OCWM – Our Church’s Wider Mission
Our special Easter offering on Easter Sunday and during the month of April will support OCWM which stands for “Our Church’s Wider Mission”.
Some of the things that your OCWM donation will support are:
Funding for conferences, Resources to support programs such as agricultural development, emergency & disaster relief on a national and international level, Justice and advocacy programs
The Christmas Fund which we support on Christmas Eve helps provide pension and health supplements to retired clergy or to clergy families in need, provide financing for new church starts and church buildings, respond to disasters and human tragedies
 These gifts to Our Church’s Wider Mission benefit the full range of the United Church of Christ mission across the country and around the globe.  
One of the programs that OCWM supports that is dear to the mission committee is The Gobal Ministries Child Sponsorship Program.  This program is committed to aiding children at risk.  We adopted our foster child, Tenzin, through this program.
The Mission Committee thanks you for your support which helps our little church in the Falls send God’s love to those in need here at home and all around the world. 

Look for the special Mission offering envelopes in the pews on April 22nd.

Central Congregational Church
And Murray Unitarian Universalist Church
are working together on a
Monday, April 30, 2018
1:00pm – 6:00pm

To give blood at this drive, you must NOT give after March 3, 2018.
To schedule an appointment,
please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or 
visit www.redcrossblood.org
and enter sponsor code:  MurrayUUC

and save up to 15minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass
 to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.

Drink extra water and Eat before donating.

​​Missions which we support all year are to collect non-perishable foods for Lenore’s Pantry and aluminum tabs from soda cans to support       

Shriner's Children's Hospitals.

Lenore's Pantry:  Many seniors supplement their fixed incomes by coming to the pantry for food assistance.  When donations are low, everyone gets less and sometimes the pantry shelves are bare.  We can make a difference in the lives of people who live among us by simply picking up one food item and dropping it off at church on Sundays or bring it to the church office during office hours.  Thank you for your continued generosity. 
Here are some suggested items...

  • BREAKFAST   Cold Cereals, Pop Tarts, Cereal Bars, Carnation Instant Breakfast, Muffin mixes, Non-Refrigerated juices including V8, and Juice Boxes, Parmalat Milk (in canned milk aisle).                                
  • LUNCH   Canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, jams/jellies, Fluff,  Spaghetti-O’s, ravioli, canned fruit, individual fruit cups (non-refrigerated), applesauce (large jars and individual cups).                                           
  • DINNERS   Mac-n-Cheese, Hamburger Helper, Velveeta Skillet Dinners, rice and rice mixes like pilaf, instant potatoes such as scalloped, cheesy, mashed, etc., baked beans, pasta and sauce, Sloppy Joe Mix, pasta mixes(Pasta-Roni, etc.) and pasta salad mixes, (Suddenly Salad, etc).                 
  • SNACKS   Little Debbie Snack Cakes, granola bars, cookies, pretzels, chips, brownie mixes, cookie mixes in a pouch, pudding mixes and non-refrigerated cups, Jello, crackers such as Goldfish and Cheeze-It’s, Graham, and other snack crackers.                       
  • MISC   Mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, salad dressings, relish, pickles, non-refrigerated 100% juices, drink mixes such as Kool-Aid, lemonade, ice tea, etc.,  coffee, instant creamers, Gift Cards for $5-$10 to Stop-n-Shop, Market Basket or Shaw’s.​

What is the Pull-Tab Program?
The pull-tab program at Aleppo Shrine in Wilmington, MA was founded several years ago as an easy way for the public to help raise funds to support the humanitarian and life-saving services the Shriners Hospitals provide. Many different organizations all over the Eastern Massachusetts collect pull tabs from cans and bring them to the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington. From there, they are redeemed at a recycling center, and the proceeds go to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Transportation Fund.

What is the Children’s Transportation Fund?
he Children's Transportation Fund exists in order to provide transportation to Shriners Hospitals for needy children and their parents, free of charge. The Fund pays for transportation to Shriners Hospitals by bus, train and air. The Fund also provides for MedFlight transportation when a child's life hangs in the balance. A parent never sees a single bill for one of these flights, which can cost thousands of dollars. That amount, however, is small when compared to the life of a child who was saved thanks to the Transportation Fund.

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 pediatric hospitals in the U.S.(one in Springfield, MA and Boston, MA), Canada and Mexico providing specialized care for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. All services are provided at no charge. Eligibility for care is not based on financial need, race, religion or relationship to a Shriner, children up to the age of 18 are eligible for help at the Shriners Hospitals. In 2006, Shriners Hospitals approved 38,984 new patient applications, attended to the needs of 128,578 patients and provided the following:

To date more than 835,000 children have been helped at the 22 Shriners Hospitals. The operating budget for 2007 was $721 million, of which $655  million is targeted for operating expenses and $66 million for buildings and equipment.

The Pull-Tab Collection Program is a somewhat “silent” mission we began participating in many years ago and was brought to our church by Carolyn Clark, longtime church and Mission Committee member. 

It’s very easy to lend a hand of support to this mission.  Simply save the pull-tabs from your sodas and bring them to church.  There are large jars in the Vestry and in the CE office hallway to deposit the pull-tabs.  It’s really that easy!  A member from our Mission Committee will see that the tabs are turned in to the Shriner’s on a regular basis.

Thank you for your participation!