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Outreach/Fellowship Ministries

First Congregational Church UCC of South Haven strives to support and promote the following Ministries and Outreach/Fellowship Groups.  All are welcome and encouraged to participate in any or all of the groups as able.

Bike Group

Our bike group is a very loosely organized group of people who enjoy spending time together on their bikes.  We encourage all adult and family cyclists to join us; there is someone with whom to ride at all ability levels.

All local rides leave from the church parking lot and typically last 1-4 hours.  We will vary the destination according to road/trail conditions utilizing the KalHaven Trail, VanBuren Trail, or local roads including the North Shore Loop, Covert and Van Buren State Park areas.

Ride Schedule (dependent upon weather)

  • Mondays – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday Mornings (Please call the Church for an accurate departure time.)

Additional rides may be organized upon request.

If you would like to be added to the Bike Group Email List please contact Chuck and Nancy Garber.

Cub/Boy Scouts

First Congregational Church is the charter organization for Cub Scout Pack 188 and Boy Scout Troop 188.

Cub Scout Pack 188

Boys and Girls in Kindergarten through fifth grade are able to participate in Cub Scouts.  Cubs are organized by grades into Dens.  All the Dens meet once a month for a Pack Meeting at the church.  The rest of the month, they meet as dens, sometimes at the church and sometimes elsewhere.

  • Lions Cubs (Kindergarten) – In this age group, boys and girls work with a parent or adult partner.   The group usually meets once a month for an activity.  
  • Tiger Cubs (1st Grade) – In this age group, boys and girls work with a parent or adult partner.   The group will usually have a meeting at the church and a field trip (called “Go See It”).   These are to places like the library, fire station and other areas in town.
  • Wolf Cubs (2nd Grade) – A Den Leader and Assistant Den Leader organize the individual meetings.  Both at home with parents and during Den meetings, the Scouts  work on achievements toward their Wolf Badge.
  • Bear Cubs (3rd Grade) – Bear Cubs is similar to the Wolf Cubs in that a Den Leader and Assistant Den Leader organize the individual meetings.   During this year, the Scouts work on achievements toward their Bear Badge.
  • Webelos – (4th & 5th Grade) – Webelos is a two year program.  The boys now work toward a Webelos Badge and individual Activity Pins in a wide range of subjects.  Not all Scouts need to earn the same pins.   Many of the activities take more than one meeting and most require work at home.  There is still a Den Leader and Assistant Den Leader to guide the boys.  One of the goals of Webelos is to earn the Arrow of Light Award, which is the highest award in Cub Scouting.   It requires earning a number of Activity Pins and knowledge of scouting.  Webelos often ends by March or April of fifth grade, as this is when the Scouts can cross over to Boy Scouts.

For more information about Cub Pack 188 please contact:

Boy Scout Troop 188

Boy Scouting is one of the traditional membership divisions of the Boy Scouts of America.  The program achieves the BSA’s objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness.   Troop 188 has an outdoor activity each month and will go camping many months of the year.   They are active in service projects around South Haven.

It is available to boys and girls who have reached at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old
  • Have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old
  • Are at least 11 years old, but not yet 18 years old

Meetings:  Currently the Troop is meeting on Sunday evenings at the church at 6 p.m.

For more information about Boy Scout Troop 188 please contact:

Food Pantry

At the First Congregational Church We Care Food Pantry we are dedicated to providing food to our most needy families within the greater South Haven area.  Our clients usually come to us through referral from We Care I.N.C. in South Haven.  We provide nutritionally balanced and complete meal packages.

Our food stock is obtained through We Care partner churches, community organizations, the South Haven Farmers Market, and individuals who donate food items as well as provide financial support.

In addition to the normal pantry, this ministry also distributes Thanksgiving Baskets and Christmas Baskets.  On various occasions throughout the year, we host the Feeding America Truck that distributes 5000 pounds of food to needy families.

Thousands of individuals benefit from this pantry every year.

Pantry Schedule: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon – Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

Food Pantry Directors:  John Gillett & Sue Gillett

John and Susan Gillett have been managers of the Food Pantry since March 2006, following in the footsteps of Doyle and Joanne Bingham. The Gilletts and their staff of countless volunteers are committed to helping alleviate hunger in the South Haven area. We hope to make a difference for people who are going through difficult times.  Please contact the church office (269-637-3804) or We Care I.N.C. (http://www.wecare-inc.org/) if you would like to volunteer or know of someone in need.

 

Garden Club

The South Haven Garden Club generally meets at our church at 12:30 PM on the 2nd Monday of every month.  Participating in various events and activities throughout the year, their mission is “to educate and beautify.”   

To learn more about this wonderful group of people or get involved yourself, please visit their website:

 

 

Girl Scouts

Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912.  Today it is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts consisting of nearly 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries. The mission of Girl Scouts is to “build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts Organization strives to be the premier leadership organization for girls, and experts on their growth and development.”

Our church has supported Girl Scouts for many years and frequently opens its doors to provide meeting locations for this well-esteemed and valuable organization.

For more information please visit their website:

Men's Breakfast

All men are invited to participate in these fellowship opportunities.  Just meet us at the restaurant at the designated time.  From week to week, our group size varies, as does our conversation.  We’d love to have you join us!

  • Wednesdays 8:00 AM – Phoenix Street Cafe

After the Wednesday breakfast, some group members head over to the church to help with small maintenance tasks.  Once again, all are welcome!

Prayer Fellowship

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Our Prayer Fellowship group meets every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Lounge. We discuss updates on those for whom we have been praying and also add new names and events that have been made known to us.

