Mission and Outreach Coordinators

Judy Cox

Mission + Outreach Coordinator

Dayna Majarowitz

Mission + Outreach Coordinator

CCC’s Mission and Outreach is charged to serve others by allocating CCC’s 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 tabs below to explore some of the values and organizations we support.

Open & Affirming

Our covenants:
“Affirming that all persons are created in the image of God, we honor and celebrate people of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.”

“We believe that as members of the community of faith we are called to love one another and ourselves as whole persons. We seek to relate to one another with love, trust and in ways that are mutually accountable and nurturing.”

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Our Open and Affirming (ONA) committee assists CCC to be an active, visible and reliable presence for our LGBTQ+ community. With the committee, CCC chooses to promote a faith with the values ONA represents.

ONA committee participation may range from being informed on the status of our activities to assisting and representing CCC at functions, e.g., Interracial/ Interfaith LGBTQ+ Dialogue, MoCo Police LGBTQ events, DC TransPride, DC Black Pride, Capital Pride, Transgender Day of Remembrance, HIV-AIDS walks, and LGBTQ suicide awareness and prevention functions.

The UCC Open and Affirming Coalition states, “When ONA congregations are active and visible, they can grow. New members will include both LGBTQ seekers and young heterosexual couples who want their children to learn the faith in a church with the values ONA represents.”

Contact: LJ Ingram

Racial Justice—Being an Anti-Racist Congregation

Our covenant:
“We believe that our commitment to anti-racism should be reflected in the life and culture of the congregation through our policies, programs and practices as we continue to learn about racism. We are committed to developing and working to implement strategies that dismantle racism through our adult and children’s education, Sunday services, mission giving, purchases and business practices, and community outreach and action.”

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CCC’s Racial Justice Circle has its roots in our Anti-Racism Covenant, which was adopted in 2006 after 
two years of study. More recently, the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement has added strength to 
the RJC’s momentum.

Early, RJC meetings were held at Impact Silver Spring, a local community social-justice group, in order to add impetus and reach to the effort. In 2015, the group moved the meetings to CCC, while continuing to welcome other organizations and individuals to participate. RJC’s email list-serv reaches a wide section of the community.

Members of RJC work on criminal justice reform to support measures that will reduce over-incarceration of persons of color; this includes efforts toward juvenile justice. The group has sponsored CCC’s membership in the Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR).

Contact: Jim Henkelman-Bahn, Mary Stone

Immigration

Our covenant:
“We pledge greater sensitivity to and support for all the world’s peoples in our shared struggles for liberation.”

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Liaising with the local advocacy organization Impact Silver Spring, CCC is searching for ways to offer immigration support through community awareness, legislative advocacy, and personal aid. This wide spectrum may encompass letter-writing to legislative representatives to accompanying undocumented person when they interact with ICE agents.

Reforms to Immigrant treatment procedures is the most recent Mission + Outreach effort; participants are researching opportunities to link with neighboring organizations.

Contact: Anna DeNicolo, Patty First, Bob Tiller, Sandi Zeese

Global Ministries

Our covenant:
“We pledge continued efforts to nourish existing ties and to establish new ones with our brothers and sisters outside our own community.”

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Ugandan Ministry
CCC helps the Kobulubulu community of Uganda in various ways as a KRMA-USPartner. Some of the efforts by the CCC community:

Ongoing financial and technical support has been given to the 20+ women of KRMA who are moving from subsistence farming to being successful economic producers of cassava for their families, their cooperative and their village.

Another initiative provides feminine hygiene kits for women and girls. These supplies enable the women and girls to work and go to school without embarrassment, infection, or discomfort. Before these kits were provided, each girl was missing four to five days of school each month.

The last two years, the children of CCC also donated funds from the children’s offering to buy books for he children of KRMA members and others in the community.

