Sharing Christ's Love by Serving Dinner

Underwood Hills will be serving dinner at the Siena-Francis House on Friday, June 23, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.  We fill plates with the food and bring the plates to the guests.  If you cannot be there at 4:30, please come when you can.  If you are willing to serve our community this way, please call/email the church office to sign up for this event.  (Phone: 402-397-4318; email: uhpc@msn.com)

Underwood Hills Grows Through Mission

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells a parable and says, "Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.’"  Jesus calls us to care for his brothers and sisters. 

In response to this call, Underwood Hills Church participates in the following mission opportunities:

  • Crossroads Connection prison ministry
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Sienna-Francis House
  • The Ambassador
  • Two Presbyterian Church (USA) Church Wide Special Offerings

 

Crossroads Connection

Crossroads Connection is a Christian community of faith in support of prisoners, those released, and their families, because God's grace is extended to all.

Crossroads offers a weekly Sunday evening worship service and fellowship meal for inmates at the Community Corrections Center-Omaha (also known as the Work Release Center) and their family members.  Inmates who participate in Crossroads have been deemed community ready by the Department of Corrections.  Crossroads meets at Underwood Hills Church.

In addition to providing space in our building for Crossroads and its ministry, Underwood Hills also supports Crossroads by leading worship and providing a meal four times per year.  Our pastor preaches for the worship service.  Church members prepare and serve the meal. 

Many Underwood Hills' members have taken the two hour training at the Work Release Center to be a transportation sponsor.  Transportation sponsors pick up inmates at the Work Release Center, take them to the Sunday evening worship service and meal, and then take them back to the Work Release Center.  Some transportation sponsors do this quarterly, some monthly, and some weekly.  

If you would like to learn more about being a transportation sponsor, please contact Becky Balestri by email or by calling 402-397-4318.

 

Habitat for Humanity

Underwood Hills Church is part of the ELF Coalition for Habitat for Humanity.  ELF stands for Ecumenical Labor Force.  This coalition of churches rehabs a house for Habitat each summer.

The ELF Coalition works on Saturdays at the site.  Workers can work one or two 4-hour shifts.  Lunch is provided by one of the coalition churches.

Building skills are not required.  Habitat staff is on site to teach various kinds of skills.

On any given Saturday, workers might be tearing out old dry wall or installing new dry wall.  They might be pulling out old studs or putting in new studs for walls.  They might be mudding drywall or painting walls.

Giving your time and energy to Habitat is an opportunity to serve God's people in need of affordable housing AND learning a new skill.

For more information on working at the ELF Coalition site, please contact Anne Carroll through the church office, 402-397-4318.

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Sienna-Francis House

The Siena/Francis House provides emergency overnight shelter to men, women, and women with children.  The Siena/Francis House also provides food to the homeless through our Meal Provider Program, clothing, and case management outreach services through their day services program.

Underwood Hills Church supports the Sienna-Francis House with in-kind donations.  Two or three times a year, we have a drive for the current Francis House needs.  It might be a paper product drive, when we ask members to donate toilet paper, paper towels and large trash bags.  It might be a socks and mittens drive when we invite members to donate new socks, gloves and mittens.  We have also had "Undie Sunday," inviting our member to donate new men's and women's underwear.

Additionally, our members donate their gently used clothing to Francis House.  We have a trunk in the main entry way to collect used clothing.  Each month a church member delivers the clothing to the Sienna-Francis House.

Watch this website for information on the next Francis House drive.

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The Ambassador

The goal at The Ambassador is to achieve complete healing. The Ambassador staff seeks to make people better mentally, physically, and spiritually. this comprehensive approach to individual needs is the difference that sets them apart.  It is what makes The Ambassador the leader in post acute care.

Members of Underwood Hills volunteer at The Ambassador in two ways. Some of our members, who have gentle dogs, bring their dogs to The Ambassador and visit the residents.  petting a dog is a calming influence on the residents.  Other members help resident play Bing on a regular basis.  Enjoying a game lifts the spirits of the residents.

We invite you to make a difference in the lives of some of the most fragile members of our community by volunteering at The Ambassador.  Please call the church office for more information about volunteering at The Ambassador.

 

Presbyterian Church (USA) Church Wide Special Offerings

Underwood Hills Church supports two of the four offerings collected by the Presbyterian Church (USA):  One Great Hour of Sharing Offering and the Christmas Joy Offering.

Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need.  Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities.  Recognizing that the hope we have in Christ is lived out in our hope for one another, we respond with gifts that help our sisters and brothers around the world find the hope for a brighter future.

A Presbyterian tradition for almost 70 years, the Christmas Joy Offering is one of the four special offerings designated by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to provide congregations direct ways of supporting specific causes that help those in need.  50 percent of the receipts to the Christmas Joy Offering are distributed to the Board of Pensions for assistance programs that provide support to retired and active church workers and their spouses and families.  The other fifty percent supports Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and universities.