MINISTRIES & OUTREACH

There is a ministry for everyone


Missions

Missions board is dedicated to serving the needs of people beyond our congregation through volunteering, collecting, and distribution. For information to see how you can become involved, check with the office or the Missions Board.

Adult Bible Study

Our adult bible study is a small group meeting regularly and is open to all. Contact the church office for more info!

Caring Committee

The Caring Committee's purpose is to provide support and needed services for our church family members who are ill, or bereaved or who may not be able to attend worship services regularly.  Please check with the church office if you or someone you care about needs help or to learn how you can volunteer.

Children & Youth Ministry

Our church offers a variety of programs for our youth. We always welcome kids at any of our outreach and community events. Visit the Kids & Families page to learn more. 

Music

The music program at our church is dedicated to enhancing spiritual experience by bringing quality music to the church community through worship, fellowship, education, and performance. For more information, click the link below or email 

matt.bickett@yahoo.com


JoAnn Hornyack and Anne Kirkpatrick along with our mission committee, lead church efforts to gather flannel shirts for veterans.


Somers Congregational UCC Announces the Availability of a Ministerial Candidate Scholarship for Somers Residents

Somers Congregational UCC is now accepting applications for their Ministerial Candidate Scholarship. Awards to successful candidates shall be based on the following qualifications and criteria: Candidates must be a resident or former resident of Somers or whose immediate family members are residents of Somers. Candidates must be enrolled or in the process of enrollment for the ensuing academic year at an accredited college (or institution of higher learning) which will lead to a degree to become an ordained Protestant minister. Candidates must submit to at least one interview before the Board of Deacons. Should there be no qualified candidates from Somers, the churches of the Tolland Association of the United Church of Christ may be notified by letter of the availability of scholarship money. To apply for this scholarship opportunity, please contact the church office by calling 860-763-4021 or emailing office@thesomerschurch.org.


COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Our outreach to the local community & beyond...


We have a strong commitment to serving the needs of people beyond our congregation in the community. Some ways we serve others through volunteering; collections; and distribution:

 

Champ's Place: Our food pantry located on premises. We are always accepting donations. Distribution is on Mondays from 10am-noon & 6-7pm.

Community Supper:  We will be starting up our Community Suppers this April.  Look for additional details soon!  

Loaves & Fishes: Every other month members & friends are welcome to join us as we serve a meal to further our ministry. 

Crop Walk: In memory of Don Kennett. Join us in the fall as we march in the 4 Town Fair parade! This is a fun way to raise awareness and money to help end hunger.

Missions' Corner

Welcome to a new year of giving; a new year of making a difference. Below is our Mission news for March.

Our allocated donations for January and February were LiveWell and the Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center.

 

LiveWell: For over 30 years LiveWell has innovated with people experiencing cognitive change. LiveWell offers services, support, and resources to people living with dementia, care partners and anyone interested in taking an active role in cognitive health and wellbeing. LiveWell works to advance the wellbeing and inclusion of all people living with dementia to foster purpose, connection, growth and belonging, through care, resources, thought leadership and advocacy.

 

The Missions Committee donated to LiveWell in December of last year. As a committee, we decided to include them in our 2024 budget.

 

Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center: The Safe Harbor Warming Center serves the Enfield homeless community. They offer warmth, basic essentials and connections to community resources while treating everyone with dignity and respect. Please note that The Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center has a Winter Needs List which can be found on their website at www.enfieldsafeharbor.org.

Thank You Notes

Our donations do make a difference! Below are excerpts of thank you notes we have recently received:

Chrysalis Center

 

On behalf of those we serve, thank you and all our friends at Somers Congregational Church for your donation. Your support benefits our programs and services, allowing us to provide quality care for those who are striving to regain stability in their lives.”

~~Sharon L. Castelli, Chief Executive Officer

Town of Somers Veterans Affairs

 

“Thanks so much for all you do and everything you have done.” “Your generous contribution and hosting of the veteran’s holiday breakfast clearly show how much you all truly care about the Somers veterans and the work that we do to support them. Words cannot express how much your donation means to us.”

~~David P. McCaffrey, Director and Sherri A. Marquis, Deputy Director

(note: the veteran’s breakfast was thanks to the dedication and hard work of Anne Kirkpatrick and JoAnn Hornyak)

LiveWell

 

“Thank you very much for your gift in support of Empowering Partnerships. We are so fortunate that friends and families like you support the work at LiveWell, enabling us to continuously innovate and expand our efforts to help people who are struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.”

~~Michael J. Smith, President and CEO

Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center

 

“Your contribution directly impacts the lives of individuals and families in need, offering them hope, comfort and the chance for a brighter future. Thanks to your kindness, we can continue our efforts to address the challenges faced by the homeless in our community.

~~Rosalind Swift, Assistant Treasurer

ABRI/Homes for the Brave

“On behalf of the residents and staff of ABRI/Homes for the Brave, I wish to thank you and acknowledge your generous donation. All donations support individuals experiencing homelessness, almost half of whom are Veterans, as they enter one of our four residential programs. Our program provides motivated homeless individuals with the support and skills training needed to become gainfully employed, contributing members of their communities. ~~Vincent Santilli, Chief Executive Officer

Fundraiser News:

As you know, the Missions Committee receives 10% of fundraiser proceeds, and as such, we received $96.70 from the Everything Chocolate fundraiser held on February 10th. We rounded that up and donated $100 to the Angel Fund to support victims of the tragic January house fire here in town.

Thought to Ponder- ACT AS IF WHAT YOU DO MAKES A DIFFERENCE. IT DOES. ~~ William James

Two new organizations, LiveWell and the Town of Somers Veterans Affairs have been added to our allocations. As always, please reach out if you have an organization that you would like us to consider donating to. If you have any questions about anything we do on Missions, please feel free to ask. From all of us on your Missions Committee, be well, and above all else, be kind. We look forward to continuing the good work that we do on behalf of our congregation and our community.

Abbie, Bev, Ellen, Jill, Laura, Lisa ~~ Your Missions Committee