The Mission Committee oversees the outreach to the community. They sponsor a variety of collections which are then distributed to meet the needs locally, regionally, nationally and internally. Among the beneficaries of the endeavors of the Mission Committee are:
South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank
Christmas Fund - assistance to retired pastors and their families
One Great Hour of Sharing
Church World Services through its Blanket for Hope and Tools for Hope collections
hawkwing, inc - A Glastonbury, CT based 501(c)3 that supports the Lakota people on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota
Sewin4Servicemen (and women) - lap quilts given to area veterans in local congregate housing units and care facilities
Manchester Area Council of Churches Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
South Windsor FISH
Silver Lake Conference Center
Neighbors in Need collection
PALM SUNDAY COLLECTION
The Mission Committee of First Church decided to have their annual Palm Sunday Missions Collection on behalf of hawkwing with the collection of Disposable diapers, baby wipes, bar soap, toddler & adult toothbrushes, non-whitening toothpaste, chap-stick, dental floss, deodorant, and sanitary products. First Donations will be shipped from hawkwing’s hub in Glastonbury, CT. In early June, the truck will be loaded to deliver donations to the Cheyenne River Sioux (Lakota) Reservation in South Dakota. hawkwing is an 501(3) organization founded by Rochelle Ripley.
On the second Sunday of the month we will be collecting items for a local food pantry (South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank or Interval House. These donations are appreciated greatly. One or two items may not seem like much but to someone who has empty cupboards and stomachs, it is life giving.