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Missions at FCCH

God’s Love in Action. We are inspired by the way Jesus responded in love to every person’s need. We, therefore, are compelled to follow His example and embody that love and caring every day.

Building relationship-based partnerships in service. We are called to follow Jesus in forming relationships to help God’s love be lived out in every corner of the world. We believe everyone needs to be nurtured toward service as we follow the example of Jesus Christ . We seek to help our faith community grow through thoughtful, relationship-based partnerships with those outside of our church. These relationships will guide our approach to service outside the church walls.

Check out the video: God’s Love in Action.

Contact: Sue Wimer

Wherever you are on your journey ... we care about you!

First Serve - Click HERE for Video

Church Wide Day of Service

Beginning in 2012, First Congregational Church of Hudson has held a church wide day of community service with the following mission:

  • Engage the church membership in a day of service
  • Create awareness of hands-on outreach opportunitites
  • Extend the presence of the church into the community
  • If you would like information on the next First Serve event taking place in September 2018, email the Church Office at

    Appalachian Service Project (ASP)

    Making people's homes warmer, safer and drier

    Teams of high school students and adult leaders travel to Appalachia for one week each June to work on homes of those living in poverty, making them “warmer, safer and drier”. Male and female adults needed to lead crews. If you are interested in participating in this life changing high school mission trip please contact Steve Hockstra. Additional details can be found HERE.

    2018 Trip: June 10-16


    Hunger and Clothing

    Soup kitchen located in the near west side of Akron. Volunteers serve hot lunch every 1st Saturday of the month. Middle school, high school and adult volunteers leave FCCH at 9am and return at 2pm. Limited to 12-15. Contact Jeff Wells.

    Habitat for Humanity of Summit County


    Adult volunteers build new homes or renovate

    existing ones for Akron families in need.

    Contact: Trip Kern

    Family Promise is made up of multi-faith communities, FCCH being one, who provide overnight housing in the congregation's facilities for homeless families, one week at a time on a rotating basis, about every eleven weeks. Host church provides meals, fellowship and transportation to/from work, school and the Family Day Center. Multiple volunteer opportunities:

  • Moving In/Out
  • Dinner Host
  • Evening Host
  • Overnight Host
  • Food Shopper
  • Van Driver
  • Contact: Patty Molten

    OPEN M (Opportunity Park Ecuminical Neighborhood Ministry)

    Non-profit neighborhood based ministry in south Akron. Volunteers prepare meal at FCCH and serve at OPEN M on the last Wednesday of the month.

    Contact: Nancy Martinez

    Trinity UCC Akron

    Clothing Donations

    Provides used clothing for infants through adults

    as well as small household items to the Akron

    community. Volunteers sort donations every Wednesday from 10 am-Noon and/or help during Clothing Room open hours: last Wednesday and 2nd Saturday of each month from 1-2:30pm.

    Contact: Sandy Miller

    SWAG - Students With A Goal

    Click HERE to learn more

    A mentoring home cultivating students' God-given potential towards love, learning, leadership and life resources. Monday-Thursday during the school year. Location: REACH Opportunity Center, Summit Lake neighborhood of Akron. Tutors and mentors needed to help middle and high school students with school work from 5-6pm, or help serve dinner at Miller Ave UCC church at 6pm. Contact: Sue Wimer

    Findley Community Learning Center

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    K-5th grade Akron Public School where 100% of the student body are economically disadvantaged and the majority of Asian students come from refugee camps.

  • One on One Akron Reads tutor for a 2nd grade student one hour per week.
  • In classroom help assisting a teacher on a weekly basis.
  • Keeping closet organized with uniforms, shoes and coats.
  • Field trip chaperones needed several times a year.
  • Resource provider of whatever the school needs. Needs are emailed to Team Findley.
  • On site event volunteers for school events such as Math Night, Reading Night, Open House, Field Days, Findley Family Harvest Dinner and Halloween costume helpers.
  • Contact: Jane Penny

    Pick up and deliver hot lunches to shut-ins in the Hudson/Stow area. Contact: Henry Vigor

    Hudson Job Search

    A non-denominational Christian-based organization that provides outplacement services to the Hudson community at no charge. Assists those newly unemployed Hudsonites, who may not have outplacement access, the ability to meet regularly with a volunteer advisor. Goal is to help the unemployed develop the skills necessary to re-enter the job market. Volunteer advisors needed.

    Contact: Louis Penny

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