Throughout the decades, Eden members have sought to be a blessing beyond our walls through various mission offerings and service projects. In recent years, we have increasingly focused on ministries related to feeding the hungry and ending hunger. Here are some examples:
FOOD PANTRY & PROJECTS
We join a number of local churches in taking ongoing collections of non-perishable items for the Northwest Church of Christ Food Pantry. Also, we collect these and funds at our Annual Neighborhood Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service.
Our youth and families regularly volunteer to support Feed My Starving Children. Each December, we raise funds for The Salvation Army through our Annual Christmas Letter Fundraiser.
For a number of years, we’ve walked in the CROP Hunger Walk sponsored by Church World Service. In 2014, our 26 marchers raised more than $5,500. Our funds from the walk and Thanksgiving service also support the important local work of A Just Harvest, which works to end hunger with three strategies: a) Feeding hungry people at a local Community Kitchen b) Organizing people to work for a fair economy and c) Creating local economic opportunities.
There are many additional ways we seek to serve our neighbors near and far.
Wholesome recreation has been one of Eden’s values throughout our first century.Beginning in 2013, renewed and beneficial use of our gym has sky-rocketed. Over the last year, it had become customary for the gym to be used almost every weeknight! As of late summer, nearly 40 local teens and young adults have been playing. We’re thrilled at the response, and listening for even more ways we could be using it to serve our neighbors. We closed it temporarily in August 2014 for much-needed floor repairs and have gladly reopened it recently. Our friends from the Scouts troops 840 and 3963 use it, as well the European Fencing Club. (We continue to raise funds for the final re-tiling. You can donate here for that important project.)
HONORING RETIRED CLERGY
For a number of years, we have collected gifts for retired clergy and widowed spouses in need during the Christmas season. “The Christmas Fund” (formerly “Veterans of the Cross”) provides Christmas gift checks to low-income, retired clergy and their widowed spouses. It also supplies emergency assistance and helps finance pension and health benefit supplementation for retired clergy and lay persons.
We regularly give to Our Churches Wider Mission of the United Church of Christ. These funds support many varied resources and projects for the sake of vital local church ministries, training and supporting our clergy, and engaging our members in missions. Learn more here.
OUR SANCTUARY: SERVING OUR NEIGHBORS
In 2014, we began new initiatives for sharing our beautiful and peaceful sanctuary. It is now open for designated times for members and neighbors to drop in for silent meditation. Examples include:
- World Day of Prayer/National Day of Remembrance – September 11, 2014
- “The Promise of Peace” Advent Meditation Series – Fridays, November 28-December 19, 2014
- 4:30-5:00pm Service; Sanctuary Open for Silent Prayer from 5:00-6:00pm.
SHARING OUR BUILDING
Click here to learn about our space-sharers who are making an impact for community, character development and wholesome recreation.