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Family Promise

We host families at the church about every 3 months.  We try to provide a warm, caring welcome for these families who are experiencing a difficult time and are currently homeless. If you can help set-up following worship, clean-up before church the following Sunday , make part of a meal, serve as a host in the evenings (5:30-8:30 pm), stay overnight (8:30 pm – 7:30 am.  *This is a particular need, so please volunteer if you are able), help with breakfast on Saturday morning, or do laundry, we would appreciate your help. For information about Family Promise of the Palouse, what volunteering involves or to let us know how and when you might help please fill out the form below. Sue Schell will get back to you about details.  You can also find blue volunteer forms on the sign up table at the church.  

Family Promise

We’ll be hosting families at our church for Family Promise the week of March 15-22, 2015.  We try to provide a warm, caring welcome for these families who are experiencing a difficult time and are currently homeless. If you can help set-up (March 15, following worship), clean-up (March 22  at  7:30 am) , make part of a meal, serve as a host in the evenings (5:30-8:30 pm), stay overnight (8:30 pm – 7:30 am), help with breakfast on Saturday morning or do laundry  we would appreciate your help. For information about Family Promise of the Palouse, what volunteering involves or to let us know how and when you might help please fill out the form below. Sue Schell will get back to you about details.  You can also find blue volunteer forms on the sign up table at the church.  

Upcoming Family Promise Events

CCUCC Host Week–September 21– 28, 2014

If you can help  set-up (Sept. 21st, following worship), clean-up (September 28th at  7:30 am, before worship)  make part of  a  meal, serve as a host in the evenings (5:30-8:30 pm), stay overnight (8:30 pm – 7:30 am), make breakfast or host Saturday morning  we would appreciate your help.  For information about Family Promise of the Palouse or to let us know how and when you might help please email Sue Schell by using the form below. Thanks!

Family Promise Volunteer Training—September 12,  6-7:30 p.m.

In order to increase the quality of the service we provide, the Family Promise organization makes a point of having all volunteers (particularly those who interact with clients in the evenings and overnight) attend a training event.  If you’d like to volunteer with Family Promise, or if you have already volunteered but you’ve not been able to make it to one of our volunteer training events, this one’s for you! Come and enjoy a night full of information on Family Promise and connect with those who’ve been working in the program and have lots of insight to share. Desert will also be served.  Please contact Sue Schell with questions.

March 30, 2014 OGHS

One Great Hour of Sharing is a fantastic way to band together with people of faith around the country and world to share our resources with those in real need. Check out the stories below and donate at church on March 30, or online at the UCC website.

OGHS helps here at home and around the world.  One country whose people have suffered terribly in recent years is Syria.  Read the story below to find out how your gifts help.

http://www.ucc.org/oghs/stories/oghs-finds-love.html

And for some more inspiration, check out this video that helps us to remember that we are one.

Family Promise of the Palouse

Hosting Families at CCUCC

Our next Family Promise host week will be held March 16-23, 2014.  If you’d like to volunteer please fill out an orange volunteer form available now in the Narthex. If you have any questions please contact Sue Schell.  Return volunteer forms to the church office or back to the basket on the Narthex table.

Comfort Food Cook-Off

Saturday, March 29th, 5:00-7:30 pm at Trinity Baptist Church in Moscow.

Join other friends of Family Promise of the Palouse.   Sample lots of tasty dishes and vote for your favorites by donating money. Carol Spurling is planning a delicious dish to  entry from Community Congregational Church.  Tickets are $10/adult, $5/child and $30/family of 4+ are available from Sue Schell.

Find out more ways to get involved with Family Promise of the Palouse.

Out with the Old, In with the New

Re-purpose all the “stuff” you need to get out of your house this winter.  Bring gently used clothing, shoes, and items in good working condition to The Thrift Shop.  At this time of year especially, the shop can use good items to restock the shelves.  Drop donations anytime in the little grey shed on the corner of Campus and Ruby Streets.  Thanks!

More about The Thrift Shop.

Amnesty International

Does AI letter-writing work?

