As Christians, we understand that ‘being’ and ‘doing’ for each other is what Jesus’ time on earth taught us. We have the privilege of worshiping together as community, hearing God’s message for us, and then going out into the world to share and to serve.
One of the largest efforts we support financially is for the mission and clinic run by Pastor Tom Liddle and his wife Monica Liddle, through Global Ministries in East Timor. Click here for more information on their important work in this impoverished part of the globe.
Our church regularly collects different items for the Cannon Falls Food Shelf and we encourage monetary donations, especially in March during Minnesota Food Share month. For each dollar donated, the Food Shelf can purchase about $9 worth of food. Go to giveMN.org and donate today!
In the summer our church sponsors several youth and adults to participate yearly in a Mission Trip Work Camp. See the Youth section for more details on last year’s trip! The 2020 trip was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the church is looking forward to plans for 2021.
Throughout the year, many people crochet or knit prayer shawls to be given away. Anyone can receive a shawl that has been prayed over and throughout its creation. These are displayed in the Education wing.
Feed My Starving Children is a community-wide event held the November weekend before Thanksgiving. The event for 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID 19. We will keep people posted on how they can still help. Each year over 100,000 meals are packaged to be shipped to countries around the world in need of emergency food. Many local businesses, service organizations, churches, and individuals donate to support this event, and First Congregational Church is proud to support this effort with fundraisers and volunteers.
We participate in Operation Christmas Child, by donating plastic shoeboxes filled with personal care items, school supplies, crafts and activities, and small toys. These are then sent out to needy children in the world through “Samaritan’s Purse.” Click here for more details and stories. This year, the project has become “virtual” and contributors can go online to fill and ship their shoeboxes.
Each year we “adopt” two to three families in Goodhue County, put their clothing, toy and gift card requests on a decorated tree, and church members delight in selecting a family member, purchasing their requests, then providing gifts and wrapping paper to help brighten the holidays for local families.
THESE and more mission opportunities are part of what happens here. We believe that being Christ’s hands and feet in the world is what God needs to co-create God’s kingdom right now, right here on this beautiful planet we call home.