The Christmas Fund 2019 Special Mission Offering (Pension Boards UCC)
They came when you needed them. They answered the phone when you called. They baptized and married and buried your loved ones. They gave up weekend after weekend after weekend to care for your spirit, lead you in worship, and point to God in your midst.
Some of them did it for less money than they could easily live on. Some of them did it for less than they would have been willing to do any other job for, because of what they believe about who God is, and what they believe about who you are.
For all the sacrifices that clergy and lay church workers have made in our congregations, over 100 years ago the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ created the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund, to help support them in retirement and during times of emergent need.
Use these materials to promote the 2019 Christmas Fund offering, suggested for Dec. 22, 2019, in your congregation.
The Christmas Fund provides Supplementation of Small Annuities, Supplementation of Health Premiums, Emergency Grants, and Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks for retirees and those facing unforeseen financial hardship.
Join with others in the United Church of Christ to make “the light shine in the darkness” for those who have given so much to our church.
We offer the following Christmas Fund 2019 items free of charge, with free shipping:
Pew offering envelopes (Sorry, we are all out of the envelopes)
Offering Guide (New this year! Worship resources written by Quinn Caldwell, author of All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas and writer for the Stillspeaking Daily Devotional)
"The light is surely coming!", "God's Love Colors Everything" and "Shepherding the Light" Coloring books - featuring the illustrations of artist Ted Dawson of New York City.
Single copy: $5.00 plus shipping
5-pack: $15.00 plus shipping
More information and promotional materials are also available at www.christmasfund.org
Click here for information on donating by mail or online.