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Whether ministering to our community or providing leadership roles within the church, the ministries of Mission Hills UCC provide the way much of the “business” of the church is accomplished.  Church members are nominated to serve in these ministries, but you can also request to serve on one to which you feel called.  Each of these ministry teams has a leader, its chairperson, who serves on our Church Council, the lay leadership and governing body of MHUCC.  Each of these ministries offers unique opportunities for participating in the life of the church.

Christian Education Ministry

Christian Education (CE) provides guidance for the spiritual journeys of children, young people and adults through the development of a variety of educational programs. The work of this ministry helps members and friends to explore what we believe and to deepen our faith.
 
The United Church of Christ proudly embraces the fact that its members and friends do not check their brains at the church door!  This ministry keeps us thinking, studying, and journeying together.
 
The CE ministry oversees the Sunday School (Preschool-6), Youth Forum (7-12) and activities, confirmation classes, and Adult Bible Study. Frequent education programs are offered addressing topics such as marriage equality, environmental stewardship, social justice, and progressive theology. Secular topics, such as children’s literacy, conscientious consumerism, and voter education, are also offered to the wider community. 
 
Learn more about the Christian Education Ministry through our Small Groups, and Get Involved! pages.

Diaconate Ministry

The Diaconate Ministry provides pastoral care during times of special need.  This ministry team reaches out when our friends and members are going through difficult times, are hospitalized or homebound due to illness, or experience a major loss in their lives.  This ministry team will be found quietly and gracefully assisting a family with their loved one’s memorial service and reception.  If you have ever wondered what happens to the beautiful flowers in the Chancel after Sunday service, this ministry team will break them into smaller arrangements that are delivered to our homebound members and friends.  The Diaconate Ministry also organizes our Prayer Partners which is a group that has covenanted to pray for the requests of anyone requesting prayer. 
 
Learn more about the Diaconate Ministry through our Small Groups and Get Involved! pages.
 

Fellowship Ministry

The Fellowship Ministry plans monthly gatherings of all shapes and sizes that are opportunities for members and friends to get to know each other on a deeper level.  Because we are a church where “one size DOES NOT fit all,” this ministry is very innovative in its event planning.  To create and build the connection and community that so many in our church value, they have organized a wide variety of events such as a kite flying day, hiking excursions, game nights, Christmas light viewing bike rides, and the ever popular all church potlucks.  We are blessed to be a congregation FULL of many ages and abilities and the Fellowship ministry gets everybody engaged – form our senior Pilgrims to our youngest friends.
 
Learn more about the Fellowship Ministry through our Small Groups, and Get Involved! pages.
 

Membership and Church Growth Ministry

The ministry of the Membership and Church Growth team is to find innovative ways to share the story of Mission Hills United Church of Christ.  Participants in this ministry team work together to discover ways to extend an extravagant welcome to each guest while continuing to sustain relationships with the members and friends that have attended here for a few weeks as well as those who have been here for years.  One way they develop new relationships is through the bread ministry.  If you have attended MHUCC for a few services and left your contact information on the sign in sheet or a blue visitor card, you should soon find a loaf of delicious homemade bread and a note waiting for you at your front door.  No strings attached - it is simply our way of saying welcome and that we’re glad you have been sharing your journey with us! 
 
The Membership and Church Growth Ministry is also here to help you discern if you are ready to dive a little deeper into the life of this congregation.  This team sponsors quarterly “Inquirer Classes” to help you get to know the denomination, the particulars of this church, and what “membership” in this church means. 
 
Learn more about the Membership and Church Growth Ministry through our Small Groups, and Get Involved! pages.
 

Mission and Outreach Ministry

MHUCC’s Mission and Outreach ministry takes an active role to reach out to help others in concrete ways in our community, near and far.  This ministry team is responsible for planning and organizing volunteers in several outreach programs including the quarterly Chollas Canyon Clean Up, Rolling Readers at Logan Elementary, assisting at Special Delivery, and monthly Feeding America free food distribution events, which includes Food Stamp registration assistance.  Another special outreach program this ministry sponsors is the Uptown Faith Community Service Center.  Uptown was created over 25 years ago when MHUCC teamed with our ecumenical partners to open a full service center where our homeless neighbors could find assistance.  Today it is stronger than ever, providing food, counseling, and necessary services to thousands in need every month. 
 
