Serve the World

NMCC supports the United Church of Christ (UCC) Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) as well as two international organizations: Connecticut Quest for Peace and Love146.

 

 

 

Connecticut Quest for Peace

Connecticut Quest for Peace is the ecumenical grassroots group through whom we minister to our sisters and brothers in Nicaragua. Since 1987 church members from Fairfield and New Haven Counties have sent 42 container trucks full of supplies to the John XXIII Center in Managua where it is divided and sent out to communities with whom the organizer for Quest for Peace has been working.  The goal is to use the goods, summer clothes, computers, school supplies, musical instruments, sports equipment, etc., to support the goal of each community to which it is sent.  The goods are sold for a token amount to the villagers, and the money earned goes to meeting the village’s goal, be it a classroom, a teacher’s salary, a well, a clinic, or electrification. So the goods help twice. The villagers receive badly needed goods, and the village is strengthened in working together for the common good.

In addition, CT Quest for Peace has helped to build and staff schools in several villages, and is feeding 1500 children a day, a meal that may be their only meal.  CT Quest also supports the work of a number of orphanages, and schools for street children.

Our church collects goods in June, and again in September, The school children gather school supplies which in make it possible for many children, who would not otherwise have been able to, to go to school. We also are involved in packing a container truck early November each year. Questions should be directed to  Gail Faithful or call 203-421-2290.

Love146

Love146

Love146 is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention. The trafficking and exploitation of children is one of the darkest stories and most severe human rights abuses imaginable. But for us, the hope of ending it is a reality. Love146 is helping grow the movement to end child trafficking while providing effective, thoughtful solutions. We believe in the power of love and its ability to effect sustainable change. Love is the foundation of our motivation.

 Our Church’s Wider Mission

Our Church’s Wider Mission is designed to keep the church strong as it engages in missions and outreaches to others.  The Church has a unique and important role to play in our society and the world, today and for future generations.    Funding provided by UCC churches supports work of UCC Conferences, for the work of the UCC’s national ministries, conferences, local churches and members, as well as for ecumenical, prophetic and missionary ministries on behalf of the UCC.  Special UCC collections include:   Neighbors in Need, The Christmas Fund, One Great Hour of Sharing, and Spread the Love.

Neighbors in Need: Justice and Compassion Like a Mighty Stream

This collection is made on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October. The Neighbors in Need offering supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including ministry carried out by the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and by the national offices of Justice and Witness Ministries.

 

The Christmas Fund: Remembering Those Who Served Our Church

This collection is made on the Sunday before Christmas. It provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands. This is a ministry carried out by the Pension Boards.

 

One Great Hour of Sharing: Giving Help, Hope and Life

This collection is made on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It supports partners in more than 70 countries with ministries that fund development projects, feed the victims of famine, provide services for displaced people, and respond to natural disasters. These ministries are the responsibility of Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources.

 

Strengthen the Church: Faithfully Building the Body of Christ

This collection is made on Pentecost Sunday. It supports church growth and leadership development in the conferences and through the national offices of Local Church Ministries. The link for more information on the UCC is below.