We at Union believe that as we encounter God in worship and community, we are equipped and inspired to commit ourselves to lives of love and service, based on the unique gifts God gives each of us.
Union participates in a variety of mission projects and offers several outreach opportunities.
Union Reaches Out Across the Globe
Union has participated in a number of mission projects that reach out into the world. In the past, Union has collected life jackets for our Global Mission partners at Christian Hospital in Mungeli, India; the life jackets allow children and staff to raft on the lake near the hospital. We are also thankful we are able to put together almost 200 health kits in response to the earthquake in Hati as well as send school backpacks for students in Honduras.
ACTS (Area Churches Together Serving) is an outreach ministry of Oconee County churches. ACTS distributes food, clothing, and personal care items to needy families and is staffed by volunteers from participating churches. Union volunteers work at ACTS every other month, and collect food and clothing supplies throughout the year.
Union provides emergency assistance with rent and utilities to Oconee County residents through our partnership with Action, Inc. Union is also involved in a number of local outreach projects, including distributing food baskets to families at Thanksgiving, buying Christmas gifts for local children, nurturing our congregation's homebound members, collecting drink tabs for Ronald McDonald house, supporting the Oconee County School System Secret Santa program, providing meals for Project Safe, and many other missions. Through our Christian Women’s Fellowship and Disciples on Campus, Union helps with service projects like collecting stuffed animals for the fire department, providing birthday boxes through DFCS, collecting books for Forever Families and the Craddock Center, and others.
Youth on Mission
Union youth have participated in a number of local missions, including a trip to Atlanta in 2012. While they were there, our youth put together hygiene kits and passed out the kits and bottled water to homeless in Atlanta Parks. Our youth also participated with various ministries in Atlanta by donating food, making meals, and doing a bit of manual labor to help spruce up ministry gardens and buildings. Locally, youth have spent time doing yard work for some homebound members and also for the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.
Week of Compassion
Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee, and development fund for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Union receives a special offering each year to support this vital ministry.