Mission and Social Justice

Our Mission Statement

Mission/Outreach is an integral part of VGUCC ministries. We will pursue opportunities that are reflective of Justice and Peace, denominational and ecumenical, local and global, participatory and financial. Our mission and outreach will make a difference – empowering recipients and inspiring givers to act in the spirit of Christ; exemplifying the 3 Great Loves: Love of Neighbor; Love of Children; Love of Creation.

We continue to support our four local missions: Family Promise, Inside-Out Youth Services, Los Pobres, and One Nation Walking Together. All these missions are relational and we support them financially as well as with in-kind gifts and by volunteering our time. During this pandemic we have also kept in touch by way of ZOOM. Additionally, we collect aluminum cans to support our youth, sell fair trade coffee to support our brothers and sisters across the border, and during May and the first week of June we have collected items to fill 52 bags with supplies for our local homeless sisters and brothers.

Spreading Smiles and Sandwiches

Spreading Smiles and Sandwiches continues to serve our homeless community at Dorchester Park on the second Sunday of each month at 1pm. We have been delivering food, toiletries, and clothes for over three years.

We’ve changed the way we are doing things but are still doing as much as we can while keeping our volunteers safe. We are no longer receiving donations at the park. Please take donations to Nancy’s house drop box; 7649 Safari Cir., 80920 (in Briargate). We arrive about 1pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month to provide bagged lunches and more to those in need. The time we leave depends on how many show up to get a meal. Sometimes we are done by 2pm and other times we are there until 3pm.

We serve from the back of our vehicles. We have several vehicles to keep the lines down and to help with social distancing.
Please help with donations and/or help setting up and distribution of items for our unhoused neighbors, at Dorchester Park.

Needs list-

  • Coats, Warm clothes, Blankets, Tarps, Footwear
  • Canned food, Snacks (individual packs), Oranges and bananas
  • Small sized shampoo/bodywash, Toilet paper, Bottled water
  • Clean reclosable gallon and 1/2gallon containers

Thanks for any and all your help🙏🙏

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jerima King; 719-649-8684

Family Promise

It is that wonderful time of year for us to be preparing for our 5th Annual Family Promise Walk!! We are extremely excited about the event and to announce this year will be virtual and a week-long event! Although we would love to do this in person, conducting the event virtually and for a week opens up people being able to walk in their own neighborhoods and/or favorite trails, on days they are available to do so, without having concerns of spreading or catching the virus or blocking out a Saturday. The goal of the FPWalk is to fundraise for our families and the services we provide, but to also share who Family Promise is and the many ways we serve families in the Colorado Springs region. Without the support of you all and the amazing Colorado Springs community, the work we do would not be possible, so thank you in advance!

Inside Out Youth Services

Inside Out has received a $2,500 medical grant to help Inside-Out safely open up on a limited basis in September. The plan is to have personal protective equipment available for adults and kids, as well as thermometers, etc. Inside Out will open ONLY by appointment for food, clothing and counseling, etc.

Nancy and Bob will be collecting food once they know the specific need.

Ally Up: Phoenix Rising, check out Joy Armstrong’s flyer
Thursday, October 8th, 7:00-7:30 p.m.
VIRTUAL at: www.insideoutys.org/allyup

One Nation Walking Together

One Nation Walking Together like many non-profits has been impacted by the virus. They are open but I would suggest that you call ahead before taking items to their location and checking hours and items that they are able to accept. They are now using smaller trucks and are taking things directly to the people that have needs. I was able to deliver 12 Elder Boxes recently. ONWT has a Christmas Wish list that is posted below. Cash is always appreciated and allows for a more targeted approach.

ONWT Christmas Wish List

One Nation is now accepting donations. You may drop off items at One Nation located at 3150 N. Nevada, Colo. Spgs, CO 80907 and their phone number is 719-329-0251. Call first for hours open. See the flyer.

One Nation is also collecting Elder Boxes again this year. Read the flyer for all the information. Elder Boxes may be brought to Vista Grande UCC on Wed. Nov 4. Judy will meet you in the church parking lot between 10 and 10:30 am.

We collected a special offering during July and August. $1350 was collected.
Thank you from ONWT – “Small things add up to big things and small things come from big hearts. We are most grateful for your big heart and your support. Thank you for your most generous donation. Stay safe!”

Los Pobres

El Centro de Los Pobres (immigrants & low income) – Faye met with Sister Nancy to deliver the King Soopers cards that had been collected along with 10 or so bags of household goods. The King Soopers cards totaled $1,175.

At this time, Los Pobres is not taking donations of clothing and household goods. Their shop is full. They are concentrating on harvesting the fields and feeding a hearty meal to the workers.

National Church Missions

United Church of Christ’s 5 for 5 is made up of 5 components that Vista Grande supports from our mission givings. The foundation is created by OCWM and there are four special mission offerings.

Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) Basic Support provides funding from congregations for Conferences and the national ministries of the United Church of Christ, which are Justice & Local Church Ministries, and the Wider Church Ministries.

UCC Special Mission Offerings comprise of four offerings, which sponsor vital ministries that bring hope to people in the United States and around the world.

  1. One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) channels resources for international programs in health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief, refugee ministries and both international and domestic disaster response, administered by the Wider Church Ministries.
  2. Strengthen the Church (STC) is a special mission offering to re-imagine and build the future UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the where the UCC does not have a strong presence. It also provides support for existing church’s new initiatives.
  3. Neighbors in Need (NiN) supports ministries f 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 Local Church Ministries.
  4. The Christmas Fund (CF) 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 Boards.

If you didn’t have a chance to pledge to missions this year, there’s still the opportunity to give to these 5 for 5 missions. Giving is complicated by the fact we are not in our building, however, checks may be sent to Vista Grande UCC, PO Box 26030, Colorado Springs, CO 80936-6030 or you can go to the church’s website www.vgcc.org and click on the Donate to VGCC button for online giving. In both cases, please remember to memo which mission you want to support. If you prefer to do a cash gift, we can arrange a time for that to happen too. Call Donna at 719-238-0503.

Vista Grande has supported these 5 missions for over 20 years!