NEIGHBORS IN NEED
First Sunday in October Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
Fourth Sunday of Lent The United Church of Christ responds to humanitarian and development needs in the world. Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing® carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. Through our work with local churches, conferences, international partners and organizations, One Great Hour of Sharing provides sources of clean water, food, education, health care, small business micro-credit loans, advocacy, resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, emergency relief and rehabilitation as well as disaster preparedness and response.
THE CHRISTMAS FUND
Fourth Sunday of Advent The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund is a Special Mission Offering that congregations have been supporting for over 100 years. The offering is administered through the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, the charitable arm of the Pension Boards. Funds provide direct financial support to those who serve the church and are facing financial difficulties.
STRENGHTEN THE CHURCH
Pentecost The Strengthen the Church (STC) Offering reflects the shared commitment of people across 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. By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ.
Your gifts through Global Ministries Child Sponsorship make a difference! The Child Sponsorship program works closely with partner organizations that have long-established links with the UCC and Disciples. Collaborating with partners, your gifts to Child Sponsorship provide food, basic health care, clothing, and in some cases housing, school fees, uniforms, books, and training. As we start a New Year in 2023, we will be sponsoring a New Child from India. This child will be from the Family Village Farm in Vellore, India. In a home-like setting, the children find their identity, dignity, and self-worth.
BACK BAY MISSIONS
Back Bay Mission has a simple mission: to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives.
We strengthen neighborhoods through ministries like our education and empowerment programs and our housing rehabilitation program. These vital ministries help the people were serve be a part of, and build, their communities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As volunteers take what they learn at Back Bay Mission home with them, they have the opportunity to strengthen their own neighborhoods.
DuBois Center is the Camp and Retreat Center of the Illinois South Conference of the United Church of Christ. Nestled amidst 330 wooded acres, two shimmering lakes, open meadows and network of wooded trails, DuBois Center is a great escape in Southern Illinois for all ages.
EDEN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
At Eden we’re committed to providing a religious education that is global in scope but intimate in setting. Students live, learn, and worship alongside classmates from diverse backgrounds and denominational roots, gain a viable career path through mentorship from our experienced faculty, enjoy easy access to the entertainment and culture offered by St. Louis, all while building lifelong relationships rooted in Christ.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and works toward that goal with a comprehensive program in which hard-working St. Louis families invest their time into actually building and owning a home.
HOUSE OF NEIGHBORLY SERVICE
HNS of Monroe County is a non-profit that serves our local community by providing help and support to those in need.
HOYLETON YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
Since 1895, Hoyleton Youth & Family Services has grown to become one of Southern Illinois’ leaders in providing emotional and mental health services for every stage of youth and family development. Restoring families, preparing young adults to make positive life decisions, helping parents and guardians be better parents, and providing wellness education are some of the ways we’re working to build stronger communities.
HUMAN SUPPORT SERVICES
Helping all people live their best lives. Every day, the staff, leadership and board of Human Support Services works to achieve our mission by addressing the health and welfare of each individual who comes through our doors.