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Missions Ministry

The Missions Ministry of the United Church of Underhill  provides opportunities throughout the year to help our neighbors, both near and far.

Below is some information on the current Missions Ministry initiatives.  Please check the Missions Ministry bulletin board in the Fellowship Room for many opportunities to help and serve our local area and worldwide. You will also find many thank you letters posted there, reflecting the fruits of all of our efforts.

Our Community Cares program needs help transporting food!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Missions | Comments Off on Our Community Cares program needs help transporting food!

In May 2016, Marie Thomas of Our Community Cares Camp was with us in worship and she spoke about the incredible work they are doing. As part of that she spoke about a new program this year to bring food from Camel’s Hump Middle School to provide breakfast and lunch for Jericho Rec. children and youth. Right now, they need help bringing food from Jericho Elementary to Browns River Middle School, both at 8:00AM and again at 11:15AM from 7/11-29 (Mon. – Fri. only). Below is more info and a link to sign up:

Our Community Cares Camp (OCCC) has partnered with Jericho Rec to provide a food option for campers. This is a pilot year to test the viability of offering food to campers. It also allows us to reach more kids from families who may experience food insecurity, especially in the summer. Several Jericho Rec campers attend on scholarships. This partnership allows kids from Jericho and Underhill to have summer activities and nutritious meals. OCCC is looking for volunteer drivers to bring food from Jericho Elementary School to Browns River Middle School – twice a day for three weeks (July 11 – 29). About a half hour or less for each run. Pick up food at JES – drop off at Browns River.

If you have a little spare time over the next few weeks, just click the link below and sign up. Thanks!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4faeaf22ab9-jericho

Thank you!

Time to Fill the Backpacks!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Missions | Comments Off on Time to Fill the Backpacks!

We are collecting school supplies for PINS (Partners IN Service) to ensure that kids who are receiving help from DCF are able to have the things they need to get the school year off to a good start. Items we need include:

notebooks
binders
pens
pencils
highlighters
markers
crayons
lined paper
graph paper
calculators
rulers

Our great Clutter Barn team is setting aside all school backpacks that come in, but we can always use more, so if you have one that is no longer being used, or want to purchase one to donate, that would also be appreciated!

We will be collecting through early August. Donations can be placed in the boxes marked “Fill the backpacks” in the Fellowship Room.

THANK YOU from UCU’s COTS walk team!

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Children and Youth, Missions, Slideshow-old | Comments Off on THANK YOU from UCU’s COTS walk team!

THANK YOU from UCU’s COTS walk team!

It was a cold, rainy day.  Nevertheless, the United Church of Underhill COTS walk team was larger than ever!  Together we raised $1,974!  Team walkers were:  Addie, Aidan, Anna, Avery, Bonnie, Brooklyn, Evie, Hayden, Janet, Kayla, Marjorie, Matt, Nancy, Neil, Nicole, Noreen, Rob, Roger, Sandy, Stacey and Thad.

The COTS Walk has two purposes: To raise public awareness about homelessness in our community and to raise money to support COTS shelters and services for Vermonters who are homeless or are at risk of losing their homes.  For more information about COTS and the annual COTS walk, click here.

Many thanks to everyone, and special thanks to Bonnie for organizing the Sunday School walkers and donations.

One Great Hour of Sharing Brunch

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Missions | Comments Off on One Great Hour of Sharing Brunch

One Great Hour of Sharing Brunch

Join us from noon-1:30PM on Sunday, April 10 for a brunch to benefit One Great Hour of Sharing. We will have a selection of brunch casseroles, muffins, bagels, juice, coffee, and tea.

One Great Hour of Sharing is a Christian effort to empower, provide water, supply food, and give relief from disasters. Proceeds from UCU’s OGHS annual brunch help fund water projects, hunger relief, disaster relief, and empowerment initiatives around the world.

Tickets will be available in the Fellowship Room on March 20, March 27, and April 3, or at the door.

Bread for the World Sunday – January 17

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Missions | Comments Off on Bread for the World Sunday – January 17

Bread for the World Sunday – January 17

We will have homemade soup and breads available after church for people to buy to support Bread For The World, an organization that is working to eliminate hunger worldwide by monitoring and influencing legislation at the national level, letter-writing campaigns, and encouraging people of faith to pray for the end of hunger in our world.

Anyone who would like to make soup or bread for this sale can just bring it to church on Sunday.

We will be selling the bread and the soup after church in the Fellowship Room.  We will also have information about Bread for the World.

 

Fill the Cornucopia drive ending this Sunday

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Missions | Comments Off on Fill the Cornucopia drive ending this Sunday

Please bring your food donations for our Thanksgiving families to church this Sunday, November 22.  Thank you!!

PINS Kids’ Comforts drive

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Missions | Comments Off on PINS Kids’ Comforts drive

The Partners IN Service (PINS) Kids’ Comfort drive will run from October 4 through 25.  For this drive, we are focusing on items needed for children ages 8 and up. Items needed are:

  • clothing
  • toothbrushes
  • small/travel toothpaste
  • deodorant

For specific items needed, please see the leaves on the giving tree in the Fellowship Room. The items we collect are provided to our PINS contact at the Vermont Department of Families and Services.

Thank you!

PINS Diapers and More drive

Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Missions | Comments Off on PINS Diapers and More drive

PINS Diapers and More drive

The Partners IN Service (PINS) Diapers and More drive will run from May 3 – 24.  Items needed are:

  • diapers (any size)
  • baby wipes
  • cash
  • Walmart gift cards (we will use these to buy more diapers and wipes)

There will be a “Fill the diaper” display in the front of the sanctuary.  The diapers we collect are provided to our PINS contact at the Vermont Department of Families and Services.

Thank you!

Overnight Camp Scholarships

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Missions | Comments Off on Overnight Camp Scholarships

Overnight Camp Scholarships

The Missions Ministry has scholarships available for children and youth who would like to attend an overnight camp this summer.

Download application

Applications are due by May 15, 2015 and can be dropped off at the church office or mailed to the address on the form.

Contact any member of the Missions Ministry with questions.

PINS Battery Drive

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Missions | Comments Off on PINS Battery Drive

PINS Battery Drive

The Missions Ministry is collecting batteries for Partners in Service (PINS).  There is a box in the front of the sanctuary where you can deposit AA or AAA batteries or a Walmart gift card. The batteries are used to power toys in the waiting room at the Vermont Department of Children and Families or in the playroom where noncustodial family can visit with a child.