Ministry of Missions

 

God has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

The annual Falmouth all-faith roast turkey community supper feeds 500+ residents & raises nearly the entire annual budget for the Food Pantry.

The annual Falmouth all-faith roast turkey community supper feeds 500+ residents & raises nearly the entire annual budget for the Food Pantry.

We are a volunteering congregation, committed to serving all of God’s creation and spreading God’s love out into our community.

Our service work is overseen by our Ministry of Missions, which is “responsible for social concerns and mission interpretation.”

Through their leadership Falmouth Congregational Church is involved in a multitude of service and justice projects, including:

Falmouth Food Pantry: Our congregation’s annual all-faith community roast turkey supper feeds 500+ residents and raises nearly the entire annual budget for the Falmouth Food Pantry. In addition, we hold other fundraisers, like the Bach Virtuosi concert in June, that benefit this program. Members of our congregation volunteer to make sure that our neighbors have food security all year round.

Members of FCC clean up after a dinner shared with our Family Promise Guests

Members of FCC clean up after a dinner shared with our Family Promise Guests

Family Promise: Four weeks a year our community provides housing to unhoused families in our church. We provide meals, safe activities, laundry, showers and 24-hour-a-day company to the families staying with us, many of whom are asylum seekers or refugees. We make new friends, learn from each other, and do our part to make sure all families in our area have a safe place to call home. Through our and other congregations’ partnership with Greater Portland Family Promise, we ensure these families have a safe place to sleep every night until they find housing.

Emergency Housing for Asylum Seekers: When the city of Portland reached out, asking for emergency housing for Asylum Seekers who were living in the Portland Expo Center, Falmouth Congregational answered the call. We have a family from the Congo living in our Parsonage, and have formed a drive team to help get them to appointments and english classes. To help with the driving team please contact the church office.

Pastor Edson gets a room ready in the Parsonage for Asylum Seeking guests.

Pastor Edson gets a room ready in the Parsonage for Asylum Seeking guests.

Angel Tree Project: We help less fortunate children have a special Christmas. During Advent, the church receives names and a wish list from children at the Root Cellar and from Falmouth Food Pantry families. Church families choose and provide gifts for these children. Over the years, there has been an outpouring of gifts, ensuring many children and youths have a Merry Christmas.

Donation Center: Falmouth Congregational Church is proud to be a community center that collects and distributes items to help our neighbors.

Please bring:

  • Old cell phones for the Lion’s Club to the Church Office

  • Eye glasses for the Falmouth Vision Center

  • Hearing aids to be refurbished or repaired by audiologists and speech language pathologists Rodger and Liz for people in the Dominican Republic to the basket in the Fellowship Hall

  • White socks for our homeless neighbors to the box in Beinema Hall

  • Gently used clothes, shoes, linens, towels, small toys, pans and dishes for our neighbors in need to the box outside the church office

Donation Center: Members of the Missions Committee prepares to drop off clothes for our neighbors in need

Donation Center: Members of the Missions Committee prepares to drop off clothes for our neighbors in need

Special Offerings: Falmouth Congregational Church participates in special offerings each year in order to share the gifts that God has given us with others. These special offerings are called “5 for 5” and support wider church programs like Pilgrim Lodge Camp; the Maine and national United Church of Christ; programs for international health, education and relief; ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries; and the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross, which supports retired and active clergy in need. In addition, the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund is used to help local people and families facing emergency need.