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Make a Difference

We are a small congregation, but we have found many ways to support our community and make a difference in the wider world. We are always open to new ideas. Many of our projects grew out of the enthusiasm and energy of one or two of our members.

Care for the Church and Congregation

  • Christmas Cookies
  • Gardening Team
  • Prayer Shawls
Care for the Local Community
  • Food Pantry Sunday
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Mitten Tree
  • School Backpack Program
  • Thrift Shop
Care for the Wider World
  • Children's Penny Jar
  • CROP Walk
  • Manger Sunday (Toys for Tots)
  • Relay for Life
  • Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive


Care for the Church and Congregation

Christmas Cookies

Cookies

Each year we bake cookies and use them to create care packages for homebound members. Cookies are delivered by church members, preferably with some carol-singing.

Gardening Team

Spring Clean-up

A group of knowledgeable gardeners advises our youth group in the care and weeding of our garden areas. This is an area where we can always use more volunteers, so please contact the church office if you'd like to help. 

Prayer Shawls

Prayer Shawl Group

Our prayer shawl mission began in February 2010 with the creation of knitted and crocheted shawls that are blessed in church. Those shawls are given to those in our community who can benefit by the prayers and comfort they offer. Each shawl includes a card explaining the purpose and prayers for the recipient. In the fall of 2011, Prayer Pockets were added to the baskets - a prayer pocket is a small square, knit with the emblem of the cross, that one can keep close to remind them that they are cared for and blessed.

Everyone is encouraged to pick up a prayer shawl or pocket at the back of our church’s sanctuary, sign our book to indicate to whom it is to be given, note if a prayer might be offered in church for that person, and give it to anyone deemed to benefit from the specially blessed creation.

Prayer shawls and pockets are blessed before they are distributed. Those contributing a prayer shawl are asked to leave it in the church office so that it can be properly blessed.

A highlight of the prayer shawl mission has been a trip by our children, mothers and a grandmother to share those shawls with both members of our congregation as well as other residents at Golden Years in Walworth.

Please contact the church office at (262) 275-2808 if you have any questions or would like to participate in this mission. New members, knitting or crocheting, are always welcome. If you would like a “starter” kit with information about the shawls, please let the office know.




Care for the Community

Food Pantry Sunday

Food Pantry

Big Foot Food Pantry is located at 111 Fremont Street in Walworth Walworth WI inside Immanuel, UCC church. The third Sunday of every month is dedicated as Food Pantry Sunday at Community Church of Fontana. Members are encouraged to bring items to church which will then be delivered to the food pantry. Suggested and requested items are listed in the church newsletter and in the weekly Sunday bulletin.


Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels program serves persons who are aged 60 and older and are homebound. Volunteer drivers deliver a hot, nutritious meal between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The meals help maintain good nutrition, which plays an essential role in promoting health and preventing disease.

Persons in need of home-delivered meals can contact the DHHS Nutrition Program by calling (262) 741-3333 or by calling toll-free 800-365-1587. If you would like to help deliver Meals on Wheels every fifth or sixth week, please call the church office at (262) 275-2808.

Mitten Tree

Christmas Gift

We partner with a local elementary school to provide Christmas gift baskets to families with limited financial resources. This is a confidential program. Church members can sponsor a gift basket for a family, knowing only the age and gender of the child(ren) and receiving a few suggestions from the child(ren)'s wish lists.

School Backpack Program

School Supplies

We partner with a local elementary school to provide school supplies and backpacks for children with limited financial resources. This is a confidential program. Church members can take responsibility for filling one or more backpacks, knowing only the grade of the student that they are sponsoring.

Thrift Shop

Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop is operated by volunteers and members of Community Church of Fontana. We welcome all clean donations: clothes (men, women, and children), shoes, dishes, glassware, small odds and ends, and small hand kitchenware. Feel free to request a receipt for tax purposes.



Care for the Wider World

Children's Penny Jar

Coins

Our youth contribute coins to a giant penny jar throughout the year, and during the Christmas season they select a charity to support. Most recently, they chose to support the Heifer Project.

CROP Walk

Crop Walk group photo

We field a team of walkers for the annual CROP Hunger Walk sponsored by Church World Service. This event takes place in October, and we typically meet at the home of a church member for a barbecue following the walk.

Manger Sunday

Manger Sunday

On a Sunday in early December, we invite the parents of the youngest baby in our congregation to play the role of Mary and Joseph while their baby plays the role of the baby Jesus. At one point during the church service, the family sits at the front of the sanctuary beside the Christmas tree. Families bring unwrapped presents and place them under the tree in honor of Jesus' coming birthday. These presents are donated to the Toys for Tots program.

Relay for Life

Relay for Life logo

For a number of years we have sponsored a Relay for Life team. This is a nationwide event raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive

Salvation Army Red Kettle

We join together with other local churches to staff the Salvation Army's Red Kettle at our local grocery store.