Reports from Churches that Received Conference Grants

Conference Grant received for A COMMUNITY BACK TO SCHOOL PROJECT

Montgomery ChildrenPastor Wendy Coleman reports that Saturday, July 25, 2015, was an exciting day at First Congregational Christian Church in Montgomery, Alabama. For the second year, the church hosted the Centennial Hill Back-to-School Bash. Last year’s event provided 100 book bags with supplies to members of the community in a drive-through event. But the 2015 community connection event was even more impacting in part to a grant provided by the Southeast Conference of the UCC. Over 200 people were served and received lunch and 250 book bags were given away to help students of all ages start the school year off right. According to Morningview Elementary principal Mrs. Kenyetta Miller, “Some children come to school with very, very little. A new book bag will be worth a million dollars to them.”

Conference Grant received for NPR ADVERTISING

central-ucc-sep2015Our spring grant from the Southeast Conference was used to purchase 80 advertising slots on local NPR Atlanta affiliate, 90.1. reports Rev. Lacey Brown, Central’s pastoral fellow. Our fifteen second ad said the following, “Support for WABE comes from Central UCC, an open and affirming, justice and peace seeking, progressive Christian church where faith is a journey, and thinking is encouraged. Near Clairmont and 85. More at Central dash U-C-C dot org.” Preliminary results from our ads are positive. We gained many Sunday visitors who revealed to us that they had heard our ad on NPR. We are grateful for the grant from the conference and we hope to continue our ads with WABE in the fall.

Conference Grant received for IMPROVING TECHNOLOGY

Midway-UCC-sep2015Claire Robinson, Moderator, is excited about their funding opportunity from the Conference. She reports they are currently engaged in pricing negotiations for the leasing of a new copier. A new computer should be delivered by the end of August. A team has been formed to ensure this project is moving along and completing the identified tasks. The team is also looking at various types of marketing items to utilize in their outreach ministry and efforts within the local community. “We look forward to providing more details in the future. Keep Midway Congregational Church, UCC in your prayers as we continue to “Move Forward”, says Claire.

Conference Grant received for INTERFAITH BULLYING PREVENTION

peace-congregational-grantJody Usher, moderator, writes the following update on their project: “We will bring together interfaith religious groups in our area whose youth face hostility. Peace Church has developed programs for LGBTQ+ youth, and we are concerned about the hostile world they face. We know the experience of the youth we have worked with has parallels in the experience of African-American and Muslim youth. Our goal is to bring faith groups together, around an issue on which we all have something to learn and something to teach. Our pilot program for adults is a dinner for 40 to 50 people from 5 to 7 faith groups. The host church is Abel Baptist who’s Food Ministry will do the cooking. This event will take place on Wednesday Oct. 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and includes a visiting “expert” from Olweus Bullying Prevention Program at Clemson University.