Church and Conference Funds

Fund Descriptions

Donations to First Congreational UCC can be designated into different congregational and conference funds as described below.

General Fund: This is the main fund supporting church operation. Donations to this fund will be used in accordance with the annual budget.

Outreach and Mission: Donations can be made specifically to the Board of Outreach and Mission. These donations will be used for projects sponsored by the Board, including various local ministries for the hungry and homeless. You can also designate your donation to the Two Cents a Meal fund, which provides bag lunches for people who come to the church in need of food.

Conference Funds:

Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) funds the work of the UCC in Associations, Conferences and in the national and global church. OCWM funds are invested in programs, resources, and tools needed to keep local UCC churches strong, effective, and growing.

One Great Hour of Sharing supports partners in countries with ministries that fund health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief, refugee ministries and both international and domestic disaster response, administered by Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources.

Strengthen the Church supports church growth, pastoral and lay leadership development, youth and young adult ministries within conferences and administered by Local Church Ministries. 
 
Neighbors in NeedOne-third of this offering supports the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM) and two-thirds is administered by Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
 
The Christmas Fund provides direct financial assistance to retired and active United Church of Christ authorized ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas thank-you checks.  A ministry of the Pension Boards, the offering is received annually on the Sunday before Christmas.