NEWTOWN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC
NEWTOWN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC

 

Newtown

Congregational

Church

14 West Street

Newtown, CT 06470

Office Hours:

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Tuesday through Friday

Phone:

203-426-9024

203-426-9600

Email:

newcong@sbcglobal.net

Fax:

203-270-7741

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Newtown Congregational Church, UCC

Twitter:

@ChurchOfNewtown

Join Us In Worship! 10:00AM Sundays

HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS: Who Is Our Neighbor? - EVERYONE!

We must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: "It is more blessed to give that to receive." (Acts 20:35)

THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY MINISTRY

The Global Community Ministry (GCM) is concerned with matters related to the care of all beings. This includes, but is not limited to, local, national, international, and global missions, justice issues, and outreach. The groups within the Global Community Ministry of Newtown Congregational Church are varied and numerous, as we view ourselves as the hands and feet of God on earth. 

Our NCC Global Community Ministry has reference resources available for assitance, but we have limited funds to assist our neighbors in need. However in the case of extreme and immediate need, the ministry is able to assist through community awareness and special fundraising events.

 

 

 ORGANIZATIONS AND MISSIONS NCC SUPPORTS:

United Church of Christ (UCC)

  • Basic Support: A portion of our annual income is given to the United Church of Christ to support their programs.

  • Silver Lake Conference Center A UCC faith enrichment camp.

  • Give 2:Is a program of the UCC... "We give our time and labor in the service of others, and in return we are blessed with gifts of gratitude, compassion, and wisdom. Our gifts of hospitality multipy exponentially when we work together to heal the world!" 

  • Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffee program. 

  • Special Offering: NCC annually participants in all of the five special UCC offerings.

Church World Service (CWS)

  • Blanket & Tools program:  Emergency needs program.

  • C.R.O.P Hunger Walks: "Ending Hunger One Step At A Time". There's enough food and water for everyone on this planet...but it'll be an uphill climb to get there without everyone pledging to help. We're walking on behalf of families who have to walk every day just to make ends meet. Will you donate to our walk so we can reduce their journey? Every dollar you donate makes a huge difference: $60 can provide a sustainable source of healthy food for three families through fresh gardens!

  • Emergnecy Relief Buckets: For victims of hurricanes and other disasters.

Ability Beyond - NCC women's Circle of Hope fellowship supports this organization.

Back Bay Mission (Biloxi, Mississippi) - a UCC ministry of home repair and support.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission - "Fighting poverty from the inside out". NCC gives clothing and  blankets. Also donation of turkeys for their Thanksgiving turkey drive.

Dress a Girl Around the World (DAG) - sewing & creating clothes for children so they will know they are worthy of respect and loved by God. NCC hosts the Dress-A-Girl organization that makes dresses.  https://www.newtownbee.com/sew-thon-creates-120-dresses-third-world-girls/05012019

Elon Home for Children - NCC women's Circle of Hope fellowship supports this organization. 

Families United in Newtown - Support for people with Autism.

Feed the Children - NCC Men's Group promotes this organization. 

Friends of Kakamega - helping children in a Kenyan orphanage. http://www.friendsofkakamega.org/ 

Home Front - Our congregation physically participates in home repair for local residents.

Hospitality Hall - food & toiletries pantry in NCC lower lobby to aid local residents in need.  Located in the lower level lobby of NCC near the office is a shelving unit containing canned food, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. Through the generosity of individuals within and outside the church membership, the shelves receive donations to support daily needs of people in our community. No questions are asked and the only requirement is that each person only take what they need for that day so others may also utilize this support. To donate, please place your donation in the bin on the lowest shelf (even it the product hasn't expired, our coordinator needs to keep track of donations)

Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Program (IRIS) - An ecumenical effort to help settle refugees into the Danbury area.

Jane Doe No More (JDNM) - Their mission is prevention of sexual violence through education.

Mothers United Against Violence (MUAV) - Advocates for & assists victims of violent crime in Hartford.

Newtown Fund - Christmas gift donation program.

Newtown Youth and Family Services -  A local organization that helps local families.

Regional Hopsice - Annual Breakfast fundraiser. NCC sponsors one table and fills it with individuals interested in giving donations.

Resiliency Center of Newtown - Aids individuals who are in need of mental support or counseling.

Salavation Army - We donated to the Food Pantry (Newtown) and some of our congregants are bell ringers for their Christmas drive.

Simply Smiles - South Dakota Sioux reservation and Oaxaca, Mexico.

St. Martin De Porres Academy - Books and musical instruments.

Women's Center  - NCC women's Circle of Hope fellowship supports this Danbury organization.

 

NCC Cornerstone Thrift Center Beneficiaries:

In addition to fulfilling its annual monetary commitment to the NCC budget (well over a half million dollars over the years), the Cornerstone regularly makes material contributions to various entities in the wider community. These include the following:

  • Back Bay Mission: In Biloxi, MS. clothing and backpacks.
  • Bridgeport Rescue Mission: Coats, shoes, socks, and blankets.
  • Cyrenius H. Booth Library: Books for their annual book sale and gowns for display of historical wedding wear.
  • Danbury Military Museum: vintage uniforms and items.
  • Department of Children and Family Services: emergency requests.
  • Dress a Girl Around the World: material and sewing items.
  • Eagles Wings Foundation Orphanage in Mexico: infant and children’s clothing.
  • Fire Victims: clothing and/or household items as needed.
  • Inner City Middle School: clothing items.
  • Interfaith Partnership for Refugee Resettlement: clothing and household items to set up a home.
  • Kakamega Orphanage in Kenya: fabric grocery bags.
  • Local theater groups: props and clothing for costumes.
  • Mothers United Against Violence (Hartford): winter coats, business wear.
  • NEWS (Newtown Ecumenical WorkCamp Servants): Monetary support and work clothes for the youth mission trips.
  • Newtown Animal Shelter and local veterinarians: old towels.
  • Newtown Florist: common vases.
  • Newtown Social Services:  clothing and/or household necessities; and new clothing for Christmas baskets.
  • Save-A-Suit in  Bethel: An organization that provides business wear for veterans.
  • St. Martin de Porres School: musical items and books.
  • Wilbur Cross Middle School: khaki and navy blue trousers and collared shirts.

 

Individual Compassion

There are also many unknown ministries and outreach endeavors by the individuals of our congregation who seek to follow the guidance of Christ as he said: "when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let you left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (Matthew 6:2-3).

Some of the organizations our members are involved with outside of NCC:

  • Bridgeport Rescue Mission
  • Dorothy Day Hospitality House (Danbury)
  • FAITH Food Pantry (Newtown)
  • FISH - Providing rides to individuals for local doctors and hospital visits.
  • Lion's Club.
  • Literacy Volunteers of America (Danbury) - Assist adults with reading.
  • Meals on Wheels - Delivering meals to homebound individuals in the Newtown area.
  • Relay for Life - Raising funds for cancer research.
  • Rotary.
  • Special Olympics.
  • Visiting Nurses Association.
Yes, someone lives under the blanket.

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