NHCC focuses its Mission activities on Feeding the Hungry, Housing the
Homeless, and Keeping the Creation. The NHCC Mission Committee helps
organize hands on service opportunities that occur regularly throughout
the year and invites
participation in our volunteer efforts -- everyone is welcome including
friends, neighbors and visitors.
Mission Sunday occurs regularly on the second Sunday of the month
after worship in the Great Hall. All children and adults are invited to help
with making sandwiches for the hungry or some other accessible hands on
The Advent Market in December supports alternative giving for the holidays. Other regular activities
and commitments are listed below.
Throughout the year, the mission committee promotes UCC offerings, identifies special needs and
organizes offerings, activities and campaigns that are time
limited. United Church of Christ One Great Hour of Sharing
and Neighbors in Need offerings occur annually. Special offerings may
include Church World service kits or donations for relief related to current
disasters. We recently supported a student from San Juan del Sur
(Newton's sister city) for her last 2 years at the University of Managua.
Special offerings and organizations we support are listed
for current and upcoming SPECIAL MISSION PROJECTS AND OFFERINGS.
You are invited to participate and the Mission committee invites ideas for
activities or projects. For
more information on any program, to volunteer, to suggest an activity, or to
join the committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact the church office.
FEEDING THE HUNGRY ACTIVITIES
Food Pantry Donations:
We collect healthy, nonperishable food for
Roxbury's Eliot Church Food pantry. Special food collection boxes are
located in the narthex (lobby for the sanctuary) or by the parking lot
door. Donations are recognized on Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of
Family Mission Sunday is usually on the second
Sunday of the month. All ages are welcome at this hands on, accessible,
family friendly mission activity. We often make sandwiches for local
The Bread Run: Bread
and baked goods that would otherwise be thrown away are picked up by NHCC
volunteers at Whole Foods Four Corners, left at NHCC and
delivered the next morning by a volunteer to Roxbury's Pilgrim Church or the Pine Street
Inn Homeless shelter in Boston.
Rosie's Place meal: Meals are
cooked at NHCC and served at Rosie's Place six times a year.
Financial Donations: NHCC makes annual donationsto some organizations
special offerings for local, national and international hunger and clean water focused programs addressing
relief and/or systemic change. Click
here to see recipients of regular, discretionary offerings and special
Click here for information about Hunger and Food
Insecurity in the United States and Overseas
HOUSING THE HOMELESS ACTIVITIES
Family Promise: NHCC is a
support congregation to Wellesley Hills Church that provides shelter to a homeless
family several times a year. NHCC helps with meal preparation and
serving, set up, and hospitality. NHCC volunteers also help out in the
Natick office and day center. One hour trainings are required prior to
City Mission Society of Boston:
NHCC has an annual coat drive, an Advent/Christmas gift drive, special
activities with CMS, and supports CMS financially.
Financial donations: NHCC makes annual contributions and
conducts special offerings for homelessness focused programs addressing relief
and/or systemic change locally, nationally and internationally. Click
here to see recipients of regular, discretionary offerings and special
KEEPING THE CREATION ACTIVITIES
NHCC has been focusing on becoming "greener" in all its
operations and activities and on providing education and support for families
in our own efforts to live in a more sustainable and "greener"
way. These activities have been organized and promoted by our
Buildings and Grounds committee and Mission committee.
Audubon Work for Wildlife Day: In late April, a group of all ages meets at NHCC
and carpools to work at a Audubon sanctuary in the Greater
INTERESTED IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE? Find out more about these
opportunities for volunteering and active participation.
The NHCC congregation is committed to giving 10% of our income to
mission. Some donations are regularly occurring, others come out of our
NHCC supports the United Church of Christ One Great Hour of
Sharing offering (OGHS) in the Spring and the UCC Neighbors
in Need (NIN) offering in the fall. At times we schedule offerings
e.g. for disaster response or special appeals.
NHCC has a Matching
Funds Program whereby we support organizations that are supported by NHCC
members. Click here for information
and the application.
INITERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING? In addition to supporting NHCC
programs and ministries, NHCC provides financial support
for a number of organizations and appeals. The NHCC Mission Committee
organizes fund drives and has a discretionary fund that can be used to provide
support to special appeals and organizations. Some we have
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A FULL LIST OF NHCC MISSION PROGRAMS, MISSION ACTIVITIES, AND ORGANIZATIONS WE
SUPPORT, with links to websites, CLICK HERE.
