Community Interest

Local UCC Churches Continue Annual Tradition With 12th Annual Weekend of Service

On September 15th and16th, nearly 40 members from local United Church of Christ congregations donned bright orange t-shirts for the twelfth annual Faith in Action weekend of service. 

Members formed teams and spent the weekend doing service projects throughout Southwestern St. Charles County and Southeastern Warren County.  This annual program began in 2007 as an off-shoot of mission trips to the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina.  What began with Hurricane Katrina continues through aid which will now be sent to those recovering from Hurricane Florence.

Volunteers from teens to seniors spread throughout the area to provide helping hands and smiles to area residents by participating in these projects: 

•    The Hymn Sing Team made a little joyful noise.  They sang old time hymns with residents at three nursing care facilities in Washington, MO.
•    The Odd Jobbers Team helped at Our Lady’s Inn located in Defiance, MO.  The volunteers prepared lunch for the residents and staff.
•    The Assembly Team assembled 100 food boxes and 110 hygiene kits.  The food boxes will be distributed to local food banks throughout Missouri and the hygiene kits will likely be distributed to those recovering from the recent hurricanes. 
•    The Helping Hands Team worked for the Emmaus Home organization.  They enjoyed spending the afternoon doing craft projects at two homes in the Marthasville area.
•    The Meal Delivery Team hit the road to deliver 20 chicken dinners to area homebound neighbors and friends.  Deliveries ranged from Defiance, through Augusta and into the Treloar and Warrenton areas.

These UCC churches are part of the Heritage Cluster.  Participating churches include Bethany UCC, Schluersburg; Ebenezer UCC, Augusta; Faith UCC, Wentzville; Femme Osage UCC, Femme Osage; Friedens Peace UCC, New Melle; Immanuels UCC, Holstein; St. John’s UCC, Cappeln; St. Paul’s UCC, Defiance and St. Paul’s UCC, Marthasville.  If you’d like more information on any of these churches, or have a service project you’d like them to consider, contact the Friedens Peace UCC church office at 636-828-5980 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Nylin Bathke and Jamie Bathke at Faith UCC in Wentzville
assembling the Hygiene Kits.

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Janet Fuhr, Debbie Garbs and Joyce Bathke
enjoy a laugh as they get ready to sing.

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Carl Gerdiman and Max Bade pack up meals and get ready to hit the road.