Current Outreach Projects

Updated December 1, 2017

 

 

Literacy Council of Frederick County Holiday Book Drive

It's that time of year again! The Literacy Council is proud to continue its partnerships with Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Curious Iguana to benefit the children in our community through Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB).

 

New books are desired for children ranging in age from Pre-K to 8th grade. It is recommended that books related to specific religious groups or holidays not be included in donations. Last year the drive collected more than 2,500 books to be distributed!

 

Blessings in a Backpack provides weekend backpacks of food to local children who depend on school meals as their primary source of nourishment Monday through Friday. The food provided offers a greater opportunity for these children to return to school on Monday better prepared to participate and learn.

 

The Literacy Council's Holiday Book Drive provides these same children with the "gift of reading" to feed their young minds, just as BIAB feeds their growing bodies. Participants can purchase and donate books at Barnes & Noble at FSK Mall or at Curious Iguana on Market Street in downtown Frederick. New books may also be dropped off at the Literacy Council's office in downtown Frederick at 110 E. Patrick Street (next to the C. Burr Artz Library). Books will be collected through December 15th.


To learn more about the Literacy Council of Frederick County, please visit www.frederickliteracy.org. To learn about Blessings in a Backpack, visit www.biabfrederickmd.org. Thank you for your support!

 

 

Service Opportunity: The Frederick Soup Kitchen

Did you know that volunteers from Grace Church serve at the Frederick Community Action Agency's Soup Kitchen on the 3rd Sunday of even months? It's a rewarding mission experience and we always have fun!  Our next service date is Sunday, December 17th.  Won't you join us?

 

Note: The Frederick Soup Kitchen, operated by the Frederick Community Action Agency, is desperately in need of volunteers to staff the soup kitchen and serve food to homeless individuals and needy families. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, and are needed Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. to serve prepared meals and then clean up. It is an enjoyable and rewarding volunteer activity that does not require any special skills. For more information or to sign-up to volunteer (other than on Grace Church's assigned days), please contact Sarah McAleavy at smcaleavy@cityoffrederick.com or 301-600-6263.



Special Offering for December:

The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund

Our joy at Christmas is a response to God's promise of new life through the birth of Jesus. It is a joy we are called to share widely, through our witness and gifts, both to loved ones and to distant neighbors. You have the opportunity to be a part of a ministry that cares for the active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ through your participation in this year's Christmas Fund Offering.

 

HOW THE FUNDS ARE USED

One of the unique aspects of the Christmas Fund is that the funds provide direct financial assistance to individual UCC clergy and lay church employees - the funds do not support programs or institutions, but people. With your continued generosity, more individuals will receive the support of the Church in their time of need, through:

  • MONTHLY PENSION SUPPLEMENTATION for 448 lower-income retired UCC clergy and lay employees (in 2016);
  • QUARTERLY HEALTH PREMIUM SUPPLEMENTATION for 216 lower-income retired UCC clergy and lay employees (in 2016);
  • CHRISTMAS "THANK YOU" GIFT CHECKS given to 503 retired UCC clergy and lay church employees (in 2016);
  • EMERGENCY GRANTS for 50 active/retired UCC clergy and lay employees (in  2016).

At Grace Church, we will receive The Christmas Fund offering on December 24th, at both the morning and evening services. Thank you, as always, for your generosity.


 

The Emergency Family Shelter

Grace Church hosts the Emergency Family Shelter one week per quarter - and sometimes additional weeks if other housing falls through.  New volunteers to the program are always welcome!  Volunteers must be over the age of 18, and a background check is required.  Please contact the church office or speak to Sarah Travis for an application.

In addition to the trained volunteers who work with the shelter guests, we welcome anyone who would like to help with the set-up before the shelter comes, and the clean-up after its departure.


 

Good Samaritan Fund

The Good Samaritan Fund of Grace Church is designated for emergency relief to members and friends of Grace Church. Only the pastor and person in need know who receives assistance.

 

Donations to the fund are welcome at any time, in any amount. If you can help, please place a check in the offering plate made out to Grace Church with "Good Samaritan Fund" on the memo line. Thank you!

 

 

Past Projects

 

Special Offering for October: Neighbors In Need

THANK YOU!!!  This year we collected $745 for the Neighbors in Need offering!

 

The Neighbors in Need (NIN) offering, one of our 5-for-5 UCC special mission offerings, supports the UCC's ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.

 

Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. Through ucc.org/justice, our national JWM office offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues. Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), JWM continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice.

 

Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC. One-third of NIN funds support the UCC's Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations, and one urban, multi-tribal congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM. CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.

 

Thank you for supporting Neighbors in Need!  Donations can also be made online at any time - www.ucc.org/nin

 

 

Special Offering for June: Strengthen the Church

THANK YOU!!!  On Sunday, June 4th, we collected $312 for the Strengthen the Church offering!

 

Strengthen the Church (STC) is a special mission offering to reimagine and build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard.

As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.

We will receive the Strengthen the Church offering on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017. More information can be found at www.ucc.org/stc.

 

 

Mother's Day offering for Homewood

THANK YOU!!!  On Sunday, May 14th, we collected $353 for the Homewood Foundation's Benevolent Fund.
Quality care, dedication, and loving attention are Homewood's hallmarks.  Regardless of income level or assets, everyone at Homewood is treated with dignity and respect.  Many of our residents receiving medical care do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare.  The cost of medical care is often more than what is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance, but Homewood never asks a resident to leave for financial reasons.  When long life exhausts a resident's personal resources, it's the Benevolent Fund that fills the gap.
Last year Homewood subsidized almost $11 million in care.  Thank you so much for your generosity!

 

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