Serve Our World

We are proud to be a 5 for 5 church. In the United Church of Christ, being a “5 for 5” church means that our church contributes to all of the national UCC mission offerings.

Our Church’s Wider Mission
Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) is the name given to congregational gifts that support wider UCC ministries worldwide. It is supported through our pledges to the church budget. Monies are sent to the United Church of Christ in support of programs that are in keeping with the denomination’s belief in God’s continuing testament in the world, our belief in a welcoming and open understanding of Christianity in response to disasters and human tragedies and our belief in the power of transforming lives through the support of the greater church and its clergy.

One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing funds make possible disaster relief, refugee assistance, development aid and more. It is one of the five basic support areas of Our Church’s Wider Mission and a separate offering is collected annually. This offering makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, as well as those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Today, projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada.

Strengthen the Church (STC) is a special mission offering to reimagine and build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard. A separate offering is taken for this.
Neighbors in Need
Neighbors in Need (NIN) 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 through grants.

Christmas Fund
The Christmas Fund Provides direct financial assistance to retired and active United Church of Christ authorized ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas thank-you checks.