Our Mission Statement
Mission/Outreach is an integral part of VGCC 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.
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
Youth Documentary Academy
On May 6th we had our second showing of Youth Documentary Academy films. Avon Schultz presented his film, Meet me In the Pale Moonlight. Yolande Morrison presented her film, Finding Home. And Daniel Robinson presented his film, White Chocolate. As usual the films we well received and generated lively discussion. The next round of films will be on August 5th.
SAVE THE DATE! Sunday August 5th at 1:00 PM downstairs at VCUCC. We will have our third “Youth Voices Community Conversation.” Our filmmakers will be:
- Bailey Francisco, whose film, After War, tells of the effects of PTSD on a family
- AJ Vafiades, whose film, Real Mom, tells of different adoption experiences
- Shaienne Knox, whose film, Out of Our Heads, tells of black hair.
Come and see the films and engage with these amazing young filmmakers.
One Nation Walking Together
Vista Grande Community Church UCC is a proud supporter of the local non-profit One Nation Walking Together that serves Native Americans in Colorado Springs as well as Native communities in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana.
One Nation mission statement reads as follows: “One Nation Walking Together strives to make a positive impact in the lives of Native Americans. A people that are greatly underserved and misrepresented, ONWT is an organization about People helping People—not a cause. By addressing the specific needs of each community we serve, One Nation is able to be more than a “dump and run” charity. We deliver the basic necessities of life while uplifting the lives of the most impoverished people in our country.”
By loading 53-foot semi-trucks that deliver up to $2 million worth of donated goods to reservations annually, ONWT provides hope and services to between 30,000 to 40,000 Native Americans in Colorado and seven other surrounding states.
In addition to providing much-needed goods to 11 reservations in seven states, One Nation has also developed a food sustainability program. This program provides Native families on and off the reservations with chickens, coops, feed and direct support to create a continued source of food and potential income.
Another important aspect of One Nation’s mission is to educate the public on the plight of the Native people. In 2015, ONWT gave 70 cultural presentations to schools, churches, businesses and organizations. These presentations inform the public about ONWT’s programs, the trauma the Native people have experienced, but also highlights the beauty and resiliency of their culture.
In the future, One Nation hopes to continue growing and evolving our various programs so that we can continue to prevent Natives from starving, freezing and committing suicide.
Ask yourself, what can you do to help?
Additional information about One Nation Walking Together can be found by visiting their website.
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.
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