June Social Action Team update

The Faith-to-Action recipient for June is Loaves and Fishes. As a reminder, we have two Sundays per month when all proceeds from the Sunday service collection plates are donated to the designated Faith-to-Action recipient for the month. You may also donate on the UUCC website any time during the month for the designated FTA recipient.

We typically get heart-felt letters of thanks from the organizations we donate to. To view these letters check the bulletin board across from staff mailboxes. Our generosity is appreciated!

Recent Faith-to-Action collection results

  • September: $537 for The Center Project
  • October: $736 for Heart of Missouri CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates)
  • November: $1,454 for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. Combined with the Chili Fund-Raiser, that makes a total of $5,174 for PCRF.
  • December: $888 for First Chance for Children
  • January: $721.58 for MADP (Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty. Ms. Elyse Max thanks us and is grateful for our continuing support.
  • February: $1,080.12 for Minority Men’s Network
  • March: $1,101.77 for our Sanctuary and Immigrant Justice Team.
  • April: $997.99 for River Relief

Faith-To-Action nominations are open

The Social Action Team is now accepting applications for the Faith-to-Action collections, for the period September 2024 through August 2025. Any member of UUCC may submit a nomination. We ask that you submit your nomination by July 1 so the Social Action Team can evaluate the nominees and be ready for the September collection. Submit nominations here.

Faith-to-Action nominations to date

As of May 21, the Social Action Team has received applications for the following organizations:

  • Heart of Missouri CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates)
  • Children’s Grove Kindness Libraries
  • First Chance for Children
  • CCUA (Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture)
  • MADP (Missourians Against the Death Penalty)

We can accommodate 12 collections – one per month, starting in September. Closing date for priority consideration is July 1. Applications received after this will be considered if a month is still available. We received17 applications last year. The Social Action Team hopes to discuss and consider the applicants at its July 7 meeting.

Loaves and Fishes new location

We served our first meal at the new location, the Room at the Inn location on Ashley St. (at the end of Bowling Street, off of Business Loop 70 E., in May. The space is excellent, with a huge kitchen. It’s not perfect — no ice-maker — but Greg Suhler reports that the dishwasher is vastly superior to Wilkes Blvd. Client/guest numbers are down, about half of what we used to see this winter at Wilkes. Staff report that people who come are mainly those with cars or bikes; nobody walks all the way out there, and there is no city bus service on Sunday.

Loaves and Fishes – Team Building!

One idea that the Social Action Team has for engaging more people in the congregation with Loaves and Fishes is to encourage groups to “sponsor” one of our L&F meals. Discuss among yourselves, pick a month that is good for you, and sign up for as many slots as you can. Get together and prep a meal! Show up as a team to set up / serve / clean up! You don’t have to fill all the slots — and don’t worry, we’ll make sure that one or more of the “old hands” are there to help (I’m lookin’ at you, Greg S.), and there is an excellent staff-person (Meg) who always seems to be there. It’s a Good Thing — and it’s fun.

– Fred Young, Social Action Team Chair