SEEKING LITURGISTS There is a signup sheet in JMH if you would like to be liturgist.
SEEKING CLICKERS We are in need of anyone who would like to help out with clicking for the Worship service. Please check in with the office if this is something you feel you can do.
SEEKING FELLOWSHIP HOUR HOSTS
We are in need of people to host fellowship hour. This is a special time after worship to spend time socializing with our Church family. It is also a good time to welcome and get to know visitors to our Church. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Coffee is provided. Please sign up on the sheet in JMH.
Choir practice is at 9:30 on Sunday mornings, just before our Worship Service. We are always eager to have new voices join us either for the entire choir year or for the seasons of Advent and or Lent.
The lazy days of summer are fading. School has started and we are excited to begin a new Sunday School season. We will celebrate the ministry of Christian Education in our congregation during morning worship on Sunday, with a teacher and helper dedication.
Children will attend the first part of worship with their families and then leave for Church School following the Children’s Message. They will be escorted to Jane Murray Hall for a learning activity to reinforce the message Pastor Jack has shared with them.
We continue to use the rotation based curriculum by PowerXpress!®. In a rotational setting, the same Bible story or theme is taught for several weeks. Learning is reinforced each week in a different way incorporating crafts, games, science exploration, cooking and drama. The story remains the same, but children encounter it in different ways each week. Repetition is an important part of the rotation approach. The more different ways children explore a story or concept, the more it is reinforced in their memories.
Our Sunday Church School program strives to create an environment for children to learn that they are loved and encouraged for who they are AND to learn to love and encourage others as well. This happens with a rotating “staff” of volunteers and two consistent teachers, DeVeda Prochilo and Vicky Horn. We could use a few more helpers, so if you’re interested in being a part of passing on our faith to the young people, sign-up for a spot in this program!
Kids in grades 6 and beyond are invited to stay and be part of worship, but are also welcome in the Sunday school classroom in the role of assistants and mentors to the younger children.
We also plan to have the Nursery available for younger children (under 3 years of age).
This program is also in need of volunteers so please sign up in Jane Murray to be part of this important ministry
Thrift Shop Hours
Saturday 9 AM - Noon
Thrift Shop News
Thrift Shop is scheduled to reopen September 9th. If you have a few hours to spare once or twice a month, on a Saturday morning from 9-12 we need your help. Bring along a friend, enjoy a fun social morning while providing a great service for our Church. There is a sign up sheet in Jane Murray Hall.
BUT… that means we all have to pull together and pitch in when and where we can. Could you help sort donations and tidy the thrift shop a time or two? Could you spend a Saturday morning assisting customers? Please talk with Gene Stephenson or call the church office to let us know when and where you can help.
The Mission Board
COUNCIL ON AGING (COA)
For nearly half a century, COA has been the trusted source for Senior Services in Volusia County and has maintained the highest standards in providing health and welfare services to residents over the age of 60. COA administers Meals-On-Wheels and Senior Centers in the County. COA handles Medicare, Medicaid and Government Grant Services, as well as fee-for service programs. COA provides relief for caregivers through respite care programs for family members, caretakers and the loved ones of clients.
COA, a licensed 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was established under the Older Americans Act by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, and serves thousands of clients every year. COA raises funds through events and donations to better help serve clients who do not have the means to pay for care.
What The Neighborhood Center does for the community
EMERGENCY FOOD BANK
Donations the Neighborhood Center (NCWV) receives are packaged into bags for the hungry of our community – DeLand and its neighboring cities. Bags consist of meals for three days, including fruits, vegetables, meats, rice or pasta.
DAILY FOOD PANTRY
The NCWV’s daily food pantry is available to serve the hungry on a daily basis and requires current ID cards and Social Security cards of all individuals in the household. We also distribute for those in need by request hygiene products, including shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorants and lotions. Additionally, we can provide items for children such as we will diapers, formula and baby food. This is all dependent upon donations.
At peak need, we distribute 250 bags of food per week to individuals in need.
We are always in need of these nonperishable food items for our emergency and daily food pantries, and welcome your donations:
Peanut butter and jelly Canned soup Canned meat, such as tuna, chicken Dry pasta Tomato sauce Macaroni and cheese
EMERGENCY BILL ASSISTANCE
The Neighborhood Center also assists with utility bills — electric, gas and water. At the present time, we are only able to help with a utility payment once every six months.
The Neighborhood Center in DeLand has an emergency shelter with 10 beds (six male and four female). Clients are able to stay for a maximum of 30 days, with room and board supplied at no cost. In recent years, we have housed more than 240 clients and served 2,700 meals.
EMERGENCY HOUSING FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
The Heart House! Opening June 2013.
The Neighborhood Center also offers transitional housing. We have 16 beds for males and four available for single women. Also we offer housing for two single women with children (sheltering up to four children). We have one family house with space for parents and up to two children, per parent.
Other services we provide at The Neighborhood Center are crisis counseling, referral services and living skills groups
The Neighborhood Center is experiencing a severe food shortage and needs to restock its shelves. Demand continues to increase. The Mission Board is challenging all of us—individual members and families—to bring one food item each month, each time we grocery shop or weekly to fill the cart. The nonperishable food items needed include canned fruits, vegetables and meats; rice, pasta and sauce, breakfast foods, and peanut butter and jelly. Will you accept the challenge and do your part to fill the cart??
LITTLE GIFT SHOP
The Little Gift Shop in Fellowship Hall is a place where the participants of Meals on Wheels are able to make purchases that fit their pocket-book. It is the place where participants in the numerous groups that meet in Fellowship Hall find that “perfect something” for themselves or for a special friend or relative.
The shop is in need of merchandise to offer for sale. You can bring your items to the church office any week-day during regular office hours and Sharon will make sure that they get to the Gift Shop.
Thanks for your help!
"Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 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." Matthew 25:34-36 (NIV)
WE ARE A 5 FOR 5 CONGREGATION!
That means we provide basic support for OCWM (Our Church’s Wider Mission) and fully supports all four special mission offerings of the UCC. We are one of 1,200 UCC churches that are 5 for 5 (there are approximately 5,500 UCC churches in total).Providing UCC basic support means that we give to OCWM which funds conferences and national ministries of the UCC, which include Wider Church Ministries, Local Church Ministries, Justice and Witness Ministries, General Ministries and Pension Boards.
Part of OCWM, the following four special offerings sponsor vital ministries that bring hope to people in the U.S. and around the world:
One Great Hour of Sharing
Channels resources for international programs in health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief, refugee ministries, and both international and domestic disaster response, administered by Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources.
Strengthen the Church
Grows the UCC’s future by funding The StillSpeaking Ministry, new and renewing churches, youth and young adult ministries, and lay and pastoral leadership formation—especially among women and people of color; administered by our church’s Conference, Local Church Ministries, and The Stillspeaking Ministry.
Neighbors In Need
Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM), justice and advocacy, and direct service projects supported by Justice and Witness Ministries.
The Christmas Fund
Helps provide pension and health premium supplementation to low-income, retired church workers, emergency assistance to clergy families in need, and Christmas checks to hundreds of annuitants, as administered by the Pension Board.
Thank you for your support!
Changing Lives, That’s Our Church’s Wider Mission, is more than a slogan or phrase; it is the lifeblood of ministry and mission in the United Church of Christ. Your contribution to this offering of our convenant together provides financial support for many local and global ministries.
God Is Still Speaking Ministry
Will you help spread God’s extravagant Welcome? Will you invest in changing the lives of the many who don’t know a church like ours exists? Please join members of other UCC churches in communicating that no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome in the United Church of Christ and at First Congregational Church of Orange City, United Church of Christ!
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