Missions

Missions



Summer Lunch Program:
Once a week, for the 8 weeks of summer, children from up to 8 local families will receive enough packaged food, fruits and vegetables to provide a minimum of 5 healthy lunches. 

The Missions Committee recognizes that Hunger and Food Insecurity are large problems for some of our neighbors. Nearly 30% of children in East Montpelier received free and reduced lunch during the last year. This places children at increased risk during the summer, when transportation to and from school programs can be scarce. We also recognize the children attending summer school programs is ideal, and wished to find an effective means of supplementing his programs not replacing them.

In order to do this - we need YOU.  This is a large effort that requires nearly everyone in the church community to be successful. Each week we will need 20 volunteers:


8 to buy the perishable items and bring them to church on Sunday 
8 to buy the non-perishable items and bring them to church on Sunday
1-2to sort the items on Wednesday morning
1-2 to drive the items to the families  

To sign up, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find a form to complete.  Once submitted, you will receive an emailed copy of your responses, so that you can remember what you have signed up for!  We will also send a reminder out, as part of our weekly community email.  

Thank you for helping us end hunger in our own back yard!


Current Needs:
Food for the Onion River Food Shelf is being collected each Sunday, and is particularly necessary during this time of year. Please leave it in the basket in the narthex. Protein sources are especially welcome (peanut butter, beans, tuna, canned meats, beef stew).

Prayer Shawls or Baptism Blankets are always needed!  Would you like to use your knitting skills to wrap someone in prayer and love?  Patterns available here.  

Who we are:

Missions is a key part of the OMH and foundational to our understanding of what it means to be a church. At the very least we are committed to tithing our resources to our various mission ministries. In reality, our contributions far exceed this percentage and we remain enormously grateful for the generosity of our community.

The Missions Committee of the Old Meeting House has the privilege and charge of carrying our church’s work into our local community and the wider world. We support organizations that address urgent needs such as food, healthcare and homelessness. To this end, we give to over 25 local relief organizations and the United Church of Christ’s mission endeavors, specifically “Our Church’s Wider Mission” and “One Great Hour of Sharing.” For more information on these and other ministries of the UCC, please visit: http://www.ucc.org/

The OMH supports a teacher at the Kalesiruia School in the Mbirikani Group Ranch in Southeastern Kenya. Our contribution goes to The Maasailand Preservation Trust, a trust that is dedicated to helping the Maasai preserve their traditions, conserve wildlife and their environment, as well as providing education and healthcare as they become active participants in their inevitably changing futures. http://www.richardbonhamsafaris.com/maasailand-preservation-trust.htm

We also seek to help raise the profile of the organizations to which we give as a means of encouraging others to support these organizations and inspire social consciousness throughout our extended community. This is done primarily through fundraising concerts, community gatherings and educational forums.

Circle of Care


The Circle of Care Committee provides meals, rides, companionship and other forms of support to people in our church community who are in need.
If you would like to speak with someone about participating in the Circle of Care - either to receive or give of services, please contact circleofcare@oldmeetinghouse.org.


Summer Lunch Sign Ups!