Welcome to Raymond Village Community Church, United Church of Christ

Helping Others

Jesus Left the Building and We Followed

Outreach and community service is a very important part of our identity as a Christian congregation.  We affirm our United Church of Christ Statement of Faith that we are called to be servants “to the whole human family.”  We seek to respond to Jesus’ call to minister to people throughout the world.

Our mission initiatives focus on

  1. Alleviating food insecurity
  2. Support good health
  3. Education and community connections (local, regional, global)
  4. Safety and freedom from fear

We  made a permanent commitment to Sebago Lakes Region Fuller Center for Housing when we became a founding member.  We’ve identified projects we support annually and are open to supporting other projects.  For example, in January 2020 and January 2021, we contributed to Daisys Children.  

Our primary mission focus in 2021 will be alleviating food insecurity.  Each month a team of members prepares a hot meal for Raymond Food Pantry clients.  To date, the favorite is meatloaf!  
As of the end of September 2021, we will have contributed to Preble Resource Center, Good Shepherd Food Band, Feeding America and the Raymond Food Pantry.

For the 4th quarter of 2021, we will
– contribute to Heifer International
– contribute to Seafarer’s Friend
– provide gift cards to Food Pantry Thanksgiving baskets
– provide gifts to Maine Seacoast Mission based on their Christmas
  Wish List.

 

 

Sebago Lakes Region Fuller Center 
for Housing

RVCC is a founding member of this local non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard and unsafe housing.  We support Fuller Center with donations and volunteers.

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Annual Mission Initiatives

United Church of Christ Mission Offerings

We actively support Our Church’s Wider Mission and the four United Church of Christ Special Offerings, which are Neighbors in Need (traditionally received in October), The Christmas Fund (December), One Great Hour of Sharing (March), and Strengthen the Church (May). Since 2005, the Maine Conference UCC has recognized the Raymond Village Community Church for its continued commitment to these mission offerings.

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Health and School Kits and Emergency Buckets 

We work with Church World Service each year to provide health items and school supplies for impoverished children and families throughout the world as well as those coping with natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. We typically put together about 40 school and health kits.  

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During the worship service we talk about mission opportunities.  Sunday, Sept 27, 2020 – collected for CWS then  socks for Grace Street Ministry and school supplies for Church World Service School kits

Grace Street Ministry

A compassionate outreach ministry to the homeless and marginalized in downtown Portland, Maine offering support through Presence, Prayer and Advocacy.  We support this ministry by collecting white socks, particularly diabetic socks, for the pastors to hand to the homeless they visit.  

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Raymond Food Pantry

 The Raymond Food Pantry provides a variety of canned, dry goods and produce to qualifying Raymond residents. The Pantry is open the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 4pm to 6pm.  We support the Food Pantry with volunteers and donations and in the second half of 2020, we have provided a hot meal to Food Pantry patrons on the second Thursday.

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Heifer International

Heifer Internationl works in 21 countries around the world alongside local farmers and business owners. They support farmers and their communities as they mobilize and envision their futures. They work with farmers to improve productivity, diversify their businesses and increase incomes. With a living income they can provide quality food for themselves and their families.  

We donate directly to Heifer Project or support the local Raymond Elementary School Reading Challenge by providing funds to purchase animals for  farmers.  

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Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program

Each year at Christmas time, the Mission distributes holiday gifts to children, families, the elderly, and nursing home residents.   We support this program by collecting and donating items on their wish list.  These items become part of the “Elves’ Workshop” in the Weald Bethel Community Center, where people can choose the gifts they would like to give to their families.

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Daisy’s Children

The mission of Daisy’s Children is to provide sustenance, education and medical support to the disadvantaged children of Honduras.  Because of the food, water, shelter, regular meals, and other necessities Daisy’s Children provides, many of these children are alive today.

In January 2020, we invited Sharon Beckwith, co-founder of Daisy’s Children, to talk to the congregation about their work and specifically the Day Care Center they needed $10,000 to finish.  We were proud to send them a check for $2000.   

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