Mystic Congregational Church has long been recognized for outreach, both locally and globally, to those in need. Our Christian Mission Committee has been entrusted by the Church to assess the needs of non-profit organizations in southeastern Connecticut and abroad, and then decide how funds allocated to the Mission Committee’s budget should be dispersed. In addition to financial support of several agencies, the Ministry leads in the church’s efforts to collect food items for nearby food banks. Church members also volunteer their time in a hands-on capacity, providing meals to a local food center. The following list outlines many of theactivities in which the committee and additional church volunteers are engaged:
Nancy Peterson Story Hour. On a bi-weekly basis, church volunteers and friends travel tothe TVCCA family shelter in Norwichto read stories and provide crafts to the children staying there. Each time everychild receives a new age-appropriate book to keep for themselves.
Food Collection and Distribution to Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and Groton Food Locker. Donated by the congregation throughout the month and delivered monthly by a Mission committee member to each agency on an alternating basis.
New London Meal Center. Church member volunteers prepare and serve supper meal at the New London location on the last Thursday of the month from 4 to 7 PM, including kitchen and dining room cleanup – approximately 8 volunteers from Missions Committee and beyond, coordinated monthly by Doug Aaberg.
Meals on Wheels. Mystic Congregational Church provides a team of volunteer drivers for delivering meals for Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center to homebound local residents on Mondays and Fridays.
Fair Trade Coffee. Coordinate ordering, stocking and receipts for Fair Trade coffee, tea, nuts and chocolate made available to the congregation.
Alternative Giving. Coordinate and offer to the congregation opportunities to support Heifer Project and Church World Service initiatives through alternative gifts/cards.
United Church of Christ Annual Campaigns. Facilitate all aspects of three of the five UCC annual campaigns: Neighbors in Need in the fall, Christmas Fund for retired clergy in need during the weeks preceding Christmas, and One Great Hour of Sharing in the spring.
Church World Service (CWS) Initiatives. Participate as able in CWS initiatives to aid those affected by global disaster, including health kits, school kits, and clean-up buckets.
Global Ministries. Mystic Congregational Church is a supporter of this organization, which serves as 5he common witness of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ responsible for nurturing relationships with international partners on behalf of Disciples and the UCC.
Financial Support of Local Social Service Agencies. Responsible for identifying agencies and amounts for more than two dozen organizations in the area based on percentage of church’s annual budget.
Mission Sunday. Invite a special preacher and representatives from all supported local agencies to worship together on last Sunday of January followed by special coffee hour “Mission Fair” where each agency staffs their own booth in the Parish Hall providing information to congregation and others.