Contact: Lois Stovall, Aldene Ault

Other Global Assistance
In addition to the Uganda ministries, CCC has financially supported other programs worldwide, including aid to communities in India and Zimbabwe, among others. Our children have collected funds for UNICEF each year at Halloween. CCC’s financial help has gone to fight hunger, for disaster relief, toward health care improvements, and to support educational opportunities.

Peace Building

Our covenant:
“We pledge to promote peaceful resolutions to conflict.”

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The Israel/Palestinian Conflict and Search for Peace

Issues arising from the now 50-year Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land and people in the West Bank, plus Israel’s practical control of Gaza, have been concerns of CCC members for many years. Most recently, CCC’s Middle East Working Group has presented numerous educational programs on aspects of the I/P conflict, featuring film showings and a number of guest speakers from, e.g., the Central Atlantic Conference and the national UCC Palestine/Israel Network (“UCCPIN) as well as Jewish Voice for Peace. Future activities will address, inter alia, implementation of two recent UCC General Synod resolutions: “A Call for the United Church of Christ to Advocate for the Rights of Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation” passed on July 2, 2017, and the earlier “A Call for the United Church of Christ to Take Actions Toward a Just Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” passed on June 30, 2015.

Contact: Anne Weissenborn

Creation Care

Our covenant:
“We pledge to be more mindful of and responsible for the integrity of God’s Creation.”

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Stewards of the Earth works to support and sponsor CCC activities that promote stewardship of the environment and the welfare of God’s creation by the CCC members and friends and throughout the world.

The group sponsors a monthly CCC Fair Trade (Equal Exchange) sale of organic coffee, tea, chocolate, and other items to our congregation. The sales support the hard working farmers and their families by providing a fair return for their work and investment. They also help pay for environmental projects at CCC and provide free coffee for the Board of Church Life activities and for Shepherd’s Table.

Stewards of the Earth also sponsor environmental education, encourage CCC families to purchase renewable electric power and improve home energy efficiency, and encourage environmental activism including participation in peaceful demonstrations and support of environmental legislation.

Contacts: Jim Conklin & Winifred Roberts

Local Ministries

Our covenant:
“We pledge to learn more about the needs of those everywhere who have not shared in God’s intention of abundant living.”

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Impact Silver Spring

IMPACT was founded in 1999 during the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring. It was formed as a community-wide leadership program, to bring people together across lines of differences for relationship- and skill-building. CCC maintains a close partnership with IMPACT through our anti-racism work. CCC also provides financial support to this organization.

Contact: Jim Henkelman-Bahn

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Shaw Community Ministries

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 those living 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 expand opportunities in the areas of education, health and wellness, leadership and youth development.

CCC provides financial support to this organization through special fund collection and donations. A member of CCC serves on the Board of Shaw Community Ministry

Contact: Marjorie Hoffman

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Shepherd’s Table at Progress Place

In the late 1990s, Rev. Jim Todhunter and CCC helped form Progress Place, a place homeless residents can 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. Shepherd’s Table has never missed a meal since opening its doors almost 30 years ago. Members of CCC volunteer at Shepherd’s Table once a month.

Contact: John Peterson

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Gandhi Brigade

The Gandhi Brigade was formed from the vision of the late Richard Jaeggi, CCC member, who wanted to combine his love of youth with his passion for non-violent social change. Richard founded this organization to help youth engage the public square, build community, and work for the common good through media. Richard’s vision lives on as the group continues to thrive.

Contact: Dayna Brown Majarowitz

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The Senior Connection 

The Senior Connection is an interfaith caregiving program that serves older adults living in lower Montgomery County. Services include: escorted transportation, shopping and errand assistance; friendly visitation and help with paperwork. Services are provided free of charge by volunteers, who are constantly needed to keep pace with the increasing needs. Service hours are flexible to accommodate each individual volunteer.

Contact: Albert Papazian

Special Offerings

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CCC also supports Our Church’s Wider Mission—10% of our operating budget goes to the wider denomination to contribute to the work of the UCC.