In addition to helping the UCC collect
more than 1 million food and household items for local food banks, as well as
$111,111 in online donations for hunger-related ministries and $111,111 in
online donations for East Africa famine relief, members of Church of the Good
Shepherd are integrating seven additional goals into their Mission:1 efforts
and holding a neighborhood
"Healthy Harvest Festival" event on
During the 11 days of
Mission:1 (11.1.11–11.11.11), Church of the Good Shepherd is encouraging 11
practices of education, generosity and hospitality that are integrated into
their fall activities.
Aimed at raising
awareness and keeping continued focus on hunger related issues, the
congregation is invited to:
an adult education forum — "Low-Carbon Diet Challenge" on Nov. 1 or
"Animal, Vegetable, Mineral" on Nov. 8.
in a volunteer effort serving free breakfast or stocking food shelves.
a letter to Congress during worship on Nov. 6.
canned goods to stock shelves — 11 of one item, one of each 11 items, or simply
a financial contribution to Neighbors in Need and/or towards East African famine
dessert for the neighborhood Healthy Harvest Festival.
and bring one person or family to worship on Nov. 6 or to the neighborhood Healthy Harvest Festival.
with the choir at the neighborhood Healthy Harvest Festival.
the neighborhood Healthy Harvest Festival.
Be one of the people to take 11
invitations to our neighbors.
that our attention to hunger issues and our work make a difference.
Also featured at the festival will be produce grown in the
community's Faith and Food garden where a variety of greens and vegetables are grown.
Church of the Good Shepherd's interim pastor the Rev. Coqui Conkey said the
church recently hosted a UCC clergy cluster meeting where "the meal consisted of vegetarian soups
made by our members –– using greens from the Faith and Food garden."
part of our time talking about the ways that our congregations were
participating in Mission:1 and what our ongoing hunger-related projects
are," she said.
For the Nov. 11 community event, the congregation is
inviting 111 of its neighbors to come for conversation, music, food and the
opportunity to learn about food providers and hunger advocacy groups in its
neighborhood. The guests will be invited to write a letter to Congress and to
bring at least 1 of 11 named items to stock of the church's partner
organizations with food shelves.
talked a lot about money," Conkey wrote in the church's November newsletter,
outlining Mission:1 priorities. "I can’t say for certain what he would say
about the current state of affairs in the United States or elsewhere. I am
certain that he would have an overriding concern for those on the margins
including the poor, the homeless and the hungry."
am also certain that he is calling us to make a difference, to be generous with
our resources, and to be a blessing to those around us," she continued. "[For
all of us] maybe it means working together to make a difference for the hungry
and to learn more about advocacy related to hunger issues during our Mission:1