MISSION AND OUTREACH
Emmanuel UCC, Hanover is a member of the Gettysburg Association of the Penn Central Conference. PCC includes 40,975 members among 196 churches in an area reaching from Bethel UCC outside Spring Grove west to St. John’s UCC in McKnightstown, and from St. David’s UCC south of Hanover to Mt. Olivet UCC in East Berlin.
The Mission and Outreach Committee promotes support for the Penn Central Conference, Gettysburg Association, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Homewood at Plum Creek, Hoffman Homes for Youth. Additional benevolent concerns include Church World Service, Operation Christmas Child, the Hanover Area Council of Churches, One Great Hour of Sharing (March), Strengthen the Church (May), Neighbors in Need (October) and the Christmas Fund (December).
Members and friends of Emmanuel UCC prepare lunches for the Hanover Area Council of Churches PAL Lunch Ministry on the 5th Tuesdays.
Volunteers at the Brethren Service Center SERRV facility in New Windsor, Md., unpack, tag, wrap and repack fair trade items for redistribution nationally through their international catalog and website. Mary Rippel (717-614-1960) coordinates the group and transportation on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Compassionate Crafters meet on Mondays 1-4 pm. They donate knitted baby items to Hanover Hospital Maternity Unit, prayer shawls to "Shawls for Debbie" through VNA, caps and scarves to Alliance Oncology, blankets and shawls to Olivia's House, blankets to the Hanover Area Needlework Association, and more. Compassionate Crafters is an ongoing project to serve the community and our own members who are shut-in and/or recovering from long-term hospitalization and surgery.
Additional, outreach includes:
Campbell Soup labels for Hoffman Homes
Eyeglasses & hearing aids for Lions Club
Recycled printer cartridges
Donations to “Neighbors in Need” Offering
Donations to The Salvation Army, local service unit
Canceled stamps for The Brethren Home Community at Cross Keys Village
Indoor Yard Sale items donated to Community Aid, Hanover Area Council of Churches
Health & Baby Kits donated to Church World Service to assist people in flood and hurricane-damaged areas
Organ music by Don Horneff and ghostly musings by Henry McLin in the sanctuary for Hanover Ghost Walks in October
Donation to support the annual Gala at Hoffman Homes for Youth
Gift Tags for the Youth of Hoffman Homes at Christmas
Christmas cards to residents of Homewood Assisted Living in Creekside/Nursing Care in Care Central
CROP Walk (October)
Collecting aluminum cans for recycling
Heifer International "Fill the Ark" collection
Shoe Collection for PCC Annual Conference
Wounded Warriors Project to support programs and services for wounded veterans
Homewood "Garden of Life" project
Feed-A-Friend Food Marathon to benefit New Hope Ministries
Lay Ministry in the 21st Century
Little Dresses and Boys Britches for Africa
Siyaphambili Orphan Village
New Hope Ministries
"Pink Out" for Breast Cancer Awareness
Water of Life filtration buckets