CREATING A JUST WORLD!

Following  Christ’s example, we at The Church of the Good Shepherd strive to create a more inclusive, welcoming, and just world.  We support the National United Church of Christ through several offerings a year which go towards disaster relief internationally and within the United States.

On the local level, our Ministry of Justice and Community Interface coordinates with a number of local Outreach Partners; members and friends of our church participate one-on-one with these groups to help the hungry and homeless families and to be good stewards of the Earth.

The Ministry of Justice and Community Interface also makes year-end donations to several of our partners, such as Family Promise and East Central Ministries.

If you click a heading below, it will link to that particular partner.

Adopt a Highway – Tramway

Twice a year we don our fluorescent vests, get our “grabbers” and bags and set out to clean up our portion of Tramway Blvd. Our filled bags are left along the highway to be picked up by the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Our stretch of highway is bordered by open land and the beautiful surroundings make this task pleasant and fun. Volunteer opportunities happen in the spring and fall.

CASA Q

The mission of Casa Q is to provide safe living options and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and allies who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Allies are typically people who do not identify as LGBTQ, but support and fight to end the injustices that occur to those who do.

COGS volunteers shop for groceries and deliver them to the house on a weekly basis. Our contributions to their meals allows Casa Q to provide expanded services for the youth they serve. At Christmas we deck a Christmas tree with “ornaments” that specify gifts for the individual youth and the house in general. Church members shop for the gifts and on Christmas Eve, the gifts are delivered to the house. Volunteer opportunities include shopping and delivering groceries on a rotational basis, with an individual volunteer shopping approximately every 8 weeks, usually spending about $30 per trip.

East Central Ministries

COGS participated in a spring workday (2016) at East Central Ministries, an organization
serving people in the International District. Members helped pot plants, label pots, and
provide other help to the ECM. It was a great way to get our hands dirty for a good
cause. We look forward to continuing our relationship with this amazing ministry.

East Mountain Food Pantry

Members of COGS support the East Mountain Food Pantry by regularly volunteering to distribute food on a weekly basis. In the fall we have a special campaign to provide groceries for a full Thanksgiving meal for all clients of the Pantry who wish to participate. We partner with 1st Baptist Church of Tijeras and Canyon Bible Church to raise enough money to provide Thanksgiving food boxes that will feed over 450 people. Volunteer opportunities include monetary donations, gathering cardboard boxes, shopping for food, filling the boxes with groceries, delivery of the boxes to the food pantry and distributing them to the families.

Family Promise

The mission of Family Promise is to help families who are experiencing homelessness in the Albuquerque community to achieve sustainable independence. Twice a year COGS hosts the three to four families currently in the program. We provide shelter, meals, and transportation to the families as they work towards finding a home and graduating out of the program. Volunteer opportunities include preparing meals and eating with the families, overnight hosting, and spending leisure time with the families on the weekends. Family Promise has recently acquired a new van and a van driver so this volunteer activity is no longer available.

New Mexico Conference of Churches

We are a member congregation of this statewide ecumenical organization of the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Episcopalian Church, Community of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). For more than 45 years, the New Mexico Conference of Churches has identified areas of need in the state and has developed programs to meet them.  A list and details of some of the programs initiated by the Conference may be found by clicking on the header/link above.

New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light

We are a member congregation of the New Mexico branch of this national ecumenical organization whose mission is to engage faith communities and individuals in caring for the earth and responding to climate change.

Project Share

Through Project Share COGS participates in providing a warm meal to approximately 225 people experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque.  We do this twice a year through the HopeWorks Day Shelter, formerly known as St. Martin’s Hospitality Center.

HopeWorks is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 whose mission is to assist people who are experiencing homelessness by providing resources, opportunities, and HOPE.

Volunteer activities include shopping for food, preparation, and cooking, then delivering and serving food at the Day Shelter.

School Supply Drive

Each summer we begin our school supply drive for a school or school district in need of school supplies. Volunteer opportunities including donating school supplies, organizing and delivering supplies to the schools.

Southwest Conference UCC

Our primary connection to the broader United Church of Christ is the Southwest Conference.  Our church is one of forty-five UCC congregations in New Mexico, Arizona and El Paso County, Texas.  Meetings of the Southwest Conference are held each year.