Mission & Outreach


Ever since the founding members of First Congregational United Church of Christ helped establish the Underground Railgroad in Geneseo, this congregation has cared for people in this community and throughout the world.  We have sent groups on Mission Trips, have helped with gathering resources, assisted people locally, enhanced our understanding and skills, as we have tried to make for a better community and world.

Much changed in the era of Covid-19.  It has had an impact on church life.  For a while, there was almost a complete stopage of outreach.  However, we are grateful to share that we have resummed our ourtreach activities and continue to look for new ways to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community and beyond.

An important development during Covid-19 was this congregation becoming Open & Affirming, open-affirming.  That affirmation was led by Mission and Outreach and its subcommittee Social Justice.

 Our church, in partnership with Smith's Arts Studio and other organizations in Geneseo brought the Mobile Museum of Tolerance in 2023. Check out more information at http://mmot.com/

The Mission Committee sponsored Worship in the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. over Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend and arranged for a visit to the Hideaway in the basement of the Geneseo Museum.  The Hideaway is a place where runaway slaves hid as they passed through the area on the Underground Railroad.

Above are three musicians Pippi (vocalist), Daniel (pianist), & Edgar (trumpeter) musically leading a service "In the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr."

Being shown the "Hideaway" where runaway slaves sometimes had to hide when "slave catchers" were actively looking in Geneseo.

Clock Training, which taught us how to be a better ally for those who identify with LGTBQIA+

be you, with us art installation, see:  be-you-with-us

Partnerning with and working with Kids Against Hunger:

The Corn Boil continues in modified form, and continues to raise resources for local and world food hunger both through the dinner and making corn available to the public for a donation.

Meanwhile, there are the traditional ongoing activities and special offerings:

Items for the Geneseo & Atkinson Food Bank

Gift Cards for College Students & Military

Sponsoring a child in India

Christmas Food Baskets

Freedom House

World Relief, Quad Cities

Kids Against Hunger, Quad Cities

Humane Society of Henry County

Fostering Hope

Our Church's Wider Mission (denominational offering)

One Great Hour of Sharing (provides emergency relief all over the world)

Strengthen the Church (supports new initiatives all across the UCC)

Neighbors in Need (supports Native American Congregations & Just Peace)

The Christmas Fund (supports retired clergy & spouses who are in need as well as emergency assistance)

Who knows what the next mission offering might be. 

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