Friedens UCC, Hegins: October 26, 2014

Friedens HigginsThe Hegins Valley Charge is a two point charge, Christ Church in the village of Fountain and Friedens in the village of Hegins located in western Schuylkill County. We have been truly blessed by God to live in this beautiful valley. We are surrounded by mountains that change with the seasons that just recently were painted with autumn colors. This is a fertile valley that attracted German immigrants to settle here, bringing with them their Christian faith. Many were Lutherans and Calvinists. Both our churches began as Union churches. We have learned to do local mission well over the years and would appreciate your prayer support for our mission programs listed below.

Christ Church has a Fuel Assistance Ministry, a fund that provides assistance to needy families with heating costs. In a typical year the fund provides $6,000 for the community.

Friedens Loaves and Fishes Ministry supports the efforts of the local Food Closet. It also provides food assistance for families that may fall through the cracks of social services or may need more than the food closet can provide at a given time. Besides the food stuffs and monetary gifts it collects for the Food Closet (which is substantial), in a typical year Loaves and Fishes provides $2500 of food vouchers redeemable at local markets for needy families in the area.

Friedens Benevolent Fund provides all kinds of other help for those whose need is other than heating fuel or food. Gasoline cards for those who need to travel to Danville or Hershey for medical treatment, emergency repairs, school clothes and supplies etc.

Both Churches are partnered with “Outreach Ministries” a local effort by several
local churches that provide everyday household items such as cleaning supplies, baby items, personal hygiene items, kids’ clothes and sneakers. Our congregations collect different items each month for this ministry for needy families. To learn more about our mission, visit us on Facebook: facebook.com/heginsucc/info.

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