MISSIONS... POSSIBLE !
Church World Service web page
The Board of Community and World Service is the arm of our church designated
to oversee mission donations and disbursements. The Board with your help, supports
outreach programs in our community, our state, nationally, and internationally.
The mission work of our church is done basically in three ways:
The first is through “special offerings.” Five Sundays a year you are asked to help with an extra
cash donation which is used for Neighbors in Need (poverty in the U.S. and Puerto Rico), Veterans of the
Cross (to support retired clergy and their spouses), Blanket Sunday and Tools of Hope (to help the
impoverished around the world), and One Great Hour of Sharing (disaster relief around the world.)
The second is when we ask for your help with donations of goods such as: our Food Drive, where
we collect and deliver canned goods to the Red Cross and to the Wallingford Emergency Shelter; the
Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt to fill food baskets; the Angel Tree at Christmas; the Easter Baskets filled for
families and children who would otherwise go without; the Community Dinners where we help out with
both donations and time. Your response is always generous!
The third area where the mission work of our church is enabled is through mission pledging.
What is church without an active mission program? How better to serve our faith
than to share God’s generosity to us with others. In our church it is the Board of
Community and World Service that has the honor and responsibility for organizing
opportunities for outreach and overseeing that your pledge dollars go where they
can do the most good. In these difficult times, the Board is especially gratified that
mission pledging has continued to flourish and grow. A big THANK YOU to all.
For without you the food baskets would be empty, the Community Dinners unmanned, the holiday and
Easter Baskets unfilled.
I think we can all be proud that our church has become increasingly aware and active in mission work.
From participation in the Walk for Hunger in November that enabled us to deliver a jeep full of food to
Wallingford’s Emergency Shelter, to work with the Bawa Health Initiative in Cameroon, to providing the
funds to support a school teacher in Liberia, to sponsoring what has become an annual mission trip for our
senior high youth. So many ways to put our faith into action!
Making a Difference with Our Mission Giving
It is wonderful to be a part of a truly giving
church. At the holiday season there are many
opportunities to reach out to our neighbors.
• The 19th Annual Thanksgiving
Scavenger Hunt reflected the
generosity and support of this
congregation and the energy of our
youth! The Board of Community and
World Service packed 34 thanksgiving
baskets to help families in the
community (DCF) and church. We
collected over 50 turkeys, more than
enough to cover the baskets with many
given to the Thanksgiving Community
Dinner and we had non-perishable
food that was boxed up for the Holiday
for Giving Program.
• Thank you…to all those who have
taken an angel from the Angel Tree to
provide a Christmas gift for children
and teens in foster care or in families
struggling this season.
• A special thanks to the Community
Dinner Team - Nancy Freyberg and all
the volunteers - for preparing,
delivering and serving meals to over
400 this Thanksgiving.
• Each Thursday evening, a team
from the church has been preparing
and serving the evening meal at the
Wallingford Emergency Shelter. If you
are interested in learning more about
this opportunity to serve, speak with
Nancy Mueller or Rev. Jay.
• The Community and World
Service Board monetary grants
were given to: Covenant to Care/ DCF;
Community Holiday Dinners ( Parents
& Kids Foundation); Child Fund
(Christmas Gifts); National Guard
Foundation (Christmas); Wallingford
The giving never
stops here and for that we thank God
and all his people.