Urbandale UCC

URBANDALE UNITED CHURCH
OF CHRIST

3530 70th St., Urbandale, Iowa 50322 | ph 515.276.0625
fax 515.276.2451 | email: staff@urbucc.org | how to find us
Rev. David Sickelka, Senior Pastor

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2013 Hunger Hike

2012 hunger hike

2012 hunger hike

2012 hunger hike

Community Action

Central Iowa Shelter meals | Family Promise | Community Spaghetti Dinner | Refugee Families | Pride Day | Hunger Hike | AMOS | The Giving Tree | Urbandale Food Pantry | Habitat for Humanity

Central Iowa Shelter Meals

On a regular basis, many of us serve dinner at the Central Iowa Shelter and Services. This is an emergency shelter in downtown Des Moines for homeless women and men. Volunteers are needed to bake/provide food, transport food from the church to the shelter and serve the meal. We often need money for the meal; donations may be put in the offering plates marked "Central Iowa Shelter Meal." Also, look for sign-up sheets on the Narthex table to make food and bring items for the meal. If you would like more information, directions to the shelter or a ride to the shelter, contact the Community Concerns Team.

Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network)

We are a host church with the Family Promise of Greater Des Moines (formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network). Four weeks out of the year, we provide food and shelter to homeless families as an alternative to area shelters, which are forced by limited resources to separate husbands from wives and parents from their opposite-sex children. From cooking and serving, to serving as an overnight host, from providing transportation to organizing supplies and doing laundry, you can pitch in! Sign up in the Narthex in the weeks leading up to our Family Promise hosting. You can also sign up online at https://signup.zone/uucc-fp

Family Promise Volunteers:
Coordinator Jobs (PDF, 250KB)
Volunteer Jobs (PDF, 263KB)
Coordination Tree (PDF, 169KB)

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Community Spaghetti Dinner

On the second Wednesday of each month, from 5:30 to 7p.m., we host a community spaghetti dinner. This is a monthly opportunity to welcome the strangers in our midst with a hot meal—and specifically, to invite those experiencing food scarcity to share a meal with us. Everyone is welcome! Members are encouraged to sign up to bring a needed food item, assist with meal preparation or clean-up duty. Invite others to come and eat with us! Questions? Contact Jennifer Gardner at jennifer.gardner@urbucc.org.

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Refugee Families

We have helped refugee families as they settle in the Des Moines area. Most recently, we have assisted families from Afghanistan and Azerbaijan.

Pride Day

This annual celebration of gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender identity is a perfect venue for us to proclaim our extravagant welcome as an Open and Affirming congregation and invite all into our fellowship.

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Hunger Hike

Many of us participate in the Annual Des Moines Area Hunger Hike to help alleviate hunger in our community and the world. This event is held the second Sunday of October. Part of the funds raised will support the Urbandale Food Pantry. Get your pledge envelope from Sandy Gahn or Kathy Marean.

AMOS

Our congregation is involved with AMOS (A Midwest Organizing Strategy), and we will intentionally engage members in one of four study/action groups AMOS is currently working (immigration, the economy, health care and education). AMOS allows us to work with others from the faith community, empowering one another to work toward common solutions to problems in the community and state.

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The Giving Tree

In summer, a tree will be in the narthex with gift ideas for individuals and projects in the community that provide relief and friendship. We offer the opportunity to exercise the Christmas spirit of giving in order to provide help to individuals and organizations at a time when donations slow.

Urbandale Food Pantry

The first image that comes to mind when you say "Urbandale" is not hunger. And yet just down the street from our church is Karen Acres, a school where 30 percent of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch (200% or less of the federal poverty level). Concerned Urbandale citizens worked in a collaborative partnership with the City of Urbandale, the Urbandale Caring Corps (now UCAN), the Urbandale Ministerial Alliance, and the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) to start the Urbandale Food Pantry (now a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit). We regularly collect items for the Pantry, and we donate veggies to the Pantry during the growing season from an on-site garden.

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Habitat for Humanity

We have helped out on projects of the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.

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2011 Hunger Hike

2011 Urbandale Fourth of July Parade

work day

meals from the heartland

habitat for humanity