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Neighbors in Need Offering October 3

Our October 3 Neighbors in Need offering supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. In 2021, the Neighbors in Need “Unfailing Love” offering is focused on supporting organizations and projects that are serving homeless and immigrant neighbors or communities. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.

The national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues. Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice. Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC.

One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM. CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the United States.

Please give generously. Use a Neighbors in Need offering envelope or write Neighbors in Need on your check to DCC. And remember, contributions to Neighbors in Need can be made online at any time through the DCC Donations page by selecting Outreach Donations / Neighbors in Need.

Backpack & School Supplies Drives

Opportunities to Help Children & Youth in a Big Way

DCC has always demonstrated itself to be a deeply generous congregation. This year, our generosity is needed more than ever.  As school starts early this year, sign up right away to provide new backpacks stuffed with school supplies for children of homeless, formerly-homeless, and at-risk families now living in Shelter, Inc. and Contra Costa Interfaith Housing facilities who we want to help get a good start in school this year.  New this year, we are also participating in Eden UCC’s drive for backpacks (empty) and individual donations of school supplies so the students in their Cherryland/Hayward neighborhood can choose a backpack and then fill it with school supplies at Eden’s Block Party & Backpack Giveaway on Saturday, August 3. (DCC guests are invited).

CCIH and Shelter, Inc.

Sign up at the Outreach table during fellowship time or contact Doug Leich.
Donations should be labeled according to the instructions and delivered to DCC by Sunday, July 28.

Eden UCC

Sign up here to donate backpacks and other items to the Eden UCC backpack giveaway and deliver the items to DCC by Sunday, July 28.

Not a shopper? 

  • You can provide back-to-school clothes or shoes for a Shelter, Inc. or CCIH student by donating a $25-$50 Target or Kohl’s gift card. Turn those in to Doug or the church office.
  • You can give online to Eden UCC’s backpacks drive. (Select Backpacks from the Fund menu.)

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity and role in helping these kids go to school with pride and all the things they need to be successful in school.