This ministry team provides the information to our congregation regarding the UCC “Special Offerings” which provides assistance to our Global Missions programs, educational programs, justice and witness ministries, and financial assistance to retired clergy and church workers among other things.  This congregation is proud to be a “5 for 5 Congregation” meaning that we support all 5 of the UCC’s special offerings. 
 
Each year MHUCC holds a large fundraiser, the proceeds of which are given to a local organization.  The Mission and Outreach Ministry selects the recipient out of dozens of nominees.  Past recipients have included Alpha Project for the Homeless, Special Delivery San Diego, Garfield School’s Art Program, and McKinley Elementary School Foundation.  This year’s recipient is Becky’s House.
 
At Christmas, Mission and Outreach sponsors Alternative Christmas.  As an alternative to the usual stuff, you can make a donation to local charities in honor of loved one.  In 2010, Uptown Center, Canine Companions, Water Station, and Archi’s Acres were the worthy charities receiving the funds.
 
If you are enjoying the coffee during our social hour following worship, you are enjoying a cup of justice thanks to Mission and Outreach and its determination to bring Fairly Traded coffee and products to our members and friends.  Our coffees and teas are purchased through Equal Exchange and all their products are available for sale in Fellowship Hall thanks to this ministry team!
 
Learn more about the Mission and Outreach Ministry through our Small Groups, and Get Involved! pages.
 

Personnel Ministry

This team is the human resources arm of MHUCC.  Personnel plans for the further development of our church staff; clarifies job descriptions and responsibilities and oversees performance reviews.  
 
Learn more about the Personnel Ministry through our Meet the Staff page.
 

Property and Administration Ministry

When members and friends walk through the open doors of MHUCC and see the beautiful sanctuary and feel the extravagant welcome, it is in great thanks to this ministry team and its stewardship of the campus. 
 
The first structure of MHUCC was built in 1911 and has been added onto over the years to create the amazing spaces we enjoy today.  Maintenance of our current building takes the talents of many and a sizable budget commitment as we work to meet the needs of our growing congregation.  This team also works to make the spaces of our campus available to local community groups in need of space.  Pacific Children’s Theatre, Mission Hills Garden Club, San Diego Women’s Chorus, and Hillcrest Wind Ensemble are just a few of our “tenants.”   Members of this ministry help plan for future space needs and ongoing maintenance and repair.  Many days you’ll see this team painting, checking for leaks, or trimming the shrubbery around the church. 
 
Learn more about the Property and Administration Ministry through our Get Involved! pages.
 

Stewardship and Investment Ministry

Stewardship and Investment (S&I) takes the lead role in our financial planning so that we use our resources wisely. In addition to overseeing our investments, S&I leads our fall Financial Stewardship campaign with the goal of helping all of our members and friends understand and embrace MHUCC’s mission plan in order to support it with their time, talent, and treasure.  Working with the other ministry teams to determine costs, S & I and plans MHUCC’s annual operating budget.  The challenge of this ministry team is to help members and friends realize that financial ministry and the operating budget about more than just about keeping the lights on and the staff paid.  There is so much that happens here and it all has to be supported somehow.  From the crayons in the Sunday school classrooms to the supplemental protein provided by the church during the Feeding America food distribution has to be paid for, and S & I ensures that funds exist to fund our programs and outreach projects.  This team also works hard to ensure that the funds left by our predecessors are maintained and that there will be funding for future programs and projects so that MHUCC will continue to be a leader in the community for many years to come. 
 
Learn more about the Stewardship and Investment Ministry through our Giving page.
 

Worship Arts and Music Ministry

The Worship, Arts, and Music Ministry Team helps to plan and create meaningful worship experiences throughout the year.  Together with the staff, WAM coordinates special services during Advent and Lent.  The music ministry – led by director Max Chodos and organist Rick Parks explore a variety of musical styles and keep our Chancel and Children’s choirs busy and on their toes.  The Christmas Candlelight program, Christmas Eve service, Lenten Cantata, and special concerts such as the Rutter Requiem are beautiful musical offerings that provide another way to lift our hearts in prayer.  Max and Rick have a special ability to find and highlight musical gifts within our congregation - many of our members and friends have sung solos or played musical offerings during services. 
 
The creative members of this ministry team also decorate the Sanctuary with art and seasonal decorations. 
 
Learn more about the Worship Arts and Music Ministry through our Small Groups, and Get Involved! pages.