HOW WE GIVE OF OUR TIME AND TALENT
Channel One – Channel One – On the third Saturday of the month we work in the repack room of Channel One, the local food bank. All are welcome to participate. Sign up for the current month on the Narthex bulletin board.
Partner Kids –People can volunteer to mentor kids at Elton Hills Elementary School who need a caring adult as well as some academic help. Volunteers meet weekly one-to-one with the student. It’s a rewarding experience for the mentors and as well as valuable assistance for the kids! New volunteers are recruited at the beginning of the school year, but are welcome to join anytime.
Christmas Concert to benefit Channel One – Bells and Brass will get you into the spirit in December! Bring your food gifts and/or monetary gifts to help stock the shelves of Channel One so everyone can have a wonderful Christmas!
Christmas Caroling – Members and friends enjoy sharing their musical talents by singing carols to shut-ins and at senior centers in Rochester. All are welcome. We’ve rented the local trolley the last couple of years, which has added to the fun!
Worship and Communion at Senior Centers – On the second Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm, members and friends are invited to participate in a service with monthly Communion at Homestead in Rochester.
Christmas Salvation Army Bell Ringers – Volunteers sign up to ring bells in support of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.
Relay for Life – Each year a team from the church participates in Relay for Life, which is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk that benefits the American Cancer Society.
HOW WE TURN MONEY INTO MEANING
Our church provides money locally, nationally and globally to make a difference in the lives of many throughout the world.
Local Benevolence –Supports local, non-profit organizations that meet the direct needs in Rochester and the surrounding area. Recipients have included: Child Care Resource and Referral, Channel One, Family Service, Meals on Wheels, Elder Network, LINK (helps homeless youth) and the Women’s Shelter.
One Great Hour of Sharing –Provides sources of clean water and food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, emergency relief, and advocacy/resettlement for refugees and displaced persons.
Strengthen the Church – Supports leadership for new and revitalizing congregations, programs for youth and young adults, and leadership development.
Neighbors in Need – Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The offering also helps support the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) as well as justice advocacy and direct service projects supported by Justice and Witness Ministries.
The Christmas Fund –Helps provide pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retirees, emergency assistance to clergy families in need and Christmas gift checks to hundreds of annuitants.
Easter Offering –Beneficiary is determined each year by our church. In recent years, it has helped the church’s local benevolence ministry.
Thanksgiving Offering – Beneficiary is determined each year by our church. In recent years, it has been used to support disaster relief, hunger relief and local non-profits.
Disaster Response –Supports the American Red Cross local disaster program, and specific relief to recent events such as Hurricane Sandy Relief and Typhoon Haitian Response.
Care Fund –Used for emergency relief for our church members.
Pastor Discretionary Fund – Monies are collected year-round to assist non-members at the discretion of our pastor. Examples of the uses for this fund include gift cards for food or gas.
Our Church’s Wider Mission – OCWM provides funding from the local congregation for the ministries of the Minnesota Conference and the national setting of the United Church of Christ.
Our General Budget- We support our building, staff and multiple programs with yearly pledges. We encourage all members and regular attenders to make a financial commitment and give regularly as is best for their financial situation.