Easter and Christmas Eve Offerings
The offerings taken at the Christmas Eve Services and the Easter Services are designated for organizations that are providing important social services or creating social change. The Ministry of Outreach, Mission and Service, usually selects two or three organizations which will receive those contributions.
In 2013, the Easter Offering of $10,265 was shared with four organizations?Planting Justice, Destiny Arts Center, Rebuilding Together and Solar Richmond. The Christmas Eve Offering of $12,322.67 was shared with three organizations?Berkeley Food Pantry, Suitcase Clinic and YEAH!
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), the refugee, relief and development offering of the United Church of Christ, transforms lives through health, education, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives in 138 countries. In 2013 the First Church Community contributed $3939 to OGHS.
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.
Strengthen the Church grows the UCC?s future by funding new church starts and invigorating existing congregations, nurturing lay and pastoral leadership, building youth and young adult ministries, supporting the God is Stillspeaking Ministry and its extravagant welcome for all within the United Church of Christ.