We Serve and Care for Others

Our faith calls us to establish a personal relationship with God and we do that through prayer, scripture reading and Sunday worship. God also calls us to reach out to others in both service and advocacy:

  • “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
  • “God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family…” UCC Statement of Faith
  • “This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 15:12

Our service and outreach programs have a three-fold focus.

Care for the World

Showing our love for persons outside our community whom we may never meet face to face. We show our love primarily through our giving and through our fundraising efforts.

  • Special offerings through the UCC – We have several offerings a year that support US and global initiatives. Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) includes the following:
    • One Great Hour of Sharing – Channels resources for international programs in health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief, refugee ministries, and both international and domestic disaster response, administered by Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources.
    • Neighbors In Need – Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM), justice and advocacy, and direct service projects supported by Justice and Local Church Ministries.
    • Strengthen the Church – Re-imagines and builds the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, Strengthen the Church largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the United Church of Christ does not have a strong presence. Its also provides support for existing church’s new initiatives.
    • The Christmas Fund – The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund is a Special Mission Offering that congregations have been supporting for over 100 years. Funds provide direct financial support to those who serve the church and are facing financial difficulties.

Care for the Community

Showing our love for persons who live in our local community.

  • Feeding the homeless – We collect donations for the South Fort Myers Food Pantry and the Community Cooperative Soup Kitchen.
  • Donations to local charities – The Missions team donates to various local charities throughout the year.  Recent donations were made to Island Coast Helping Hands and the ACT Emergency Shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.
  • Justice Ministries – Fort Myers UCC joined Lee Interfaith for Empowerment (LIFE) in March 2017. The interfaith congregations in LIFE seek to address the systemic and institutional causes behind the pain and suffering of poverty and injustice in Lee County. We also support other issues and causes, such as the Fair Food Program, the Open and Affirming Coalition of the UCC, and the rights of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Care for the Church

Showing our love for our church family by ministering to those in our church family and by volunteering our time and talents – in the office, in worship, or on church boards and committees. We show our love for one another by giving of our time.

  • Care Team (for home-bound members) – The purpose of this group is to visit those in our church family who can no longer worship with us because of mobility or other health issues. They may be in independent living or a nursing home.
  • Hospital Callers – When someone in our church family is in the hospital and would like a visit, we call on them. (Because of privacy issues, hospitals no longer automatically notify the church, even when the patient indicates church affiliation on their paperwork. Please contact the church to let us know if you or someone else has been admitted. Even if the patient does not want a visit, let the office know so we can pray for them.)
  • Volunteer at the Church – There are many ways to make our church a better place for all by offering your time and talents. Some of these take place during worship, and some happen during the week. To learn about these opportunities, visit the church office and ask what you can do.