We believe we are called not just to come to church, but to be the church. To us, this means embodying Christ's love to one another in service to each other and our community. The service ministries we participate in reflect Normandy Park UCC's commitment to social jusice, equality, human rights, hunger relief, and supporting all our neighbors here and around the world.
You are encouraged to get involved by volunteering your time, talents, and resources to share God's many blessings in our community.
Normandy Park UCC is one of the founding churches of the local Community Meals, a rotation of churches offering a free dinner to all members of the community every week. On every fourth Tuesday of the month a team of volunteers at Normandy Park UCC cooks up a hot dinner to share. Meals are served between 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM. All are welcome! Food is generously donated by church members, volunteers, and the Des Moines Area Food Bank.
We collect food throughout the year and provide monetary donations to the Des Moines Area Food Bank to help support the hungry in our community.
Our church gives generously to Hospitality House, a nonprofit that provides shelter and support to homeless women in south King County. Members and friends of NPUCC donate their time and treasure (and their cooking!) to Hospitality House throughout the year and are active in its leadership.
We have been active in the Des Moines / Highline CROP Hunger Walk, a program of Church World Service, since 1990, and it remains an important mission and ministry event every year in the life of the church. Since we began participating, members and friends of NPUCC have raised over $56,000 to support hunger relief efforts worldwide. In 2019, seven walkers from Normandy Park UCC alone raised over $3,600!
We are also a CWS Emergency Kit Depot. When CWS issues an appeal to collect hygiene kits and/or clean up buckets following a disaster, churches and organizations around the area bring their items to NPUCC for central shipment/pick-up.
"And don't forget to do good and to share with those in need." Hebrews 13:16
We give generously to our parent denomination, the United Church of Christ, to support our wider mission and ministry in the United States and abroad. Normandy Park UCC is a "Five for Five" congregation, meaning we donate to all the special offerings the national UCC receives. Because we give to "Our Church's Wider Mission," the national offices of the church, 100% of the money given for these special offerings goes directly to mission, such as worldwide and domestic disaster relief efforts, new and renewing church grants, support for retired clergy and their families, and funding missionaries, to name only a few.
Mary's Place provides safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children, and families on their journey out of homelessness. In addition to providing monetary support to Mary’s Place, annually our children/youth raise funds to buy Christmas gifts for the children. We also set up a giving Christmas tree where members of our congregation can pick tags to buy gifts so the children can select presents to give to their parents at their annual Holly Jolly Holiday Party.
NPUCC advocates for immigrant justice. in 2019 we have donated to the NW Immigration Rights Project that helps keep families together, protects people from violence, and stands up to injustice; and the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services to support their mission to help separated families, detained families, unaccompanied minors, and others who are seeking asylum in the United States.
Leviticus 19:33-34 "When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God”. NIV