Church supports local nonprofits with outreach giving

Jan 11, 2017

Rockland — In January the First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, contributed to five local organizations with donations from its 2016 weekly plate collections.

The Unitarian Universalist congregation's Outreach Giving is a practice that engages the congregation with local community needs, and is a reminder within the congregation that generosity is a spiritual discipline. Each time the First Universalist Church gathers for worship, it donates half of the offering plate toward this principle.

The 2016 plate offerings allowed $1,140 to be donated to each of the following organizations: OUT Maine, Mid-Coast Health Net, the Maine Diaper Fund, Maine Family Planning Association and Window Dressers.

The congregation also provides weekly donations of food and supplies to the AIO Food Pantry and has expanded assistance to the One Less Worry program and to Oceanside High School's emergency supply closet.

For information on the First Universalist Church, call 594-8750, or email

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