First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine


An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ
   

Serve Our World

Support of high school students in Lesotho, Southern Africa

Teholohele Letebele

Teholohele Letebele, a Form B (9th grade) student at Qholaqhoe High School in the remote mountains of Lesotho, southern Africa, is sponsored by our church through Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections, a non-profit program that supports the people of the region. Funds come from our Outreach Committee.

Teholohele is in school because of our church’s commitment to pay his yearly tuition and testing fees. He is a hard-working young man who always promises to work hard and do his best in his letters to us. He and his family are most appreciative of the support given them by far-off friends, for without this church’s commitment to his education he would be at home, herding cattle.

Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections maintains a close connection with all of its sponsors through talks, emails and newsletters. The Congregational Church has been active in supporting students at the high school since the start of the program in 2008. The church’s commitment to the children of this remote mountaintop community has truly made a difference in their lives.

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Volunteer knitters create and distribute prayer shawls to anyone in need of comfort and prayer while our prayer shawl "angels” provide funding for the yarn we use.

Each week our knitters (and crocheters) meet to create shawls in a variety of colors and patterns. Over 500 shawls have found homes from the mid-coast to the west coast and across the globe. For more information call the church office.

 

Our Church’s Wider Mission

This is the name given to congregational gifts that support wider UCC ministries worldwide. It is supported through our pledges to the church budget. Monies are sent to the United Church of Christ in support of programs that are in keeping with the denomination’s belief in God’s continuing testament in the world, our belief in a welcoming and open understanding of Christianity in response to disasters and human tragedies and our belief in the power of transforming lives through the support of the greater church and its clergy. More information here.

 

One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing funds make possible disaster relief, refugee assistance, development aid and more. It is one of the five basic support areas of Our Church’s Wider Mission and a separate offering is collected annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This offering makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, as well as those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Today, projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada. Our church collects a special offering once a year in support of the work of One Great Hour of Sharing. More information here. Special collections are taken for disaster relief as needed.

  

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