you are shopping for groceries, you could grab a few of the items on the list below or, if you are not visiting stores at this time, please consider the idea to either send a donation to the church and we will get the supplies bought for you, (Please merely designate on/with your donation its intention.) or visit our online giving page.
Macaroni and Cheese
Cans of soup (pull-tabs)
Individual oatmeal packets
Any Lunchtime snacks
Individual cracker packets
Granola bars – All kinds!
Jars of peanut butter and jelly
Initially, we were holding Fold-In events here at the church, however, in our current climate, we instead recommend that you look for a tutorial online (a recommended site is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfnyopxdJXQ Use any size or color paper that you would like to, keeping in mind that a thinner paper is easier to fold. Please call the church office to obtain printed worksheet papers or origami papers, or to drop off folded cranes.
For Lent, we fold for peace and healing through the art of origami. We will then offer these cranes to Tsuru for Solidarity for their upcoming marches in Washington DC. “Tsuru for Solidarity is a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities that are being targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies.” https://tsuruforsolidarity.org/ On April 5, we will plan to string the cranes after Sunday service into 4-foot lengths, which will allow peaceful demonstrators to carry them easily during the protest. On Easter Sunday, April 12, we will enjoy the finished result of these efforts as a part of our Easter celebration. They will then be sent to Tsuru for Solidarity in time for the May 1 deadline.
Free Store in the Canton area
Crossroads in Canton is planning to create, in conjunction with several other churches, a Free Store. We have the opportunity to support this mission! The store will be located in downtown Canton, or a surrounding neighborhood, where individuals most in need can come and shop for free. For more information on what a free store is, please contact the church office.
This will be an ongoing process so there will be many opportunities to help in different ways:
Donate items - The CUCC is gathering clothing for this cause. They ask for clothing for all ages with only these caveats.
No used swimsuits or underwear. Only new swimsuits and underwear are acceptable if they have tags or are in packages.
Used bras and socks are acceptable as long as they are like new and not stained.
Assist with setting up store – painting, putting shelves together and creating attractive displays of items
Assist with sorting, tagging, and getting items ready for display
Donating café items or serving customers in café
Volunteering to help in the store
For more information about volunteering, please contact Renee at 330-705-2722 (call/text);
Or, Irene at 330-495-4559 (call/text); email@example.com
All below missions are continuing! Drop off donations at the CUCC drop off box.
Toilet Paper Collection - We as a congregation have committed to providing toilet paper to the "Just in Time" Food Pantry, a part of Grace UCC, whose mission is: To feed the hungry in body and in spirit with God’s love and grace through Christ Jesus.
Circle Tail, Inc. - Circle Tail's mission is to provide service and hearing dogs for people with disabilities at no cost to the individual. For the Circle Tail cause, the CUCC collects old towels, rags, paper towels, cleaning supplies that are needed at the center.
Cross-eyed Missions - We collect old eyeglasses and cases for the Cross-Eyed Mission, who use their “expertise in eye-care to bring better vision to individuals of the world who do not have the right eye-care.” They serve communities in Honduras, Bolivia and Guatemala.
Ronald McDonald House - We collect tabs from pop, soup, fruit and vegetable cans for the Ronald McDonald House, an American independent nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.
As a congregation we also support the United Church of Christ National Ministries:
Our Church's Wider Missions
One Great Hour of Sharing
Strengthen the Church
Neighbors In Need
The Christmas Fund