Salem United Church of Christ heeds Jesus' message to feed those who are hungry.There is a grocery cart near the church office where food items can be deposited so that we may collect food throughout the year. We proudly support:
Hempfield Area Food Pantry https://pa211.communityos.org/zf/profile/
Lancaster County Council of Churches Food Hub
Be sure to place your gently used clothes and shoes in the Community Aid storage bin in Salem’s parking lot. As our bin gets full, we will receive vouchers for clothing and shoes that Pastor Verne can then distribute to those persons who have a need. (So far the church has distributed over $725 in vouchers to needy families.)
HOLIDAY ANGEL TREE
The Holiday Angel Tree is placed in the narthex during early November. The tree is decorated with tags with gift requests. These tags are supplied through the Salvation Army and through a local nursing home. Congregation members are invited to take one or more tags to fulfill some of the wishes that hang on our tree. Gifts are due back early in December and are shared with the appropriate organization.
Turkeys are accepted to donate to the Hempfiedl Area Food Bank for either the Thanksgiving holiday or Christmas. Bring your turkey donation to church and place it in the freezer. Please be sure to let Jeff Hamilton know that you have placed it there.
THE "SOUPER" CHALLENGE
Salem UCC collected an amazing 1484 cans of soup to benefit the Hempfield Area Food Bank. The weekly challenges presented to the congregation helped Salem to exceed the initial 2018 goal of 700 cans. (See the photo below.)
The Mission Outreach Committee collected socks for the Water Street Rescue Mission during the month of January. Donations of purchased and handmade socks were greatly appreciated during the cold weather.
LOVE INC OFFERING
Throughout the month of February - the month of “Love” - members of the Salem UCC congregation saved their extra change in heart shaped banks for Love INC. Love INC (In the Name of Christ) helps persons with transportation needs, minor home repairs, home assistance, meals, and many other necessities.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
The Missions and Outreach Committee helped to promote giving to the One Great Hour of Sharing initiative. This program benefits people living in places that lack health and educaitonal resources as well as places where disaster has struck.
DINNER AT ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH
The Mission Outreach Committee served dinner at the Zion Lutheran Church in Landisville on April 19 as their April service project. Members of the congregation support this project by serving the dinner and/or providing monetary donations.
CWS TOOLS AND BLANKET PROGRAM
The Mission & Outreach Committee sought the congregation’s monetary help for the CWS Tools and Blanket Program. For sixty years, Church World Services has helped to support people in need in some 80 countries and also in our country. Blankets and kits have helped hurricane and tornado victims that occurred recently in the United States, and also other disasters and wars around the world. The Tools Program helps in many different ways for needy people to become self-sufficient.
TABOR COMMUNITY SERVICES
The Mission & Outreach Committee supported Tabor Community Services in the month of June. Donations of goods including cleaning supplies and infant needs were accepted along with monetary donations to support this organization.
HOMELESS STUDENT PROJECT
The Mission & Outreach Committee collected school supplies and clothing for the Lancaster and Hempfield School Districts’ Homeless Student Project during the month of July. Book bags, notebooks, pencils, tablets, and crayons were the suggested school items. Monetary donations also were accepted for the purchase of school uniforms that are the established dress code for city elementary students.
SHELTER FOR ABUSED WOMEN
The Mission & Outreach Committee collected monetary donations for the Shelter for Abused Women throughout the month of August. The Shelter assists women who have left their homes suddenly due to spousal abuse and also helps them to set up housekeeping in a new environment. The money that was collected helps the shelter purchase necessary items such as sweat shirts and pants, baby monitors, alarm clocks, diapers, gift cards, etc.
SATURDAY BREAKFASTS AT FIRST REFORMED UCC OF LANCASTER
During the month of September, the Mission & Outreach Committee helped sponsor Saturday Breakfasts at the First Reformed Church. Different churches take turns preparing and serving these meals. Church donations helped to purchase supplies.
THE MITTEN TREE
The Mission & Outreach Committee collected monetary donations along with gifts of mittens, gloves, and scarves During the month of October. These gifts were placed on the Mitten Tree, and were ultimately used to help a local outreach which provides service to those in need.
“We are the agents of transformation that God uses to transfigure this world.”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu