The purpose of the Western Reserve Association’s Mission Ministry Team is to partner with WRA-related organizations to further their missions and ministries through the distribution of mission funds.
The following criteria shall be followed in the awarding of Mission grants:
- Provide seed money for emerging mission outreach.
- Fund programs that address critical needs such as hunger and homelessness.
- Fund programs geared toward self-empowerment of individuals.
- Demonstrate participation or engagement of members and/or congregations of the United Church of Christ with the grant seeking organization.
The team identifies potential grant recipients, seeks and reviews grant applications, awards grants and follows up with grantees.
Follow-up may include the review of recording documents or site visits. The team awards grants each year to our mission partners in accordance with our stated criteria.
- United Church Homes
- United Protestant Campus Ministries
- Brookside Hunger Center
- Greater Cleveland Congregations
Homeless Stand Down, Hands On NE OHIO
Matthew 25:40 …’Truly I tell you, just as you did it, to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
At Bainbridge Community United Church of Christ, Bainbridge Township, Chagrin Falls, we are passionate about sharing God’s enduring and inclusive love with our actions and not just words. Pastor Shaun Drefahl was installed as our minister three years ago and brought with him numerous ideas dealing with mission. Many members of our congregation and Pastor Shaun feel that mission is an integral part of our belief in God, service to humankind, and building an intergenerational faith community by pushing our building’s walls out and engaging community.
Our participation in Stand Down, Hands on NE Ohio is an example of this involvement. The first year of our participation involved two members, the next year three members attended and this year five members attended.
We have many generations involved in January’s Stand Down, Hands on NE Ohio, which is held at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland. For example, on a very cold November winter’s night, our young people collect clothes from congregants and community members while standing around a burning barrel in our parking lot.
We have groups donating their time assembling hygiene kits with donated materials. A very generous gift of money was donated this year by a church couple.
Fifteen hundred homeless were served on January 24th. To merely give someone a hug and have him tell you that he does not remember the last time someone hugged him; to have a child carry a balloon around, as if it were the most treasured gift ever received; to replace a pair of boots for someone who had cardboard wrapped around the bottom of the boots she was wearing and to receive the smiles and heartfelt thanks given to all of us who were serving them, makes that part of our UCC Statement of Faith come alive “…to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, and to be [Christ’s servant] in the service of others”.
Mission Chairperson of BCUCC