Missions

Missions: To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/gyq-myti-mah. Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 941-254-1156 and enter this PIN: 353 576 804#

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.

The Missions Committee is collecting items to be sent to United Soldiers and Sailors of America. If you can drop them off in the narthex in the red bin, we would like to have them in the next few weeks for Christmas giving, but we hope to continue to send  items throughout the year. Thank you!

1. Socks (boot style. Not concerned with color so white is fine)
2. Soap
3. toothbrushes
4. toothpaste
5. razors (disposable works just fine)
6. mouthwash
7. floss
8. deodorant
9. Q-tips
10. foot powder/spray
11. Chapstick
12. Band-aids
13. cough drops
14. clothe pins
15. trail mix
16 beef jerky
17 instant coffee (no K cups, please)
18 baby wipes (we have no shower facilities since we are in a remote location)
19 snacks (no chocolate or anything that will melt)
20 letters and notes of support.

Lion of Judah

Dear Friends of Lion of Judah,

Hart Inlow, founder of LOJ, has updated us on the flooding around Lake Victoria and particularly the damage at the Lion of Judah Academy in Bulima, Tanzania.  

  1. The pump for the water system has been replaced thanks to a generous donation.
  2. However, teacher housing for three families is completely underwater.  The pump house for the water system is inundated.  The teachers had to be relocated to other housing.  It is unlikely any of these buildings can be used again.  A new pump house, along with two deep sumps, plumbing and electric, is urgently needed. 
  3. The school gardens are under two feet of water.  The gardens of several teachers, which they rely upon for supplemental income, are submerged and destroyed.  Livestock (cows, pigs, chickens, etc.) have been displaced and some have died.  These gardens (“shambas”, in Swahili) have been major sources of fruit, vegetables and meat for the students…as well as important sources of income for the school and teachers.

URGENTLY NEEDED:

— We must build a new pump house right away; this will require $8,000 – 10,000, including the costs related to plumbing and electrical work, along with the construction of two deep sumps required for the operation of the pump;

— We need to provide displaced teachers with temporary housing; eventually we will need to relocate and rebuild damaged and destroyed teacher houses.  This requires about $300 a month and eventually several thousand dollars to rebuild the homes;

— We want to assist teachers as they seek to relocate their gardens until lake levels normalize; we estimate this will cost around $3,000.

Please pay for God’s protection for LOJ, its teachers and students, and go to this link to learn more and to donate:

Mtebe and Pili
Josephales Mtebe, director of Lion of Judah Academy Bulima, Tanzania, and his wife, Pili. 

We support The Oratory of the Little Way, nestled right next door in Gaylordsville! Oratory of the Little Way

Other Overseas Missions: Latin America Mission. United World Mission. Lion of Judah (Tanzania, Africa) — 53+ students are supported by our congregation in addition to helping with facilities improvements such as water

Local Missions and Social Action Quarterly Support:

  1. The Oratory of the Little Way (healing ministry, Gaylordsville, CT)
  2. Loaves and Fishes (New Milford Food Pantry)
  3. Radio Bible Class (RBC)  (Daily Bread, bringing the Gospel around the World)

Special Collections:

On the third Sunday of each month, the congregation gives to special needs.

Examples of these collections include:  Hopeline, The Conservative Congregational Christian Church emergency fund; Westconn Ministries serving Danbury; Christian camps; Soldier Relief care packages; CRU Cornell University; Community Relief Christmas Eve Collection.  Every year the slate of special collection ministries is reviewed and revised.

Community Relief:

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:

Christmas Boxes for World Vision; cookie plates given to those in need of cheer, get well wishes, sympathy, or “thank you for all you do”.

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.”