Enfolding Love (Mark 10:2-16)

Neighbors in Need Offering/World Communion Sunday

What do a Houston teen community organizer working to increase the minmum wage, a migrant seeking sanctuary on the Mexican-Arizona border, and a houseless member of the community have in common? They are all being supported financially by grants from Neighbors in Need (NIN). These are just a few of the ways that your offering to NIN provides real, tangible support to church programs and projects.

–With a background in community organizing, Pastor Darnell Fennell of Just Love Church in Houston,Texas, knows people don’t have to sit still for economic injustice. He knows the wider UCC feels the same, as seen in statements such as a 2017 General Synod resolution, “A More Just Economy: $15 MinimumWage, Living Wages and Job Creation.” So, he sought the NIN grant to introduce a couple dozen young people to local activists in the national fight for $15 wage campaign and involve them in learning by doing.

–The Shadow Rock UCC Sanctuary Action Team and the Reverend Ken Heintzelman, in an extension of the spirit and intent of their ministry of sanctuary in Phoenix, are in the process of establishing Hope Station Nogales, in Sonora, Mexico. Hope Station, which is funded in part by a $10,000 grant from Neighbors in Need, is a place where people in transition who are deported from, but have family in, the U.S. can find a meal, safe lodging, and assistance.

–Peace Congregational United Church of Christ in Clemson, North Carolina, is working side-by-side with other community members in the design and construction of a tiny house, a mobile residency for persons in the community who are no longer welcome at home. The $20,000 project is possible with a $10,000 grant from NIN.

To find out more about the on-the-ground impact of your Neighbors in Need dollars, visit https://www.ucc.org/giving.

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