We designate 10% of what we receive in pledges to support the work of mission. We belive our faith calls us to be servants in the service of others, to be a compassionate presence, to heal the world.
Our congregation is not an end unto itself. We support our denomination, The United Church of Christ, in carrying out Our Church's Wider Mission, and our covenantal mission of spreading the Gospel message of justice and mercy.
In addition to the funds we designate from our budget, we also raise additional funds throughout the year to support local and global agencies that provide ongoing vital services, education, and emergency releif on the local, national and flobal levels.
Listed below are only a few organizations and agencies we support through our time and treasure. Please click on the name to access their webpage:
- Chicago Theological Seminary
- Heifer International
- Lakeview Pantry
- The Night Ministry
We support the mission and ministry of the United Church of Christ, and are proud to be a "5 for 5" church, that is, we contribute to the five national collections of the UCC:
Our Church's Wider Mission provides funding for the work of the UCC Conferences, national, and global ministries in support of the life and work of the local church and its members. OCWM changes lives by strengthening our ecumenical relationships and global partnerships, by imagining and embodying a better world through prophetic witness and work, and by providing resources and programs to nurture the vitality of our United Church of Christ congregations.
One Great Hour of Sharing provides support for health, education, refugee, agricultural and emergency relief initiatives in 138 countries by working with local, national, and global partners. The offering is received during Lent. It is administered in the national UCC setting by Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources.
Strengthen the Church grows the UCC's future by funding the Stillspeaking Ministry, new and renewing churches, youth and young adult ministries, and lay and pastoral leadership formation--especially among women and people of color. It is administered by the local conference and the national UCC setting's Local Church Ministries, and the Stillspeaking Ministry. The offering is received on Pentecost.
Neighbors in Need supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries, justice and advocacy, and direct service projects supported by Justice and Witness Ministries of the national UCC setting. The offering is received on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of October.
The Christmas Fund provides pension and health premiums, supplementation to low-income retired clergy, emergency assistance to clergy families in need, and Christmas checks to hundreds of annuitants, as administered by the Pension Boards. The offering is received the Sunday before Christmas.