ANGEL TREE PROJECT

We help children who are less fortunate have a special Christmas. During Advent, the church receives names and a wish list from children at the Root Cellar and from Falmouth Food Pantry families. Church families choose and provide gifts for these children. Over the years, there has been an outpouring of gifts, ensuring that many children and youth have a Merry Christmas.

Root Cellar  

94 Washington Avenue          
Portland, ME 04101                
(207) 774-3197                       
www.therootcellar.org
 

THE CHRISTMAS FUND

The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund is a United Church of Christ annual Advent offering and one of the “5 for 5” missions of our church. It helps to meet a variety of compelling needs, including emergency grants for active or retired clergy at times of financial crisis as well as gift checks at Christmas to low-income retired clergy and widowed spouses. With our gifts to this offering, we are also able to assist lay and clergy retirees by supplementing their unusually low pensions and by providing needed assistance with health insurance premiums for those with low retirement incomes.

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE

Church World Service (CWS) works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. CWS supports sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance. In the United States, CWS helps communities respond to disasters, resettles refugees, promotes fair national and international policies, and provides educational resources. Over the years, Falmouth Congregational Church has responded to emergencies by providing Health Kits, Baby Layettes, Gift of the Heart Kits and as many as 100 School Kits in the spring of 2013. 

CELL PHONES

Old cell phones can be dropped in the designated box in Fellowship Hall. The phones will be given to the Falmouth Lions Club.

EYEGLASSES RECYCLED

Donations of no-longer-used eyeglasses and eyeglass cases are left in a designated container in Fellowship Hall. These are picked up routinely and taken to our drop-off at the Falmouth Vision Center on U. S. Route One. These are then picked up by the Lions Club, which sends them out of state to be refurbished for use by other people.

Falmouth Vision Center 
204 US Route One
Falmouth, ME 04105
(207) 781-2600
www.falmouthvisioncenter.com
www.falmouthlions.org

 

HEARING AIDS RECYCLED

An audiologist and a speech language pathologist, the Fagans have refurbished and repaired hundreds of hearing aids for people in the Dominican Republic. Donated hearing aids and batteries are collected for this project in a basket in Fellowship Hall.

Roger and Liz Fagan
985 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 797-8738
www.faganhearing.com/locations

5 FOR 5 CONGREGATION

The Falmouth Congregational Church supports the “5 for 5” mission offerings of the National United Church of Christ. These five missions are:

  • Our Church’s Wider Mission (provides basic support to national and local ministries);
  • One Great Hour of Sharing (supports international programs of health, education, and relief; usually collected during Lent)
  • Strengthen the Church (revitalizes congregations, supports programs for youth and young adults, and encourages efforts to grow as affirming congregations; usually collected on Pentecost)
  • Neighbors in Need (supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries; usually collected on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October)
  • Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross (supports retired and active clergy in need; usually collected during Advent)

 

FALMOUTH ECUMENICAL CLERGY GROUP 

The Falmouth clergy hold a monthly meeting and fellowship time.  The churches represented are Falmouth Congregational Church UCC, Foreside Community Church UCC, Emmaus Lutheran Church ELCA, Holy Martyrs Roman Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and West Falmouth Baptist Church ABC. 

FALMOUTH FOOD PANTRY

Serving the needs of families in Falmouth and surrounding communities, the Falmouth Food Pantry is organized and run by volunteers with the support of Town officials and the Town Council. It receives donations of supplies through government donations, "Food Rescue" from the Wayside Soup Kitchen, Good Shepherd Food Bank, and the generosity of many organizations and individuals. Tax-deductible monetary donations are used for medicines, electric bills, heating oil, kerosene, and rent assistance.

Falmouth Food Pantry
271 Falmouth Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
(207) 632-2687

 

GLOBAL AWARENESS SUNDAY

This yearly event presents information about world needs in other countries and continents around the world. Past Sundays have included information about Tengo Voz, "Be a Good Apple" (buying local food), and participation by members of the African immigrant community. Details about world needs in Haiti, Africa and other countries and continents continue to be presented.

