Serving in Our Community

Some of the Ways St. John’s UCC
Live your Faith.  Love your Community

St. John’s Garden.
The proceeds from the sale of the homegrown produce goes to the State College Area Food Bank.

State College Area Food Bank
276 West Hamilton Avenue State College
On the second Sunday of every month we collect food donations and grocery gift cards for the Food Bank.  The second Sunday of every month is Food Bank Sunday.

Out of the Cold : Centre County
Out of the Cold: Centre County (OOTC3) is a collaborative effort of the Community Safety Net and area congregations to provide the homeless in our community with a warm and safe overnight accommodation and nourishment within a welcoming atmosphere, as a supplemental option to locally established shelters.
St. John’s is the host site  in November each year.

Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM)
2520 Green Tech Dr. Suite D State College

Interfaith Human Services
2100C East College Avenue
Interfaith Human Services offers several programs:
Emergency Assistance , Helping Hands Money Management Program , Representative -Payee Program, C.H.I.P. (Community Help and Improvement Program) , Free Furniture & Appliance Recycling Program , Small Occasional Short-Term Loan Program (S.O.S.) and the Centre County Fuel Bank.

Centre County Women’s Resource Center
140 West Nittany Avenue State College
24 Hour Hotline: 1-877-234-5050

Church World Service
We participate by raising money for the CROP Walk, collecting money for blankets (we send money for 87 blankets in January 2012).
We have also collected Baby Kits, Hygiene kits and we will be collecting items for Cleaning Buckets (Summer 2013).

Back Bay Mission
1012 Division Street Biloxi, MS
Back Bay Mission is a community mission, of the UCC serving the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the wider church community by faithful witness for social justice and compassionate service to the poor and marginalized.
We send volunteers to work and we donate socks every January.

Neighbors in Need (NIN)
NIN is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries(JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.

One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing is the refugee, relief and development offering of the United Church of Christ, transforms lives through health, education, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives in 138 countries.

Strengthen the Church 
This offering funds new church starts and invigorates existing congregations, nurtures lay and pastoral leadership, builds youth and young adult ministries, supports the God is Stillspeaking Ministry and its extravagant welcome for all within the United Church of Christ.

Christmas Fund 
The Christmas Fund provides a lifeline of hope to many lower-income active and retired clergy and lay employees in the United Church of Christ. Gifts to the Christmas Fund help provide pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retirees, emergency assistance to the families of clergy and lay employees and Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks to hundreds of clergy and lay people.