Not only do we pray for those who suffer from illnesses or loneliness, but we also give praise for prayers answered, new births and the beginning of another day. We have those who pray out loud and those who pray silently. All are invited to join us as we talk with God.

You will notice that prayer request forms have been placed throughout the Sanctuary and also in the Narthex.  If you have a prayer request, you are encouraged to fill out a slip and place it in the collection plate or prayer request box in the Narthex.  Not only do we lift up our collections to God with praise, but also our prayer requests.

Prayer: The act of communicating with a deity or spirit in worship.[1] Specific forms of this may include praise, requesting guidance/assistance, or confessing sins. Praying can be done in public, as a group, or in private.

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

prayer shawl, in Christianity, is a piece of cloth blessed in honor of a saintangel, or deceased person. They are blessed by the clergy and can be informally blessed through prayer by the laity. They are to be given to a person who is ill, injured, or in bad fortune.[1] They may also be given to people for celebrating events such as childbirth, baptism, or confirmation. (Wikipedia)

First Congregational Church, UCC in South Haven, MI. has a growing Prayer Shawl Ministry. Many are needed to make this a success.

We are not limited to knitting or crocheting, so don’t worry if you are not handy in these areas.

We need people willing to:

  • purchase or donate money towards supplies.
  • knit/crochet or sew shawls (or learn this skill).
  • compose personal prayers.
  • deliver shawls.

The Lord calls us to minister in many different ways. Is this your calling? If you are interested in joining this group please contact the church office (637-3804) or Shirley Sollman (269-637-4868 H) (269-330-1432 C)

Centered on Wellness

A branch of Centered on Wellness Counseling of South West Michigan is located in our church. Established in 1974, this faith based counseling center strives to uphold its mission of “providing professional services that help to find a balance between spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and relational elements.” They offer counseling, coaching, consulting, education and prevention services.  We are proud to have them share our building and benefit from their expertise.  For more information please contact the Centered on Wellness office. (269.637.6236)

Thursday Night Supper

November through March we host a dinner every Thursday evening at 6pm.

All are welcome to attend, especially those in need of extra help during these difficult times.  The Marcoux family, owners of Phoenix Street Café, a local restaurant here in South Haven, generously supplies the food for each dinner.  It is served in our Fellowship Hall here at First Congregational Church, by many individuals and groups of volunteers from throughout the community.

Some of the volunteers include: Kiwanis, Rotary, Beta Sigma Phi, St. Basil’s youth, Boy/Cub Scout troop 188, and members of our own congregation.

Through this ministry, 50-94 people are fed every Thursday night.

Visitation Ministry

The purpose of a Visitation Ministry is to share the love of God and our church life by offering visits to church members and friends. Our volunteers make it a priority to visit those who are in rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, assisted living, independent living facilities, and hospitals.  We also strive to reach out to those just in need of company.

Sometimes folks like to chat, but just aren’t up to receiving a visit in person, so the Visitation Ministry also provides phone visits.

This Ministry will incorporate the following ministries:

  • Prayer Shawl Ministry – provides a lovingly made and blessed prayer shawl to those going through difficult times.  It is meant as a reminder that they are loved and lifted up in prayers.
  • Flower Ministry – provides a flower “pick-me-up” to our home bound members or those in need.
  • River Ridge pick-up Ministry – provides transportation to & from church for those members currently residing at River Ridge Retirement Village
  • Worship at Countryside
  • Caring Meals Ministry – provides meals for people recovering after a hospital visit or traumatic life event.
  • Caring Transportation – provides transportation to church or important appointments for those in need.
  • Card Ministry – provides “get well” or “thinking of you” cards on behalf of our church family.

This Visitation Ministry supplements the congregational care provided by our minister and is offered by members with warm hearts and good listening skills.The Ministry is flexible: volunteers may participate regularly or only occasionally, as they have time. If you would like to become part of this vital ministry of caring please let us know.

If you know of someone who may be in need of our Visitation Ministry or if you are in need yourself.  Please do not hesitate to contact us. (269-637-3804)

 

We Care I.N.C.

We Care In the Name of Christ is an ecumenical helping ministry in South Haven, Michigan.  First Congregational Church is proud to be one of the founding churches.  We regularly support this ministry with staff, funds, and volunteers.  The Food Pantry at our church is a part of We Care I.N.C.

WE CARE I.N.C. MISSION STATEMENT

We Care In the Name of Christ’s mission is to help God’s Church live out Christ’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves.  This is done by linking families in need with church pantries and assistance ministries as well as a wide variety of community agencies.  We offer church and community members an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth through sharing their time and talents to help others and also to promote good stewardship, preventing duplication of services and utilizing available resources in the best way possible.

We Care I.N.C. main office is located at:

6321 Blue Star Memorial Hwy
South Haven, MI 49090

Visit the We Care I.N.C. website:

Womens Fellowship

“The purpose of Women’s Fellowship is to cultivate the spirit of Christ in every area of human life, beginning in our own lives and reaching into home, community and the outermost part of the earth.”

All women of the congregation are automatically members of Women’s Fellowship. We encourage all women to participate and bring visitors.

Regular Meeting Schedule:

  • January – February: Every Thursday at 9:30 AM
  • March – May: 2nd Thursday at 9:30 AM
  • June – August: No regular meetings (please call the church office to find out about special events)
  • September – December: 2nd Thursday at 9:30 AM

Please call the church office to find out about additional activities/meeting times.

Activities include:

  • Interacting with guest speakers
  • Assembling of special projects (baby layettes, school kits, health kits and hospital gowns)
  • Organizing and staffing the Spring and Fall rummage sales
  • Providing funeral luncheons or meals for other special events

Please Join us for one or all of these activities!

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