GRACE STREET MINISTRY

 The Grace Street Ministry is an outreach ministry offering a consistent, compassionate, and pastoral presence to the homeless and marginalized in downtown Portland. Its mission is to relieve suffering, address spiritual needs in this ever-shifting community, and decrease the prejudice between the housed and the homeless through preaching, education, and experience.

Grace Street Ministry
P.O. Box 7967
Portland, ME 04112
(207) 210-7069
GraceStreetMinistry@gmail.com

 

H.O.M.E.

H.O.M.E. stands for Homeworkers Organized for More Employment. It is a cooperative community dedicated to economic and social reconstruction. Begun in 1970 in rural Maine as an outlet for home workers crafts, H.O.M.E. has expanded to include a free health clinic; soup kitchen; food bank; homeless shelters; a learning center with daycare, literacy and GED tutoring; house construction; alternative high school and college-level programs; job and craft training; pottery, leather, wood, and weaving shops; recovery barn, greenhouses and farmers’ market; and a sawmill and shingle mill.

H.O.M.E.
P.O. Box 10
Orland, ME 04472
(207) 469-7961
www.homecoop.net

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry that began in Americus, Georgia, in 1976, and is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing throughout the world.

Habitat For Humanity of Greater Portland, Inc. is an affiliate of this international ministry. Its purpose is to address the problem of affordable housing for families in the Greater Portland area. It is a non-profit tax-exempt corporation.

Recipient families are chosen based on need and ability to make the mortgage payments. The selection process is non-discriminatory. Each recipient family contributes at least 500 hours of their personal time in helping the construction of their home. Habitat utilizes volunteer labor and donated materials whenever possible. Each house is then sold to the qualifying family, at cost, by means of a no-interest 20- to 25-year mortgage.

Our church has participated in the Annual Falmouth Habitat Walk. The date of the springtime event is determined by the Falmouth ecumenical network. Organizers add variety through bake sales, pet walks, and other fun activities. Volunteer walkers obtain pledges from sponsors; others prepare and serve a pancake breakfast.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland
Mailing address: PO Box 10505, Portland, ME 04103
(207 Physical address: 83 A Bell Street, Portland, ME 04104) 772-2151
www.habitatportlandme.org

HONDURAS

Following the rich tradition of the Maine Conference United Church of Christ, members of our church participate in mission trips to Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere. Over the years, members have built homes in Savoy, held medical clinics, replaced the roof on a pastor's home and helped build the foundation of a bridge over a stream in El Trumfo.  

Composed of members of our church and the Foreside Community Church, the current Honduras Mission Team continues to fundraise and plan future similar mission trips and between trip support through the Christian Commission for Development. 

HOSPICE OF SOUTHERN MAINE

Hospice of Southern Maine, a non-profit agency serving Cumberland and York Counties, believes that helping people live through the dying process and comforting those who have been left behind to grieve are ways to live as fully as possible.

Although Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) is not affiliated with any faith community, the focus of its work and the work of its volunteers touch deep spiritual roots.

For 25 years, the volunteers of HSM have cared for individuals and families as they cope with dying, death, grief, and bereavement throughout the process. Volunteers care for those living through the dying process with listening and conversation, running errands, respite care, or simply sitting in silence with client and/or caretaker. After a client’s death, families are followed with bereavement care for 13 months. That care may include their choice of mailings, letters, phone calls, referral to other services, participation in a grief support group, or assignment of a volunteer to partner with them through the grieving process.

Hospice of Southern Maine educates and supports the community on the issues of death, loss, grief, hospice, and related topics.

Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route One
Scarborough, ME 04074

 

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
11 Hunnewell Road
Scarborough, ME 04074
(207) 289-3640 or (866) 621-7600
www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org
 

NEIGHBORS IN NEED

Neighbors in Need is one of the “5 for 5” mission offerings of the United Church of Christ. Through this offering, the UCC expresses its deep commitment to reaching out and touching neighbors throughout the United States with justice and compassion. One-third of the Neighbors in Need funds supports the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM.) Two-thirds of the offering are used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. Supporting this mission allows the UCC to speak to those in power to advocate for a society in which all people have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. This offering is usually collected on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

Through this annual Lenten offering, the UCC supports ministries of disaster relief, economic development, refugee resettlement, health care, and social service in over 80 countries, including the U.S. and Canada. Gifts to this “5 for 5” mission offering provide the hope and help that keep individuals and communities working to transform the quality of their lives. It is indeed remarkable what a gift can do in providing blankets, water purification, immunization, antibiotics, and much more.

OUR CHURCH’S WIDER MISSION

Our congregation is in covenant with other congregations in Maine and across the country that form the United Church of Christ. Just as our own church has a budget to which each of us pledges, so does the Maine Conference. It has been the understanding of our congregation that 10% of what we receive in pledged income is given to Our Church’s Wider Mission, a line item in our budget and one of the “5 for 5” missions of our church.

Our gift to OCWM helps to support outdoor ministry at Pilgrim Lodge in Maine, as well as provide for media resources for church school teachers. OCWM pays the light bill in the conference office in Augusta and the salaries of our conference ministers. OCWM also reaches the national level where curriculum is written and missionaries are called and sent all over the world. At the national level, OCWM also pays light bills and salaries. 


OPPORTUNITY ALLIANCE

People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) and Youth Alternatives Ingraham have combined to form the Opportunity Alliance, which serves children youth, adults, seniors, individuals, families, and communities throughout Maine.

Programs are offered in several categories:

  • FAMILY: Early Head Start, Head Start, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), Summer Food Service, and Kids Katering, Parents as Partners, Strong Fathers
  • HOUSING AND ENERGY SERVICES: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP), Central Heating Improvement Program (CHIP), weatherization, affordable rental housing, home repair
  • SENIORS: Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions
  • YOUTH: Youth Action Network, Company of Girls, Community Arts, Champs (summer camp) Parkside Neighborhood Youth
  • COMMUNITY: Women's Project (substance abuse services), Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC), a statewide health and human services information and referral system (211 Maine), Community Integration Programs for adolescents and for adults

The Opportunity Alliance

50 Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 523-5049
1-877-429-6884
www.opportunityalliance.org

 

PASTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND

The Pastor’s Discretionary Fund reaches out to church members and people in the community and surrounding area by helping with:

  • Prescriptions
  • Rent or mortgage payments during illness or unemployment
  • Utility bills, especially fuel oil in the winter for some elderly people in Falmouth.
  • Gas vouchers
  • Hotel room for a night in an emergency
  • School clothes

 

PILGRIM LODGE

For 57 years Pilgrim Lodge has carried out its mission to help young people and adults grow as Christians. This is achieved through weeklong experiences in group-living involving exposure to the world of nature, helpful caring relationships, and experiences of sharing, recreation, fellowship, and worship. Pilgrim Lodge is on the shores of Lake Cobbosseecontee in West Gardiner, Maine. Falmouth Congregational Church has supported Pilgrim Lodge over the years in a number of ways, contributing to upgrades of the aging facilities and providing scholarships so that children and youth in our church can attend various programs. 

PREBLE STREET RESOURCE CENTER

People who are homeless come from every background. Some were born into poverty, drug addiction, and abuse. Others were born into a loving and stable family, but life’s circumstances dictated a wildly unanticipated course.

Preble Street Resource Center has a Soup Kitchen staffed with community volunteers, serving meals three times a day, seven days a week, to homeless and low-income adults, families, and young people each year. Its Food Pantry collects and distributes donated food to low-income individuals and families.

Preble Street Resource Center’s Day Shelter provides not only the necessities of daily life, food, and shelter, but also a staff of caseworkers, legal advocates, and employment and education counselors who assist people in securing and maintaining employment and shelter. The Teen Center and 16-bed Lighthouse Shelter assist homeless teenagers. Food, clothing, and personal hygiene product donations are some of the items accepted by this non-profit agency.

