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Each January on Martin Luther King Day, members and friends of our faith community gather in our congregation’s big kitchen to pack close to 500 home-cooked, nutritious meals for the Philadelphia charity, Aid for Friends. This organization distributes meals year-round to home-bound or frail elderly as well as to folks returning home from hospital stays.
Carversville UCC schedules 12 one-hour Services per year, each on the first Sunday of the month and can offer transportation to the facility. Our one-hour routine is simple: we sing a few hymns accompanied on the piano by our organist; listen to a very brief meditation by one of our speakers and then share snacks, drinks and stories with an appreciative audience. We also share a simple communion service quarterly and a holiday season party on the first Sunday in January. With few visitors, many of the residents respond with engaging conversation, and all are appreciative. As you look at your schedule for the coming year, please take a moment to pick one “First Sunday” for a visit with us to Briarleaf.
We are proud to partner with Trinity Buckingham Church in their Community Luncheons and Code Blue programs. The lunches program serves a hot, homemade meal to anyone who attends on the first Sunday of each month. The Code Blue program is designed to serve the homeless of our community on days and nights when the weather can become dangerous for those who do not have proper shelter.
Rolling Harvest is focused on connecting local farmers – Rolling Harvest connects local farmers with their community, helping them to share their fresh and healthy produce with those in our area who are food-insecure. Community volunteers help farmers by picking and distributing thousands of pounds of fresh food each week during harvest season at no charge. Rolling Harvest Food Rescue serves Bucks County, PA and Hunterdon County, NJ.
We help our neighbors in need by taking weekly in-kind donations of food items and donating them to our local food pantry – taking weekly donations of food items to our local food pantry. The need in our community for these items is ever present and real. The food pantry is coordinated through the Bucks County Housing Group, the largest provider of homeless services for families and children in Bucks County.
Each year we pack dozens of “shoeboxes” for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is an international, nondenominational Christian relief organization serving people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine. We fill the shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items and of course, toys! These boxes are then shipped around the world and to Native American reservations in the U.S. to help bring smiles and God’s love to children in need.
We are very pleased to support the work of local resident Meryl Russo whose mission is to keep those in need warm during the cold winter months. Meryl, along with several volunteer knitters, creates more than 100 scarves each year that are provided to five different local organizations which distribute them to the homeless or needy in our community.
FISH is a Christian organization which provides emergency support for people in need. This support can range from shelter to food to transportation to even fuel oil. Doylestown Area FISH provides services to the nine municipalities included within the Central Bucks School District as well as certain nearby communities which are not served by any similar organization. Carversville United Church of Christ provides financial support to help FISH deliver its vital services to our local neighbors.
In addition to these wonderful organizations which we support annually, Carversville United Church of Christ responds on a case-by-case basis to immediate situations of need within our community. Through financial and volunteer assistance we have supported families without food or housing and those affected by recent natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding.
We know each other and care about each other.