Our mission and service teams get involved in issues such as education, poverty, hunger, shelter, healthcare, equality, transportation and more at the local, national and international levels. Please contact Pastor Kathryn Kuhn, Pastor for Congregational Life and Missions, with questions.
National & Global Mission Projects
From the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the Kerio Valley of Kenya, we support missions that bring opportunity and empowerment to people of all cultures. We show our support through local action, mission trips and financial contributions.
Back Bay Mission is a community ministry of the United Church of Christ. Located in Biloxi, Mississippi, it serves the Mississippi Gulf Coast and wider church community by faithful witness for social justice and compassionate service to the poor and marginalized.
First Congregational has a long history of active participation in the mission. We began taking mission trips to Biloxi on a consistent basis in 1992, and in 2004 we were awarded the Congregational Stewardship Award from The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries for our outstanding support of the mission. We at First Congregational give ongoing support and make an annual mission trip to Biloxi.
Contact(s): Ken Jahnke
Since 1999, First Congregational has experienced a rich and multi-faceted relationship with the African Inland Churches in Kenya, a denomination deeply engaged in social service. Our church has worked with the denomination and the Kerio Valley District Church Council to improve quality of life in the western region of Kenya.
Our missions in Kenya are enacted through the development and support of programs that encourage spiritual growth, educate children, empower women and increase access to adequate medical care.
Despite a great distance between our two organizations, our Kenya partnership is a close, genuinely mutual effort. We nurture and support each other in numerous ways. Members of First Congregational travel to Kenya on a biannual basis, visiting leaders in the area and the people whom we support. First Congo also hosts visitors to our area whenever the opportunity arises.
Current projects and ministries of our partnership with churches in the Kerio Valley of Kenya include the following:
- Our student sponsorship program for secondary and university students
- Makini pads project addressing the hygiene needs of women and girls
- Funding business training and microloans for women
- Hosting our Kenyan partners when they visit the U.S.
How You Can Help
Donations to the Kenya Partnership are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you wish to designate your donation for a particular mission area, please provide instructions along with your payment. Donations made to the general fund are sent to the Africa Inland Church Council to help them meet local needs as they see fit.
To donate, please click here.
Re-Member, Pine Ridge Reservation
Re-Member is an independent, non-profit organization that serves the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The organization seeks “to improve the quality of reservation life through relationships, shared resources and volunteer services. Through site visits and cultural immersion, Re-Member continus to develop a growing circle of advocates standing in solidarity with the Indian people of Pine Ridge.”
First Congregational provides opportunities throughout the year for us to learn about life on an American Indian reservation and increase our awareness of issues that the Oglala Lakota people face. Every August since 2012, a small group from First Congo travels to Pine Ridge to work on outreach projects across the Reservation. Volunteers work in teams with Re-Member staff to build bunk beds, repair roofs, insulate mobile homes and help with various projects that support the mission of building relationships with the Oglala Lakota people and giving back to Pine Ridge.
Contact: Eilene Hoft-March
Appalachia Service Project
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) has served families in Appalachia for over 45 years. They provide warmer, safer and drier homes for those in need, and they do it with the help of volunteers who are encouraged to interact with the families they serve, listen to their stories and learn about their lives, struggles and hopes.
A group from First Congregational UCC travels each year to the ASP.
Contact: Valerie Schultz
One Great Hour of Sharing
Your financial gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) enable the United Church of Christ to be God’s hands and feet in the world, to help when disaster strikes, to make clean water more accessible and to offer training so that families can be self-sustaining. Gifts to OGHS bring hope in places of despair and heartache. More than 60 percent of the offering supports international development initiatives, including annual support for our missionaries working in healthcare, education and agricultural development. OGHS offerings also assist with refugee and immigration advocacy.