How do we serve our community?

Fundraising Concerts

Our Music Minister Mae Stroshane has presented concerts to raise funds for community needs.  One concert was based on songs inspired by her book Measured by the Soul, the story of Joseph Carey Merrick, known as the Elephant Man.  This concert benefited the Neurofibromatosis Foundation of New England.  Another concert featured jazz pianist and author Carolyn Wilkins who spoke and played tunes inspired by her book They Raised Me Up.  Proceeds were donated to First Baptist Church of Saugus for their outstanding student music program.

“Neighbors in Need (NIN)” and “One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS).”

NIN is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the UCC Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service projects. OGHS is focused on international disaster relief & economic assistance to our friends in need outside the U.S. 

​​Heifer International

How much fun is it to buy a flock of chicks or a hive of bees?  That’s what we get to do when we offer our contributions to Heifer.  Kids of all ages love this project!

Homeless Families Living in Route 1 Motels

The State of Massachusetts has run out of space in emergency shelters to house homeless families, and instead use local motels to house them.  The average stay is 1-1/2 years.  This means a family studies, cooks and sleeps in the same room.  We collect diapers, personal hygiene items and both summer and winter clothing for them (including handmade hats, scarves & mittens)as a way of showing that we care.

Angel Tree Giving for Saugus Teens

It’s easy to shop for a young child who wants toys at Christmas, but what about needy teens?  We decided the best present would be gift cards to use as they want.  In conjunction with the Saugus Fire Department, we try to make Christmas a little brighter for Saugus teens.

Back-to-School Supplies

Low-income or homeless students find it hard to buy all the supplies school requires these days.  So we donate new backpacks, pens, pencils, markers – you name it – so Saugus kids can come to school ready to learn.

Saugus Community Food Pantry

With this monthly collection of non-perishable food, we help to feed hungry people in Saugus.  The pantry is located at Cliftondale Congregational Church, 50 Essex Street, Saugus.  Hours of operation are Fridays 9:30-11:30AM.

Narcotics Anonymous

Meetings are Mondays 7-8PM.  For free training & supply of Narcan, walk in or call Healthy Streets, 100 Willow St., Lynn @339-440-5633.

North Shore Separated & Divorced Support Group

Meetings are the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7-10PM.  Contact them on their Meet-Up page.

Pumpkin Patch

And, of course, our highest-profile outreach event is our Annual Pumpkin Patch!  Ever see an orange lawn?  Well, come on down beginning the last week of September through October 31st to see one. This month-long event is a collaboration between Pumpkins USA (, the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry of New Mexico ( and churches and non-profits across the country.  This is a green endeavor (all pumpkins are non-GMO), helping to sustain economic independence for indigenous peoples, and promoting traditional uses of the Earth.

Want to volunteer in the Patch?  On the last Saturday of September (and often at least once more in October) come help unload the tractor trailers that arrive with a grand total of 4,000 pumpkins.  Earn Community Service credits, too, and help raise a portion of the proceeds towards a scholarship for
a graduating High School student. So, come on down!


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