Faith United Church, Oswego, New York
Faith United Church, Oswego, New York
United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church USA

Outreach

News from the Mission Committee

Blessings in a Backpack

Finance Commissioner, Dave King, is working with representatives from the Episcopal Church and the Lutheran Church to develop grant proposals to submit to area Foundations seeking continued financial support for this important program in our community.  

The Peace and Global Witness and Neighbors in Need Special Offerings

These offerings will be collected on World Communion Sunday, October 3. The Presbyterian theme is “Peace at all times in all ways.” (Thessalonians 3:16) The UCC theme is Unfailing love—“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”(John 15:12)  Both offerings are dedicated to illuminating the sources of strife and efforts toward healing and wholeness. This takes a variety of forms. Half of the PCUSA money goes to the Mission Agency to partner with ministries around the world. 37.5% of the collection is reserved for local church use, and the remainder goes to mid councils for peacemaking ministries on the regional level. Our committee has voted to donate our 37.5% of the PCUSA part of the offering to the Oswego County Suicide Prevention Coalition.
For the UCC, two-thirds of the offering is used by the Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service projects. Some of these focus on hate crimes, voting rights and immigration policies. One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries. Currently there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota that receive money from CAIM. You will hear more about these offerings in the upcoming weeks.

You may mail your donation directly to the church at:

Faith United Church

12 Mark Fitzgibbons Drive

Oswego, NY 13126

Please write "Peace and Global Witness" or "Neighbors in Need" on the memo line of your check. Thank you for your generosity.

You may also opt to make an electronic donation from our church's donate page. Please type "Peace and Global Witness" or "Neighbors in Need" into the "notes" box on the page that asks for your credit card/bank account information.

Thank you.

     Results of the Pentecost/Strengthen the Church Special Offering

We collected a total of $319.00 which is split equally between our two denominations (PCUSA and UCC). We are allowed to retain 40% of the PCUSA share, that's $63.80 to allocate to local charities as we see fit.  The Mission committee has decided to split the money between Farhnam Family Services and the Child Advocacy Center. They will each get $31.90, but we will add an additional $18.10 to each to bring the total to an even $50.00 for each.

Thank you for your generosity!

​Deacons

The Faith United Church bylaws say that the Deacons (aka the Diakonite) are to minister to those who are in need, sick, friendless, or in distress, and to oversee the spiritual and practical needs of the membership.
 That’s a pretty broad mandate, and can be interpreted to mean so many things! Fortunately there are eight of us. In practical terms, it means that Deacons strive to make sure all members of Faith United Church are remembered and cared for, both in times of need and times of joy.   We serve coffee hour the first Sunday of the month. We host a fund­raising bake sale, so that we’ll have dedicated funds available to meet special needs. We check in with each other, paying special attention to folks who find it difficult to get to church, or who have challenging illnesses. In some ways, we do what all the members of this church do for each other anyway, but in an intentional, dedicated way that aims to share the love of God with everyone who needs it.

 We are here to serve.

 And we pray for each other.

 The current Commissioner for Deacons is Colleen Dristle.

​Discipleship

The Discipleship Committee typically meets monthly.  Our responsibilities to the Church include evangelism and providing fellowship for the Church members and friends. Each Spring we hold an annual yard sale which serves as a fund raising event for us and a needed service to the community.  Items for sale include gently used clothing along with baked goods, books and plants. The sale is open to the wider community.  Throughout the year the Discipleship committee also hosts  seasonal fellowship events such as Chili cook-offs in the winter and Summer salad luncheons. 

Annual Church Yard Sale

One of the most successful and fun community outreach projects here at Faith United Church is our Annual Yard Sale.  We collect clothing, household items, books and food items for a bake sale. Everyone pitches in the week prior the sale to set up and prepare for the sale, which is held on a Saturday in early June. During that week we sort through all of the donations that have been brought in and display them in an orderly fashion. On Friday, the church “bakers” arrive with homemade goodies to sell at the bake sale.  The unique thing about our sale is that nothing is priced.  Shoppers are given plastic bags as they enter the building and can take anything they want - as they leave, they give a money donation based on what they feel is appropriate or that they can afford. It is a win-win all around!

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled the yard sale for this year.  We plan on bringing it back in 2021.  In the meantime, please continue to observe social distancing and wear your mask.

​Mission Committee

 

DONATION REQUESTS FOR LOCAL MISSION PROGRAMS:

  The following mission programs are supported year-round by Faith United Church. We urge you to support these local needs by bringing your donations to the appropriate collection baskets in the church narthex during regular church office hours (usually M,Tu,Th & F, 10-2). Call ahead (315-343-3480) to be sure that the church is open:

BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK (provides weekend and vacation food bags for up to 400 needy Oswego school children): cans of tuna or chicken, small plastic jars of peanut butter or jelly, boxes of cereal.

HUMAN CONCERNS CENTER (local food pantry): any canned or boxed food item that does not require refrigeration, personal hygiene items, laundry detergent.

CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER (services for child abuse victims): packaged snacks, bottled water, personal hygiene items.

SALVATION ARMY (provides broad social services): financial donations only.

UNITY ACRES (permanent supportive housing for homeless men): financial donations only during the winter months, but laundry detergent, cat litter, and packaged snacks are welcome at other times.

OTHER FINANCIAL DONATION OPTIONS: You may also support any of these mission programs anytime by sending a designated check made out to Faith United Church with the name of the particular mission program in the memo line. Mail the check to :

Faith United Church,

12 Mark Fitzgibbons Drive,

Oswego, NY, 13126.


Thanks for your generosity and support for all of these local mission programs. They enhance the quality of life for many people in our community.


The Mission Committee of Faith United Church

Leslie King, Chair