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David’s United Church of Christ is a mission-minded congregation where faith comes to life as we respond to the needs around us. It is how, as Martin Luther King, Jr. taught, we put our “love into action.” At David’s, we set aside a portion of all pledges and offerings coming to the church to be shared, under the supervision of our Mission Board, with our ministry partners near and far. At David’s UCC we support mission and outreach locally, nationally, and globally.
David’s is proud to partner in Dayton with ministries the feed, support and aid the needy in our community, at places like House of Bread, Daybreak, The Food Bank, BOGG Ministries, Mercy Manor, The Dayton International Peace Museum, Life Essentials, Oak Tree Corner, and St. Paul’s Food & Clothing Outreach. Around the nation we send support to historic ministries like Habitat for Humanity, the Back Bay Mission, in Biloxi, MS, and two in St. Louis, MO: Emmaus Homes, a home for mental challenged adults, and Lydia’s House, a safe haven for women and children escaping situations of domestic violence.
Beyond the financial giving, David’s members express their mission-spirit by providing and serving a warm meal on the first Sunday of each month at Gateway Men’s Shelter.
We also collect over 650 jars of peanut butter each month to be distributed through the Kettering Backpack Program to youngsters in the Kettering school district who receive lunch assistance, who might lack for food on the weekends. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, David’s people donate enough food and turkeys and hams to give out between 40 and 50 baskets for needy families at each of the holidays.
On Mondays, year round, our Warm Wishes crew gathers to makes fleece hats, mittens and scarves for the homeless and/or needy adults and children, producing over 36,530 items that have been dispersed through homeless shelters, food pantries and urban schools.
It is through our participation in Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) that we participate in the larger mission work of the UCC, through the Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Assoc. (SONKA), and the Ohio Conference and our National Church priorities including support of Church World Service and Global Ministries, with our mission partners the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
We are a “5 for 5” congregation of the United Church of Christ, supporting the five primary mission offerings: OCWM (basic support, which comes through the Mission Board budget) and then four special offerings of the UCC: Neighbors in Need (our support for ministry among Native Americans and peace & justice advocacy ministries), One Great Hour of Sharing (food, health, global disaster response), Strengthen the Church (support for congregational vitality in the UCC, new church starts and the “God is Still Speaking” identity campaign), and The Christmas Fund (1/4th of our Christmas Eve offering receipts go to this special offering to encourage and support retired veterans of the cross, clergy and clergy spouses in retirement).
In addition, David’s sets another quarter of our Christmas Eve receipts for Trinity Homes of Beavercreek, a UCC related retirement and nursing home, and another quarter goes to Crossroad Children’s Home, a facility to aid troubled and abandoned or abused youth in Fort Wayne, IN.
Honoring our long-time commitment, we take two special offerings each year to support our institutions of higher education. One for our UCC related Ohio colleges, Heidelberg University and Defiance College, and the other our CUE Seminaries of theological education: Chicago, United (the Twin Cities), and Eden (St. Louis, MO).
Over the years, David’s has partnered with churches throughout SONKA to support in substantial ways our mission partners in Kenya, Africa, The Rubate Teaching College and Medical Clinic. Over the years, we have sent along medical supplies, raised monies for buildings and equipment, and sent our pastors and young people as ambassadors of God’s love and care. In 2012 alone, responding to a special request for aid to provide clean water to the Clinic, David’s Church raised over $13,000 for the project.
Whether it’s in financial giving, letter writing for Bread for the World, cooking food to be served at a homeless shelter or supporting mission work in far off Africa, David’s members strive to not just ‘talk the talk,’ but to ‘walk the walk.’