Justice & Action
Love Your Neighbor
Our church strives to be a community that loves our neighbors and does justice through compassion, advocacy, partnership, and service. We define our neighbors as the congregation, community, and world. We seek to walk with them through listening and outreach.
Through our various ministry teams, church members engage in projects to love our neighbors. Some highlights include:
In recent years we have taken on efforts to “green” our church building and campus, as well as led a successful campaign to install solar panels on our church campus. We are committed to being good stewards of God’s creation and working for climate justice. In 2021, we went solar. Solar usage stats can be viewed here: Church and Parsonage.
Through Church Beyond The Walls Sunday (a day of service projects in our community), community partnerships, and our summer food ministry that delivers weekly food bags to families in need, we seek to create well being in our community.
We recognize that as people of faith there are times when we must speak out and stand in solidarity with our neighbors. Whether it’s advocating for voter rights, lgbtq+ issues, school educators, creation justice, or racial justice, we are called to use our time, talent, treasure, and voices for inclusion, joy, and justice.
Our church shares our treasure with “ministry partners” – typically nonprofits in our community who help us to live out our calling to love our neighbors. These are a few of the area organizations that we have supported with our time, talent, and treasure in the recent years:
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Polk County
- Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity
- Operation Hope
- Steps to Hope
- The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina
- UCC Disaster Ministries