The success and sustainability of the United Church of Christ's national ministries relies on contributions from UCC congregations nationwide for basic operating support and special missions. Being 5 for 5 means that our church is a leader, providing support to Our Church’s Wider Mission and the special Missions Offerings:
Our Church’s Wider Mission – The basic support provided by way of congregational gifts to Our Church’s Wider Mission is the economic lifeblood of the United Church of Christ. Our gifts benefit the full range of UCC missions across the country and around the globe. The UCC has a history of arriving first on issues of social justice as evidenced by courageous historic “firsts” for racial justice, equality for women, and inclusion of LGBTQ. The United Church of Christ believes in God’s continuing testament in the world, extravagant welcome and transformed lives.
One Great Hour of Sharing – In conjunction with several other Christian denominations, the United Church of Christ participates each spring in the One Great Hour of Sharing “Week of Compassion”. The funds we collect provide hunger relief, clean water, health care, education, agricultural development, refugee ministries, emergency relief, and domestic and international disaster response. For those displaced by violence or poverty or affected by natural disasters, our gifts provide global support through both immediate relief and long term recovery.
Strengthen The Church – Supporting church growth, pastoral and lay leadership development and youth and young adult ministries, this special offering is collected each year on Pentecost Sunday. By pledging our support to Strengthen The Church we invest in the vision to reimagine and build the future of the United Church of Christ. As God calls us to be the “church” in new ways, our donations help plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life of our youth and young adults.
Neighbors In Need – This offering, collected each fall, supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the USA. One third of the offering aids the Council for American Indian Ministry in providing Christian ministry to UCC congregations on reservations throughout the mid-west. Two thirds is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service projects. Neighbors In Need grants fund projects including community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice.
The Christmas Fund – Providing financial assistance to retired and active UCC authorized ministers, lay employees and their surviving spouses, this offering includes pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance and Christmas “thank you” checks to low-income retirees. By giving to this fund, we participate in God’s promise of renewal by enabling a ministry of compassion and care. The Christmas Fund gives us the opportunity to brighten the lives of those of God’s servants who are facing a time of personal need.