Giving at Christmas is special
Our Christmas Offering this year, taken December 18, the Sunday before Christmas, will benefit both a local and a national ministry serving low income individuals.
The Christmas Fund for Veterans of the Cross and Emergency Fund is one of the four Special Mission Offerings of the UCC. Proceeds are used to provide direct financial assistance to UCC clergy and lay employees in four areas: for retirees, monthly pension supplementation, quarterly health premium supplementation, and Christmas “thank you” checks; and emergency grants to both active and retired clergy and lay employees. For generations, the Christmas Fund for Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund has enabled the wider church to provide concrete, meaningful assistance to those clergy and lay workers who have not had enough to live securely and with dignity. One recent recipient of assistance described the support as “nothing short of a life saver.”
On the local level, a portion of your offering will go to support the Homeless Prevention Council as they celebrate their 25th anniversary. The mission of the Homeless Prevention Council is to combat and prevent homelessness on the Lower Cape with the ultimate goal of assisting and empowering near homeless individuals and families to attain sustained self-sufficiency and preserve their housing. HPC has recently launched a new program to help youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to stay in school. This involves outreach, marketing, and comprehensive case management. HPC is partnering with the Nauset schools and the tech school to develop outreach materials for this critical endeavor.
Please remember that your generous contributions can, and do, make a difference in the lives of many.
Thank you for your generosity,
Your Board of Living Mission in Action