Mission and Outreach  2018
Activities

Second Sunday –Hosted 10 Second Sunday programs, including dinner and a faith-based activity, with as many as 100 developmentally disabled adult guests in attendance at many of these events. 


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. We also sent a team of 20 folks to the annual Hike & Bike fund-raising event, generating $2,976 from generous donations of our church family and friends


Habitat for Humanity - Sent a Build-Team of 9 members to Township of Washington to help build  four townhouse units (two for vets, 2 for seniors)  And we raised also $1,000 for the project


Pumpkin Patch  Generated over $18,000 for the  Farmington, New Mexico Navajo farmers, helping to fuel job growth  where the unemployment rate is 45%. For the 10 years, we have raised $161,373 for the Native American farmers, and $164,767 for the our church, mainly dedicated to the Renovation Fund to add those lifts

 

All Wrapped Up  Adopt-a-Family– Once again we 'adopted'   struggling individuals and family members  who gave us their needs-list for Christmas.  In addition to meeting all of their  gift requests (warm clothing, pans, toys and games, etc.) , we gave $2,150 in Gift Certificates for these families!


Annual Children’s Toy and Clothing Collection –Donated over 90 toys, plus lots of warm winter clothing


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 portion of all church annual pledges is allocated to community outreach.

..To Local Charities including:

Food Pantry– Monthly Sunday collection allowed us to donate nearly $2,500 to local food pantries.

Family Promise - Almost $3,000  raised through the Hike and Bike participation of 20 of our church family

 

Other Charities -In addition, donated over $3,000 to other charities, focusing primarily on charities to help children and their families and the developmentally disabled.  Recipients included:

  

..to Global Outreaches

Church World Service KitsServed as the local Depot for collections of emergency supplies such as Hygiene Kits, School blankets and Kits,Emergency Clean-up Buckets.  

Our church also donated generously to this outreach, particularly the school and health kits.


Church World Service - Over $800 in donations to the Blanket Fund


Sponsoring Children  Sponsoring three children, one from India, one from the Philippines and one high school student from Haiti for whom we provided a full scholarship  a high school scholarship (education in Haiti is not free.)


Water Mission - Provides sustainable sources of safe water in post-disaster communities, such as Puerto Rico after the hurricane, or in impoverished rural areas of the world where walking for clean water may take all day.

https://watermission.org/


..to Denominational Outreaches

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) –Donated  over $2,500 in 2018.    OGHS aids individuals and communities suffering the effects of natural disasters, wars or other severe economic hardships anywhere in the world.


Christmas Fund – Just  over $1,000 (!) donated to this Fund through our Christmas in July event.  The Christmas Fund aids retired clergy who have sacrificed income potential throughout their lives by choosing to serve the church.  The fund also assists church clergy or other church employees who are struggling financially due to natural disaster,  illness or other similar events.