Lenten Food Drive - The Board of Outreach Ministries is sponsoring a Reverse Lenten Food drive, starting Sunday, March 11 and ending Sunday, March 25. Instead of giving something up for Lent, why not make a donation for our food closet for each remaining day before Palm Sunday? Donations of food and especially household items are needed (please, no pasta). Bags for donations with suggested items will be available at Coffee Hour.

TAG * THE * BAG and help the FCC Summer Youth Mission Trip
This summer, folks will be traveling to John’s River Valley, in Collettsville, NC!  Here’s how it works: We purchased a backpack for the trip to Collettsville, North Carolina. The name of each person who donates any amount of money will be written (tagged) in black ink on the backpack… a tangible, visual reminder of all the people that care for us and pray for us while we are away. The bag will be carried throughout our journey. Please    "Tag The Bag" and be a part of something really special, even if you cannot physically join us. In addition, each youth member will be carrying a backpack that can be tagged. Any money that they raise will come off the cost of their trip. Questions about this fundraiser? Denise Schifando: 908-217-5130

Keep Someone Warm: Collecting Coats and Duffel Bags! Drive Ends March 25
The cold weather is here and there are many families in Union County who need coats to stay warm this winter. As you go through your closets, please remember the families at the Elizabeth Coalition. Gently used coats and jackets of all sizes are needed (baby sized through adult). The Coalition also needs Large Duffel Bags and Large Sports Bags for the homeless in their winter shelter, Operation Warm Heart. This shelter serves the chronic homeless, who are usually living on the streets or in abandoned buildings. Each client is given a bag with personal items when they begin the program. The Coalition needs large sized bags that can hold a blanket, toiletries, towels and a change of clothes. Bags with a zipper closure and shoulder strap are preferred, sports or duffel bags are ideal. All donations can be dropped off at the church - look for the big blue bins outside of Patton Auditorium.

Year round opportunities:
Bridges Outreach:
A Union County-based organization assisting  people  who  are homeless  or  in  transitional housing. FCC continues to provide bagged lunches once a month and other essentials  to Bridges for distribution, but funding is needed to pay for transportation costs.
Doctors Without Borders: A Nobel Peace Prize winner, it  is  an  international  medical humanitarian  organization delivering  emergency  aid  to  people  affected  by  armed conflict, epidemics,  natural and  man-made disasters and exclusion   from   health   care,   in   over   70   countries. Donations  fund  the  medical  professionals  and  other volunteers in thousands of aid missions each year.
Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless: A Union County-based   organization   assisting   individuals   and families  who  are  homeless  or  near  homeless,  gain shelter, rental  assistance,  rent  subsidies,  transitional housing and permanent housing. Donations fund the staff and  volunteers  that  provide  case  management,  crisis intervention,  an after-school  program  for  children,  and housing/life skills related education.
FCC's  Food  Closet: Located at here at FCC, the Food Closet  provides  food  and supplies  to  the  needy  in  our community.  On  average  5-6  individuals/families  “walk-in”  each  week,  many  in  dire  circumstances  relating to difficult  medical  or  housing situations.  Donations help fund  the  supply  of  food,  toiletries  and/or  grocery gift cards.
Heifer  International: An  international  organization providing animals such as chicks, ducks, goats and sheep to  needy  families.  Donations  will  fund  the  purchase  of animals that provide both food for the recipient families as  well  as  a  source  of  family income  to  raise  their standard of living.
Caring  Contact: Located  in Westfield,  Caring  Contact is  a  caring  and  crisis  hotline serving  callers  in  need throughout  New  Jersey.  The  organization  is  devoted to promoting     emotional     wellbeing     by     providing opportunities   for   people   to   express   themselves   to compassionate listeners in a safe environment. 
Roots  and  Wings: Roots  and  Wings  provides  those  who  age  out  of  the foster care system with safe housing, educational support, counseling, and life  skills  in  order  to empower  them  toward  self-sufficiency.  Your donation  will  help  support  several homes in  Union  County  for  deserving young adults transitioning to independence.

Donations are welcome from Members and Non-Members

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