At First Congregational Church our vision is a just, compassionate, and peaceful world that honors all of God’s creation.  Click on the arrows below to see how we put our values into action for 2023. These activities were initiated by the Social Justice and Witness committee as well as through wider church efforts.

  • Supported and maintained a Little Food Pantry outside the church that provided thousands of pounds of food to those who are hungry.
  • Donated $1000 to Breakfast Brigade
  • Donated $500 to Weekend Burrito Brigade
  • Donated $1000 to create 700 dinners for those using the Egan Warming Center
  • Donated $2400 to the Interfaith Food Hub and managed funds for this organization that serves over 5000 meals per month.  FCC’s contribution provided about 5,854 meals.
  • Donated $1000 to Carry it Forward for support for youth
  • Donated $10,000 to Nightingale Shelter, funds that were collected for our Housing Initiative.
  • Youth raised about $1200 to make sandwiches for those who are unhoused.
  • Supported a weekly Sandwich Making endeavor that created 150 sandwiches each week in collaboration with Breakfast Brigade for distribution to those who are hungry.
  • 9 FCC members distributed sandwiches each week under the Washington Street Bridge in collaboration with Breakfast Brigade
  • Cooked monthly dinners and breakfasts for 60 parents and children served at the St. Vincent de Paul Annex. This involved 40 preparers and 20 people donating food.
  • Collaborated with St. Vincent de Paul to provide two homes for low-income residents on our church property.
  • Provided holiday gifts to 30 people served at Nightingale shelter.
  • Collected 50 coats in a coat drive for those who are unhoused.
  • Collected 420 pounds of food for Food for Lane County during a church wide drive.
  • Gave $3500 in assistance to those seeking help with utilities, gas, rent, etc. through the Good Samaritan Fund.
  • Donated $500 to The Way Home to provide assistance to those who are unhoused.
  • Donated $1000 to Center for Community Counseling
  • Donated $500 to South Lane Mental Health
  • Sponsored three book group discussions about mental health issues.
  • Facilitated conversation about mental health issues by supporting monthly articles in the church’s monthly newsletter.
  • Honored Mental Health Awareness in May with special articles in the Shalom, a worship service that focused on mental health awareness with special music and prayers.
  • Sponsored an Adult forum on mental health
  • Conducted two plastic recycling events to collect plastic that is not recyclable curbside.  10 cubic yards of plastic was saved from the landfill.
  • Sponsored five habitat restoration events at Turtle Island at the confluence of the coast fork and the main fork of the Willamette River.
  • Voted as a congregation to approve a Covenant to become a Creation Justice Church within the UCC.
  • Worked with EWEB, our local utility, to do a complete site review of the church to reduce our carbon footprint.  Lighting in the church sanctuary was changed from incandescent to LED lighting, saving many dollars each year.
  • Sponsored an adult forum on Earth Stewardship and on the book Braiding Sweetgrass.
  • 12 youth and 3 adults spent a week with Sierra Service Project in the Tolowa Dunes with the Tolowa Dee-ni Nation, Del Norte County California, building bridges and wheelchair ramps, conducting invasive species removal, trail maintenance in gardens and the redwood forest.
  • Adult education provided a book study on Sacred Nature by Karen Armstrong.
  • Provided $1000 to Refugee Resettlement Coalition to assist new asylum seekers or immigrants.
  • Through the gift of a member of the congregation, provided $1000 to sponsor the Refugee Resettlement Coalition annual fund and awareness raiser.
  • Collected items to provide Welcome Kits for new refugees in Lane County.
  • Donated $500 to Friends of the Children to help develop mentoring programs.
  • Donated $1000 to CORE to support Zepher House, a safe place for youth.
  • Allocated $500 to Looking Glass for their Youth Shelter.
  • Provided holiday gifts for 25 children served by CentroLatino.
  • Provided 20 “birthday bags” (cake mixes, cake decorations, etc.) for children served by Sheltercare.
  • Sponsored a drive for Bags of Love, a program serving children in foster care, that collected diapers, art supplies and more.
  • Conducted a clothing drive for youth served by Looking Glass’s New Roads Program as well as “Snack bags” for 60 youth.
  • Conducted a tool drive for Looking Glass’s new Skilled Trades program.
  • Donated $1000 to TransPonder to provide support to the LGBTQA community.
  • Sponsored a booth at the Eugene Springfield Pride Festival.
  • Hosted a “Transgender Night of Remembrance” for those affected by violence against those in the transgender community.
  • Gifted the Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus free use of our church facility for rehearsals.
  • Gifted Soromondi, a Eugene Lesbian choir, free use of our church facility for rehearsals.
  • Sponsored a training for the church and others about implicit bias, provided by TransPonder.
  • Celebrated FCC’s Open and Affirming Covenant throughout the month of March with powerful testimony from members of our congregation about the effect of discrimination.
  • An Indigenous People’s Working Group was formed at the church. The group sponsored a month of training and discussions during adult education forums. Topics included the history of land theft from the first nations people in Oregon and efforts at the acknowledgment and restoration for the federally recognized tribes in Oregon.
  • Adult Education sponsored a book study of “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Howard Thurman.
  • Donated $1000 to our UCC national office for Turkey and Syria disaster relief after a major earthquake.
  • Sent $1000 to CIS for assistance with World Communion Sunday and our Global Mission to Tasajera, El Salvador.
  • Hosted a visit from the Director of CIS in El Salvador, and FCC’s first scholarship student to graduate from a university and who has returned to the Island of  Tasajera to teach for the past six years.
  • In a Special Offering during FCC’s World Communion Service, collected $17,000 to support 20 scholarship students on the island of Tasajera in El Salvador.
  • Provide a listing of Social Justice opportunities (educational and volunteer) through a weekly all-church email.
  • Offer to FCC members and the community a one-year-long Our Whole Lives (OWL) program on life span sexuality.
  • Award one-year scholarships through the FCC Endowment to youth who plan to attend post-secondary training. This year FCC awarded a scholarship to a seminary student.
  • Sponsor the Congregational Preschool, a high-quality developmental preschool that is non-sectarian since 1959.
  • Annually sell Christmas wreaths to benefit MLP, a women’s farmworkers coop.
  • Offer meeting space at no or low-cost to five 12 Step Groups, and a gender neutral scouting group.