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March Gabriel’s Horn| February 21 Weekly Newsletter

First Church Partners

Throughout the year, the Church takes up monthly collections for the following organizations whose missions are consistent with our congregational priorities:

Black Lives Matter DC is a collective of organizers, activists, and artists in the DC who work to combat anti-blackness and racialized oppression in all of its manifestations as experienced by Black people through healing, building community power within Black neighborhoods, and connecting Black folks who share the same desire for liberation.

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) DC seeks to organize white people to dismantle white supremacy and support racial justice movements. ThriveDC works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals a comprehensive range of services — meals, showers, laundry, and more — to help stabilize their lives.

Empower DC is a city-wide grassroots organization committed to building the power of low-income communities of color to create long lasting, positive change and to counter forces of displacement and gentrification.

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) , the Second Sunday offering in March, is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that involves us in disaster, refugee/immigration, and development ministries throughout the world. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light and Anacostia Watershed Society , two environmental stewards. Interfaith Power and Light provides a “religious response to climate change” by working with hundreds of congregations of all faiths across Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia to save energy, go green, and respond to climate change. The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage.

Global Ministries missionary to Colombia is a joint ministry of the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ. The mission works with pastors, lay leaders, Christian organizations and entire congregations from many different denominations to meet the needs of the communities they serve as they struggle with the effects of violent conflict.

Shaw Community Center enhances the lives and expand the opportunities of children, youth, and adults of the Shaw community in Washington, D.C.

Strengthen the Church (STC), an offering of the United Church of Christ to reimagine and build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard.

Life Asset empowers people through affordable financial products (e.g., microloans), services, and education, thereby promoting self-help and self-respect and expanding social and economic opportunities for lower income residents gives microloans and credit to help alleviate poverty in Washington DC.

Downtown Drop-In Center for Homeless Youth, a First Church partnership with Sasha Bruce Youthwork to offer a drop-in center from 6 until 9 p.m. every Monday night at the Church. In addition to food, board games and movies, the center also offers screening for HIV and case management services to address issues such as education, health, job training and placement and housing. Most critically, at the church, young people find a safe place to experience community.

Neighbors in Need (NIN), a United Church of Christ (UCC) offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.

Seabury’s Age-In-Place program, supports older adults in Washington, D.C.’s Wards 4, 5, and 6 through transformative volunteer service projects that help people stay in their own homes. Age-In-Place engages volunteers as a critical piece of the safety net in D.C. by providing yard

UCC’s Christmas Fund provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands.