Love is a verb. Living a life of love means using our hands and feet to make a real difference in the world. FCC has a long-standing tradition of being active in missions and sharing God's love with the world around us in both spiritual and physical ways. From preparing meals for the hungry, to collecting backpacks and school supplies for low-income children, to taking an active part in the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet and the In His Steps Recovery Program, FCC is dedicated to serving our community. Listed here are just a few of the ways that we strive to live a life of love. Contact the church directly to learn how you can be involved.
Back Pack Program: The back pack program is an FCC mission that provides back packs and school supplies for children in need in the Ramona school district. Back packs are purchased by the mission board, supplies donated by the congregation, and the back packs are then delivered to the schools at the end of August each year.
Benevolence Assistance: The church acknowledges its role in providing for those in the community who not only have spiritual needs but financial and material needs as well (Luke 10:25-37). In light of this acknowledgement, funds have been budgeted from the church within the Board of Missions to assist those with these types of needs. We will accept requests for assistance with utilities, some medical bills, prescriptions, and similar needs (due to a finite amount of funds we are unable to assist with paying rent). All requests need to be submitted with a copy of the bill or estimate, and checks will be made payable to the company or billing party directly. We do not provide any type of cash assistance. To submit a request, please print the form here and return the completed form to the church office. You will have a response within approximately one week.
Boy Scouts of America: First Congregational Church is the chartering organization for Boy Scouts of America Troop 130. The Scouts of Troop 130 meet in the church Youth Building each Monday at 7 p.m. In addition to the weekly Troop meetings, camping trips and other adventures are a part of their schedule. For more information regarding our Scout Troop, please contact Scoutmaster Tom Andrews at email@example.com or visit the Troop 130 website right here.
Christmas Missions: The months of November and December are especially active months for our mission programs. In November we participate in Operation Christmas Child through Samaritans Purse where church members and friends pack shoe boxes full of gifts for children in need. We also collect Gifts of Warmth—coats, hats, gloves, and blankets for distribution to homeless Veterans here in San Diego in conjunction with Veterans Village. In December we begin our Adopt-a-Family Christmas mission and furnish all the ingredients necessary for 15 needy families to have a wonderful Christmas. Also, each Christmas Eve a special mission offering is received to help in a specially designated area of need in the community.
Corazon Home Build: Through the non-profit organization Corazon (“heart” in Spanish) we travel to Mexico each year to build homes for families there and to care for children in Tijuana's poorest areas. Each Spring and Fall we accomplish the home build in a single long but exciting day. To date, we have built more than forty homes! In addition to the homebuilding mission, our church sponsors elementary, middle school, and high school youth and provides for the costs of their education.
CROP Hunger Walk: Each year FCC joins with thousands of other congregations across the country in the CROP Walk for the Hungry. Members of our church family gather sponsors and then walk 5 kilometers to raise awareness and funds to fight world hunger. The money raised goes to the areas of greatest need in our world.
Fourth Monday Mission Meals: FCC supports the Ramona Open Door ministries that provides meals for the hungry every Monday evening at the Grange. The Women's Small Group leads this misison on the fourth Monday of every third month, beginning in January, with support from the mission board. A simple meal is prepared in the church kitchen and then transported over to the Grange where forty to ninety individuals are served dinner and dessert with clean-up to follow.
Frontiers: Frontiers is an organization reaching out to Muslims with the love of Christ.
Helping Hands: This community outreach program provides assistance to those in need with tasks around the home. Helping Hands is a non-budgeted ministry whose funds are derived through fundraising and direct donations from church members and those individuals who have received assistance. Helping Hands uses individual volunteers, small groups, and larger organized groups to assist those in need.
In His Steps: In His Steps is a Ramona-based ministry dedicated to helping people with alcohol, drug, and other life-controlling problems. There are residential homes for both men and women. The First Congregational Church is one of nine local churches who offer financial and personal commitments to the program. The In His Steps family worships in our sanctuary every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
LifeWind International: Formerly Medical Ambassadors International, this Christian organization transforms communities around the world by addressing the root causes of poverty, disease, and hopelessness. It's multi-national staff is working in rural villages and urban slums, empowering local leaders to successfully address their communities' problems.
One Great Hour of Sharing: This annual Lenten mission in partnership with the United Church of Christ transforms lives through health, education, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives in more than 138 countries.
Serve Ramona: FCC has been spearheading this inter-church and inter-faith group since 2014. The focus is bringing together local churches and other community organizations to better serve the needs of Ramona as an expression of the love of God. Check out our latest efforts on our facebook page here.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
404 8th Street
P.O. Box 248
Ramona, CA 92065