From: Jane Fisler Hoffman []
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 1:07 PM
Subject: Quick News from Jane: if you are seeking a hands-on mission project, here's an idea
Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ
Quick News From Jane
Jane Fisler Hoffman, Interim Conference Minister

Dear SCNC UCC friends,

When you 'got' me as your Interim Conference Minister, you also 'got' a proud member of the Church World Service Board of Directors (I am one of the UCC reps). So from time to time you will be hearing about how you and your church are part of Christs's work around the world through CWS.  The UCC is one of the denominational members and we support Church World Service through our giving to Our Church's Wider Mission, through One Great Hour of Sharing, Blanket Sundays, CROP walks and through special disaster response offerings.   In the four years that I have served on this Board, I have been profoundly impressed with the tremendous quality of the staff and the work accomplished.  Through Church World Service, YOU and your church, as part of the UCC, are part of ongoing relief in the tsunami and Katrina disaster regions, in the region of California fires, but also in places we may never have heard of  where lives have been torn apart by war, earthquake, flooding or other human or nature made disasters.  So from time to time, I will send on little items about our work through CWS, sometimes just for information, sometimes inviting your 'above and beyond' contributions which may be sent through the Conference (when clearly marked!). 


For now, let me share this appeal for clean-up kits!  Gathering the items and putting the kits together is a great all-church or youth group, Bible school, church school project.  I have served in areas where these kits have been needed by the hundreds.  Other CWS kits such as personal hygiene and school kits are needed year round, too.  You can learn more about how-to by following the link below. (Please note that the kits need to be compiled very carefully following the directions and your church has to also raise the funds to ship the kits to a gathering point...).


Thank you for all you already do to support Church World Service, a ministry of the United Church of Christ with other faith partners, and thank you in advance for kit projects you may undertake.

In Christ,


CWS Emergency Clean-up buckets needed
CWSRecent floods across the central U.S. again highlight the need for CWS Emergency Clean-up Buckets. Demand has eclipsed supply of these vital items as CWS tries to meet the needs of damaged communities. Assembling kits are a great project for any church or community group. More information on CWS Emergency Clean-up Buckets is available at:
Flooding in Arkansas prompted a request from the Arkansas Presbytery for 96 CWS Emergency Clean-up Buckets, which was fulfilled at a value of $4,320.
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