Mission/Outreach is an integral part of VGCC ministries. We will pursue opportunities that are 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 three great loves: Love of Neighbor; Love of Children; Love of Creation.
The missions for 2018 are Family Promise, Inside-Out Youth Services, Los Pobres, and One Nation Walking Together. We’ll also continue to support the UCC 5 for 5 missions; One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church, Neighbors in Need, the Christmas Fund, and Our Churches Wider Mission.
Ongoing missions include purchasing Fair Trade coffee to be used at Vista Grande as well as your home use; LOGO (literacy on the go) where you are encouraged to bring gently used children’s books which are given to children to encourage a love of reading; and Change for Change, which is pennies or other coinage that is collected for our pastor’s discretionary fund.
Check out the mission informational tables in Fellowship Hall. We strive to keep these updated with current information.
All our meetings are open. Please join us.
UPDATE on our Mission Pledges
All pledges for our 2017 giving were sent to our mission partners. The warmth tree items (mostly hats and mitts) were sent to Los Pobres and Family Promise. The recipients were very grateful for the new items.
February is a busy month for Vista Grande’s involvement with Family Promise.
We were asked to provide a meal for Thursday Feb 8 and Monday Feb 19.
Vista Grande secured a table for 8 at the Family Promise Luncheon and Auction.
Our missions for 2018 are:
Inside Out Youth Services; liaisons Nancy and Kayan
Inside-Out is one of our missions for 2017. It is a support system for LGBTIQ youth aged 12-22. It creates a safe space for young people to gather, visit, and grow. We have witnessed such wisdom expressed by these kids. They support each other: they cheer for each other’s successes and comfort each other when negative things happen. Mary, the director, maintains that her main job is primarily suicide prevention. Their main location is on South Tejon and they have a satellite program at Library 21C. For more information please see our display downstairs or visit them on the web.
One Nation Walking Together; liaisons Judy D. and Jon
Los Pobres; liaisons Faye and Erika
Los Pobres is a non-profit organization meeting the daily survival needs of immigrant workers with low-paying jobs. Faye makes the trip to Los Pobres, which is outside of Pueblo, to bring the items that you donate. Please bring in 5 lb bags of flour, small bottles of cooking oil, bags of dried pinto beans and rice and place them on the Los Pobres table.
Visit the El Centro de Los Pobres website.
UCC 5 for 5; liaisons Clare and Dave
The “5 for 5” missions are supported through your monetary support. This is the best way for the United Church of Christ to respond to the needs that each of these ministries request.
Visit the National Church’s 5 for 5 website
Family Promise; liaison Donna
Vista Grande is a support church for this ministry. Currently, we work with Central United Methodist Church by providing the Monday night meal when CUMC hosts the families in the program. Our next time to serve is Monday March 20. Recently, Erika, Jon, and Donna attended a benefit luncheon for Family Promise. We learned more about this important ministry that houses families in need. Two families who benefited and have graduated from the program were guests. They shared their stories and thankfulness for the program that helped keep them off the streets.
One startling statistic we learned … there are over 1,000 homeless children in District 11. That’s our city! Let’s see what we can do to help.
Visit the Family Promise website
The Wider Church
As people of the United Church of Christ, affirming our Statement of Faith, we seek within the Church Universal to participate in God’s mission and to follow the way of the crucified and risen Christ.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are called and commit ourselves:
- To praise God, confess our sin, and joyfully accept God’s forgiveness;
- To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our suffering world;
- To embody God’s Love for all people;
- To hear and give voice to creation’s cry for justice and peace;
- To name and confront the powers of evil within and among us;
- To repent our silence and complicity with the forces of chaos and death;
- To preach and teach with the power of the living Word;
- To join oppressed and troubled people in the struggle for liberation;
- To work for justice, healing, and wholeness of life;
- To embrace the unity of Christ’s church;
- To discern and celebrate the present and coming reign of God.
About this testimony
The UCC Statement of Mission, 1987, was drafted by a church wide conference on mission in Houston, Texas, in which representatives from all communities in the church—including evangelicals, liberals, and others—tried to find common ground. The statement was affirmed by General Synod 16 later that year.