“God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship [and] to be servants in the service of the whole human family…” –From the UCC Statement of Faith
Grounded in the tradition of the United Church of Christ as expressed in our Statement of Faith, our church’s youth and adults are encouraged to participate in a variety of mission and service opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally. Each year the mission trip planning team explores opportunities for participation in service to others as well as environmental, cultural, and spiritual learning through the mission trip program. Together, we make a difference in the lives of others while learning about ourselves and our faith. In the past, First Church mission trip participants have made a difference through work and education projects in Port Arthur, Texas; Maine; South Carolina; Washington, DC; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; the Dominican Republic; the Heifer International Learning Center at Overlook Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts; Nicaragua; and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Mission Trip Planning Team guides each trip by identifying support organizations at the location, assessing the values and goals of the mission, coordinating travel, identifying adult leadership, and guiding fund-raising for the trip. Check this website throughout the year for information on upcoming trips.
MISSION TRIP 2022
Rev. Andy is excited to share with you that First Church will be sending a mission team of eight people to the Dominican Republic next spring. We’re very thankful to those who will help coordinate our efforts on the “home front”.
We’ll be partnering with The Good Shepherd Hospital network to provide public health and spiritual support to Haitians living in the sugar cane fields throughout the DR. A detailed history and explanation of the mission is located at http://www.wamsucc.org/services-la-romana-main.html.
We need your help. In addition to your prayers, we’re gathering a variety of supplies to take with us.
Please drop off the items in the marked bin in Fellowship Hall. Direct any of your questions to the church office.