Church World Service (Blanket Fund)
Blankets+ (formerly called Tools & Blankets) is a special mission opportunity that can involve all ages.
Some 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S. hold CWS Blankets+ events, providing
funds to help people in need around the world, including the U.S. For over 60 years,
Church World Service
has worked in partnership with local communities to identify their needs and access
the resources they need to build the foundation for a more viable future, including:
- Blankets, tents, food and other emergency supplies in the wake of a disaster
- Tools and seeds for refugees returning home to replant their fields
- Wells for families living in drought prone areas to provide clean, safe water to drink and to
irrigate crops and gardens
- Literacy training and microcredit for women struggling to realize their potential.
Christian Rural Overseas Project (or CROP Walk) as it is commonly referred to, has been an
annual fall event since 1985.
Sponsored participants walk from one to six miles to raise
money for world hunger.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
FA is a recovery base program utilizing the twelve step AA program.
FA meets every Tuesday at 7pm.
OCWM (Our Church's Wider Mission)
Our Church's Wider Mission is the name we use to describe the work we do as the United Church of Christ
beyond the local church–through our Conferences, national ministries, and UCC-related institutions.
Our Church's Wider Mission is also the name we give to the financial support given by UCC members and
congregations that makes this broader mission possible.
Congregations are central to the ability of The United Church of Christ to do mission in local communities,
within the United States and internationally. As a congregation works in its own
community, it is a representative of the entire denomination and embodies the UCC
in that place. When a congregation determines its giving to Our Church's Wider Mission,
there is a direct impact on levels of funding for the Conference and national ministries.
Every local congregation has a responsibility to be aware of opportunities for local mission and to be
knowledgeable about the work underway by its own Conference and by the national ministries.
One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing, as part of Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM),
is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God's message of love
and hope to people in more than eighty countries.
The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water and food, education and health care,
small business micro-credit, emergency relief, and advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons.
OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.
OGHS is a Lenten Offering. The OGHS offering is most often received the third Sunday of Lent,
but may be taken at different times.
Strengthen the Church
One of four special mission offerings within the United Church of Christ, grows the UCC's future by:
- Funding new church starts and invigorating
- Nurturing lay and pastoral leadership
- Building youth and young
- Supporting the God is Stillspeaking Ministry
and its extravagant welcome for all within the United Church of Christ.
All gifts are directed to activities and programs of your church's local conference as well as
the UCC's national ministries.
Neighbors in Need
This is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.
One-third of NIN funds
support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by
the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives,
advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.
Most UCC congregations will receive the NIN offering as part of their World Communion Sunday observance
On the Sunday before Halloween the children of the church dress up in their Halloween costumes and collect
change for UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund).
This organization provides emergency funds for children around the world.
Veterans of the Cross (The Christmas Fund)
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. Received annually on the Sunday before Christmas.
The Men's Club Sponsor's:
- Jack's Place for Autism Jack's Place is a newly formed 501(3)c created by parents
who have had first hand experience
with the difficulty of accessing resources and information
on Autism. Recognizing the importance of early diagnosis, daily care assistance
and the eventual need for long term care, Jack's Place intends to provide families who
are effected by Autism services for persons at any age with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
through a comprehensive menu of supportive, educational and referral services.
Penrickton Center for Blind Children
Penrickton Center, established in 1952, is a private,
non-profit five day residential and
day care agency serving blind, multi-disabled children ages one through twelve.
Penrickton Center is located in Taylor, Michigan.
The Women's Club Sponsor's:
- The Evangelical Homes of Michigan
Evangelical Homes of Michigan provides a wide variety of health, housing,
and retirement services to seniors in southeast Michigan.
- OCWM (From Blessings Banks)
- Southeastern High School
- Most Holy Trinity Church