Outreach and New to You Resale Shop

A core value of Glenview Community Church is to serve God by spreading God’s love to those beyond the GCC congregation. Our Outreach Ministry:

  • Facilitates activities of service to local and worldwide communities
  • Recommends allocation of GCC’s annual mission budget to not-for-profit organizations that advance the ministry of Christ
  • Advocates for changes in systems or policies that are inconsistent with the message of God’s love for all people

In 2018, GCC provided $135,000 in benevolent giving to fund 35 local, national, and international non-profit organizations impacting homelessness, hunger, youth development, dental care access, mental health, refugee services, shelter, family support, conflict resolution, and social justice advocacy. In addition, through various Men’s Ministry, Women’s Association, youth, and all-church service projects, GCC members donated 1385 hours of community service in 2018.

In addition to mission money raised through pledges to the church, a big contributor to our church’s ability to help others is the New to You resale shop, which has been a mission of the GCC Women’s Association since the 1950s. In this time, the shop has raised over $600,000 for local agencies helping families in crisis! New to You sells clothing and accessories, jewelry, home decor, kitchen and bake ware, books and toys and small appliances. Customers love the shop because everything is fairly-priced, clean, organized, and on trend, and the staff is welcoming and friendly. It is located on the lower level of the church. Learn more about the shop from its website.

Highlights of our Outreach Ministry include (and this is a short list – there is much more happening!):

  • Collecting, preparing, and serving food for two dinner services per month at A Just Harvest in Rogers Park
  • Women’s Association participation in Glenview/Northbrook Youth Services’ Holiday Gift program which provides Christmas presents for over 800 kids in the community
  • Men’s Ministry facilitation of Dental Access Days serving 103 low income and indigent patients and participation in Rebuilding Together to clean up local homes of the elderly
  • Youth Mission Trips to Birmingham, Alabama, Cass Lake, Minnesota, Marvell, Arkansas, and other locations in the US, participating in child development activities and home improvements for the poor and elderly
  • Preparation of 39,000 meals to address world famine at GCC Packing Day at Feed My Starving Children during the holidays every year
  • Faith in Action Team meets with local and state officials, participates in petition campaigns and actions, and provides education on issues in support of a just society
  • Hosting and supporting Hands of Peace, an annual three-week program which develops leadership and conflict resolution skills for 40+ Israeli, Palestinian, and American teenagers

 


GCC also proudly supports the following organizations:

GCC Nursery School

Since 1947, Glenview Community Church Nursery School (GCCNS) has been a non-sectarian early childhood outreach to the wider Glenview Community and its neighboring villages of Glenview Community Church.

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Our Church's Wider Mission

Our Church’s Wider Mission is the name we use to describe the outreach we participate in as a part of the United Church of Christ beyond the local church:  through our Conferences, national ministries, and UCC-related institutions.  Our Church’s Wider Mission is also the name we give to the financial support given by UCC members and congregations that makes this broader mission possible.  As GCC reaches out into its own community, it is a representative of the entire denomination and embodies the UCC in Glenview and beyond.

A Just Harvest

A Just Harvest, located in Rogers Park, is the highest capacity community kitchen in the metropolitan Chicago area and the only community kitchen that serves a hot nutritious meal 365 days per year to approximately 120 guests per evening.

The A Just Harvest has also created advocacy groups to work on making neighborhood streets safer and increasing access to quality health care, job training and living wage jobs for kitchen patrons and local residents.

The Glenview Community Church is one of 30 congregations and community organizations that support the work of the A Just Harvest and provide volunteers, food, and funding to this award-winning Agency.

Community Meals

The Community Meals committee of the Women’s Association provides food to those in need in the community.  The program provides bag lunches to homeless clients of Connections for the Homeless.  If you are interested in volunteering for the Community Meals program, or know of others who are in need, please contact the church office.

Village Treasure House

The Village Treasure House is a unique consignment shop of fine furniture and home accessories. Proceeds support local agencies serving women and families in crises.

Village Treasure House
1460 Paddock Drive
Northbrook, IL  60062
847.832.1030

Hours:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

Donations of merchandise are welcome during regular business hours and a tax letter is provided.  For large furniture donations, a volunteer will visit your home and arrange for transportation. Consignments are accepted by appointment only by calling 847.832.1030 with the following terms:

  1. Merchandise is displayed for 90 days, with price reductions of 15% every 30 days.
  2. Unsold items may be reclaimed or donated.
  3. Consigner receives 50% of the sale price for all items $15 and above.

For more information visit www.villagetreasurehouse.com.

Hands of Peace

Hands of Peace empowers young Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans to raise their voices as leaders of change.

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Boy Scout Troop 156

Based at Glenview Community Church, Troop & Crew 156 has served its community for more than 50 years. As one of the largest and most active Boy Scout units in Northeast Illinois, T-156 has a proud tradition of excellence. In the past five years the Troop has produced 20 Eagle Scouts.

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