Since 2002, CCUCC has participated in Amnesty International’s letter-writing efforts in defense of human rights worldwide.

Recent success stories include the release from detention in China of Ai Weiwei, internationally-known artist, and Mao Hengfeng, human rights defender. We wrote letters for them. There are numerous human rights abuses that we will never hear about if not for AI. Here are other individuals who have also been freed: Azerbaijani student, Jabbar Savalan, imprisoned for his facebook post calling for Egypt-inspired protests against government; Sudan student, Taj Alsir Jaafar, imprisoned after participating in protests and peaceful sit-in in Khartoum University; Maldivian Muslim activist, Ismail Rasheed, assaulted and arrested for peaceful protest calling for religious tolerance; Burundi activist-leader, Faustin Ndikumana, asked their Ministry of Justice to investigate corruption but instead was charged under Anti-Corruption Law; three Zimbabwean activists who advocated for media reforms and freedom of expression; Syrian activist, Ahmed Andora, arrested for unknown reason while in a Damascus café. In Bahrain, death sentences for two anti-government protesters were quashed. Naser Badel Al-Raas, a Canadian national was arrested and tortured for participating in protests, also in Bahrain. After his release Naser thanked Amnesty International,”…I’d like to thank everyone who fought for me without knowing me. I now believe in those who fight for justice.”

Human rights abuses come in all forms, in countries A to Z.

Amnesty International, with more than 3 million supporters in more than 150 countries, has received a Nobel Peace Prize for its work.

Spring Half Off Sale

Come in this week and you’ll find some steals!  We need to move some of our great inventory of gently used items, so you benefit.  Find clothes, kitchen items and many things you wouldn’t have imagined!

Coffee for a Cause

Coffee for a Cause is a monthly coffeehouse/open mike where you can find fun entertainment, refreshments and great company.  Donations are accepted with all proceeds going to a different cause/charity each month.  On Friday, October 14 7-9 p.m. all proceeds will go to the Kiwanas Children’s Cancer Program and will be coordinated by the Pullman High School Key Club.

Anyone can help out by bringing refreshments (cookies, muffins, etc…), sharing your talent, coming early to help set up, or staying to help clean up.  The  crowd at Coffee for a Cause is encouraging of people of all ages who want to get up and tell a joke, or play an instrument, or sing for the first time, so come and show your stuff!

poster by Alex Radakovich

Crop Hunger Walk

The Pullman-Moscow CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of  $19,000  to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives.

This year Pullman-Moscow and some 2,000 cities and towns nationwide are joining together in interfaith community CROP Hunger Walks around the theme “Ending hunger one step at a time.”  Many of the CROP Walkers will be wearing  T-shirts, proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live — as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks, and meal sites here in the U.S.  These local ministries share in the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks.

Haiti is one part of the world where CROP Hunger Walks are making a big difference.  In the aftermath of the killer earthquake, Church World Service was there with much-needed emergency assistance.  With the recovery effort in full swing, CWS is helping families and communities to rebuild homes, food supplies and livelihoods.

CROP Hunger Walks also play a role in the U.S., helping communities ravaged by floods and tornadoes to recover.

Even if you cannot walk with us, or if you can’t walk at all, everyone is able to make and/or request donations on line using credit cards that will be assigned to the church’s team.  Participants who cannot do the walk can be “spirit” walkers.  This does not commit you to doing the 10K walk.  If you cannot join us on October 9 but want to participate, you can do your own CROP walk prior to October 9th in full or by shorter segments that total 10K.

Remember, all donations must be turned in with a donor envelope (cash or checks) the day of our Walk, or you can leave your envelope in the church office or mailbox.  The on-line donations have a little longer to be made.  Please urge your donors to make their gift before the end of October.  We need to raise $19,000 from Moscow and Pullman participants, so we need your help in person and on line.

Let’s team up to create a dynamic result for the 2011 CROP Walk.

Info from Nancy Mack, 509-332-6252.

Donate online at the Community Congregational United Church of Christ team page