Outreach Monthly Focus
Neighbors in Need
The Outreach mission focus for October is Neighbors in Need. Through this UCC Special Fund, the church expresses a common commitment to justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Two-thirds of Neighbors in Need offerings support program initiatives and direct grants offered by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries. Small but essential grants are made throughout the year to congregations and organizations engaged in community organizing, public policy advocacy, and direct service. Although grants are made to address a wide range of justice priorities, a significant portion of these grants are made to address issues of hunger and poverty.
One-third of Neighbors in Need supports the work of the UCC's Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM), which is the voice for American Indians in the United Church of Christ.
To contribute to Neighbors in Need use the pew envelope or designate your contribution on the “Other” line of your offering envelope.
"Quarters for the Quarter
Quarters for the Quarter
October, November and December are the months we here at Chapel Hill designate our loose quarters in the offering plate, to go to Heifer Project. The following is some information on Heifer which you may not know. We will have more information, so keep tuned and KEEP YOUR QUARTERS COMING.
Heifer International is a non-profit, humanitarian assistance and sustainable development organization that specializes in providing livestock and related services to limited-resource families worldwide. Heifer does this regardless of race, creed, religion or national origin.
For more than 60 years, Heifer has been able to accomplish its mission through cooperation with existing organizations such as church mission groups, indigenous groups and extension groups. Heifer International does not have a specific "religious tenet" except those implied in our Cornerstones and Mission Statement. The 11 covenant agencies that under gird Heifer vary somewhat in their doctrines, but all affirm caring for neighbors and the earth. We have adopted a "Faith Heritage Statement" that, while acknowledging Heifer's Christian roots, points out that Heifer works with people of all faiths:
Heifer International was founded in 1944 by Church of the Brethren educator Dan West. His vision of a worldwide program to end hunger and poverty was born of his Christian faith. From the beginning, this vision has encompassed all spiritual paths and all people who understood that to serve God, we serve our brothers and sisters. Today, Heifer is comprised of people of many faiths working together around the world to realize its vision.