Category: Giving Opportunities

This is a reprint of my column from the June/July 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. Last month, a group of people spent a little more than an hour at the United Methodist Church packing bags of food for the Summer Lunchbox program. It was fast and it was fun… and it was good to see people from churches in our town come together to help people in our community who are living in poverty. It was also a reminder. When the weather is cold and the new year is on the horizon, our attention regularly turns…
You know that it’s important to support the Referral Center throughout the year. But December is also a month when we have a special focus on supporting the Center as it helps people in our community who are struggling. If you don’t know what the Referral Center does, just take a look at this list (or read the whole brochure). In 2017, the Referral Center: Gave out more than 950 boxes of food, more than 1400 bread sacks, almost 1500 cereal sacks, and almost 575 gallons of milk! Gave school supplies to almost 160 children and school clothes to…
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about stewardship. You’ve received letters that talked about imagining what this church could do if we stemmed the tide of a decreasing budget and grew it, instead. You’ve heard stewardship moments from people who believe in, and give to, this congregation. You even heard a sermon that spoke to nurturing the seeds that were planted by people who came before us, and to planting new seeds for those who will come after us. Now, it’s time to start turning all of this talk about stewardship into action. During the offering in…
https://uccdewitt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Stewardship-Moment-102818.mp3   On October 28, our own Chris Maricle gave a stewardship moment and talked about First Congregational United Church of Christ as his family’s DeWitt family. Please take a moment to listen to his story! Here’s a transcript: Good morning. I hope you will bear with me for a short story. In 2002, Holle and I were living in Davenport and she was starting a job at Finley hospital in Dubuque. We knew that making that jaunt every day wasn’t going to be ideal so we thought it would be good to look for a home somewhere in…
First Congregational United Church of Christ does a great job of supporting our local Referral Center. Four months a year, we collect goods for their food pantry; and I know that many of you give food and money at other times of the year. The Referral Center is a community effort, and my sincere thanks go out to everyone who supports it. But we also know that the Center faces high demand. This was shown to us recently when the Center had to put out a call to fill its empty shelves. While the community responded to that call,…
August is one of First Congregational United Church of Christ’s months to support the DeWitt Referral Center! Please help us stock the pantry by bringing non-perishable food items and leaving them by the coat rack (or where the coat rack would usually be). There is a special need for jello, pudding, peanut butter, peas, tuna, Hamburger Helper, brownie mix, and cake mix. Thank you for supporting the DeWitt Referral Center and making sure that people in our community are getting the help they need! Facebook Twitter Buffer…
It’s that time of year again: the Summer Lunchbox Program is helping minimize child hunger in our community! Bags are packed with groceries (peanut butter, jelly, tuna, snack crackers, pretzels, cereal, oatmeal, fruit cups, applesauce, mac & cheese, granola bars, etc.) and vouchers are provided for produce, bread, milk, meat, and cheese. Supporting this program is a great opportunity to reduce childhood hunger over the summer and make sure no one in our community goes hungry! There are four ways you can help. First, you can sponsor a family for $150. That covers 13 weeks of groceries! Second, you…
June is an ‘all churches’ month for the DeWitt Referral Center, and they need our support! The Referral Center is especially in need of jello, pudding, peanut butter, peas, Hamburger Helper, and brownie and cake mix. They do not need paper products at the moment. You can bring any of those items to the church and drop them off by the coat rack. Let’s help make sure that everyone in the DeWitt area has enough to eat! Facebook Twitter Buffer…

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Ash Wednesday (February 26)

Ashes to Go

Can't make it to worship? Join Pastor Chris in the church parking lot for ashes to go on Wednesday from noon to 1pm (weather permitting).

Dinner and Worship

Join us at DeWitt's United Methodist Church for a light dinner at 6pm and worship at 7pm.