Mission


Mission is a part of the DNA of this congregation.  As we are in service to others, we find ourselves growing spiritually and experiencing a deeper sense of joy and purpose.  The Mission Board coordinates the mission projects of the congregation.  We are closely affiliated with several mission organizations, including:

St. Paul’s Community Church in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland – we are a partner/sister church.  We gather together for men’s and women’s retreats once a year, and in 2014 we are offering Vacation Bible School at St. Paul’s for the first time.  We assist St. Paul’s as they minister to the needs of people in their neighborhood; they are one of the recipients of our twice-yearly food drive, we allocate gifts to them at Christmas, and we help with several of their monthly community meals.  www.stpaulscleveland.org

Haven Center homeless shelter in Lorain – under the umbrella of Neighborhood House.  We deliver a meal to the residents of Haven Center once per month, they are one of the recipients of our twice-yearly food drive, we allocate gifts to them at Christmas, and we help with other projects and needs on an occasional basis.  www.myneighborhoodalliance.org/shelter/haven-center-homeless-shelter

Community Resource Services in Avon Lake – we support the helping agency of Avon and Avon Lake with food and other donated items on a regular basis. www.aalcrs.org

Lorain County Habitat for Humanity – in 2014 we are making a major donation to their build in Elyria.  Several members are involved in their organization as volunteers.  loraincountyhabitat.org

Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network – we are one of 13 host churches in Lorain County.  We open our church four times a year to families experiencing homelessness.  During those four weeks, we host the families overnight in our Fellowship Hall, providing hospitality, food, and recreation opportunities.  familypromiselorainco.org

Bike and Build – once per summer we host a group of bicyclists who travel the east coast to the west raising awareness for Habitat for Humanity.  We offer meals and sometimes the only real bed these college students enjoy all summer!  bikeandbuild.org/cms/

Christian Hospital Mungeli, India – our congregation has deep roots in India; we are sponsoring our second generation of medical missionaries.  Drs. Anil and Teresa Henry are affiliated with this UCC mission hospital; members of ALUCC have visited and provided financial and material support.  chmungeli.org

If you are interested in helping in any of these organizations, please contact the chair of the Mission Board or Senior Minister Kelly Brill.  Food drives are held each spring and fall; at Christmas, our Mission Tree provides the opportunity to give to many causes and individuals.  Empty Bowls by the Lake is a fundraiser for hunger relief held each fall.  Each summer people may sign up to provide school clothes to children in need in Lorain County.  We participate in two mission offerings of the United Church of Christ:  Neighbors in Need in the fall and One Great Hour of Sharing in the spring; these programs provide relief and assistance to those in need in this nation and throughout the world.

The Good Neighbor Thrift Shop is a mission and ministry of this congregation.  It is a ministry to those who find there a friendly environment and affordable clothing and household items.  All of the profits support the mission giving of the church.  Volunteers are always needed at the thrift shop; please consider us first when donating your gently-used clothing and other items!  goodneighborthrift.org