Christ Church, Presbyterian was a 1988 founding member of JUMP, the Joint Urban Ministry Project, which responds to requests for assistance from our neighbors in need. JUMP operates a drop-in center Tuesday through Friday mornings at the First Congregational Church of Burlington on Winooski Avenue. Here people find a welcoming space, as well as volunteers and staff who provide a listening ear along with some basic household and personal supplies, financial assistance through vouchers at local businesses for food, transportation, utility help, laundry, and more. JUMP also refers clients to other partners who can provide additional services.
CCP makes a monthly donation to JUMP services; we also collect toothbrushes and toothpaste for JUMP clients. Two congregational members serve on the JUMP Board, three are weekday volunteers, and others participate in special projects to support JUMP.
Members of CCP and Ohavi Zedek will bring a pilot program of Restaurant Roundup to market. Leunig’s has generously offered to be our pilot and you should see signs, literally, in the next couple of weeks.
To refresh your memory, Restaurant Roundup is a program that is based on City Market’s Rally for Change. When you pay your bill, you are asked to round up to the nearest dollar and the money is donated to food charities.
Our own Mary Beth Barritt appeared with Debbie Ingram and Earl Kooperkamp, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd in Montpelier, and Debbie Ingram, Director of VIA on Channel 17’s “Live at 5:25” to talk about the activities of CCP’s Gleaners group. Here’s the episode if you missed the broadcast. (2015)
Mercy Connections' Mentoring Program matches women who are exiting the correctional system with volunteers who provide friendship, support and practical help during the year after their release. Sometimes longlasting bonds are formed between mentors and mentees.
Mentors receive training from the Department of Corrections and Mercy Connections and are supported through monthly meetings led by experienced Mercy Connections staff. Mentoring provides an intimate look into criminal justice in Vermont. The program has a marked effect in reducing recidivism.
Mercy Connections was founded in 2001 by the Sisters of Mercy after the closing of Trinity College, where the program originated. Trinity was deeply involved in issues of social and criminal justice: In 2003, Sister Janice Ryan, a president of Trinity College, was appointed Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner of Corrections.
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light (VTIPL) seeks to educate faith communities and individuals about the threat that climate change presents to Creation and Earth. CCP’s Ron McGarvey is on the board, and several other CCP congregants are members through their donations. You can read more at their website: http://www.vtipl.org/
VTIPL is part of a national organization called the Regeneration Project whose purpose is to mobilize a religious response to global warming in 39 states, http://theregenerationproject.org/.
CCP has a long-standing strong commitment to More Light, the Presbyterian Church, USA's open and affirming appreciation for inclusion of our LGBT brothers and sisters. We demonstrate this commitment in a number of ways, including walking each year in the Burlington Pride Parade, with a CCP banner that reads:" All are welcome at God's table". This year, CCP marchers included: Ron and Joy McGarvey, Amity Baker, Sue and Al Brooks, Tom and Mary Beth Barritt. And, waving from the St. Paul's convertible, was our own Joanne Granai.
On May 21, 2017 Miquette Denis Mahon, founder of TeacHaiti, joined CCP for a Sunday service and spoke about the ministry. CCP has supported children's education in Haiti through this organization for many years.
To read Ann Naumann's account of her mission work in Haiti, download her story below.
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