MISSION & OUTREACH


BEing the church in the world

WAYS TO HELP RIGHT NOW

 

Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow, . . . Jeremiah 3. 22


Another way to help...

Buy something off this registry Refugee Services of Texas set up for the families. Ten families are here already and 20 on their way. The items will ship straight to Refugee Services of Texas, and they will distribute them from there. 

At least 150 Afghan refugees and their families will be resettled in North Texas in the next several weeks. Refugee Services of Texas, the largest resettlement agency in the state, will be working to find them temporary housing and support.

 

Currently, a family of six, a dad and five kids, from Afghanistan has already arrived in Dallas. They have little in their apartment, but with our help we will be able to provide them with what they need to create a home.

 


Once you have signed up, you will be notified of the location of the family’s apartment so you can drop off your items. If you need help delivering the items you are providing you can contact New Church for help by emailing info@thenewchurch.com.


UCC 2021 SEVERE STORMS APPEAL

Our New Church denomination, The United Church of Christ, has called for a special offering to support those recovering from the impact of Hurricane Ida from Louisiana to the northeast United States.

 

In our own South Central Conference our UCC churches in Louisiana sustained damage. Hurricane force winds ripped the roof off Little Farms UCC in Metairie, Louisiana, and damaged St. Paul’s UCC in New Orleans. Back Bay Mission, our UCC community ministry serving the hungry, homeless and poor, in Biloxi, Mississippi was spared heavy damage, but reported debris and downed trees.

 


PROJECT UNITY VACCINATION CLINIC HELP

Two first dose clinics, Saturday, September 18 and Saturday, September 25 will need volunteer help. Project Unity will need about 8-10 volunteers to help with parking/directing traffic, documentation assistance, line/flow assistance, observation area assistance and floaters. Volunteer time is 9:15am–2:00pm, with the event time running from 10:00an-2:00pm.

Lunch, water and snacks will be provided. The Project Unity website has the vaccine schedule and address for each location.

https://www.projectunity.net/together-we-vaccinate/.


THINGS WE'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT

 

BACKPACKS, SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS


New Church has partnered with two impoverished local Elementary schools to provide hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies to students to begin the school year.  Without the supplies they need, children are less likely to succeed in school. Something as simple as a backpack filled with basic supplies can make all the difference in the world.


We also provide Christmas gifts each year for families at these same elementary schools.




SERVING HUNGRY PEOPLE AT SECOND CHANCE CAFE


New Church regularly helps serve dinner at The Second Chance Cafe located within The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center.  The Bridge partners with The Stewpot to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner to guests of The Bridge 365 days a year.


PROYECTO ABRIGO IN JUAREZ


New Church has teamed up with Greenland Hills, UMC to build houses  for families in Juárez,  who usually live in shacks made of cardboard and any useful pieces of trash they can find. The houses we build are one-room cinderblock structures with a floor, roof, two windows, and a door. It doesn’t look like much to us, but it can be really life-changing for them.


This trip takes place each year over MLK weekend.

You can see a video of the most recent year's proect here:


THE WATER PROJECT


New Church has partnered with The Water Project to provide safe, clean water to multiple communities. 


One project funded by New Church was for the  Eshinutsa Primary School. Prior to the installation of a rainwater harvesting tank, students had to walk 1.6 kilometers to collect water from a spring that, when consumed, often resulted in Typhoid, stomachaches, and coughing. The new rainwater harvesting tank means 500 people now have access to a safe water source, cutting down on illness, as well as school absenteeism. 



Blessing Bags


New Church has always had a passion for feeding hungry people and we have distributed "Blessing Bags" filled with food, hygiene items, and socks since we began as a church.


Most recently, our children and youth have teamed up with the children and youth of Greenland Hills, UMC to fill the bags on the last Sunday of each month for our congregations to carry in their cars to hand out to those in need.