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Our Outreach Programs

Following is a list and brief description of outreach ministries at Immanuel UCC connected to local, national, and international support. Immanuel UCC is always looking for individuals who might want to assist in the support of these programs or who may have an interest in starting new programs. All these programs are at the heart of our mission to love and serve God and our neighbor.

Camp Mo-Val - An outdoor ministry of the Missouri Mid-South Conference located just outside of St. Louis. Immanuel UCC supports Camp Mo-Val through financial contributions and Immanuel children attend camp every year. This outdoor ministry has been vital to the faith journal of many Immanuel UCC members.

CASA - Provides support for victims and family members who have suffered domestic abuse. Immanuel UCC provides financial support as well as in kind contributions.

Child Safe - Child Safe provides a comprehensive, culturally competent, multi-disciplinary team response to allegations of child sexual abuse in a dedicated, child friendly setting. Immanuel UCC provides financial support to CASA and has been actively involved with the organization and development.

Church World Services (CWS) - Immanuel UCC supports church world services with financial and in kind support including health kits. Contributions made to CWS are used for disaster support throughout the United States and around the world.

Community Café - Provides an evening meal to anyone in the Sedalia community. Immanuel UCC has been involved with the organization of this service. Immanuel UCC also provides financial support and volunteers serve meals four times a year.

Engineers Without Borders-USA - Supports community-driven development programs worldwide by designing and implementing sustainable engineering projects and fostering responsible leadership. Immanuel UCC supports the group through financial contributions; one of our members is an active participant in the organization.

Festival of Sharing - For many years, Immanuel UCC has been an active participant with the Festival of Sharing. This annual event, an inter-faith, statewide, gathering, is held the third Saturday of each October at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The purpose is to help assist those in Missouri faced with hunger, poverty, and crisis. Immanuel provides reading and writing packs for Missouri school students and is known for serving delicious pancakes and sausage at the festival breakfast. All proceeds are donated to the festival.

Food 4 Kids - In the summer of 2006, Immanuel UCC started a FREE summer time lunch program for area children. In addition to the lunch, activities are offered everyday for the children. Volunteers to help serve the lunch and supervise the activities are always welcome. Several hundred children have been served through this outreach ministry.
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Heifer International - Immanuel UCC provides financial support to Heifer International which assists people all around the world.

Holiday Food Packs - Every November Immanuel UCC collects food for holiday food packs to be distributed at the Open Door Food Pantry. Each food pack contains enough food for a family of four plus a gift certificate for a meat purchase at a local supermarket to complement the meal. The goal is to have at least one hundred food packs to share.

Neighbors in Need - A UCC offering that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including ministry carried out by the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and by the national offices of Justice and Witness Ministries.

One Great Hour of Sharing - A UCC offering that supports partners in more than 70 countries with ministries that fund development projects, feed the victims of famine, provide services for displaced people, and respond to natural disasters.

Open Door Benevolent Ministries - This ministry is an extension of many churches in the Sedalia area including Immanuel UCC. Open Door was formed to assist residents in Pettis County meet everyday needs. Today Open Door consists of a thrift store and food pantry serving thousands of people. Immanuel UCC is active in staffing both the thrift store and pantry as well as providing thousands of pounds of food per year and monetary donations to share with individuals and families who utilize the Open Door services.

Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM) - Our Church's Wider Mission is the name we use to describe the work we do as the United Church of Christ beyond the local church-through our Conferences, national ministries, and UCC-related institutions. Our Church's Wider Mission is also the name we give to the financial support given by UCC members and congregations that makes this broader mission possible. Congregations are central to the ability of The United Church of Christ to do mission in local communities, within the United States and internationally. As a congregation works in its own community, it is a representative of the entire denomination and embodies the UCC in that place. And when a congregation determines it's giving to Our Church's Wider Mission, there is a direct impact on levels of funding for the Conference and national ministries. Every local congregation, including Immanuel UCC, has a responsibility to be aware of opportunities for local mission and to be knowledgeable about the work underway by its own conference and by the national ministries. Immanuel UCC is an active supporter of OCWM.

Sedalia Christmas Campaign - Every year Immanuel UCC adopts families for Christmas and provides Christmas gifts as well as a Christmas dinner. Immanuel UCC members are encouraged to shop for these families, wrap gifts, and make deliveries.

Shannondale Community Center - A mission project of the Missouri Mid-South Conference UCC serving the spiritual, educational and economic needs of Shannon and surrounding counties. It encompasses the Bucher Memorial Tree Farm; the Wobus Crafts Center; and Timber Time, an after-school tutoring program. Shannondale provides lodging for families and groups on service projects, work camps or retreats.

Souper Bowl of Caring - Every year Immanuel UCC participates in a soup drive to raise soup and money for the Open Door Food Pantry of Sedalia, MO. Volunteers are asked to help contribute soup and to transport the soup to the Open Door.

Strengthening the Church - An offering of the UCC faithfully building the Body of Christ. This offering supports church growth and leadership development in the conferences and through the national offices of Local Church Ministries.

UCC Christmas Fund - A UCC offering for remembering those who serve our church. This offering provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands, a ministry carried out by the Pension Boards.

UCC Seminaries (Cue) - Ongoing financial support is provided by Immanuel UCC for UCC related seminaries. Consistent support is given to United Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, MN, Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL, and Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.