Hood River Valley Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Condon United Church of Christ have participated in an ecumenical disaster relief effort in response to recent devastating tornadoes in the Midwest.
Church World Service (www.cwsglobal.org), an ecumenical organization operating in more than 130 countries and the U.S., released an emergency appeal for Emergency Clean-Up Buckets in the wake of the twisters. CWS warehouse supplies were in danger of being completely depleted within a week.
The Rev. Tim Graves of the Condon United Church of Christ and Kathy Holmson, co-chair of World Outreach for Hood River Valley Christian, partnered to issue their congregations a challenge to respond to the CWS appeal. Graves issued a challenge to his congregation to gather materials for five Emergency Clean-Up Buckets for Church World Service.
Holmson challenged her congregation to raise needed dollars for CWS. The Hood River congregation had just raised over $500 for emergency buckets in January. The joint effort resulted in seven buckets assembled in Condon and mailed to the Church World Service warehouse in Maryland. Additionally, the Condon congregation raised $240 for CWS.
Hood River Valley Christian Church surpassed its January fundraising and collected more than $840 (the equivalent of 15 buckets).
Hood River Valley Christian Church hosts the annual CWS CROP Walk to end hunger around the world. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ, www.disciples.org) and the United Church of Christ (www.ucc.org) are formal Ecumenical Partners.
Since 1989 the two denominations have been in full communion and serve in a united effort in international mission work as well as having dozens of “federated” congregations that are affiliated with both the Disciples and UCC.