The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive throughout October, supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.
One-half of the money this church raises for the Neighbors in Need offering is used in our own community. The past few years we have funded part of our Come Together Free Community Meal, and we will continue that practice in 2014.
The other half of our Neighbors in Need collection is sent on to the national setting of our denomination. Two-thirds of that money 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 UCCTakeAction.org, 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, Justice and Witness Ministries works on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice.
Neighbors 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). 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 United States.
To donate to Neighbors in Need, please make your check payable to the church as usual and write “Neighbors in Need” or “NIN” in the memo line. Thank you for your generosity in all things.