Ministry for Mission Outreach and Social Action
Matthew 25:35-36“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
At First Congregational United Church of Christ in Haworth, we strive to follow the example that Jesus taught us in the book of Matthew by volunteering and contributing to many worthy non-profit organizations including:
Center for Food Action - In our ongoing effort to help end hunger amongst our neighbors in Bergen County, we collect canned, boxed and jarred non-perishable food items which we deliver to the CFA distribution site in Englewood, NJ. In addition, each year our children and youth purchase and donate supermarket gift cards with the funds they’ve collected in their weekly “Sunshine Bank” offering.
Eva’s Village - The mission of Eva’s Village is to “feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual". Based in Paterson, NJ, Eva’s Village began as a soup kitchen in 1982. Today they are one of the largest and most respected anti-poverty programs in New Jersey, serving 350 hot lunches 365 days a year to the homeless and working poor.
Martha's Place – Located in Baltimore, MD, Martha’s Place is a halfway house for women recovering from drug addiction through faith-based guidance and supportive services including counseling, money management and other skills necessary for independent living. Throughout the year, we collect items for their daily living needs to help them get back into life, drug-free.
Christian Overcomers – This unique ministry provides caring and compassionate outreach programs for adults with developmental or physical disabilities. Each year we collect much needed supplies and monetary donations to help fund three week-long summer/fall retreat camps where people with disabilities can enjoy outdoor activities and fellowship at a retreat in the Poconos that seeks to eliminate physical barriers and share God’s message of love.
Dumont Snowflake Program - During the Christmas season, we provide gifts for needy families in the Dumont vicinity. We supplement our gifts with an abundance of gloves, mittens, scarves and hats that we have collected on our holiday "Mitten Tree". A second batch of winter accessories is delivered to Eva’s Village in Paterson.
Bergen’s Place Youth Shelter – Our cookie cans, decorated and filled with cookies baked by the congregation, represent a little holiday joy for youth at the state licensed residential crisis and homeless shelter in Teterboro, NJ. The shelter, accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for ages 11 to 17, provides assistance for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and is a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ youth.
Heifer International – We join with our Ministry for Children and Youth each Lenten season to sponsor "Fill the Ark", a missions giving program that seeks to help end hunger and poverty in communities around the world. Children learn the importance of animals, agriculture, and the environment and how "Passing on the Gift" helps people around the world lead more productive, self-reliant lives.
Throughout the year, we also collect discarded cell phones and eyeglasses. Cell phones are recycled and parts are sold with the profits used by Cell Phones for Soldiers to provide calling cards for troops stationed overseas, enabling them to call home. Eyeglasses are donated to the Lions Club whose “Lions Recycle for Sight Program” provides glasses to millions worldwide who lack basic eye care services.
Matthew 25:40 “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”