Community

COMMUNITY

Serving Our Community

We are committed to our community and believe that God calls the local church to be part of the process of transforming its local context by striving to promote justice, mercy, and peace. In addition to the many local organizations that we financially sponsor, we have made a commitment to partner with these local ministries through hands-on volunteer opportunities and financial giving.
 
Boy Scout Troop 623
Our church has continuously sponsored BSA Troop 623 for 97 years, making it one of the oldest troops in the nation. We currently have approximately 50 registered scouts and 15 leaders. We’re expecting several new Eagle Scouts this year as the number of boys having attained the rank of Life Scout continues to grow. Additionally, we continue to see a growing number of cub scouts crossing over into the Troop from Pack 623 as well as other area Packs. The Boy Scout Troop is very active; going on an outing at least once a month. Some of the Troop’s recent outings include: Backpacking, Whitewater rafting, the Klondike Derby and the annual Thanksgiving Feast, to name a few. Additionally, this year, we will be heading on a High Adventure Trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch. This is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch located near the town of Cimarron, New Mexico, covering 140,177 acres of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. This is the Troop’s 55th year to serve as the Governor’s Honor Guard on Mackinac Island. We are one of the longest participating troops in the state. This activity takes place for one week every summer, and the duties include raising and lowering flags at the historical sites and serving as guides at the various historic sites around the island. The Troop’s main fund-raisers are Popcorn, parking cars during the Steelhead Triathlon, and the Brat Fry/Ice Sale held during the Tri-State Regatta on Labor Day weekend. Meetings are held at the church on Monday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you know of any boy between the ages of 11 and 17 who is interested in joining, have him contact Scoutmaster Bill Shepard at 269-921-6433. You may also visit our web page at: www.BSATroop623.com The Pack and Troop are very proud to be associated with First Congregational Church and thank the entire congregation for supporting the Scouting program. With continued help, we will uphold the fine tradition of serving the youth of the community. Scouting does make a difference in a boy’s life!
 
Called to Care
Called to Care Ministry members are energized by the opportunity to offer support and encouragement to others and to strengthen the life of the church. They are able to relate to people in many diverse circumstances of life. They are compassionate, have integrity, are able to maintain confidences, and are good listeners. On-going training is provided to enhance Called to Care Ministry members’ skills.
 
They aim to be a compassionate presence for those in our congregation who are in need of care and encouragement, as well as help those who are unable to attend worship and other church activities feel fully embraced by our church family.  They support the pastoral care ministries in which our Minister and Parish Nurse are continually engaged.
 
Called to Care serves those who are hospitalized, in care facilities, those experiencing short- or long-term physical illness, new parents, or those in other life-changing situations.  Called to Care also helps those who serve as Caregivers.  This may take the form of prayer, visits, meals, and many other ways of showing Christ’s love.
 
Soup Kitchen
FCC partners with the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen on a regular basis.  Out turn to serve is the third Tuesday of every month.
 
Rummage Sale
Twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, FCC puts together a huge rummage sale, open to the entire community.
 
Our Other Community Partners