Do you have an interest in issues of Social Justice? Check the church calendar for our next Sunday meeting. Bring your ideas and your energy!

If you (or someone in your life) enjoys quality coffee and/or tea, I Have a Bean, the coffee served at Hospitality time after worship, is now available for purchase. It would make a great complement to your holiday meals, or great gifts. Sign-up sheet is on the Friends of Social Justice kiosk.

Coffee is available in whole bean, ground, and K-cups (and their K-cups are recyclable!!). I Have a Bean/Second Chance Coffee's mission is to provide meaningful work to post-prison people, thus reducing the incidence of re-incarceration. Our purchases support that mission. Payment (payable to Congregational UCC) is due at the time of order. Checks can be placed in the Financial Secretary mailbox or left on the office desk.

Friends of Social Justice (FOSJ) sponsors an ongoing clothing donation drive to benefit WINGS Program, Inc. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in our community, and we encourage you to join in helping those in need.

There is a marked donation box in the Gathering area.  Donations will be accepted at any time and FOSJ will make sure that the donations are taken to Wings on a monthly basis.

Items accepted for donation:

·         Gently used children’s, women’s, and men’s clothes: casual to

·         Designer and boutique clothing

·         Purses, accessories, shoes, jewelry

·         Outerwear

WINGS provides housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence. They have three resale stores: Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, and Niles which help to provide income for the operations of their programs. The donations collected at the clothing donation drive will be donated to the stores to help in this effort. For more information, go to WINGS.

"Second Sundays"

Every second Sunday of the month, CUCC will be collecting non-perishable food donations to be brought to the Lutheran Church of the Cross Food Pantry here in Arlington Heights. A basket will be set at the altar, and donations may be brought up before, during or after the service. This is a small but important way we can support our neighbors in need. Thank you in advance!

Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk

Some of the Friends of Social Justice team walked at this year’s Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk, Saturday, September 8, with members of the Lutheran Church of the Cross and in support of their food pantry (our Second Sunday collection partner!). Yay for these folks and all who walked!! (L-R) Bill, Laura, Roberta, Tami & Grayson. Thank you!

Habitat Workday

On Saturday, October 28, 2018, CUCC provided a team for build day with Habitat for Humanity Chicago at a 16-home, single-block project in the West Pullman neighborhood! Here they supported Habitat Chicago homebuyers in building strong, stable futures for their families through affordable homeownership. (Did you know: children of homeowners are 116% more likely to graduate from college compared to children of renters?) We are grateful for the people who worked!

Blessings in a Backpack

Because of your generosity, Congregational UCC provided food for students in need at Jane Addams Elementary School be for three school years, starting with 2017-2018, helping provide stability for these students. Several CUCC members have volunteered to “pack” these backpacks at Jane Addams, beginning in late October. It is a very organized and efficient team of volunteers who make this happen.

Friends of Social Justice have agreed to provide something “extra” for the backpacks during the holiday season and will request $100 from Mission of the Month in October to support this. Working with Jane Addams, we will determine what the “extra” will be. Our Social Justice Team would like to approach our youth in this project. One thought was to have our church school children make holiday notes/cards for these students. What a treat for these students to know that others are thinking of them. Friends of Social Justice is hoping to make Blessings in a Backpack more than a financial commitment, but also a caring and loving support for those in need.