Evangelical United Church of Christ (EUCC) is a congregation of people dedicated to the advancement of our community. The Church has been a cornerstone of the Alton-Godfrey area for over 150 years. EUCC's mission is guided by scripture--"….we envision, with hope, God's future. We shall build on our evangelical heritage, and spirit of servanthood, all for the glory of God."
The EUCC congregation comprises approximately 350 individuals devoted to helping others. The Church is funded by contributions from its congregation, and has a rich history of its members volunteering for any number of causes to serve a variety of charities in our community. Pastor Jerry MeCaskey estimates that there are upwards of 10,000 hours annually of volunteer time donated by members of the congregation.
EUCC's board of directors is a "Consistory", which is comprised of 19 members of the congregation elected by a congregational vote. Consistory members are either trustees (responsible for the Church's physical plant), deacons (responsible for financial matters) or elders (responsible for spiritual activities). Consistory meets monthly, and is also charged with approving the Church's initiatives for charitable projects locally, regionally and nationally.
Through its congregational donations and volunteer efforts, EUCC supports a number of local charities, including Meals on Wheels, the Crisis Food Center, American Red Cross Blood Drives, Alzheimer's Research Support, CROP Walk, and Plowsharing Sales. Each month, the congregation identifies a regional/national charity for which special donations are collected. The charities include Neighbors in Need, Blanket Sunday, the Dubois Center and One Great Hour of Sharing.
The Church has also developed a "Hearts in Service" Ministry (HIS), which is a care-giving ministry to the Church family. HIS Ministry volunteers assist with the responsibility of visiting and caring for Church members, including shut-in's, college students, families impacted by illness or tragedy, members of our armed forces, etc. HIS volunteers make personal visits, phone calls, send cards, run errands, provide transportation and make deliveries. In a typical year, HIS members will have over 4,000 touch points with members of the congregation and their extended families. Training is provided to volunteers for this type of care-giving.
EUCC has less than 10 paid staff. The remainder of needs of the Church is filled by the volunteer efforts of the congregation. Limited promotional activities of the Church include a website, periodic billboard advertising, and the Church's Sunday services are broadcast on WBGZ 1570 each Sunday morning at 10 am.
EUCC also has a growing, vibrant pre-school, elementary and middle school program. A cornerstone of the Church's mission is providing a Christian education to the youth of the Riverbend area. Enrollment at the elementary and middle school is over 325, while preschool enrollment is in excess of 120 students.
Throughout its history and continuing today, EUCC provides a wide array of charitable services to the local community and to other regional and national causes. The Church and congregation has a long and proud tradition of active volunteerism and Christian education. They are continually looking for other opportunities to serve and assist those in need.