Mission Action Sunday

From the book Live Just.ly:
“What is God saying to you (us), and what are you (we) going to do about it?”
On Mission Action Sunday, March 3rd, we are going to worship, pray, commune, discuss and think about this question. Starting with worship at 10:30, we have an interactive service focused on the faith and justice issues we feel most passionately about. It will be a special service, with opportunities for everyone to participate in the discussion. Following the service, we will have a potluck lunch and a Mission Action Workshop centered on developing a plan to put our passions into action! Please bring something to share for the potluck. Lizzy Gore, the new Common Ground IAF leader, will be our special guest speaker during the Workshop. We will conclude no later than 2:30. This is an important day for our church and the ways we will minister in our community. Plus, we will have great conversations and a lot of fun.

Week of Compassion

This week (February 17-24), our church is honoring Week of Compassion. According to their mission statement, "Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. We seek to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities. " We are collecting donations for Week of Compassion over the course of two Sundays. We are also adding to those donations with a gift from our Mission Action budget. It is a great organization which we are proud to support.

You can watch this short video on the work of Week of Compassion here.

Green Chalice Update

We at First Christian Church are part of the Green Chalice Ministries to help save the environment. It is important to remember that even a small change in habits can make a BIG difference in our environmental protection! Here are a few suggestions from the Green Chalice Ministries:

        1. Washing laundry in warm (rather than hot) or cold (rather than warm) water.
2. Waiting to wash until the laundry basket is full.
3. Cut shower time by 5 minutes.
4. Buy ecofriendly light bulbs next time.
5. Turn off lights if you're the last one out of any room.
6. Take a reusable container to restaurants for left-overs.
7. Use gray water for plants. (tip – put a bucket in the shower with you)
8. Get yourself a reusable water bottle.

Winter Mission Action Notes

Book Study: Live.Justly

PLEASE NOTE:  The dates for the class on the book "Live.Just.ly" have been changed.  The new dates are: January 13, 20, and 27. Mark your calendars!

Christmas Donations:

We will be collecting new underwear and socks (men's, women's and children's) again this December for the homeless in our community. Also if you have soaps, conditioners, lotions, and shampoos that you have collected from trips they would also be welcomed.  
There will be a box available in church for your donations starting on December 2nd and ending on December 16th.  Your donations are appreciated and will be welcomed by those receiving them.

Mission Action Outreach Recipients for our monthly $130 contribution:
October: Little Angel Service Dogs
November:  The Sparrow Project, Vallejo
December:  We will be purchasing books/activity workbooks for children and youth in the hospital at Christmas time. 

Mid-Year Mission Action Update

Our Mission Action efforts have been going strong through the first half of 2018. We continue on as members of Common Ground, a community organizing effort that brings together multiple local churches and other non-profit organizations to meet the needs of our community. Recently, Common Ground has been focusing on public safety. 

As part of our budget, each month we give to the Disciples Mission Fund, our denomination's major international outreach effort. We also give each month to a different local or global charity.  This year, so far those six gifts have gone to:

January - California Bar Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund (to give legal help to those effected by last year's Northern California wild fires).
February - California Fire Foundation (to support Fire Fighters and their families).
March - California Coast Keeper Alliance (to stop the movement to drill off of our coast).
April - Vallejo Hunger Walk (more later).
May - Every Town For Gun Safety (to combat the growing number of mass shootings in America).
June - World Wildlife Fund (to stop the senseless poaching of God's creatures).

In addition to those monthly monetary gifts, we continue to collect canned goods to donate to the Amador St. Hope Center each week, and our Johnson Ranch Garden continues to produce wonderful vegetables which are donated to various soup kitchens in town. Most recently, we have picked a HUGE number of potatoes which are now ready to be delivered to help feed those in need.

We also help to put on multiple Mission Action events in Vallejo each year.  We helped raise over $5,000 for CROP through the Vallejo Hunger Walk in April.  We are currently getting ready for August's Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society.  We have already raised over $1,000 for that upcoming event and have two more fundraisers on the calendar (see News and Events for more info). So, Mission Action is definitely going strong so far in 2018!

Diaper Collection

At our Region's annual Women's Retreat (Sept. 22-24 at the Mission Springs Conference Center in Scotts Valley, CA), those gathered for the retreat are collecting diapers, baby wipes and diaper rash cream and ointment for mothers in need.  Diapers are not covered by the food stamp programs that low income people receive.  This becomes a barrier when they are looking for work, because you have to have diapers to put kids in daycare.  If you don't have enough diapers, you can't put your child in daycare, then you can't go out to interview for a job.  It is part of a cycle that keeps people down.  Diapers are a daily necessity that families with little ones can't live without.  So, this is a very worthy Mission Action effort for the Retreat.  We at First Christian Church, Vallejo will be actively participating in this program as we will be collecting the items donated by our members from August through mid-September to send with one of our members who is attending the retreat.