Will Your Church be “5 for 5” in 2015?

The success and sustainability of the United Church of Christ’s national ministries relies on your church’s contribution to basic operating support and mission.

Being “5 for 5” means that your church is a leader, providing support to Our Church’s Wider Mission and the Special Mission Offerings: One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen The Church, Neighbors In Need and The Christmas Fund.

In December, the fifth and final special offering will be taken. It is the Christmas Fund and it provides direct financial assistance to retired and active United Church of Christ authorized ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses. Support includes pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas thank-you checks.

For more information about 5 for 5, visit ucc.org/ocwm_special-support.

OCWM Basic Support Statements and Pledge Cards

Local congregations should have received the third quarter statement of your congregation’s OCWM (Our Church’s Wider Mission) Basic Support Statement for 2015, along with the Pledge Card for your congregation’s commitment to OCWM Basic Support for 2016. This will help us plan for the coming year. Please return the Pledge Card before January 15, 2016.

We will close the books for 2015 on January 11, 2016. Please ensure that your 2015 commitment is in the office by that date. If we do not receive your contribution by that date, your contribution will be listed for 2016.

We are grateful to all the churches who support the work of the Southeast Conference and, by extension, the national setting and our global ministries. We are grateful for all the churches who have pledged to be Covenant Keepers at a 10% tithe. And we encourage those who are working toward that tithing goal to continue to increase your contribution annually until you meet your goal.

We are also grateful for the increasing pattern of churches to send their contributions on a quarterly or even a monthly basis. This is a great aid to the cash flow of the Southeast Conference. It is difficult to maintain financial stability when the bulk of contributions come in the last quarter of the year.