Social Action Team July news

July Faith-to-Action

The Faith-to-Action recipient for July is Mobility Worldwide – Columbia, which you previously may have known as ‘PET’ (Personal Energy Transportation). This wonderful organization was started in 1994 when Larry Hills, a missionary, told Mel West about the need for transportation for people who had lost the use of their legs. Throughout the years many Columbia UUs have volunteered for this organization. In 2024, 742 mobility carts were built in Columbia to be sent to locations around the world! You will hear more about Mobility Worldwide – Columbia on July 14 and July 28 during morning worship. Please donate as you are able.

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
  • May: $487.36 for our Honduras ministry

Faith-To-Action Nominations now closed (maybe)

July1 was the deadline for “priority” nominations for the upcoming church year Faith-to-Action collections. Any nominations received after July 1 will be considered if the Social Action Team has not received 12 qualified nominees. The Team will discuss and vote (if necessary) on the nominees at their regular July 7 meeting.

Loaves and Fishes update

We served an increasing number of clients at our most recent Loaves and Fishes meal on Sunday, June 16 – well over 100. We had enough food, thanks to the generosity of many of you. It seems especially important to fill all of the meat, vegetables and starch (e.g., potatoes, rice, etc.) slots in our signup list. Wow, people really went for the potatoes, in all their permutations!

I don’t think it is a secret that Diane Suhler will be on a mission in Jamaica for a year (a year!). Diane is a L&F stalwart, often filling multiple slots of meat or starch, as well as serving. So, the rest of us will have to step up!

Note that you may be reimbursed for your cost if you donate food at our 3rdSunday L&F meals. Submit your grocery receipt along with a standard UUCC Expense Voucher. Email April to obtain the church’s sales tax exemption certificate to use when purchasing food for Loaves and Fishes.

Cooking not your thing? You can still be part of the effort by donating to the Loaves & Fishes Reserve Fund, which we use to reimburse food expenses. We hope to get this on the UUCC website donations drop-down list soon… but you can always write a good-old-fashioned check to UUCC with Loaves & Fishes Reserve Fund in the memo line. April knows what to do with it!

– Fred Young, Social Action Team Chair