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
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,
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
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.
- City Mission Society
- The City Mission
Society of Boston (CMS) is an arm of the United
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
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Glickman at email@example.com.
Visit www.newtonecoproject.com for more
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
Congregational Church. Our goal this year is to train ten new volunteers.
To find a training session that you can attend,
Speak with Marianne Talis for more information.
- Greater Boston Food Bank
- The Greater
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 of 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
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.
more information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact the church office.