From Aid Africa: “We started planting mango trees about five years ago and now they are mature enough to bear fruit. Traditional mangoes sell for about 25 cents; just one of these mangoes will sell for about 40 cents. They’re bigger, juicier tastier and they bear twice a year. What a difference this crop makes to a rural family in Uganda.”
This photo shows your donation bearing fruit.
WE ARE A “FIVE FOR FIVE” CHURCH
United Church of Christ Special Offerings
1. OUR CHURCH’S WIDER MISSION BASIC
Supports Conference and national ministries of Wider Church Ministries, Local Church Ministries, Justice and Witness Ministries, General Ministries, and the Pension Boards.
2. ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
Supports international programs of health, education and agricultural development, relief, and refugee assistance. Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources administers the OGHS fund for the United Church of Christ. The offering is received most often during Lent, with the fourth Sunday suggested as the Dedication Day.
3. STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH
Supports leadership for new and revitalizing congregations, programs for youth and young adults, leadership development, efforts to grow as a multiracial, multicultural church, open and affirming and accessible to all, and the Stillspeaking Ministry. These ministries are carried out by UCC Conferences and through the national setting of Local Church Ministries. The offering often is received on Pentecost.
4. NEIGHBORS IN NEED
Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). NIN funds are used for justice, advocacy, and direct service projects supported through the national setting of Justice and Witness Ministries. The offering is received annually on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of October.
5. THE CHRISTMAS FUND
Supports pension and health premium supplements for low-income retired church workers, emergency assistance for clergy families in need, and Christmas checks for hundreds of annuitants, as administered by the UCC Pension Boards. The offering is received the Sunday before Christmas.
We received many letters of thanks from the recipients of our 2016 Mission donations (distributed throughout the year).
The Mission Team selected 22 groups to receive our sizeable budget for donations to empower services to various needs in our greater community.
These groups included:
Union Rescue Mission in L.A.
UCC Historical Council
La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center, Foothill Unity Center
First Samoan Full Gospel Outreach
Doctors Without Borders
Centro Romero, and the
UCC’s Open and Affirming Coalition
Our Church’s Wider Mission (of the UCC)
Creation Justice Ministries
IMPACT (CA Council of Churches)
Friends In Deed,
Refiner’s Fire Fellowship UCC,
Progressive Christians Uniting and
Sandy Hook Promise Foundation