Diaper Ministry First Congregational’s diaper bank was established to ensure that all children in Whatcom County have clean, dry diapers. For a family in crisis or transition, the cost of keeping a child in a clean, dry diaper is prohibitive. Without the means to purchase a healthy supply of diapers, families may be forced to leave their children in soiled diapers, which can lead to health problems, not to mention unhappy children —and, by extension, unhappy families. Donate diapers, money or time: if you’d like to volunteer to help set up diaper drives around the city, transport diapers to & from First Congregational, or help spread the word contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Bank The first Sunday of each month is Food First Sunday. We collect monetary donations for the Food Bank because monetary donations allow the Food Bank to purchase perishable items and other items at discounted rates. The Bellingham Food Bank distributes food Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 5 – 7 p.m. For more information about the food bank check out their website http://www.bellinghamfoodbank.org/home.
Youth Mission Trip The opportunities here abound – one year this is a local opportunity, one year an international opportunity, one year the group travels to the National Youth Event, and one year the group goes to the Regional Youth Event.
New Orleans Since Hurricane Katrina, First Congregational has sent an adult mission trip group to New Orleans almost every year to work with the UCC Disaster, Recovery and Relief and the South Central Conference. We have had the opportunity to be “Bearers of Hope” and a presence that demonstrates God’s companionship as the people and communities of New Orleans are empowered to rebuild their lives and move back into their homes. Each year the adult mission trip group shares their experiences as they participate in worship once a year. To see photos and stories from past trips go to our New Orleans blog https://fccb.net/rebuild/.
Community Meal The Community Meal is served one Saturday a month at Assumption Church. 500 meals are served each time. Each month 15-16 volunteers from FCCB volunteer to serve, set up or clean up for the Community Meal. Contact the church office for more information about the Community Meal.
Just Peace Church In 2013, we declared ourselves a Peace and Justice Church where people will come and know we walk the path of hope for a peaceful and just world. For the Board of Mission and Justice at the First Congregational Church, the process of living into peace and justice involves self discovery, self exploration and self determination around the issues of what it means to live a life of peace and justice. This means we will examine our lives and how we go about our everyday living. This discovery involves several aspects of justice including economic, environmental, and spiritual justice as well as nonviolence. We believe it is essential to consider these issues for healing in the world. Through our work and faith we know that God is still speaking; and together we can help this voice be heard. We are Christ’s hands and it is important to see how our lives touch those around us.