NEWTOWN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
14 West Street
Newtown, CT 06470
Tues. & Thurs. 2PM-4PM
(Access to the building at other times can be obtained upon request)
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.” - James 2:26
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 NCC are varied and numerous, as we view ourselves as the hands and feet of God on earth.
HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS: In gratitude for God’s abundant love, we are people compelled to love our neighbors beyond ourselves. Outreach efforts are dispersed throughout the congregation and are collectively called Global Community Ministry. Our outreach includes local, national, and global ministries and addresses immediate needs, education, development, creation care and racial and other justice issues. The gifts we share include funds, service, compassion, items, facility space, and conservation. Our varied efforts are guided by three elected members who form the GCM Team.
In addition to providing support to numerous organizations, NCC also helps neighbors in need with limited funding, special fundraising, and referrals to local resources.
SUPPORTED UCC PROGRAMS AND MISSIONS
Back Bay Mission, Biloxi, MS: Strengthens neighborhoods, seeks justice, and transforms lives through education and empowerment programs and housing rehabilitation. and sends youth and adult volunteers. (thebackbaymission.org)
Basic Support: A portion of our annual income is given to the United Church of Christ to support the work of UCC conferences and to fund all the ways we strive together to be the Church.
Silver Lake Conference Center: A faith enrichment facility providing summer camps, retreats, conference and mission trips for youth, families and adults. NCC gives budgeted GCM funds, conducts fundraisers, and volunteer workers and leaders.
SNEUCC RIP Medical Debt Relief: NCC contributed individual and GCM budgeted funds to help eliminate $26.2 million in medical debt.
OTHER SUPPORTED ORGANIZATIONS AND MISSIONS
American Red Cross - prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. NCC promotes and provides facility space for blood drives and funds via GCM budgeted resources.
Boy Scouts of America - NCC sponsors Scout Troop 270 and Cub Scout Pack 270, providing facility space and volunteers.
Bridgeport Rescue Mission - Fights poverty “from the inside out” with food, clothing, shelter and recovery programs. NCC provides funds through the GCM budget and special fundraisers donates items including Thanksgiving turkeys. and GCM budgeted resources, drives for clothing, Thanksgiving turkeys, and other items, and volunteer service.
Blanket & Tools program: Provide funds for projects that provide food and water, as well as resources to empower people to meet their own needs. NCC conducts an annual Mother’s Day fundraiser.
C.R.O.P. Hunger Walks: Community-wide events to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. NCC organizes and participates in the annual Newtown walk to raise funds.
Emergnecy Relief Buckets: NCC members collect and ship emergency items for victims of hurricanes and other disasters.
Department of Chidren and Families - Partners with communities to empower families and nurture resilient children. NCC provides holiday family gifts, school supplies, and diaper donations.
Dress a Girl Around the World (DAG) - Volunteers sew clothing for at-risk children so they will know they are worthy of respect and loved by God. NCC hosts an annual Sew-A-Thon, donates materials, and recruits volunteers.
Families United in Newtown - Provides monthly social opportunities for individuals with special needs and their families. NCC provides facility space and supports fundraiser events with food and volunteers.
Feed the Children - Distributes food and other items, provides classroom support and school supplies to U.S. students and helps following natural disasters; in 10 other countries, manages child-focused community development programs focused on nutrition, health, and self-reliance. NCC Men's Group provides funds.
Golden Opportunities - Enhances the quality of life for residents of elder care facilities through volunteer visitation, caregiver education, and respite. NCC supports with fundraisers.
Home Front - Provides free home repairs to low income local residents through community based volunteers. NCC provides fundraiser proceeds and volunteers for annual projects.
Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Program (IRIS) - A local ecumenical effort working with IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), IPRR co-sponsors and helps settle refugees in the Newtown area. Helps each family learn English, find employment, enroll in school and become productive and independent community members. NCC provides volunteer leadership and service, goods, and fundraiser proceeds.
Mothers United Against Violence (MUAV) - Provides compassion and support for Hartford families affected by violence and advocates for gun violence prevention, youth development and other supportive community programs. NCC provides funds through fundraisers and GCM budgeted resources, volunteers, and items.
Newtown Fund - Working with Newtown Social Services, acts as a safety net for Newtown residents by paying for food, fuel assistance, utility bills, rent and medical expenses, and distributes Christmas holiday gifts. NCC provides Christmas gifts for one or more “adopted” families.
Newtown Youth and Family Services - Helps children and families through outpatient individual, couples and family counseling, substance abuse treatment services, Autism and social skills programs, prevention initiatives and support groups. NCC helps organize and promote fundraisers.
Regional Hopsice - Provides exceptional, convenient, hospice care services in homes and in assisted living and nursing residences. NCC sponsors one table at the Annual Breakfast fundraiser and fills it with individuals interested in giving donations.
Resiliency Center of Newtown - Offers long-term mental health counseling and healing to anyone impacted by the December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook tragedy. NCC organizes and promotes fundraisers.
Salavation Army - Assists individuals to become more independent through a variety of services and programs, including food donations to the NCC Hospitality Hall. NCC provides holiday bell ringer volunteers and occasional facility use. (salvationarmyusa.org/usn)
SERRV International - Empowers small-scale global artisans and farmers through long-term trading partnerships, helping them build sustainable employment, resources, rights, and a vision of hope in their communities. NCC hosts merchandise sales to benefit SERRV.
Simply Smiles - Provides foster home communities in Cheyenne River Reservation, SD, and Oaxaca, MX, partnering with UCC churches and others for volunteers and funding. NCC provides funds via GCM budgeted gifts.
As stewards of God’s creation we adopt and promote practices that will protect and restore creation, including reducing our dependence on fossil fuels by installing solar panels, monitoring our energy consumption (Solar Edge monitor), implementing energy saving practices in our facility, and adopting eco-friendly practices such as banning Styrofoam and using eco-friendly products, including Fair Trade beverage products.
ENRICHING NEWTOWN COMMUNITY LIFE
NCC sponsors community events as well as participating in local events such as...yoga classes, lectures, and concerts and annual programs:
"Parking, Pancakes, & Parade" breakfast for Labor Day
Annual 12/14 Memorial Service to remember the Sandy Hook tragedy of December 14, 2012 and honor its victims and survivors.
GIFT OF SPACE
As a service to the community, NCC generously provides space and utilities at no or reduced cost for use by many local nonprofits, support groups, as well as American Red Cross blood drives.
In addition to participating in NCC-supported outreach, NCC members are also individually active in serving as Christ in many community organizations and endeavors, including these and others:
Some of the organizations our members are involved with outside of NCC:
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'– Martin Luther King, Jr.
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."