St. John UCC is proud to be a 5 for 5 church (churches giving to Basic Support and all four Special Offerings).
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Special Mission Offerings
Our Church's Wider Mission Special Support comprises gifts to the four Special Mission Offerings in the United Church of Christ, that are specially designated for the Conference, national setting or UCC-related institutions.
The United Church of Christ Special Mission Offerings are:
One Great Hour of Sharing
Supports partners in more than 70 countries with ministries that fund development projects, feed the victims of famine, provide services for displaced people, and respond to natural disasters. These ministries are the responsibility of Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources. It is received annually on the fourth Sunday in Lent.
Strengthen the Church
Supports church growth and leadership development in the conferences and through the national offices of Local Church Ministries. It is received annually on Pentecost Sunday.
Neighbors in Need
Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including ministry carried out by the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and by the national offices of Justice and Witness Ministries. It is received annually on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of October.
The Christmas Fund
Provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands, a ministry carried out by the Pension Boards. It is received annually on the Sunday before Christmas.