Our Mission Action Team has been active! In February several of us, along with other Covenantal Partners, attended the Family Promise fundraiser luncheon-inspirational speakers and a silent auction! Our congregation also supported two meals for families in the program. Our kids helped make blankets for the kids at Los Pobres. Faye Gallegos (our chair for our Los Pobres mission) also announced “the chickens are laying”! Parts of the cost of the organic eggs provided by Faye’s daughter go to helping out Los Pobres.
Recently our worship service has included a “Reflection Moment”. Our Mission Action Team has been given permission to use the 2nd and 4th Sundays for a Mission Reflection. We have been able to raise awareness of missions through these short talks along with our information tables.
Please join us! We meet after church on the last Sunday of the month.
Youth Films for Missions
The Mission Action Team is proud to sponsor “Youth Voices-Community Conversations” five or six times a year. At each showing three films are presented by their filmmakers who are participants in the Youth Documentary Academy (YDA). YDA was founded in the summer of 2014 by Tom Shepard in Colorado Springs. Each summer, for seven weeks, students between the ages of 14 and 18 learn all aspects of documentary filmmaking. “YDA students were very savvy about locating themes from their own lived experiences, creating easy access to stories that matter to them. Watching these young people really grab onto a craft to find their voices at this age, that’s really powerful.” Tom Shepard
Faye continues to go to Los Pobres located about 45 minutes east of Pueblo to deliver our “in kind” gifts. The Vista Grande children worked on making “tied knot” blankets and Faye delivered those to Los Pobres to be given to the children of migrant workers. Sister Nancy was very happy to receive these gifts for the children.
Ten folks from Vista Grande attended the 21st Annual Hope, Hearts, and Homes Luncheon and Silent Auction on Feb 25. This fundraiser surpassed the budgeted hope for revenue. It was a great day indeed. Upcoming fundraisers include: a Family Promise Walk on Sunday September 16. This will help make this mission well-known in downtown Colorado Springs. The 2019 Hope, Hearts, and Homes Luncheon will be held on Sunday, Feb 24. As these events come closer, more information will be shared.
A United Church of Christ 5 for 5 Mission:
One Great Hour of Sharing Resources
2018 Theme – More than we can imagine.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed when we look at all the areas of need in God’s world: there is hunger, sickness, and injustice in so many communities. It is easy to feel there is nothing we can do to help. We can feel trapped by hopelessness and fear that what
little we can do—won’t have an impact. But there is hope!
Better yet: we are that hope!
As the Apostle Paul writes, “by the power at work within us,” God is able to “accomplish abundantly more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). “We are the agents
of transformation that God uses to transfigure this world” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu).
Wishing and dreaming of a better world means nothing if we don’t realize that God gives us community to practice love and compassion. We cannot only care for ourselves, but we must also care about those around us, both near and far.
Our gifts become part of a loving legacy in ways we can’t foresee. Our gifts become blessings to people we don’t know and blesses in ways we can’t expect. We can make a difference beyond what we can imagine.
One Great Hour of Sharing® is the Lenten/Easter Offering of the United Church of Christ that supports disaster, refugee, and development activities.
Go to http://www.ucc.org/oghs_stories to read stories of how OGHS is working in our world. These stories are from March 2018:
- UCC calls for work teams for Puerto Rico hurricane recovery
- UCC meets commitment to build 50 quake-proof homes in Nepal
- $212,000 grant will aid ecumenical hurricane recovery work in USVI
- During the Observance of Women’s History Month, Many Women Worldwide Hunger for Gender Equality.
- Volunteers, hosts at UCC’s new Harvey recovery site share skills, prayers