Missionary Update – Robert and Charo Breckenridge in Zambia

Please read and savor these pieces from the UCC Global Ministries Spring 2019 Update.  Robert and Maria (Charo) Breckenridge have been serving with the United Church of Zambia at the UCZ University in Kitwe.  Robert’s report, “Another New Beginning”, is available here, and Charo’s report, “A Day of Rejoicing”, is available here.

John Andrews Outreach Fund — Charitable Grants In 2019

The Second Congregational Church, UCC is pleased to announce that the John Andrews Outreach Fund will provide charitable grants totaling up to $25,000 to be awarded in 2019.  A larger amount is also possible.

General information including an application outline is provided below. Proposals for Funding should be submitted to the church office by 1 PM on July 15, 2019.  Members of the church’s Service Team will meet with grant applicants who will be asked to provide a presentation about their proposed project.  We will process applications and announce recipients in the beginning of October, 2019.  The grant recipients will be expected to complete their project by December 31, 2020 and to provide progress reports and evidence of completion.  We look forward to receiving your application.

Information about the application process for these charitable grants, with some background information, is provided in the John Andrews Outreach Fund Invitation Letter.   Details of the grant application – such as specific uses of requested funds, timeline and desired outcomes, contact information – are provided in the John Andrews Outreach Fund Grant Application Outline.  A covenant agreement between the organization receiving a grant and the Second Congregational Church is detailed in the John Andrews Outreach Fund Grant Application Oversight Covenant Agreement.

Each of these documents is available below as a PDF file that can be viewed and/or downloaded and printed.


Some older Outreach events are chronicled below:

Have Shoes – Will Travel!

shoes bound for GuatemalaA nice thank you was received this week from the H.O.M.E. Cooperative in Orland, Maine for our congregation’s gift of men’s black dress shoes for an upcoming mission trip. The shoes are being packed in suitcases and will be delivered by mission workers during their April trip to their sister community in Guatemala. Members of our congregation “sponsored” the shipping cost of the donated shoes as their Advent project last December.


Youth Group Christmas Outreach

A snowy day on Thursday was perfect for packing up all of the generous donations given by our church family for the Grace Street Ministry’s work with the homeless of Portland. The youth group is very excited at the response to this collection of gifts, which were delivered Saturday 1/4/14 and will be distributed during the coldest weeks of winter. We collected 8 coats, 2 backpacks, 1 pair of boots, 48 pairs of warm socks, 1 pair of mittens, 7 pairs of gloves, 4 hats, 12 gift cards for Dunkin Donuts and Subway, and 22 chapsticks. Thanks to all for supporting this project, and especially to our youth and to Laurie for walking the walk of our Christian talk.