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NHCC MISSION

Programs, Activities, and Organizations 

Feed the Hungry

House the Homeless

Keep the Creation

 

NHCC's Mission programs and activities are focused on Feeding the Hungry, Housing the Homeless, and Keeping the Creation.  The organizations we support with activities,  programs and donations have missions that are compatible with these goals.

The NHCC congregation is committed to giving 10% of its income to mission.  Some commitments are regularly occurring on an annual basis.    In addition, the NHCC Mission Committee organizes fund drives and has a discretionary fund that can be used to provide one time contributions and to support the matching funds program. 

List of Mission Programs, Mission Activities and Organizations we support.  Click on the program for more information.

Advent Market
NHCC's Advent Market (formerly the Alternative Giving Market), is a way to celebrate gift-giving during the holiday season while making a positive impact on our world. Held in early December, Advent wreath the market features a family friendly atmosphere (lunch, wreath-making, crafts created by church school classes) and a variety of choices for gifts. Church members have sold their own hand crafted items and donated proceeds to one of the organizations supported by NHCC.  Organizations featured at the Advent Market fall into one or more of our key mission areas: Feed the Hungry, House the Homeless, and Keep the Creation. Products available have supported Equal Exchange (Fair Trade) products, Family Promise, Rosie's Place, and Church World Service. In addition, there were opportunities to make donations (in the name of a friend or family member where appropriate) to the Eliot Church Food Bank, Heifer International, Church World Service, and the City Mission Society.  Generally scheduled for the first Sunday in December unless that is the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Andover Newton Theological School

Andover Newton Theological School is a graduate school and seminary located in Newton.  It is America's oldest graduate seminary and the nation's first graduate institution of any kind.  The degree programs at Andover Newton are designed to satisfy most but not all denominational requirements for ordination in the United Church of Christ, American Baptist Churches (USA) and the Unitarian Universalist Association.  NHCC has a long relationship with ANTS.  Graduates have been in care and ordained at NHCC, faculty and students have been active members.  Click here for more information about ANTS.

Audubon Work for Wildlife day

Every year in April, Massachusetts Audubon organizes a day of service at a Greater Boston Audubon refuge.  Many of the activities are suitable for children.  Volunteers sign up ahead of time (contact Carol Hausner), meet in the parking lot of NHCC, and carpool to the assigned location.  Watch for announcements in the bulletin.  Click here for the Work for Wildlife website.

 
Brigham Community House of Newton Highlands
The Brigham House provides community space that supports a number of activities.  Currently there is an after school program for two elementary schools with scholarships based on financial need; Zola Center for Disabilities social activities and food pantry; space for Riverside mental health services for public middle school and high school students; and meeting space for girl scouts, men's support group, Hyde Community Center board, Highland Neighborhood Council, and Newton Tree Conservancy.

Centre Street Food Pantry Newton

The Centre Street food pantry is located at 11 Homer Street in Newton Center and provides food to people in surrounding communities.  Click here for their website and information on volunteering.
 
Church World Service
Church World Service (CWS) is a cooperative ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations, working to eradicate hunger and poverty, and providing sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance around the world. For more information about the organization please visit www.churchworldservice.org.  NHCC supports CWS by through assembling and donating kits e.g. baby care kits, hygiene kits, clean up buckets and school kits; financial donations e.g. for the Water for All program; and the yearly One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Check the Bulletin and Pulse for upcoming events.
 
link to page topCity Mission Society
The City Mission Society of Boston (CMS) is an arm of the United Church of winter hat, scarf, gloves Christ working for justice and for concerns of the poor in the inner city. CMS strives to unite communities and transform individuals through empowerment, education, and partnership. Its programs help youth and adults and focus on homelessness prevention, Boston urban outreach, and community events.  NHCC collects warm clothing in the fall, contributes gifts to the CMS Christmas Shops and includes the CMS in our Advent Market. We also collect mittens, hats, and scarves on a "Mitten Tree" every winter. In January CMS organizes the MLK day of Service and Learning which NHCC sends a team to.  Watch for announcements in the Pulse and Bulletin.  For more information please visit www.cmsboston.org.
 
Communion Sunday Food Donation
canned foodThroughout the year, NHCC members are invited and encouraged to bring offerings of healthy, non-perishable food items to church. We make this a special focus of the first Sunday as part of our monthly Communion service. Donations are brought up to the chancel by the ushers as part of the morning offering. All donations go to Roxbury's Eliot Church Food Bank as part of our "Feed the Hungry" mission.
Community Day Center of Waltham
The Community Day Center of Waltham supports homeless individuals and those in need to shape and meet their life goals.  The center is a day-time drop-in center that provides support and services including:  internet and phone access;  advocacy and referral; health access; legal access; housing referrals; and job search assistance.  We provide financial support and make sandwiches for the clients through our Family Mission Sunday and Youth Group activities.  Click here for their website.  Contact Tripti Thomas for more information.
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
CMM is an organization committed to mobilizing religious congregations and communities in the Greater Boston area across economic, religious, racial and ethnic boundaries to work in partnership and more effectively work towards interfaith understanding and a just and peaceful society.  Click here for the CMM website.
 
