Mission and Outreach 2016
Activities

Second Sunday –Hosted ten Second Sunday programs, with guests at full capacity of over 100 developmentally disabled adult guests in attendance. 


Family Promise- Served as hosts for three separate weeks, with church volunteers providing  a safe, warm and welcoming shelter and evening meal for homeless families with children.


Habitat for Humanity - We sent a ten-member Build Team to the Habitat site in Bergenfield, spending a Saturday working with the future home owners to make a home for them and their two young children. 


Pumpkin Patch –Pumpkin sales returned over $20,000 to Farmington, New Mexico Navajo farmers, helping to fuel job growth and having other positive impacts on their community

 

All Wrapped Up  Adopt-a-Family– Church donors selected one of the ‘needs-wish lists’ for families, including 17 children and 8 parents, plus 1 disabled young adult and 4 low-income seniors, purchasing new gifts and gift certificates.  The gift certificates alone totaled over $1,650.


Annual Children’s Toy and Clothing Collection –Donated 100 gifts, including  warm clothing and toys, for Christmas, 2016
Donations

First Congregational Church of River Edge raises and donates funds to local, denominational, and global charities.  In addition to funds raised by requests to the congregation for specific causes, a percent of all church annual pledges is allocated to community outreach.

..To Local Charities including:

Food Pantry– Monthly Sunday collection allowed us to donate $3,750  to local food pantries.


Family Promise - Over $1,600 raised through the Hike and Bike participation

 

Habitat for Humanity– Raised over $1,225 through our Hammers for Habitat drive. 


Other Charities -In addition, donated $1,750 to other charities, including

  • Children's Aid & Family Services
  • Institute for Educational Achievement
  • YCS Foundation
  • Bergen Youth Shelter,
  • Montclair Protestant Chaplaincy
  • UCC/Disaster Relief/Haiti

  

..to Global Outreaches

Church World Service Kits –Donated  School Kits, and Health Kits, plus served a local depot for collection of these "Gift of the Heart" donations.


Church World Service - Close to $850 in donations to the Blanket Fund


Global Ministries Child – Sponsoring two children plus additional donations.


..to Denominational Outreaches

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) –Donated $2,200 in 2016.   OGHS aids individuals and communities suffering the effects of natural disasters, wars or other severe economic hardships anywhere in the world.


Christmas Fund – Over $1,000 donated to this Fund through our Christmas in July event