Mission is at the heart of the West Dover Congregational community. We believe in the importance of fellowship in the church, are deeply involved in our local community, and care for our entire world. Our occasional – seasonal Meetinghouse Concert series is one of the gifts we give to our community at which at the same time we hope to raise funds for a variety of missions and projects in our area.
Here’s just some of what is going on at West Dover:
LKG – Our church’s women’s fellowship. The LKG (Loose Knit Group) supports the church through fundraising, including a Thanksgiving pie sale and Memorial Day tag sale. LKG gives generously to area groups, and buys Christmas presents for a local family in need each year.
Food 4 Kids is an outreach program of the Loose Knit Group (LKG) of the West Dover Congregational Church. We have completed one successful year of feeding nearly 50 hungry children on weekends in the Dover and Twin Valley Elementary Schools. Packages of nonperishable food are sent home each Friday with students identified by the principals of each school. Volunteers pack the bags with food purchased by the donations given to us. The community and our church have given financial support throughout the school year. Thank you one and all for helping us!
Deerfield Valley Food Pantry – Founded in part by members of our community, the Food Pantry distributes food to individuals and families throughout the Valley. We remain actively involved and contribute both volunteers and financial assistance. We occasionally also have Red Sox vs. Yankees and Giants vs. Patriots food drives to benefit the Pantry.
Scouting – We sponsor and host at our church the local Cub and Boy Scout troop.
Habitat for Humanity – We support the work of West River Habitat for Humanity, and several of our members are frequent volunteers.
Kurn Hattin Home – We have an on-going drive for new and gently-used children’s books for the residents of this children’s home/school.
Alcoholics Anonymous – We host meetings two nights a week at our church. (Sat., Mon.)
Stamp Ministry – we collect used postage stamps. The stamps are boxed and sent to FL to a former member. The stamps are re-sold and the money is used to supply churches with children’s education materials written in Spanish.
In addition, either our church directly or the LKG financially supports these ministries:
Brattleboro Women’s Freedom Center (confronting domestic violence)
East Dover Fire Department
West Dover Fire Department
Deerfield Valley Rescue
We also give generously to local families facing emergency situations through our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.
For more information on the United Church of Christ mission projects:
United Church of Christ Special Mission Offerings (SMOs) exist to allow congregations and individuals to meet people at points of critical need in their lives. Though many options exist for direct, individual support of these needs, the SMOs allow a common witness and make a collective positive impact. Our church has identified four areas where these critical human needs exist:
• in places lacking health and educational resources and/or where disaster has struck;
• within systems of injustice which oppress daily life and opportunity;
• in the lives of church leaders without sufficient resources to live with dignity;
• in the nurture of youth and congregations just beginning their lives of faith.
We believe these SMOs collectively serve to lift people closer to the abundance and wholeness to which Jesus Christ has called us to work together to bring about.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Supports partners in countries with ministries that fund health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief, refugee ministries and both international and domestic disaster response, administered by Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources.
This offering is received on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Strengthen the Church
Supports church growth, pastoral and lay leadership development, youth and young adult ministries within conferences and administered by Local Church Ministries.
This offering is received on Pentecost Sunday.
Neighbors in Need
One-third of this offering supports the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM) and two-thirds is administered by Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
This offering is received on First Sunday of October as part of World Communion Sunday.
The Christmas Fund
Provides direct financial assistance to retired and active United Church of Christ authorized ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas thank-you checks. A ministry of the Pension Boards, the offering is received annually on the Sunday before Christmas.
This offering is received on the Sunday before Christmas.