Brea Congregational UCC members are drawn into passionate engagement with the social concerns of our times. We connect in two ways: through acts of compassion that address the immediate needs of those vulnerable in our society, and through advocacy for social change that furthers justice as a realization of the transforming power of God.
Our Church's Wider Mission
Our Church's Wider Mission is the name used to describe the work done by the United Church of Christ beyond local community outreach–through UCC conferences, national ministries, and UCC related institutions. Our Church's Wider Mission has two parts: OCWM Basic Support and OCWM Specal Support:
Basic Support provides funding for the work of UCC Conferences and for the work of the UCC national ministries. Some of the national basic support money is used for Conferences, local churches and members, as well as for ecumenical, prophetic and missionary ministries on behalf of the UCC. Contributions from individuals to their congregations comprise the funds from which OCWM Basic Support is given to the Conferences and national ministries.
Special Support comprises gifts to the four UCC Special Mission Offerings:
- One Great Hour of Sharing: Supports partners in more than 70 countries with ministries that fund development projects, feed the victims of famine, provide services for displaced people, and respond to natural disasters.
- Strengthen the Church: Supports church growth by funding new churches, and invigorating existing congregations, nurturing lay and pastoral leadership, building youth and young adult ministries, and supporting the God is Still speaking Ministry.
- Neighbors in Need: Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including ministry carried out by the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and by the national offices of Justice and Witness Ministries.
- The Christmas Fund: Provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands.
Help the Haitians
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) funds are being rushed to Haitian mission partners, National Spiritual Council of Churches of Haiti and House of Hope, to support their initial emergency response. As damage assessments are made and plans for relief, recovery and rehabilitation are developed, additional OGHS funds will be shared with our partners.
The Three Angel's Children's Relief organization allows you to either make a financial contribution or volunteer your time for more direct involvement. The organization includes a school, an orphange and a clinic. They are sending a relief group down to Haiti on Friday, January 15th.
You can contribute to the United Church of Christ One Great Hour of Sharing International Disaster Relief Fund. The American Red Cross is also taking contributions for its International Response Fund.
To send a $10 donation instantly to the American Red Cross, just text the word "Haiti" (without the quotes) to 90999. Read the original Red Cross article.
Each Sunday during the Pastor’s time with the children, a collection is made by the children towards worthy causes that they choose throughout the year.
The Interfaith Shelter Network
The ISN involves county-wide church congregations of all denominations in a rotational shelter program. Long-term temporary housing is provided for employed and employable single adults who remain clean and sober. ISN guests are sent to congregations, such as ours, in the shelter program network. BCUCC has an 18 year association with the ISN and houses guests in Fellowship Hall two to three times out of the year for three week periods. Typically, meals and fellowship are provided by congregation members. For ideas on how you can help or participate, please click here.
Brea Community Emergency Council's Annual Holiday Basket Program
Last year we again participated in helping Brea families in need by supporting the Brea Community Emergency Council’s (BCEC) Annual Holiday Basket Program. This program replaces our past Christkindl gift exchange and provides food and holiday cheer for up to 200 less-fortunate familes. All items are packaged and given to Brea’s neeediest families. For more information about this project please contact the church office or by calling the BCEC at (714) 990-7150.
First Food Sunday
On the first Sunday of each month, we collect non-perishable food items for those in need in our community. The items are collected by the BCUCC children during the offering portion of the worship service. Please click here to see our eager food collectors in action.
The Treasure Box
If you are looking to stretch your dollar and need some help with your groceries this week, The Treasure Box provides familes and individuals with boxes of food that normally cost between $65-$100, for just $30 each. Of if you are looking for a great way to give a gift, donations are welcome. Please visit their website here for locations and ordering details. All orders are processed on a weekly basis and can be picked up by you at a local site.
Human Rights Campaign
The members of BCUCC share a common mission to achieve equality for all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people. To learn more about our beliefs and the GLBT support community, please visit here.
BCUCC has made a priority commitment to support policies and structures that make real our Christian commitment to racial justice. In all UCC churches, this emphasis means more than simply challenging personal prejudices, but involves a commitment to in-depth analysis of societal policies and structures that either work toward the elimination of racism or perpetuate it.
Each person is created in the image of God. But whenever we devise, maintain or perpetuate systems and structures that oppress people based on race and/or ethnicity, we interfere with God's purpose and the opportunity for all God's children to be fully who they are created to be. Racism is an affront to God. For more information about this subject please go to the Anti-Racism website.
Violence in our homes and family relationships must not be tolerated. If you're suffering from abuse by your spouse, partner or parents, please know you're not alone and that many people want to help. Contact any one of the BCUCC ministers about the violence in your home, or if you want more information or assistance, these shelters can provide safe housing, counseling and other services:
Human Options Hotline (949) 854-3554
Interval House Hotline (714) 891-8121
Laura's House Hotline (949) 498-1511
Women's Transitional Living Center Hotline (714) 992-1931
Safety on Shore (714) 538-1878
In an Emergency, Call 911
Put Children First. If you suspect child abuse of any kind, immediately contact the BCUCC ministers, or the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center. The Child Abuse Prevention Center is the county's leading not-for-profit organization focused exclusively on the prevention of child abuse. Call 714-543-4333 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday - Friday. Casework specialists are on call each evening for emergencies only.
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