The people at First Congregational Church (FCC) like to make a difference. There is budgeted giving for regular support to specific organizations. Ex-budget, members and friends can choose from many opportunities to help, financially and personally. Here are a few examples of how FCC people are investing their time and talent:
Launched in October 2012, at St. Peter, UCC, the First Congregational (FCC) Third Saturday Community Meal/Comida de la Comunidad el Tercer Sabado
(formerly Poimaino Community Meal) will be held monthly, offering many opportunities to serve food and offer friendship to needy residents of the Spring Branch Community.
A longtime Soup Kitchen Project with the Fair Haven Food Pantry
, once a month, volunteers gather at FCC to make homemade soup which is frozen and taken to Fair Haven for distribution.
Middle School Mentors
- over the past 3 years, 10 mentors from FCC have mentored low income students at Spring Woods Middle School. Some mentors are very experienced, having worked with students for years. Experience is not a prerequisite, enthusiasm and dedication are.
FCC works closely with Settegast Heights
, providing turkeys at Thanksgiving and gifts at Christmas for the residents of this low income housing development. The idea of building Settegast Heights began at FCC and is supported by other UCC churches.
School uniforms, donated items for the thrift shop and funding have for years helped support Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM)
, which really appreciates donations of time as well.
Gay Pride Festival - FCC joins with other area Open and Affirming UCC churches to reach out to the GLBT community at Houston’s Gay Pride Festival with an information tent and parade float. Extending a welcome to our church family in this way is coordinated by FCC’s Church in Society Committee.
Be a Good Samaritan (BAGS) - This program provides empty gallon sized bags, and literature, which gives information about homeless support organizations. Church members can fill the bags with bottled water and easy to open food. They can then have the food and information ready and easily available when they encounter people in need.
At FCC budgeted giving typically targets the same organizations each year for ongoing support. Recipients include: the Child Sponsorship Program of the United Church of Christ (we sponsor three kids); Back Bay Mission, Mississippi; Eden Home; Habitat for Humanity; United Campus Ministries; The Metropolitan Organization; and Westside Homeless Partnership.
Beyond that, FCC donors choose to give to any or all of eight organizations here and throughout the U.S. and abroad, targeting such objectives as life improvement, ending hunger and homelessness.