St. Louis, Missouri


2013 Christmas Fund Special Mission Offering
for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund
Envelopes Available on Sunday, December 22



We Have Come to Bear the Light of Christ

The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund is a Special Mission Offering of the United Church of Christ that affords us an opportunity to recognize and honor those who have served our beloved Church. In this season of light, our thoughts turn to the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, who reflects the love of God for humankind—a radical love that illumines our lives and helps us see more clearly the path of discipleship. Gifts from congregations and individuals to the Christmas Fund last year provided some form of assistance to impact the lives of about 900 persons through: Christmas Thank You checks; monthly or quarterly pension supplementation for lower income retired UCC clergy and lay persons; and emergency grants that assisted in covering costs that arose unexpectedly.

The theme of the 2013 Christmas Fund Offering is: We Have Come to Bear the Light of Christ. In December 2013 the United Church of Christ offers this year’s Christmas Fund appeal, which has been a way in which we—and the predecessor denominations from which our Church was born—share the light and love of Jesus Christ to those who have so faithfully and selflessly served, and who now find themselves facing unforeseen financial crisis.

The celebration will culminate as we bring our Christmas Fund gifts on Sunday, December 22.

We hope you will look for the poster about this appeal in the hallway outside the parlor. You will find the envelope for your gift to The Christmas Fund in December. Of course, we hope you will provide your generous personal contribution to the Christmas Fund this year. 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 2013 by donating to The Christmas Fund.