St. Mary's United Church of Christ has several outreach oppertunities which benefit members, friends of the church, and the local community. In addition to these programs the congregation as a whole participates in collecting food and clothing items, as well as monetary donations for Christian and local outreach.
Caring for our own
The caring for our Own Committee sends birthday cards to all memebers of the church. Get well cards and sympathy cards are also sent through out the year, as well as Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving cards. Members who cannot attend church on a regular basis due to age or illness are also visited by members of the committee.
In addition funeral lunchons are served following funerals for those attending to help in their times of greif.
Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one caring ministry which takes place through the church. Stephen Ministers are trained members of the church who are equipped to provide Christ-centered care to those who are going through difficult times.
For more information about StephenMinistry please visit
http://www.stephenministries.org/ for more information
Loving Hands Shawl Ministry
The Loving Hands Shawl Ministry was started several years ago after some of our church members were inspired during an annual gathering for our regional UCC churches. We are also inspired by the work done through the shawlministry.com efforts. Our group meets on the last Saturday of every month from 9:30 to 11:00 at St. Mary's UCC. We use the time to knit, or crochet as a group and to reflect on what this ministry means to us. After completion of a shawl they are blessed by the group and given with love to many different people. To date we have given out over 100 shawls to - new members of our church, our graduating confirmation class, members and friends who are experiencing health challenges in their life, as support to those who are in need of warmth of love, and even to very special people in our lives who inspire us individually to create a shawl. Anyone is welcome to join our group, you do not have to be a member of St. Mary's.