Eco-Teams
Newton's Eco-Team Project helps its members reduce household energy use and save money. Eco-Teams (groups of 5 to 8 people from different households) meet three or four times to work through a fun, easy-to-use workbook called The Low Carbon Diet, which shows, step-by-step, how to dramatically reduce CO2 output in just a month's time. To find out how to be part of an Eco-Team contact Jay Walter at entasis@rcn.com  or Bonnie Glickman at bglickman@mindspring.com.  Visit www.newtonecoproject.com for more information.link to page top

Family Mission Sundays

On the second Sunday from September to June, NHCC members are invited and encouraged to come to the Great Hall after the worship service to participate in an intergenerational, accessible mission activity. These activities last about 45 minutes and adults, youth and children of all ages can help out.  Several times a year we prepare sandwiches for the Community Day Center of Waltham which are delivered to CDCW which serves the homeless and isolated.
 
Family Promise Metrowest 
The Family Promise Metrowest Interfaith Hospitality Network is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. For more information please visit www.familypromisemetrowest.org/ . There are multiple ways to participate in this program from donations of specific items to cooking a meal for the guest families or volunteering at MIHN's day center in Natick. Very specific information about the needs of the day center and guest families can be found here.  NHCC plays an important role as a support congregation to Wellesley Hills Congregational Church. Our goal this year is to train ten new volunteers. To find a training session that you can attend, click here.  Speak with Marianne Talis for more information.
 
Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater graphic of food sorting Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country.  GBFB acquires food through food industry product donations, food drives and financial contributions.  Over 14,000 volunteers annually help to sort and distribute donated food products.  GBFB stores, organizes, and distributes food through local food pantries, community meal programs, homeless and residential shelters, youth programs, senior centers and day care centers in communities throughout the nice counties of eastern Massachusetts.   
For more information please go to www.gbfb.org/volunteerinfo .
 
Heifer International
Heifer international is an organization that works with communities internationally to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.  They provide gifts oHeifer Logof livestock and training to help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.  Each year our youth group sponsors a table at the Advent Market raising funds for Heifer.  In addition the youth and adults of the congregation have participated in activities at Overlook farm in Rutland MA.  Click here for the Heifer website.
 
Neighbors in Need offering
Neighbors in Need is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.  One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.
Click here for more information about this offering.   Click here for more extensive information on the national United Church of Christ website.
 
Newton Highlands Congregational Church Matching Funds Program
The NHCC mission committee has dedicated funds to a matching gift program that allows us to match gifts of congregation members to nonprofit service organizations up to $250 per organization.  Click here for more information about our program and how to apply.
 
One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing, as part of Our Church's Wider Mission, is one of the four special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ. Working in 138 countries, the offering provides hope to people in more than eighty countries. The UCC works with international partners to provide support to health, education, refugee, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives.  Click here for information about these programs.
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Partners in Health
Partners in Health is an organization that partners with poor communities to combat disease and poverty.  This international program focuses on five main areas:  access to primary healthcare; free health care and education for the poor; community partnerships; addressing basic social and economic needs; and serving the poor through the public sector.  Click here for more information.

Pilgrim Church Dorchester Massachusetts

The Pilgrim Church in Dorchester is a historic church that provides essential services for the homeless and hungry.  They provide a free lunch every Saturday; they provide shelter for 120/140 men nightly; they distribute a free lunch on Boston Common every Saturday; they distribute the bread and bakery items NHCC delivers from Whole Foods; and they operate a gift and thrift shop and provide clothing to those in need.  Click here for the Pilgrim Church website.
 
Refugee Immigration Ministry
The Refugee Immigration Ministry is an Interfaith, community-based organization that focuses on community resettlement of asylum seekers and refugees; job preparation through English and computer classes; spirtual caregiving to immigrant detainees; and case management services.  Click here for more information.
Rosie's Place
Rosie's Place is a sanctuary for poor and homeless women. It offers both emergency and long term meal service assistance to women who have no place else to turn. It relies on volunteers to accomplish its work and accepts no government funds. NHCC donates about $1,200 worth of dinners to Rosie's Place annually and sells pins made by the women at our December Advent Market. If you would like to help make a dinner for Rosie's Place, please contact Marianne Talis. Apple Cakes are always needed! Bert's Apple Cake Recipe is a good one. 
 
Sister City
Sister City, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is Newton's sister city.  NHCC donates money annually to support their programs.
In addition, in 2013 and 2014 we paid for the  University education of a young woman, Rosa L..  Rosa who has been pursuing a course of study in sustainable tourism.  The student sponsorship program is made possible through the A. Jean Brugger Foundation.  
NHCC raised money to build adult-sized desks for students at the Free High School for Adults which provides "second chances for people who thought they might never get any." . The regular high schools in Nicaragua accept no one over 18 and no woman who has had a baby, so this high school fills a huge educational void. Classes are on Saturdays so working people can attend, and the school is recognized by the national government.  
 
UCC Appeals
The United Church of Christ provides disaster relief both in the US and internationally.  NHCC organizes fundraisers to support these efforts.  Click here for information about these programs.
Whole Foods Bread Pick Up and Delivery
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday unsold bread and pastries are picked up at closing bread time (10 PM) at Whole Foods in Newton Four Corners. In the morning, the bread and pastry are delivered to either the Pilgrim Church in Dorchester or to The Pine Street Inn in Boston. The average value of each pick up is $500. Some volunteers pick up the bread at night and deliver it to the church.  Others deliver it in the morning.  We are looking for more volunteers to back up our regular drivers and ideally to add a Saturday night pick up. Our neighbors in Boston really depend on these deliveries. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Marian Reynolds. 

 

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For more information, you can email mission@nhcc.net or contact the church office.

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