Throughout the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ, East Side Congregational UCC has long been identified as a mission-giving congregation; generous and bountiful to those in need! Our Outreach Ministry is active in local, state, and worldwide mission giving each year, and it is an important part of our church’s identity (giving generously our gifts from the heart). We believe this follows the testament of Jesus Christ who commanded us to love our neighbors and care for the needy and disenfranchised with compassion. For Matthew 25:45 tells us, “…just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”
In past years, East Side Congregational UCC members volunteered to demolish and rebuild homes in the aftermath of local flooding, provided funds to build roofs and bathrooms in schools in Honduras, and offered disaster relief to the Philippines.
Currently, our church hosts a CHOW Food Pantry, supports students in need at Calvin Coolidge Elementary School, volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, and maintains itself as a United Church of Christ “5 for 5” congregation. As a “5 for 5” church, we give financial support to the UCC’s “Our Church’s Wider Mission” through Basic Support, as well as giving to all four Special Mission Offerings–Neighbors in Need, The Christmas Fund, One Great Hour of Sharing, and Strengthen the Church.
Locally, our church has financially supported the Broome County Council of Churches, the Broome County Jail Ministry and Ramp-It-Up Project, the UCC New York GLBT Coalition, Susquehanna Family Counseling Ministry, Girl Scout Troop 240, Pennies for People, the SOS Shelter, and Emmaus House, among many others.