Each year, Old First Church typically collects a special offering for the UCC’s Strengthen the Church fund. Typically, this special offering is on Pentecost Sunday, which was May 31. Since things are admittedly different this year, we are going to be promoting the special offering throughout the month of June.
If you would like to donate to the Strengthen the Church Offering, you can do so here: https://oldfirstucc.breezechms.com/give/online . Select Special Contribution as the offering type, and write in Strengthen the Church in the Comments area. Or you can mail a check offering to the church office.
One Great Hour of Sharing, another of the UCC’s special annual offerings, is typically done in March. However, this was around the time that we transitioned online and so that offering was not collected. Old First will be collecting for One Great Hour of Sharing in July this year.
Below is some information from the national United Church Christ about the Strengthen the Church fund.
“Please join us in common mission, vision, and purpose by taking up the Strengthen the Church offering!
The Strengthen the Church (STC) Offering reflects the shared commitment of all settings of the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC. Conferences and the national setting equally share the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. This offering embodies the wisdom, ‘together we grow stronger.’
Thank you for your past support of STC. This offering provides the financial resources for the United Church of Christ to be a Spirit-inspired and world-changing Christian movement. STC funds ministry that allows us to benefit from best practices, insights, and innovations across the life of the UCC. Because of your support, new church starts have emerged, congregations have been revitalized, and leadership skills have been enhanced.”