SCUCC Is Gold Sponsor of 7th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. Two organizations devoted to the community
Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is a Gold Sponsor of the 7th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H., a non-profit organization the congregation appreciates for its work with those in need.
“We are happy to be a small part of that outreach,” said SCUCC Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. John Danner. “We hope our support of F.I.S.H. will not only help provide resources for people when needed, but also the reassurance they are not alone in their struggles.”
The SCUCC congregation lives by their denomination's motto: No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here. “We hope all who walk through our doors experience they are a beloved child of God,” said the Rev. Danner. Whether it is for worship, fellowship, as part of the worshiping community of Temple Bat Yam or one of the many educational, musical and community offerings, everyone is welcome.
SCUCC has been committed to serving the wider community since its beginnings. Each year the congregation dedicates a portion of its operating budget, as well as special offerings, for grants to local and national non-profits. The congregation's women group SCWIM supports F.I.S.H. and other local non-profits through proceeds from “Rookery Bookery” and other fundraising efforts.
“The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ's congregation is full of people who care about their community's well being,” said Nancy Bender, co-chair of the 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. committee. “We are grateful for their support of the 10K race, as its an important part of F.I.S.H. continuing its mission of neighbors helping neighbors.”
F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP has been dedicated to serving its community for more than three decades through various Helping Hand programs and a food pantry – positively impacting thousands of lives each year. Seniors, youth and families are beneficiaries of valuable programming, from Alzheimer’s assessment and adult education assistance to youth lunches and scholarships. The non-profit organization recently relocated its Walk-in Center, 2430-B Periwinkle Way, to better serve its clients.
“We appreciate the work F.I.S.H. does in addressing the increasing and changing needs of both Sanibel's residents and workers who help make this island a special place,” said SCUCC Associate Pastor Rev. Deb Kunkel.
SCUCC was founded in 1977 when Sanibel was selected as a site by the United Church of Christ Board of Directors for Homeland Ministries. Its campus, 2050 Periwinkle Way, sits on four acres complete with a courtyard and special Memorial Gardens. It's membership has grown to more than 500, all who are in various phases of life's journey.