Current Outreach Projects

Updated October 19, 2017

 

 

Volunteer Training for the Year-Round Emergency Shelter

The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs is seeking volunteers, 18 years and older, who are willing to serve at the Year-Round Shelter. The shelter is open 7 days a week and there are 2 shifts: 6-8 pm and 8-10 pm.

Volunteer duties include greeting and checking in guests, assigning beds, handing out needed supplies, and assisting staff. A Religious Coalition staff person is on duty all hours that the shelter is open.

 

Training sessions will be held on:

• Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

• Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

 

All training sessions will be held at the Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter (27 DeGrange St., Frederick). To register for training, please call the Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter at 301-631-2670 ext. 113.


 

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.


 

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.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be hosting the EFS in November as planned.  Stay tuned for an announcement about 2018 dates!

 

 

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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