Nationally and Internationally

Neighbors in Need

Each year, Wayside receives a Special Mission Offering dedicated to Neighbors in Need.

One-third of this fund goes to  work of education and health care of Native Americans on Reservations and elsewhere – CAIM – Council of American Indian Ministry.

Two-thirds of “Neighbors in Need” donations are distributed in grants to US organizations taking initiative locally to address issues of hunger, homelessness, illness, abuse, and educational deficiencies.

Church World Service

Church World Service (CWS) is widely recognized for its work in humanitarian aid and disaster recovery around the world.  But many may not realize CWS is at work in the United States also, providing relief and recovery supplies in the wake of hurricanes, tornados, and flooding.

The United Church of Christ is one of 35 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations based in the U.S. that Church World Service represents.  Many churches work to assemble donated supplies to restock CWW warehouses.  Supplies stand ready to be distributed where and when needed:  CWS Blankets, Emergency Cleanup Buckets, Hygiene Kits, Baby Care Kits and School Kits. 

Since its formation in 1957, the United Church of Christ has worked with Church World Service (founded in 1946) to accomplish more together than it could alone, joining hearts and resources to create a tradition of help and a legacy of hope.  We work together because our faith calls us to help all who are in need – anyone.  

When disaster strikes, Church World Service is the primary agency through which the UCC gives support for relief and recovery efforts.  Long-term recovery assistance for families affected by hurricanes, tornados, or flooding across the U.S.

Global Ministries

Wayside UCC reaches out internationally through our contributions to Our Church’s Wider Mission (a portion of our Operating expenses) and our annual offering for One Great Hour of Sharing.

Global Ministries is the common witness of the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ.  Global Ministries is responsible for nurturing relationships with international partners on behalf of Disciples and the UCC;  over 270 partner churches and organizations in about 70 countries around the world.  The purpose of this work is to receive and share the Good News of Jesus Christ by joining with global and local partners to work for justice, reconciliation and peace.

Global Ministries is committed to a ministry of Critical Presence where we meet God’s people and creation at the point of deepest need: spiritually, physically, emotionally, and/or economically.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Every year, Wayside receives a special offering during Sunday worship services for One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS).

Through the UCC’s One Great Hour of Sharing, Wayside UCC members reach out in the name of Christ to:

  • Build sustainable communities. OGHS supports self-help programs in more than 80 nations to build sustainable communities that enable people and communities to stand against and rise above hunger, disease, illiteracy, and other forces of injustice that deny and destroy dignity.
  • Respond to disaster. OGHS provides emergency and long-term assistance to people in the aftermath of hurricanes, tornados, storms, floods, tidal waves, fires, explosions, technological disasters, civil strife, war, or other natural or human-caused events. On average, OGHS responds to a disaster once every 2.5 days.
  • Minister to refugees. OGHS responds with advocacy and help, hope and hospitality for people who have been uprooted from their home of origin. More than 30 million of the world’s people are uprooted at any given time.

In cooperation with Global Ministries, Church World Service, Action by Churches Together, Interchurch Medical Assistance, Foods Resource Bank, Oikocredit, Freedom from Hunger and hundreds of local partners around the world, One Great Hour of Sharing is part of a remarkable network of service and caring that is efficient, effective and faithful. Administrative costs are typically less than eight percent annually.

The United Church of Christ unites with Christians in eight other Protestant denominations and Church World Service in One Great Hour of Sharing, thus multiplying the effectiveness and extent of our witness many times over.

The partnership we share with nearly 6,000 United Church of Christ congregations across the United States and Puerto Rico is where this remarkable miracle connecting UCC members to the world truly begins. The UCC annually channels more than $3 million dollars through One Great Hour of Sharing to humanitarian needs in the world.

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!