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Service and Outreach to Our Local Neighbors

Musical Moments & Meditation

 

Each Tuesday, we livestream and post a reflection hosted by a church member or friend followed by musical selections performed by our organist.  This is a time for viewers to take a moment from their hectic schedules and contemplate, meditate and reflect on their relationship with God.

Food Pantry Sundays

 

The first Sunday of each month we receive donations for the Salvation Army Food Pantry.  The Salvation Army is in special need of pasta sauce, tuna helper (not hamburger), canned soups, cereal, and boxed macaroni & cheese. Of course, other canned or packaged foods are always accepted. They also need any kind of personal care items such as diapers, bath soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, and laundry soap.

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Called to Care

The Called to Care committee is the name given to several members who call on those of the congregation who are unable to attend worship.  The present group consists of Pastor Kurt Hoover, David Raymond & Carolyn Hobbs.

 

Other than occasional visits, we usually accompany Pastor Kurt when he offers home communion.  Anyone in the congregation is welcome to become part of the committee.  Also, we welcome suggestions of those who may want visitors.  Please contact Carolyn Hobbs or the office for more information.

Mission Coalition

As a member of Mission Coalition, a group of local churches dedicated to serving Newton, our church participates in their outreach programs including;

  • providing financial support to area nursing home resident activity funds at the Christmas season

  • providing winter clothing to children and adults

  • providing school teacher and school nurse supplies to schools at the beginning of each school year

Body Shop Collection

 

We take up a collection of items for the “Body Shop” at Newton High School three times during the school year (the second Sunday in March, September and December). The Body Shop is a method of providing high school students with personal care items and cleaning/hygiene supplies at no cost. The shop is free and open to any high school student.

 

The supplies that they can use include such things as shampoo and conditioners, razors and shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products, body wash and body spray. Sarah Patterson, the high school coordinator of the program, says that like teenagers everywhere, students prefer brand name and good smelling stuff. They also prefer body wash to bar soap. She has plenty of trial/hotel sizes and hopes that we will donate regular size products. 

McCann Flea Market

 

The McCann Flea Market is held each year on the third Saturday in October from 9:00am-2:00pm.  Our congregation contributes to the sale by to baking eight pies to donate to t he bake sale.  In recent years, the proceeds have gone in memorial to Shirley Dont’s causes, which are the Sacred Heart Meal Ministry, Salvation Army Food Pantry, and IMPACT (formerly RRACAP).  We are grateful to Stormy Storms, who organizes our congregation's contribution each year.

Looms of Love

Looms of Love is a new and exciting project spearheaded by a friend of Newton CUCC and involves the entire community coming together to create sleeping mats for those who find themselves homeless.  These mats are made from used plastic bags - like those you get from the grocery store, and are woven into 5'x3' mats using a large wooden loom.  Currently members have been saving their bags and will receive training shortly on the weaving process.

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