Outreach & MissionWe preach the good news of Jesus Christ – and sometimes we use words…. A lot of the time, we use our hands and our hearts.
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
Alternative Christmas Market
Hosted in November each year, holiday shoppers can purchase symbolic gifts that support local and international charities such as:
- Habitat for Humanity
- The Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley
- The Neenah/Menasha Emergency Society
- Heifer Project International
- Church World Service
Shoppers also have the opportunity to purchase our famous donuts and fair trade gifts from these local vendors:
I was hungry and you gave me food…
Fox Valley Community Table is an ecumenical organization that provides free, hot meals on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 200 N. Commercial Street, Neenah. Our upcoming serving dates are:
- March 28
- May 22
- July 22
- September 23
- November 25
Each year, the Fox Valley Community Table provides a full Christmas dinner for their guests. The ecumenical partners come together to provide a hot meal complete with pies for dessert and food and household gift bags to take home. Prior to the meal, an ecumenical healing service is offered to anyone who would like to attend. It takes many volunteers to get everything done but it is all done in great joy and love.
On a cool, Sunday afternoon in October, you will find us walking through the streets of Appleton with our brothers and sisters of many denominations as we join together in the annual Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk.
Habitat for Humanity
In 1995, a small group of members from our church recognized the need for decent, affordable housing in the Fox Valley. Together with others from around the community, they started what has become the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity. We continue to support Habitat each year through special offerings and often through special projects such as building storage shed and picnic tables for Habitat home buyers. In 2008, in recognition of our link to Habitat, we sponsored the 101st Habitat home in the Fox Cities. The tradition continues! We have set a goal to sponsor the 201st home to be built in 2015. A house sponsorship involves raising $75,000 to cover the cost of the house as well as providing all the volunteer labor needed to build it. Due to a generous challenge grant from one of our members, every dollar raised will be matched by this anonymous donor.
Help us build the 201st home…
Building Homes in Honduras
As part of the Wisconsin Conference UCC’s Honduran Partnership, we have participated in a house building ministry with others from around the state of Wisconsin. Due to increased violence in the country of Honduras, the house building aspect of the partnership has ceased but the relationship between the church in Honduras (get exact name from Marcy and link?) continues and research is underway to explore ways we can continue to be involved in building houses in Central America.
Five representatives from the Congregational United Church of Christ of Neenah/Menasha recently returned from a ten-day mission trip to Honduras, where they were working to complete two houses that were begun by a group from Wisconsin this past summer. Participating were Reverend Lynne Spencer-Smith and church members Ginny Stutzman, Neenah, Wayne Dickson, Neenah, and Jack and Marcy Fry, Menasha, and 15 other people from across the state of Wisconsin.
The Honduran Partnership of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ is sponsoring this trip, coordinated by Dave Piper, who has led more than 25 mission trips to Honduras. In addition to their building project, the group will visit a school, a clinic and a children’s home in the area where they are located. In the past few weeks, Congregational UCC church members have donated medical and school supplies to fill five extra suitcases, one for each of the mission trip participants.
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2012 Family in Home
What would happen if we literally turned our worship into service? We do that from time to time. On Service Sunday, we gather for a brief worship service then head out to the community.
- We feed quarters into washers & dryers at local laundromats to help folks with their laundry.
- We help Doty Island Development Council plant flowers in the neighborhoods.
- We make sweet treats for the local Police Department.
- We assemble client packets for Samaritan Counseling Center.
- We made residents very pleased by painting their nails.
Service Sunday 2018 was an exciting time for us as we shared with those in our community; and look forward to doing this again next year.
Community Table Meal Prep
Building Tables for Habitat
We realize that all of our partners in ministry not only need many hands to help them serve those in need. They all have financial needs to help keep the lights on and the doors open. Throughout the year, we collect special offerings to help support the vital ministry offered through these fine organizations. Please consider making a directly to these organizations or through our church.
Funds collected through our church are often matched through our Good Samaritan Fund. Thank you.