Justice and Mercy

“What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness

and walk humbly with our God.” Micah 6:8

Mission Statement: As part of the Body of Christ, we extend the words and deeds of Christ in ways that foster grace and justice for all God’s people in our community, in our nation and throughout the world.

The Justice and Mercy Commission is charged to maintain and expand the role of First Congregational Church as a beacon of social justice and mercy that creatively responds to the myriad needs of a wide variety of missions in our church, our community and in the broader world.

Mission Offering: Every Sunday, the loose offering and designated checks go to the Mission of the day. We support local, national and international missions. The church supports the wider mission of the United Church of Christ through UCC Special Mission Offerings each year:

In our community: First Church, as one of the founders, supports B.R.E.A.D. (Building Responsibility Equality and Dignity), is an organization that draws together people of faith to address local community issues through relationship building, direct action, and negotiation with state and community leaders. The First Congregational Church is one of nearly 50 congregations making up the organization, which represents more than 40,000 people.

The Good Samaritan Emergency Help Fund, supported by an Endowment Fund and the ongoing donations of the congregation, helps those who come to our door in need each month.

First Church also supports:

Faith Mission Meals is the only community kitchen in Franklin County that serves meals to anyone who is hungry. A team of First Church members prepare meals and donations of food are offered from the congregation.

Gladden Community House is a settlement house located in the heart of Franklinton on the west side of Columbus. It was founded in 1905 by Rev. Washington Gladden and Mrs. Celia Jeffery as a neighborhood outreach mission of First Congregational Church.

Bethlehem on Broad Street (BOBS) was started many years ago in response to a single request for dinner on Christmas. Since that start, BOBS has expanded its mission through three events: Broad Street United Methodist food give away, Project Help clothing give away, and the Christmas day celebration at First Congregational Church that serves several hundred guests each year. These services have been accomplished through the efforts of many volunteers from many churches of different denominations, different faiths, and various service organizations. 

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