We express God’s peace and love by working for peace with justice in our personal lives, in our church, in our community, and in the world.
Our congregation is passionate about Social Justice and this passion leads us to engage in a wide variety of Social Justice Outreach programs. Some of these programs, like Project Share, have been going on for 40 years, and some were started recently. Our current focus is establishing relationships with our neighbors. We have begun supporting the students at Jefferson Middle School across the street from our Church. We also have established a relationship with Crossroads for Women, a program that provides comprehensive, integrated services to support women working to break the cycle of homelessness and incarceration and achieve healthy, stable, and self-sufficient lives in the community for themselves and their children.
Throughout the year, a group of volunteers sells fairly traded goods, including coffee and chocolate, during fellowship time. This is a win-win effort: those who purchase get to enjoy high-quality products, while the farmers who produced them receive a fair wage.
First Congregation also participates in two programs to help provide food for those who are in need. The first, Project Share, is on the third Thursday of each month. Volunteers from our church get together to prepare and deliver a meal to feed 150-200 people who will visit Project Share of Albuquerque later that day for dinner. The second, is Sandwiches for The Hungry, Sundays after service, a dedicated team of volunteers meets in the church kitchen to prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, supplemented by a few snacks to become complete sack lunches. These lunches are then sent to a local Catholic church to be served to the hungry of Albuquerque.
For Halloween, our children are encouraged to participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. In addition to doing the typical trick-or-treating that satisfies their sweet-tooth cravings, our children ask for small donations that benefit less fortunate children around the world.
At Christmas-time, our church delivers toys to the Alice King Memorial Hospitality Center of the state Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe to be given to children of inmates.