UCC Greenawalds is a mission-minded congregation, reaching out to help our brothers and sisters in need. It is our understanding that Mission is the work of the church of Jesus Christ in today’s world. Our mission team provides education, awareness, and promotes various opportunities for members to be engaged in outreach experiences. The church endorses a selected service emphasis for each calendar year. We faithfully support Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) locally, nationally, and globally. Members volunteer with the soup kitchen, food banks, and numerous non-profit and social service agencies in the community.
Some of the projects our members supports include
- Meals on Wheels
- Ecumenical Food Bank
- Rescue Mission for homeless men
- Ecumenical Soup Kitchen
- Turning Point for women in crisis
- Habitat for Humanity
- UCC Disaster/Church World Service
- Family Promise Homeless Initiative
- Phoebe Ministries for the elderly
- Amigos de Guatemala Partnership
- Back Bay Mission
- Poverty Resolutions
- Lehigh County Conference of Churches
The Mission Team is planning a mission trip in 2017 for members to aid residents of West Virginia affected by the catastrophic floods of June 2016. Members have participated in meaningful mission trips to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS in 2010 and 2012 through their own fundraising efforts. Although the enthusiasm for mission outreach usually comes from within the membership, it is our hope that the pastor will participate and support the mission activities currently in place and offer suggestions for additional community outreach.
January 2016: PNEC Disaster Ministries Mission trip to South Carolina
The national UCC purchased and completely stocked 2 utility tool trailers to be used for disaster relief and mission work by churches in Penn Northeast Conference for our Pennsylvania area. However due to the dire need in South Carolina from the storms and flooding this past fall, these tool trailers found a temporary home in West Columbia, SC, to begin the process of restoration in that state. It often takes several months of planning to organize the logistics for people to come to an area to aide when disaster strikes.
A small group from PNEC (including Grant and Donna Field) traveled to South Carolina to spend a week working at the Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, which is being renovated to accommodate the contingent of volunteers that will be coming to aid the residents in an ongoing rebuilding effort. This is your United Church of Christ in action!