Our Church By-Laws direct the Missions and Social Action Committee to: assist the church in its mission of “Becoming Like Christ and Making Him Known.”…reaching out in Christian love and service to those in our own and around the world. […] and providing education to the parishioners about a variety of social problems.
Cru at Work in the Midst of COVID Restrictions
Highlights from Nic and Christy Brenner’s Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) missionary work at Cornell, SUNY Cortland and a few surrounding colleges. Four on the Cru team focused on Cornell in 2020 and Nic focused on SUNY. Christy is also directing a home-school community locally made up of 15 or so families with education through a Biblical worldview.
Goal: To disciple students (some as new believers of Jesus) who then make new disciples
● It was a year like none other in campus ministry in many ways
● God was on the move in students’ hearts—they’d never seen students so hungry for one-on-one interaction
● Skepticism was replaced by openness; distrust by true curiosity
● It was harder than ever to gather in ways they’d always been able to do
● During the one month he was allowed on the SUNY campus (due to COVID):
● Nic’s team gave away hundreds of evangelist materials (bags, sunglasses, masks, Bibles and books); they invited students to online Cru missional community groups
● They attracted the usual handful of students looking for a solid Christian community as well as those unsure about Jesus/Christians and plugged them into the Cru movement, building relationships which translated into opportunities to share the Gospel
Plans for 2021:
● Sow seeds through the new freshman they plugged into Cru ministries
● Labor to see students discipled in the knowledge and love of Christ resulting in them being multiplying disciples as they continue in their college careers
● Have students see every friendship/relationship they’re a part of as an opportunity to share and show the Gospel.
● Have as many students as possible take advantage of a summer mission opportunity with Cru (but not internationally this year).
● Transcend the apparent limitations (e.g. Zoom) that the pandemic is presenting
● Reach their funding goal by securing an additional $1000/month of support
● Replace one of two high-mileage minivans this coming year
Please pray for their
● Financial needs, endurance, teamwork, relationships, leadership and wisdom during this time of harvest in the coming academic year.
We support The Oratory of the Little Way, nestled right next door in Gaylordsville! Oratory of the Little Way
Other Overseas Missions: Latin American Mission. United World Mission.
Local Missions and Social Action Quarterly Support:
- The Oratory of the Little Way (healing ministry, Gaylordsville, CT)
- Loaves and Fishes (New Milford Food Pantry) – Sherman Church is once again participating in their dinners once a month with sandwiches, snacks and fruit to be given out in place of dinners in the building. But Loaves & Fishes has not missed serving dinners even once despite COVID restrictions.
- Radio Bible Class (RBC) (Daily Bread, bringing the Gospel around the World)
On the third Sunday of each month, the congregation gives to special needs.
Examples of these collections include: Hopeline, The Conservative Congregational Christian Church church multiplication; Westconn Ministries serving Danbury; Christian camps; Soldier Relief care packages; CRU Cornell University; Samaritan’s Purse Heal Our Patriots; Community Relief Christmas Eve Collection. Every year the slate of special collection ministries is reviewed and revised.
Through the generosity of many, we collect funds throughout the year for our neighbors, which is overseen by the Missions committee and the Pastor. Monies are forwarded directly to services/vendors to help with heating, mortgage and other dire family needs. With the economic downturn affecting so many, this ministry is crucial to alleviating want in our community; we feel God has truly blessed this ministry.
Other Special Projects:
Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, an outreach of Samaritan’s Purse; cookie plates given to those in need of cheer, get-well wishes, sympathy, or “Thank you for all you do.”
Hopeline is accepting strollers and baby furniture. Cribs or car seats must be new.
In the words of one of our most loved past Mission Chairs, “Truly, you have loved one another. May we all continue to grow and serve the Lord as we become like Christ and make him known.”