Outreach Monthly Focus
The Christmas Fund
May the love of God shepherd us; The wisdom of Christ enlighten us; And the working of the Holy Spirit quicken us. – Lancelot Andrewes
For 117 years, the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund has been a tangible expression of God’s love and light in the world. One of the four Special Mission Offerings of the United Church of Christ, the Christmas Fund provides UCC congregations and members an opportunity to reach out in kindheartedness to those who have faithfully shepherded our Church and who now find themselves facing unexpected financial needs.
In 2018, UCC congregations and members generously contributed $1,435,050 to the Offering. This enabled the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, the charitable arm of the Pension Boards, to provide, on behalf of the whole Church, Supplementation of Small Annuities, Retiree Health Premium Supplementation, Emergency Grants, and Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks to individuals and families in need.
The theme of the 2019 Christmas Fund Offering is The light shines in the darkness, and our goal is to raise $1.7 million to help support these ministries of light and love. The recipients of these gifts have faithfully served the church and now, in their time of need, we can be the church to them. We invite and encourage you to shepherd God’s light and support this year’s appeal.
We are pleased to provide the resources in this Offering Guide to assist and inspire you in promoting the Christmas Fund in your congregation. These and other resources are also available online at www.christmasfund.org. On behalf of the hundreds of clergy and lay employees and their families whose lives were touched by your support of last year’s Christmas Fund Offering, we offer our sincere thanks for your generosity!
"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.