As we say in our Guiding Vision Statement, “God’s call to serve is not new. Our legacy of Christian service strengthens our commitment to minister to the needs of the world both inside and outside the walls of the church.” We seek to make a difference, responding to God’s love for us by loving and serving others. After all, Jesus taught us to “love others as he has loved us.”
Opportunities to Serve
We participate in service and offering opportunities year-round. In the fall we collect school supplies for our area schools. As temperatures cool we receive blankets and bedding to be distributed by St. Vincent de Paul. Thanksgiving finds us supporting the Salvation Army food basket program. Come Advent, we ring bells for the Salvation Army, purchase gifts for needy children through our angel tree, provide sacks of groceries for St. Vincent, and collect stuffed animals for the children’s homes in our community.
We serve a community lunch bi-monthly at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, and distribute Food for one week quarterly at FISH. We take a monthly offering to sustain this food pantry ministry. We CROPWALK annually to stamp out hunger and our community garden provides hundreds of pounds of fresh produce for the Food Bank and Rescue Mission each year. During fellowship time we serve (and sell) Fair Trade Coffee in support of coffee growers committed to organic farmers.
We have an annual blood draw through the Red Cross, collect and distribute diapers each Mother’s Day and support the Prison Ministry and Pre-Release Center with articles need by the inmates.
We are in conversation with Roosevelt Elementary School about adopting the school to assist in meeting the needs within this school community as communicated to us through the principal. We are a host congregation for the Family Promise program, where we feed and house up to 14 persons for one week quarterly at our facility. We are also an active member congregation of the Great Falls Interfaith Association.
Our charitable giving usually ranks us first within the thirty-plus UCC congregations of our Conference as well as ranks us in the top 5% of the more than 5000 churches of our denomination. We support all five of our UCC all- church offerings, including One Great Hour of Sharing in support of our global ministries. Much of the blessings (savings) we receive from our shared facility we are able to pass on to others. We feel this is good stewardship.
Of course, in addition to what we do directly as a church, our membership is actively involved throughout the community in countless ways volunteering and serving organizations which make Great Falls a better place in which to live. For where our members are, there is the church. We praise God for this!.