Mission Teams

Our church is offering seven mission focus opportunities to choose from and a brief synopsis of each follows. You can join a team at any time! Without our hands reaching out beyond the walls of our church to God’s children in need, Christ has no hands in the world. When we work together as Christ’s body serving the world, we can make a difference! There is a place for you in mission…

The Teams are: Environmental, Hunger, International, Literacy, National, Shelter and Visitation.

Environmental Mission Team

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The Environmental Team’s mission is to engage members of our congregation and community in an active program of caring for God’s creation via environmental stewardship that will preserve and restore the earth for our descendants and all living things. We will accomplish this by assisting members of the congregation and the broader community to:

  • Connect our sense of spirituality to the concept of stewardship of the environment
  • Reduce the environmental impact of our church facilities and activities
  • Learn how to reduce the environmental impact of our homes, activities, and businesses
  • Reach out to others to work and advocate for environmental stewardship.

The environmental team believes every action matters – big or little. When we raise our awareness and commit to being environmental stewards, positive changes take place. Every action matters. Please consider how your talents would help this committee.
Team Leader: Shona Quinn, E-mail: SQuinn@eileenfisher.com 203-637-9568.

Hunger Mission Team

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According to Hunger International, hunger is the most extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food. Hunger manifests itself in many ways other than starvation and famine. Most poor people who battle hunger deal with chronic undernourishment and vitamin or mineral deficiencies, which result in stunted growth, weakness and heightened susceptibility to illness. We have the ability to make a difference! And while we already do in so many ways in our community, there are many opportunities for us to do more. Please join the Hunger Mission Team as we explore ways in which we as a Christian community can come together and make a difference in the lives of the hungry.
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver” – Maya Angelou.
Team Leader: Tom Mahoney, E-mail: fccoghungermission@gmail.com.

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International Mission Team

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International Mission Trip to Guatemala this February

The International Mission Team 2010 trip was such a success that we’re planning a second trip to Antigua, Guatemala to volunteer again with Project Common Hope. If you share a commitment to international service as an expression of our faith, consider joining this Mission team. The trip will be from February 19th to 26th, 2011.

We will build another home and move one more family off of a mud floor. We’ll take donated goods with us and we will share the unique gifts of the people who travel with us. There are opportunities to teach, provide medical care and do other work in addition to building the home.

We welcome new team members whether or not they are in a position to travel to Guatemala. We have many members who do not travel, but help with publicity, collecting donations, communications and logistics.

We will need to confirm our flight reservations by mid November, so if you are interested, contact Kathy Fraser at kathyfraser1@gmail.com. This is primarily an adult trip, but teenagers traveling with their parents are welcome.
Team Leader: Kathy Fraser

Literacy Mission Team

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The Literacy Mission Team is committed to helping people of all ages improve their lives by increasing their English literacy skills. We will work with local organizations that promote literacy and train volunteers to tutor students in reading, writing and speaking. We will also identify groups in the community who may be in need of literacy volunteers. Our mission involves the development of all skills related to English literacy, from “functional literacy” tutoring (helping non-English speaking adults function in society) to promoting language and reading skills in young children. If you are passionate about language, books, reading and writing, like to help people and want to share your talents with those in need, contact one of our
co-leaders: Nancy McConnell, E-mail: nhm48@aol.com 203-637-4423. Mary Ranta or Donna Tagliarino, E-mail: dktag@aol.com 203-661-1535.

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National Mission Team

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A National Mission Team will be organized for a week-long family mission trip during the April public school break (April 10–18, 2010). The team and trip will be family oriented—parents and children will participate together. We chose to go to H.O.M.E. in Maine, with which our church has maintained a long relationship. Please consider blocking out this time in your family’s calendar. It promises to be a fulfilling, rewarding and very special opportunity to reach out and offer service and fellowship to others in our country. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
Team Leader: Phil Alexandre, E-mail: phil@alexandregallery.com

Shelter Mission Team

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Shelter Mission… every human has the right to and need for shelter, a clean and safe place to live. Our mission is to seek out those families/organizations in need and help provide, repair or build the necessary shelter so that they can live more comfortably and with dignity. The experience will enhance our Christian experience and nurture the souls of both the givers and the receivers. We hope to build a team that recognizes the need for this work and is willing to donate their time to give to those who need our help the most.
Team Leader: Peter Griffin, E-mail: pgriff13@gmail.com 646-236-8055.

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Visitation Mission Team

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A wet nose, eager eyes and wagging tail can help barriers melt away and smiles blossom. Visiting the sick, elderly, young children learning to read and others with your dog as your partner can be one of the most rewarding and spiritual volunteer experiences. A good therapy dog can bring instant smiles, relieve stress, lower blood pressure, improve morale and boost confidence. That’s where our Visitation Mission Team comes in. We’ll guide you through the process of training your dog. Also, through our meetings together, mission team members will help each other to grow spiritually through discussions of our shared experiences, difficulties and joys. YOU DON’T HAVE A DOG? NO PROBLEM! With help from our pastors, our team will identify and facilitate visitation opportunities for you to take the love of Christ to special places of need in our wider community.
Team Leader: Ashley Crihfield, E-mail: acrihfield@optonline.net 203-637-9234.

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