The donation barrel is located in the stairwell closest to Maynard Street. A church member loads up its contents as necessary, and takes donations to the House By the Side of the Road. Please let us know if you’d like to help with delivery of these items, but feel free to drop donations off any time the church is open.
The food box is located on the main floor in the Mayflower Lobby area. This year, we are looking for volunteers to take the bulk of its contents (non-perishable food items) to the Second Baptist Church food pantry every other Monday morning to ensure that these items are providing the most benefit to our community. Fresh fruits and vegetables must be delivered to Food Gatherer’s as they are received. Gluten free foods are always in high demand, as are items high in protein that can be eaten without preparation. Please contact the FCC office if you are interested in volunteering to deliver these much appreciated donations.
Getting new eyeglasses or sunglasses? There is a box to collect eyeglasses located on top of the food box. A volunteer from the Lion’s Club collects these glasses periodically. The glasses are professionally cleaned, sorted by prescription strength, and packaged to be distributed to people in need. Children’s glasses are especially in demand.
There are collection tubs for toiletry donations located on the top of the food box. These toiletries are periodically packaged by children in church school and distributed to the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, walk-ins, people that visit FCC for the warming and rotating shelters, and other community members in need. We accept any and all toiletries, including hotel sized and samples. Donations of gallon sized zip-lock bags are appreciated for the creation of the care packs. There is also a need for new socks, toothbrushes/toothpaste, and diapers of all sizes.
Donate Flowers for Communion Table
Fresh flowers on the communion table are something we have all come to enjoy during the traditional worship service. These flowers not only beautify the our sanctuary, but are given to honor very special people and occasions in our lives. In addition to remembering a loved one, you can give flowers in celebration of marriages, anniversaries, baptisms, birthdays, to say congratulations or thank you, or just because. After the worship service has concluded, the blooms are often delivered to shut-ins, hospitals, or other palliative care facilities bringing beauty and community to those who cannot be physically present in church. Please sign up online or in the Pilgrim Hall lobby.
Lay readers play a very important role during the service, and it’s a great way to get involved. Each week a lay reader leads the congregation in the Call to Worship, Prayer of Invocation, and the Lord’s Prayer. There are no prerequisites to being a lay reader. We welcome anyone of any age to participate. Please sign up online or in the Pilgrim Hall Lobby.
It is important for FCC to have committed and enthusiastic volunteers in our church school classrooms – it will keep the program growing and vibrant. Please give some thought and consideration to whether this opportunity is right for you. If you are at all interested in volunteering this fall, please let our Director of Christian Education know!
Great Lakes Scrip
Another way we support our missions and outreach efforts is through the scrip program. Scrip gift cards are an alternative form of payment that is much like a personal check or credit card. It is a dollar-to-dollar redemption. In other words, $50 cash or check buys a $50 gift card. We purchase the cards at a discounted price. The companies then donate 2%-15% or more of the value of the card purchased and that percentage is retained by us as revenue for mission and service work.
Back to school supplies and clothes, school lunches, sports and tailgates – welcome to fall! The easiest fundraiser ever is here to help you shop for the change in season. Please visit the Scrip table in the Mayflower Lobby between the services on Sunday morning for cash and carry cards for a large variety of retailers. We carry cards for gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, department stores, online stores, hardware stores, book stores, pharmacies, hotels, car rentals, airline flights, and more. The very best way to engage in this fundraiser for mission/work trips by First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, is to sign up to purchase your Scrip cards online. Details can be found at the Scrip table. We also have a fine array of cash and carry cards.
Since we began the program, we have raised over $8500 for mission/work trips! If you would like to be a part of this successful fundraising team, please talk to the terrific volunteers at the Scrip table in the Mayflower lobby on Sunday morning!