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.

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.

One Nation Walking Together

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!