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 fourth Sunday of each month finds many of our congregation headed downtown to provide food and fellowship with our neighbors who are in present need.
For March 29th's mission at the picnic, we will offer our guests prepackaged foods that are shelf-stable and personal care items collected in our drop off box at our church between March 16th afternoon through March 28th. Please consider what you could offer, which could include items such as those on our Eagle Backpack List for Middlebranch Elementary school. We hope to resume our usual meals for the Canton Sunday Picnic in April.
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
Again, due to concerns about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, we will provide shelf-stable and prepackaged foods to the Picnic guests on March 29 to New Vision, the group who organizes the Canton Sunday Picnic. Those are to be collected by church friends through March 28th in the provided drop off collection box in the church.
Thank you all for all that you do for the Picnic attendees!
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.
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 5 years.
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. At this time, the schoolchildren are at home and not able to receive the benefits of free breakfasts or lunches that they may have counted on. Today, the Plain Local School District is working on organizing donations. Details will be provided ASAP once the CUCC learns from their team what our best-directed efforts should be. Thank you all for your recent donations to these kids. Bob and Connie brought a LARGE number of snacks and canned meals over to Middlebranch for their students to pick up on Monday. Thank you all for your generous support of our mission to help feed these kids.
Our Normal Middlebranch efforts will be on hold at this time.
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