What does God require of us but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God? – Micah 6:8
Our congregation has defined itself as a church that has engaged itself with the world since it began. Throughout our history we have sought to share the love that we have experienced and gifts that God has generously shared with us, and to advocate for peace and justice. We continue to share generously through our budgeted gifts, supporting local and global ministries and through hands-on projects throughout the year.
Ongoing projects and groups we support include:
Union Station Pasadena – we are assigned the first Monday of each month and we have four teams that shop, cook and serve the meal at this homeless outreach organization twelve times each year.
CROP Walk Pasadena – we participate each fall in this hunger walk, gathering pledges and taking a team of folks to walk and support the eradication of hunger locally and globally.
Alternative Markets at Christmas and in the Spring. We host Alternative Markets in our parlors and invite local venders to bring their fair trade wares to sell.
Friends in Deed – We support this local Pasadena organization as it works to provide services to the poor and homeless.
- Bad Weather Shelter – we volunteer to cook a meal twice each winter and lay out cots and welcome up to 150 folks
- Regular drives for food for the Food Pantry – throughout the year we gather food items and have drives for specific food to take up to the Friends in Deed pantry
- Backpack and School Supplies – we gather school supplies and backpacks each summer to be given out by FID to children as they prepare to go back to school.
- Easter Baskets – we gather Easter baskets to be given out to children during the spring
- Fund Raising Events – we volunteer and attend the annual fund raising events that FID sponsors.
Fair Trade Coffee – A few times each month we set up a fair trade table after worship so folks can purchase fair trade products such as: coffee, tea, chocolate and jams.
Aid Africa – we are a partner organization to this non-profit group that has several projects in northern Uganda, including: building portable stoves, finding water and digging wells, planting trees, and offering healthcare services. We have church members who serve on the board, travel regularly to Uganda and have been instrumental in the ongoing mission of this organization. We participate in regular fundraising activities such as: putting together Birthing Kits, attending the annual fund-raiser, participating in the annual Walk for Water locally. See their website for further information at www.aidafrica.net
Open and Affirming – since 1993 our church has been designated an Open and Affirming church, meaning that we have been fully welcoming of GLBT folks. We continue to advocate for justice and full acceptance of all GLBT folk.
Outings – we plan occasional outings to educate ourselves about issues such as racism, our food production, immigration and fair pay for all. Recent trips have been to the Romero Center in San Diego and a tour of toxic sites in Los Angeles. We have occasionally participated in other outings such as a local Habitat build or planting seeds and harvesting vegetables to be donated to the FID pantry.
Our Churches Wider Mission (OCWM) – we give annually to the United Church of Christ OCWM through our church budget so that our denomination can support and funds the mission of our national and global Church. We also take up special offerings of our wider denomination each year so that programs and relief can be funded through our national church setting. Learn more about our wider church at www.ucc.org