Social Action & Mission (SAM)
The mission of the Board of Social Action and Mission shall be to assist the Church in recognizing and responding to social issues of Christian concern in our local, state, national and global communities, in realizing the Church’s vision as a Just Peace and Open and Affirming congregation, and in promoting and inspiring effective Christian stewardship.
Strengthen the Church Offering will be collected Sunday, May 20
The Strengthen the Church offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of local UCC congregations. Your support of this offering will help the UCC fulfill on its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities. In addition to supporting ministry happening in our local Central Atlantic Conference, your support in 2017 helped make possible:
- 12 awards totaling almost $350,000 through the New and Renewing Spiritual Communities grant program
- The Adese Fellowship program launched its first class of 14 future church leaders
- The addition of 24 new faith communities to the UCC
Rock Spring’s Strengthen the Church offering will be collected in worship on Sunday, May 20, but you can give any time in May online via the church’s website, via check with designation in the memo line, or via Givelify app.
Rev. Marvin Silver to Visit Rock Spring
The SAM Board invites you to join us on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. for a conversation with Rev. Marvin Silver, Associate Conference Minister of the Central Atlantic Conference. SAM has invited Rev. Silver to speak to us about the funds that Rock Spring gives to Our Church’s Wider Mission, funds that are generally close to $90,000/year. He will also speak about his vision of the Conference being a justice network and how to move to a community organizing model of work at the church and Association levels.
Sanctuary DMV Update
On Maundy Thursday, the Sanctuary group at Rock Spring welcomed DREAMers to the church. The high school seniors and adult supporters prepared a meal of empanadas, tacos, and salad. Rock Spring was connected with them through Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Laura spoke with a lay leader at OLQOP and learned that the DREAMers make and sell empanadas to help pay for their college tuition. The group plans to come to Rock Spring in June and host an empanada cooking class.
In addition, Rock Spring continues to have representatives attend regional cluster meetings of Sanctuary DMV, and one member attended a recent accompaniment training. This training equips people to accompany migrants to immigration court and advocate for them in that setting.
Community Partners at Coffee Hour
Last month, the SAM Board welcomed visitors from two of our community partner organizations – A-SPAN (Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network) and OAR – to coffee hour. The guests’ time in coffee hour provided an opportunity for Rock Springers to speak one-on-one and get to know the organizations, new developments, and ways to engage with their work.