May Mission Action Gift

Memorial Day is on 5/27 and is a day to honor those who lost their lives while serving the country. To honor those Vets, the Ministry Council has decided to send our Mission Action gift for May to Veterans for Peace.

The best way to learn about Veterans for Peace is to read their own Statement of Purpose:
*We, as military veterans, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of   world peace. To this end we will work, with others both nationally and internationally

-To increase public awareness of the causes and costs of war
-To restrain our governments from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
-To resist racism and repression in our home communities
-To oppose the militarization of law enforcement
-To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
-To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
-To abolish war as an instrument of national policy
-To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.

FCC Vallejo has a long history of service particularly back when Mare Island was thriving. While not named in the history book, many members of the congregation worked on Mare Island during WWII and had family members who were killed in the war. We currently have many veterans in our midst and this donation is a way to honor the past and the present.

If you would like to make a separate donation or to get more information, go to https://www.veteransforpeace.org/

April Mission Action Gift

April 20th is Earth Day, and to celebrate, the Ministry Council wanted to give our April Mission Action donation to a non-profit whose focus is local and sustainable environmental action. Sustainable Solano is the perfect recipient for this donation!

Our history with Sustainable Solano began in 2019 when our church decided to renovate the Johnson Garden. We needed help. I reached out to Sustainable Solano who was helping neighborhoods in Solano County with their community gardens. With lots of conversations and planning, they decided to perform the renovations for us! A partnership that should have only lasted 1 year, has now spread out to nearly 4 years! They help us with annual planting, use our garden for demonstrations, and are there to assist and answer questions for all our church gardeners! (Special thanks to Carl Cordes, Ted & Glenda Goode, Cheryl Patterson, and others!)

FCC Vallejo has been a Green Chalice organization since 2016. What does that mean? This means we are recognized by the Disciples Home Missions as a congregation of good stewards of God’s creation. Their mission “is to connect Christian faith, spiritual practice and creation consciousness in order to demonstrate the fullness of God’s shalom.”

Having the garden and working with Sustainable Solano is one of the big ways we demonstrate our fullness of God’s shalom. If you would like to sign up for the Sustainable Solano Newsletter or to make a separate donation, go to sustainablesolano.org

March Mission Gift

You may have heard Rev. Nikki mention her work with an organization named “Project Sanctuary”. Project Sanctuary is an organization that assists Veterans and their families with mental health care. Per their website, www.projectsanctuary.us, Project Sanctuary was founded on the principle that when one person serves, the whole family serves, and the best way to support the troops is to create an organization that supports the entire family. Through their professional staff of counselors, social workers and recreation therapists we are one of the only organizations that supports not just the veteran, but the whole family, including caregivers, to create multi generational change toward positive healthy habits for at-risk military families.

Project Sanctuary hosts therapeutic retreats in five states across the country that are staffed and designed by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, licensed counselors, and social workers. Retreats are open to active-duty service members, retirees, veterans, Reserve and Guard families (currently serving or past service) from all branches of the military (including Coast Guard) and all eras. The retreats and classes are designed for families / couples to come together and gain tools and resources in three key areas: Relationship Reconnection, Family Communication, and navigating mental wellbeing.

We are glad to support this wonderful work with our March Mission Action Donation. If you would like more info or know any Veterans/Families that might need some care, you can go to www.projectsanctuary.us, or reach out to Rev. Nikki! She would be happy to discuss more with you!

A Year In Mission

Throughout 2023, First Christian Church Vallejo has stepped up and kept Mission donations top of mind all year! Approximately 10% of the annual budget is devoted to mission action alone! In the last year we have sent $225.00 per month to the following organizations working locally and globally on disaster relief, peace, education, and social justice issues.

*Amnesty International - Global - January
*Week of Compassion - Global - February
*Jewish Family Community Services - East Bay Area - March
*Pentecost Offering - Nationwide - April
*NAMI (National Alliance Mental Illness) - Solano County - May
*Solano Pride Center - Solano County - June
*Watch Me Grow - Vallejo - July
*Relay for Life - Nationwide - August
*Maui Food Bank - Hawaii - September
*Reconciliation Offering - Nationwide - October
*Americares - Global - November
*Vallejo Together - Vallejo - December

On top of the monthly Mission donation, as a congregation we have given $1500 in dues to Common Ground and $4800 to the Disciples Mission Fund for the regional church. Untold amounts of dollars, time, and sweat have been spent in the Garden. We donated food and goods to Amador Street Hope Center, Vallejo Peace Project, and Faith Food Fridays, and we fill our Peace Pantry weekly. We partnered with Vallejo Together to provide showers, clothing, and food to the unhoused. This December we collected a basket & box full of items to help keep the unhoused warm and dry!

In total, we have given well over $10,000 worth of money, time, goods, and helping hands.

I am in awe of the work that we do in our church, and am continually proud to be a member of such a loving community of people. Thank you to all of you and let’s go into the new year with the same drive for giving that we had last year!

-Allison Mezzera, Mission Action Coordinator

Winter Collection / December Gift

 In December the Monthly Mission Action donation will be sent to Vallejo Together to help their work thrive! If you would like to make an additional donation you can go to www.vallejotogether.org

Also, beginning on 12/3/23 and throughout the Season we will be starting our winter collection. While speaking with Vallejo Peace Project and Vallejo Together, they specified some items that get overlooked during the cold, rainy, winter months. The following items will be given to Vallejo Together for distribution at the encampments:

-Mittens / gloves/ Hats - All sizes and youth, weather resistant, new or slightly used
-Hand-Feet warmers - “Hot Hands”, etc
-Small collapsible umbrellas
-Rain boot covers - that could fit over shoes
-Moving blankets - Weather resistance. Minimum size 72” x 40”
Fights cold/rain better than household blankets!
-Tarps - Weather resistant, All Purpose. Sample sizes 9’ x 11’, 11’ x 15

Here is an Amazon list with some ideas, but you can find many of these items at Harbor Freight Tools, Lowes, Target, etc.
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/EJVU4AEVDGTE?ref_=wl_share

Please bring items to church through 12/31/23 or contact me for pick up. Thank you in advance for your contribution!


Thanksgiving Offering

For 129 years, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has made a commitment to nurturing and supporting higher education through the general ministry of HELM (Higher Education & Leadership Ministries), formerly the Division of Higher Education. Through relationships with the 15 Colleges/Universities and 7 Seminaries/Divinity Houses connected to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), HELM is able to continue its mission of developing and nurturing Christian leaders who are transforming church, society and world.

This November 12th and 19th, the Church dedicates this special Offering to support these institutions. The collection goes straight to the institutions and enables them to offer scholarships, expand programs, and offer assistance through faith-based services. Support through this annual offering is a critical part of our ongoing collaborative work between the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and higher education.

Please consider a generous donation as we come together to help make a difference in the lives of thousands of students, giving them a strong foundation to build upon as they prepare to go out and do great things in the world. Be sure to mark your check memo line with "Thanksgiving Offering" or make a special donation thru the Tithely account.