Ministry Engagement Coordinator

Anne Weissenborn

mission@cccsilverspring.org

We are charged to serve others by allocating the CCC mission funds to local, national and international causes and programs. In addition, CCC coordinates five annual all-church special offerings and seeks to engage church volunteers to participate in hands on mission-related activities. We also explore actions CCC can take regarding economic, social and political issues. In recent years, these initiatives have included environmental protection, marriage equality, anti-racism, religious tolerance, and social justice for people of different races, gender and sexual orientation.

Click the links to explore some of the community organizations we support.

In the late 1990’s, Jim Todhunter and CCC helped form Progress Place, a place homeless residents to find shelter and community services in downtown Silver Spring. In 1996, Progress Place offered rent-free space to Shepherd’s Table, a community food ministry. Since that time, Shepherd’s Table has never missed a meal since opening its doors almost 30 years ago and theyare committed to making sure we never do. Members of CCC volunteer at Shepherd’s Table once a month. Please sign up on the Lobby Bulletin Board for a shift and join us in helping our community.

Since 1991, Shaw Community Ministry of the UCC’s Potomac Association has operated as a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to further enhancing the lives of children, youth and adults in the Shaw area of Washington, DC. Their mission is to work together with the children, youth, adults and seniors of the Shaw community to enhance lives and to expand opportunities in the areas of: education, health and wellness, leadership and youth development. A member of the BSW serves on the Board of Shaw Community Ministry and CCC provides financial support to Shaw through a portion of the Christmas fund collection and through member donations for Thanksgiving baskets and summer camp scholarships.

The Senior Connection is an interfaith caregiving program and is part of the “Faith in Action” movement of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Senior Connection serves older adults living in lower Montgomery County, Maryland. Services include: escorted transportation, shopping and errand assistance; friendly visitation and help with paperwork. All services are provided free of charge by volunteers from a variety of faith communities. The service area includes Greater Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Kensington, Chevy Chase, lower Rockville and lower Potomac. Volunteers are constantly needed to keep pace with the increasing demand for services. Service hours are flexible and are set to what ever length of time the volunteer has to offer.

IMPACT was founded in 1999 during the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring. The concept of IMPACT Silver Spring was born when its founders developed a community-wide leadership program, bringing people together across lines of difference for relationship- and skill-building. CCC continues a close partnership with IMPACT, through giving and anti-racism justice work.

The Ghandi Brigade was formed from the vision of Richard Jaeggi, who wanted to combine his love of youth with his passion for non-violent social change. Combining these, Richard founded a movement that helped youth engage the public square, build community, and work for the common good through media. Although Richard has passed away, the work continues through the dedicated Board, staff and participants of it’s programs.

CCC is a “5 for 5” church, collecting for all four of the UCC’s special offerings and contributing to Our Church’s Wider Mission through our unified budget.

  • One Great Hour of Sharing: Giving Help, Hope and Life—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.
  • Strengthen the Church: Faithfully Building the Body of Christ—Supports church growth and leadership development in the conferences and through the national offices of Local Church Ministries.
  • Neighbors in Need: Justice and Compassion Like a Mighty Stream—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.
  • Christmas Fund: Remembering Those Who Serve Our Church—Provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands.
  • CCC also support Our Church’s Wider Mission. 10% of our operating budget goes to the wider denomination to contribute to the work of the UCC.