- Advent Market
- NHCC's Advent Market (formerly the Alternative Giving
Market), is a way to celebrate gift-giving during the holiday season while
making a positive impact on our world. Held in early December,
features a family friendly atmosphere (lunch, wreath-making, crafts created
by church school classes) and a variety of choices for gifts. Church members
have sold their own hand crafted items and donated proceeds to one of the
organizations supported by NHCC. Organizations
featured at the Advent Market fall into one or more of our key mission areas:
Feed the Hungry, House the Homeless, and Keep the Creation. Products available
have supported Equal Exchange (Fair
Trade) products, Family Promise, Rosie's Place, and
Church World Service. In addition, there were opportunities to make donations
(in the name of a friend or family member where appropriate) to the Eliot
Bank, Heifer International, Church World Service, and the City Mission
Society. Generally scheduled for the first Sunday in December unless
that is the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Audubon Work for Wildlife Day
Every year in April, Audubon organizes a day for volunteers to do a day of
service at a Greater Boston Audubon refuge. Many of the activities are
suitable for children. Volunteers sign up ahead of time (contact Carol
Hausner), meet in the parking lot of NHCC and carpool to the assigned
location. Watch for announcements in the bulletin. Click
here for the Work for Wildlife website.
- Communion Sunday Food Donation
the year, NHCC members are invited and encouraged
to bring offerings of healthy, non-perishable food items to church. We make this a special focus of the
first Sunday as part of our monthly Communion service. Donations are brought
up to the chancel by the ushers as part of the morning offering. All donations
go to Roxbury's Eliot Church Food Bank as part of our "Feed the
Family Mission Sundays
On the second Sunday from September to June, NHCC members are invited and encouraged
to come to the Great Hall after the worship service to participate in an
intergenerational, accessible mission activity. These activities last about
45 minutes and adults, youth and children of all ages can help out.
Several times a year we prepare sandwiches for the Community Day Center of
Waltham which serves the homeless and isolated. Contact Tripti Thomas
for more information.
- Family Promise Metrowest
- The Family Promise Metrowest Interfaith Hospitality Network
is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless
families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and
supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. For more
information please visit www.familypromisemetrowest.org/
. There are multiple ways to participate in this program from donations of
specific items to cooking a meal for the guest families or volunteering at
MIHN's day center in Natick. Very specific information about the needs of
the day center and guest families can be found here. NHCC plays an important role as a support
Congregational Church. Our goal this year is to train ten new volunteers.
To find a training session that you can attend,
Speak with Marianne Talis for more information.
- Rosie's Place
- Rosie's Place is a sanctuary for poor and homeless women. It
offers both emergency and long term
assistance to women who have no place else
to turn. It relies on volunteers to accomplish its work and accepts no
government funds. NHCC donates about $1,200 worth of dinners to Rosie's Place
annually and sells pins made by the women at our December Advent Market. If
you would like to help make a dinner for Rosie's Place, please contact Marianne
Talis. Apple Cakes are always needed! Bert's Apple Cake
Recipe is a good one.
- Whole Foods Bread Pick Up and Delivery
- On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday unsold bread and pastries are
picked up at closing time (10 PM) at Whole Foods in Newton Four Corners. In the
morning, the bread and pastry are delivered to either the Pilgrim Church in
Dorchester or to The Pine Street Inn in Boston. The average value of each pick
up is $500. Some volunteers pick up the bread at night and deliver it to the
church. Others deliver it in the morning. We are looking for more volunteers to back up our regular
drivers and ideally to add a Saturday night pick up. Our neighbors in Boston
really depend on these deliveries. If you are interested or would like more
information please contact Marian Reynolds.
- Neighbors in Need offering
- Neighbors in Need is a special mission
offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion
throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the
Council for American Indian Ministry. Two-thirds of the offering is used by
the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice
initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.
- Click here for more information about
this offering. Click here for
more extensive information on the national United Church of Christ website.
- One Great Hour of Sharing
- One Great Hour of Sharing, as part of Our Church's
Wider Mission, is one of the four special mission offerings of the United
Church of Christ. Working in 138 countries, the offering provides
hope to people in more than eighty countries. The UCC works with
international partners to provide support to health, education, refugee,
agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives. Click
here for information about these programs.
more information, you can email email@example.com
or contact the church office.