Salem’s Closet is a clothing bank that is open to the community.
In addition to clothing, it also includes housewares, shoes and more. It is free and open the first Saturday of every other month from 10 AM – 12 PM.
Donations are welcome.
Salem’s Closet consists of several very big rooms with lots and lots of racks filled with clothing. There are also VHS tapes, CD’s, books, some appliances, kitchen wares, sheets, blankets, and all the things that are necessary to help someone in need, someone just starting out, someone just finding a small place to live when their earlier address was in the streets of Harrisburg.
There are homemade items as well, and these rooms are filled.
20 bags of clothing and other items were taken to Lancaster to help victims (20 families, 33 children) of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico who had been relocated there so that they could finish school.
And there is a saying that you just can’t out give God and that has manifested in the continual abundance of the items in the Clothing Center.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
In every room there are handmade items so lovingly interspersed, with coordinated and styled outfits and they are sorted according to size – adults, children, infants.
This ministry is an outgrowth from a few persons wanting to serve in our community of faith in some way. They looked at the needs in the community, and figured out what was needed more than anything else, helping people who are having a bad time in their life, get what they need to pick themselves up, keep their dignity and allow them to feel good about how they looked, and how, by getting just a few items, meaning the world to them – it showed that someone really cares enough to provide what they need for that particular time in their life when no one else responds.
It is shining the light of Jesus Christ, in a place called Salem’s Closet and operated by a dedicated group of very special people – called Sisters and Brothers in Christ – with hearts big enough to share beyond the walls and into the community where it is needed most.
Then Jesus Christ, the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Amen. (see Matthew 25:31-40)
Our Church’s Worldwide Mission (OCWM)
Our Church’s Wider Mission Basic Support is contributed by local churches to support United Church of Christ mission and program in wider settings. It supports the ongoing work included in the operating budgets of the Conference and the national United Church of Christ. Just as it is helpful to the local church when members make weekly or monthly payments on their pledges, it is helpful to the wider church to receive regular monthly (preferred) or quarterly Basic Support from member churches. It is our “pledge” or promise to the Penn Central Conference (our local governing body) to help with their work such as finding preachers to work, the quarterly newsletter (PCC Connections), consultation help, keeping track of nine area associations (we are in the Harrisburg association) and providing resources that may be used by our church to best continue to serve in our community. We have pledged $500 in past years.
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering (OGHS)
One Great Hour of Sharing, as part of Our Churches Wider Mission, is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with inter-national partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, and emergency relief and rehabilitation. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.
Strengthen the Church (STC) – Pentecost Sunday
Strengthen the Church (STC) is a special mission offering to re-imagine and build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard. As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.
Neighbors in Need Offering (NIN) – (Worldwide Communion Sunday)
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities.
The Christmas Fund (formerly Veterans of the Cross)
The Christmas Fund provides direct financial assistance to retired and active United Church of Christ authorized ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas thank-you checks. A ministry of the Pension Boards, the offering is received annually on the Sunday before Christmas. However you choose to provide your gift, please know that it is truly appreciated and that it will brighten the life of one of God’s servants who is facing a moment of personal need. This offering is received on the Sunday before Christmas. And we usually do it on Christmas Eve as well.