Giving Opportunities

Acton Congregational Church offers a variety of opportunities to give to the wider community during this celebratory season. You are invited to participate as you are able in one or more of these.

Salvation Army Seeks Red Kettle Bell Ringers:  Sign up details will be announced in the bulletin. The Salvation Army makes a big difference in many people's lives and their Christmas kettle bell ringing is one of their primary sources of income.

Christmas Fund: This collection, taken during worship on December 22, benefits retired clergy. Look for the envelope in the bulletin that morning, or give on-line through our web site (Click Here). Make checks payable to Acton Congregational Church with a memo of "Christmas Fund." Click Here for more information on this important fund from the UCC.

Christmas Eve Collection: Your Christmas Eve gifts will be used to further the ministries and missions of the Acton Congregational Church.

Christmas Decorations for our Sanctuary: The Acton Congregational Church Sanctuary Guild invites you to support the fund to decorate our Sanctuary for Christmas. The poinsettias will be displayed starting on Sunday, December 15, 2019.  If you choose to take the plant you donated, please do so after the 10 PM Christmas Eve service. On Sunday, December 29, members of the congregation may take any remaining plants after the morning service. In lieu of Poinsettia deliveries, the church will be making special visits to those in need throughout the holiday season.  To contribute, please send the form, along with your check payable to ACC (memo line: Christmas Flowers), to Acton Congregational Church, 12 Concord Road, Acton MA 01720. You may also place the form and check into the collection plate. Donations will be accepted until Wednesday, November 27 at noon.   Click Here for the Flower Donation Form.

Holiday Gift Bag Project: Concord Prison Outreach asks you to help provide holiday gift bags and handmade cards for inmates at MCI-Concord. Click here for a list that describes the needed items and specific instructions for the handmade cards, which are treasured among the inmates. Drop off items at ACC on or before November 24th. Drop off donations between Dec. 3rd and Dec. 9th at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St., Concord, MA. Click Here for the Concord Prison Outreach website.

Mitten Tree: This popular giving opportunity provides wished-for gifts for the clients of the Acton Council on Aging (COA), the Carlisle Council on Aging, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence and a few families close to home. December 1 is the last day that the Mitten Tree will be up in Hartman Hall for you to select a mitten, star or angel from the tree and sign it out with the volunteers at the table. You have three options to choose from:

MITTENS represent children in need of clothing or a small toy.
STARS represent seniors in the area who would appreciate gift certificates for groceries, fuel, or local stores.
ANGELS are gifts for families and children served by the Sudbury social worker

Bring your wrapped or bagged gifts to Hartman Hall on Sundays (no later than December 8). Thank you for your generosity and time to reach out to our neighbors in need. 

Follow instructions given to you at sign-out for purchasing and wrapping your gifts, as each group has different needs.

Bring wrapped or bagged gifts back to the Mitten Tree on or before Sunday, December 8.

NEW OPTION: In conjunction with the Advent Carols, Candles, and Crockpots event, the Missions and Outreach Committee is happy to invite you to a Mitten Tree gift wrapping party!

Bring your purchased gift unwrapped, and we will have all the supplies you need for wrapping! As in past years, you may wrap your gifts at home and bring them to church, but we hope you’ll consider sharing the joy of giving during this community celebration! The wrapping activity will be offered during and after the Advent event on December 1, 4:30-6:30 PM.

During this busy, magical, stressful season, thank you for your generosity and time to reach out through the Mitten Tree!  If you’d like to help this year, email me at kparkerr@yahoo.com.

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry: This ministry works year-round creating prayer shawls for members and friends of the church and baptismal blankets for infants receiving the sacrament. Your gifts fund this important ministry.