Madison Klick, a Sunday School student at COCU, is collecting coats and blankets for her annual coat and blanket drive. There is a large box in the entrance to worship where you can drop off your donations. All sizes of unwanted sweaters, coats, sweatshirts and blankets are welcome. The drive will end on October 31. All received donations are split between Ruth’s Place and St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen to help local people in need of warm clothing for the upcoming winter season. Thank you for your support!
As part of the Church and Community Ministry Team’s mission statement ‘to seek out areas of human need, to present those needs to the congregation, and to initiate actions to meet the needs’, we will be asking for donations to support children enrolled in Head Start’s summer “Jump Start” program.
“Jump Start” works with children who will be participating in Head Start’s preschool program in September and who face extenuating factors in their social, developmental, and/or family situations which put them at greater risk of not reaching their potential. The goal is to work with them and their families prior to the start of the school year to begin addressing their needs as soon as possible so that they can more fully participate in and benefit from the program.
“Jump Start” is built around a summer camp experience where children learn while having the opportunity to be outdoors in the Wilkes-Barre Head Start Center’s award-winning playground where they participate in various activities, including a water play area. They also visit the JCC camp where they get to use the pool. For many of the children this will be their only chance to enjoy playing outside in a safe and instructive environment. Our goal is to purchase bathing suits for each of the 30 children who will be enrolled and to provide each with a beach towel.
From late May through early June members of the Church and Community Team will be in the Narthex before service and outside the fellowship room following service to accept monetary donations for the bathing suits as well as contributions of child size beach towels.
The generosity of our COCU family is a living example of our faith as we do the work Jesus has defined for us– to open our eyes to the needs of others, to open our hearts to those in need, and to extend our hands to fill those needs.
Church without Walls is an opportunity for congregation members, friends and visitors to participate in community service projects throughout the day. We will begin the day by worshiping together at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. After this condensed worship service we will break into our work groups to begin our projects for the day.
Church without Walls is an opportunity to be a church out in the surrounding communities involved in hands on mission projects to build fellowship among our church members and community. The chosen projects and the community members they help will provide a collaborative framework for a faith-building experience.
You can sign-up for one of the many projects listed below in Fellowship Hall after worship or by calling the church office at 570-288-8434. There are projects for all ages, skill levels and abilities.
Celebration: We will join the residents at Wesley Village and Make a Joyful Noise for a few fun hours of singing and fellowship. We’ll need some singers and bakers to make this project a success.
Church and Community: We will be hosting a “Fleecing and Icing” event at Ruth’s Place (the shelter for women who are temporarily displaced). We plan to help in creating no-sew fleece blankets with the women and share icing techniques for cupcake decorating.
Education: We will be painting the COCU nursery room. We also need assistance moving shelves and tables from the 3rd floor to the Sunday School rooms in the basement.
Personnel and Emergency Assistance: We will be collecting items for hospital kits for children. We will then package the items on the 29th in fellowship hall.
Program Planning: We will be putting together Mission Central Hygiene Kits in Fellowship Hall.
Property: We will be painting the Hoyt Library wrought iron fence.
Stitch Ministry: We will be crocheting and knitting items for cancer patients. Yarn and hooks will be provided.
Member Care/ Development: We will be doing a simple clean-up at the Forty- Fort Cemetery.
Stitch Ministry will meet on Wednesday, January 15, and January 22, at 7:00 P.M. in the Education Office to work on projects to donate to the community. We will be working on hats, scarves and sweaters to be donated to local and worldwide organizations. All ages and skill levels are invited to attend. Yarn is provided. If you would like more information please call Lesley O’Boyle at the church office at 570-288-8434.
The Great Fifty Days from Easter to Pentecost has become a time of mission giving for the churches of the Wyoming Conference of the United Methodist Church. Last year’s annual conference decided that the 2009 offering will be used to support the Haiti Partnership. There has been a partnership with the Methodist Church of Haiti since 1995 and, during that time, the conference has sent over forty teams of volunteers in mission to that troubled country.
The Haiti Partnership’s projects for 2005-2009 in the village of Hermitage on the southern coast include building a church, a school, a house for the school’s teachers and beginning work on a clean water project for the village in conjunction with Rotary Clubs and Clean Water for the World. An initial delivery of bio-sand filtration systems has taken place and people have been trained to operate them. In addition, over 150 students who never had the opportunity to attend school now use the classrooms we’ve built.
Unfortunately, in 2008, Haiti was struck by a number of strong hurricanes which caused extensive damage to some of the finished projects. The roof of the teachers’ house was destroyed as well as part of the roof of the church. Efforts have been underway to repair the damage. From my experiences in Haiti, I know that our mission money is well spent. Funding for all of these projects comes from the Great Fifty Days offering. The Church of Christ Uniting contributed over $1,100.00 last year and having personally seen the changes in the Hermitage community convinces me of the value of our continued support. The Haitian people are warm, welcoming, and hard-working and have great faith in spite of dealing with dire economic circumstances. Any contributions from members of the church family will be greatly appreciated.