HOPE
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
St. Louis, Missouri
Header_UCC_Logo02
HeaderWindow02

 

2016 Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering

Envelopes Available on Sunday, October 2

 

2016NINWeb


The Neighbors in Need offering—which we will receive on October 2 as part of the World Communion Sunday observance—supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.

2012-NIN-JPA-Banner03Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service projects. Through www.ucc.org/justice/, our national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers resources, news updates and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues. Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties and environmental justice.

2012-NIN-EagleButte03Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC. One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). Historically, forbearers of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM. CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.

Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the Neighbors in Need offering.

2012-NIN-Bulletin-Image01Neighbors in Need helps make another world possible. It needs your support. Please give generously. And remember, contributions to Neighbors in Need can be made on-line at any time at: www.ucc.org/nin/.

Also, please remember that participation in this appeal is part of the process which will allow our congregation to retain its standing as a “Five-for-Five Congregation” in 2016!