On the third Sunday of every month, our Soup Kitchen coordinators enlist 9 volunteers from our church to help with the noon lunch at Preble Street and deliver brownies baked by church members. FCC members have participated in this mission for nearly 25 years.

Preble Street Resource Center              Teen Center
197 Oxford Street                                    343 Cumberland Avenue 
Portland, ME 04101                                 Portland, ME 04101 
(207) 874-6560                                       (207) 874-1197 
www.preblestreet.org            www.preblestreet.org/teen_center.php

THE ROOT CELLAR 

The Root Cellar is a Christian mission to support families in greater Portland. Over the years during Advent, the Church families have chosen and provided gifts for the children of Root Cellar families. (See "Angel Tree Project.")

The Root Cellar 

94 Washington Avenue 
Portland, ME 04103 
(207) 774-3197 
www.therootcellar.org

 

STATE STREET CLOTHES CLOSET 

Clothes, shoes, linens, towels, small toys, pans, and dishes are donated by members of the congregation and delivered to the State Street Church monthly throughout the year. Just drop them off in the sturdy box in the hallway opposite the choir room. A church member will deliver them. 

State Street Church   
159 State Street 
Portland, ME 04101 
(207) 774-6396 
www.statestreetchurch.org

 

THE SALVATION ARMY 

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.  --The Salvation Army Mission Statement

The Senior Center program in the Greater Portland Area allows for people 60 years and older to drop in five days a week. In addition to noontime meals, field trips, classes, and study programs are offered. 

Our church has donated household goods left over from our Annual Spring Fair to the Salvation Army Thrift Stores. Income from their stores is used to support local and international projects for needy people. 

The Salvation Army Senior Center 
297 Cumberland Avenue 
Portland, ME 04101 
(207) 774-6974 
Located directly across from Portland High School 
www.retirementcommunity.com 
 

SOUTHERN MAINE AGENCY ON AGING

This agency provides older people in Southern Maine, especially those who are frail, isolated, or living on low income, with the support needed to maintain independence and an active and healthy lifestyle.

Programs include:

  • Adult day center to give caregivers respite time
  • Advocacy Legal services
  • Congregate Housing Program
  • Education seminars
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Money Minders Program
  • Noontime Dining Centers
  • Resource information sharing
  • Retired & Senior Volunteer Program
  • Senior Solutions: (fee for service) staff assists arrangement of nursing, meals, transportation, housework, and personal care

Southern Maine Agency on Aging
136 U.S. Route One
Scarborough, ME, 04074
(207) 396-6500 or (800) 427-7411
www.smaaa.org 

 

STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH

This “5 for 5” mission offering revitalizes congregations, supports programs for youth and young adults, and encourages efforts to grow as an affirming congregation. It is usually collected on Pentecost.

 

WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS NETWORK (WIN) 

Through the AFRICAN IMMIGRANT MISSION, our church has been supporting the Portland immigrant community, as brutal civil wars and unimaginable massacres have forced individuals and families to flee from Burundi, Rwanda, and Eastern Congo in Central Africa and seek asylum in the United States. We have been working with the Welcoming Immigrants Network (WIN), whose mission is “to connect caring people and organizations of Greater Portland to collectively meet the needs of our newly arrived immigrants.” Arriving usually with little or no money and limited English, immigrants of all ages often begin their new life in America in the Portland homeless shelters and soup kitchens. When they eventually find homes in low-income apartments, our church has been helping to provide clothing, beds, furniture, and kitchen supplies. 

You may learn more about the Welcoming Immigrant Network at their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/ImmigrantSupportNetworkGreaterPortlandMaine

MORE MISSIONS WE SUPPORT

We respond to emergencies through Church World Service:

  • Health Kits
  • School Kits
  • Baby Layettes
  • Gift of the Heart Kits

We provide scholarships for children and youth in our church to Pilgrim Lodge Camp.