This fall the Conference accepted grant applications from SEC churches seeking monies to accomplish stated goals in their congregations. The Committee is pleased to present the Fall Grant Recipients to the following churches. The next application cycle begins January 16, 2017 and is open through February 25, 2017
- Rehoboth Fellowship of Atlanta
Project: MakeRoom2Care Outreach
Rev. Troy Sanders and his congregation seek to do community outreach work. As a new church plant in the SEC with limited startup finds, this church seeks grant money to assist them in securing resources for doing social justice ministry in their community. MakeRoom2Care Outreach Project seeks to provide Christian outreach by meeting some of the basic human needs of seniors, disabilities individuals, youth and children, college students and those who are marginalized in the Atlanta area.
- First UCC Savannah
Project: Building a Congregation
This historic church plans to undertake a multi-prong approach toward rebuilding its church community. It seeks grant money to be used for obtaining and hosting a website, helping with the cost of an office copier, completing a new member handbook and increasing their presence on social media. The conference will connect this church with other UCC churches who have had success developing a Social Media Presence.
- Peace Congregational UCC Clemson
Project: Tiny Houses = Big Solutions
Peace Church under the leadership of Rev. Bruce Shoup aims to re-establish a Progressive Christian presence that is sensitive to the needs of the LGBTQ Community at Clemson University. Also , by applying for a Neighbors in Need grant, they along with Clemson students will build a mobile, eco-friendly tiny house that would be used for short term housing for at-risk LGBTQ individuals in the region.
- Open Table: A Community of Faith UCC Mobile
Project: Renewal Free2Be LGBT Peer Teen Support Group
This is a renewal grant supported by Rev. Ellen Simm’s congregation (original grant in 2015 was for program start up funds). This grant will help create a new funding cycle and create sustainability for the future of the program. This grant will also provide seed money to access federal monies earmarked for underserved populations.
- First UCC Montgomery
Project: Renewal Community Back to School Outreach
This is a renewal grant for their Community outreach program, called Centennial Hill Back to School Event in 2017. This event provides book bags, school supplies and school uniform/clothes. Rev. Wendy Coleman and her congregation seek to increase the number of students and families served in the community.
- Kirkwood UCC Atlanta
Project: Worship & Sacred Space Workshop
Rev Susannah Davis and the congregation of Kirkwood UCC are in the process of building a new sanctuary, gathering space and children’s ministry area. Their sanctuary will be a “mixed use” space for ministry. With this grant, they will utilized the professional services of Dr. Marcia McFee, a worship consultant, to aid them in equipping and ignite the staff and congregation for dynamic, intentional and consistent worship every Sunday. They plan to share the insight and knowledge that was gained in this workshop with other UCC congregations.
For additional information on how your church can benefit from a Transforming Churches – Transforming Lives Capital Campaign, please email or call Debbie Spearman, Conference Generosity Coordinator.