Faith in Action
Throughout November, South Church's Faith in Action Committee is collecting offerings for the UCC Christmas Fund, which supports needy retired clergy and UCC lay employees. Formerly called the Veterans of the Cross, the fund helps provide pensions, health care coverage, and emergency grants to lower-income retirees who have given so much to the church over many decades. As the number of retirees rises, your gifts of compassion and care are needed more than ever.
Join us in making a tangible gift that says,
"Well done, good and faithful servant."
Alternative Gift Giving
Food, shelter and safety . . . These three basic human needs were issues for Mary, Joseph and their newborn son on the First Christmas and continue to be issues for families today. In response, the Faith in Action Committee has identified three New Hampshire nonprofit organizations working in New Hampshire as recipients of South Church's Alternative Christmas Giving project.
New Hampshire Food Bank ~ As the only food bank in the state, it is a vital distributor and supplier to the hunger relief agencies that serve meals and provide groceries to people experiencing the negative impacts of not having enough to eat. On average, these agencies receive 50% of their food from the NH Food Bank. In 2019, the NH Food Bank distributed approximately 14.2 million pounds of non-perishable food items, fresh produce, and meats to more than 400 non-profit food agencies in all corners of NH.
Family Promise ~ This nonprofit organization helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. They provide temporary housing, meals and support services to each family. With help from over 500 volunteers, families are able to sleep safely and have one less worry about how they will feed their children in a healthy way.
CASA of NH ~ Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained, caring adult volunteers who become a consistent figure in the life of a child who has been removed from home due to abuse or neglect. They are someone a child can depend on to make sure their voice is heard and needs met in the process of reunification or long-term placement. The advocate becomes the “eyes and ears” of the court, making independent, objective recommendations to the judge based on information they gather through meeting with the child, their parents, foster parents, social workers, school teachers, and therapists.
You can buy a "share" in honor of one (or more) of the people on your gift list, you can share the joy of giving with your honoree and help people in need. Purchase your gifts on-line or download this form.
That's it! South Church sends your donation to the organization you designated. You mail your announcement to your honoree. May the blessings we share make this a happier Christmas for all. Should you have any questions, please call the church office.
Faith in Action Ministry - Peggy Scott, Pauline Simonton and Susan Hatem