Back Pack Drive - June through Mid-August

The Board thanks everyone who participated in the August Backpack Drive. Last year we collected 60 backpacks full of school supplies for our social worker to distribute to local school children, giving those students a good start to their school year.

 

Fall Food Drive - October 2017

Our Board of Christian Outreach is now conducting a Fall Food Drive for the Christian Community Action Food Pantry in South Norwalk to help them restock their shelves. Items desperately needed include: nonperishable foods such as peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned/bottled fruit juice, canned dinners (pasta dishes and stews), rice, dry beans, baby food, coffee, tea, powdered milk and cereal. Please bring food bags (DOUBLE PAPER BAGS, PLEASE) to the Meeting House between October 1st - 8th.

 

Neighbors in Need Offering (October)

This special collection for Our Church’s Wider Mission of the United Church of Christ connects our church with social justice and compassion ministries throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. 

 

Letters of Gratitude (November)

Members of the congregation write letters of support (children draw pictures) to deployed troops.  In this way, we extend a tangible expression of appreciation to our own vets on Veterans Day. 

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Drive

Help Provide Thanksgiving Dinner – We need your help in providing families in need of Thanksgiving dinner. The Board of Christian Outreach will donate gift certificates for turkeys, so all you need to do is supply the accompaniments (NON-PERISHABLE). On Sunday, November 5th and 12th during Fellowship Hour, the Board of Christian Outreach members will be on hand to sign you up to adopt a family. 

Basket Suggestions:

*Plan for a family of five

*Some type of potato (fresh, instant or canned)

*Stuffing mix

*Cranberry sauce

*Vegetables (fresh or canned)

*Gravy

*Dinner rolls

*Juice

*Pumpkin pie (or any other type)

*Anything else you feel the family would enjoy.

*If you feel ambitious you may provide breakfast.

All baskets should be brought back to the Meeting House by November 15th.

 

White Dove Program

The Congregation will be working once again with Person-to-Person on providing Christmas cheer and good will by donating gifts for underprivileged Norwalk children.  The program has changed slightly this year, as we will be assigned “wish lists” for books, toys and board games by gender and age.  The donated items will then be stocked in Person-to-Person’s “Toy Box,”for parent clients to “shop” for their children.  It is part of Person-to-Person’s goal to provide services in a dignified manner that represents a “hand-up” versus a “hand-out.”

The due date for White Dove donations to be brought to the Meeting House is earlier this year: Sunday, December 3rd!  White Doves will be distributed on Sunday, November 12th and Sunday, November 19th

 

FOOD AND CLEANING SUPPLIES DRIVE: MARCH             

Let’s Bring Out the Irish In UsThe Board of Christian Outreach (BOCO) will hold its winter food and cleaning supplies collection from March   Because March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, we encourage contributions to reflect a green and Irish theme, when appropriate. 

Donations will be delivered to Person-to-Person, located at 76 S. Main St., Norwalk.  It provides emergency assistance for basic needs and support to individuals and families, helping them move toward stability.

March is “Cleaning Month” for Person-to-Person, and middle schoolers participating in our Anchors program will collect and donate cleaning supplies – cleansers, sponges, etc. – all packaged in buckets. 

Person-to-Person also needs food, especially canned fruit, soups, spaghetti sauce, jelly (not grape – they have plenty), cookies, and cereal. 

Please place your donations in bags and drop them off in the Meeting House lobby.

 

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING: MARCH 25

One Great Hour of Sharing, the refugee, relief and development offering of the United Church of Christ, transforms lives through health, education, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives in 138 countries.  One Great Hour of Sharing funds enable the United Church of Christ to respond quickly to disasters and other urgent and unexpected needs as they arise.  During worship on March 26th special offering envelopes will be available for One Great Hour of Sharing. We ask that you be as generous as you can. 

 

Easter Baskets: March 11 - 18

The Easter bunny will hop for needy Norwalk children as the United Church of Rowayton starts collecting Easter baskets to be distributed by the Family & Children’s Agency. Children will receive the baskets just before Easter. 

Donors are asked to fill an Easter basket with a few toys, small games, coloring books or wrapped candy. Everyone in the community is invited to join in the drive.    

Baskets can be dropped off at the Meeting House directly behind the church at 210 Rowayton Ave., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 26-April 9.

The drive is part of the church’s Board of Christian Outreach Program that helps support 21 community organizations.