St. Louis, Missouri


2019 Christmas Fund Special Mission Offering
for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund
Envelopes Available on Sunday, December 22



The Light Shines in the Darkness

For 168 years, the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund has been a tangible expression of God’s love. One of the four Special Mission Offerings of the United Church of Christ, the Christmas Fund provides UCC congregations and members an opportunity to reach out in loving compassion, providing assistance to those who have so faithfully served our Church and who now find themselves facing unexpected financial needs.

In 2018, UCC congregations and members generously contributed over $2.5 million to the Offering. This enabled the Pension Board’s Ministerial Assistance program to provide, on behalf of the whole Church, Pension Supplementation, Health Premium Supplementation, Emergency Grants, and Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks to individuals and families in need.

The theme of the 2019 Christmas Fund Offering is The Light Shines in the Darkness, and our goal is to top last year’s contributions to help support these ministries of love and care. In the spirit of love, we invite and encourage you to prayerfully consider and support this year’s appeal and to spread the word so that others will also join in this vital ministry.

We hope you will look for the poster about this appeal on the bulletin board in the hallway outside the parlor. Envelopes for your gift to The Christmas Fund will be available beginning December 15. The celebration will culminate on Sunday, December 22 but Christmas Fund gifts can be given on any Sunday during Advent.

On behalf of the hundreds of clergy and lay employees and their families whose lives were touched by your support of last year’s Christmas Fund Offering, we offer our sincere thanks for your generosity! And we invite and encourage you to shepherd God’s light and support this year’s appeal.

Remember that this is one of four special appeals from the UCC over the year. Our participation in all these appeals, coupled with our support of Basic OCWM (Our Church’s Wider Mission), enables Hope UCC to be a Five-for-Five Congregation. Please help us gain this status again for calendar year 2019 by donating to The Christmas Fund.