The Outreach Ministry sponsors involvement in community assistance projects and special offerings to support our wider church programs.
Mission to the Wider World
The Outreach Ministry schedules and promotes the special offerings that are collected in concert with the wider UCC church. These offerings include: One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church, Neighbors in Need, Our Church's Wider Mission, and the Christmas Fund. In addition, we take up two special offerings a year for local charities such as the Sharing Ministries foodbank and MADA (meals and clothing, etc. for those in need). Also, we facilitate donations to the national UCC disaster relief funds which are set up in response to specific world-wide disasters.
Involvement in the Wider Church
We support participation in the annual meetings of the Rocky Mountain Conference UCC and the Western Association of the RMCUCC. We also give financial support to these entities in the form of membership dues and data for the annual yearbook.
Promotion of Church and Congregation
Hillcrest Congregational UCC produces a monthly newsletter to inform its members, friends, and the wider church about what is happening at Hillcrest. The newsletter is distributed by email or USPS mail as requested by the recipients.
We also submit informational materials to the local "Welcome to Montrose" service. These materials are distributed in a packet given to newcomers to the area. Our church meeting rooms that are available to rent are listed with several organizaitons including the City of Montrose.
Sharing Ministries Food Bank
We are proud to be a collection point for the Sharing Ministries Food Bank. Each month members of the congregation donate both food and money to help support those in our community who need a hand up. The food wheel below serves as a basis for the monthly reminder in our newsletter. You can copy and print this image to use as your own reminder.