One of the Benevolence endeavors is to support Project Dignity which is a local organization started by a woman in Hendersonville. This organization provides feminine hygiene items for homeless women and girls and those from low income families who cannot afford these necessary products. Teen girls who typically don’t have access to feminine products miss several days of school each month. Project Dignity provides these items to women and girls in Buncombe and Henderson Counties.
The Project Dignity barrel at church, which we use to hold these feminine items, has been placed in the narthex. Please help provide these products to our homeless and needy women and girls. At your convenience please drop your donations in the barrel.
The Benevolence Ministry would also appreciate the congregation’s support in putting together food boxes for Loving Food Resources 30th Anniversary Food Drive. Once these are ready Beaver will deliver them on the designated date. Boxes for the fund drive should be labeled and brought to the church and can be put in the benevolence room. If you have questions call Beaver.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Your Benevolence Team
Neighbors in Need Special Offering October, 2021
Justice issues - from women’s rights to racial bias to income gaps - continue to be laid bare, making the Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering even more critical. The United Church of Christ’s history is rooted in supporting justice work. Through virtual settings, we continue to bring programs and services to our communities in need of assistance. We are presenting weekly webinars that inform and uplift on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. In July, we even held our first-ever special edition General Synod 33, where nearly 3,000 members participated.
Traci Blackmon and I (Rev. Dr. Bentley de Bardelaben-Phillips) thank you for encouraging the support of this special mission offering. We trust you know that funds raised from the offering allow for tracking and informing you about what justice concerns require your attention. To that end, this year's campaign shines a spotlight on the issue of homelessness. As a group, they have already faced much. With many Americans losing income due to the coronavirus, this vulnerable community will likely grow. Therefore, we thank you First Congregational UCC for renewing its commitment to Neighbors in Need through the month of October.