Our joy at Christmas is a response to God’s promise of new life through the birth of Jesus. It is a joy we are called to share widely through our witness and gifts, both to loved ones and to distant neighbors.
“It wasn’t easy picking up the telephone to share with you my present situation. In fact, it was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life although it reminded me that grace still happens. Sometimes we as clergy persons lose sight of God’s grace when the negative stuff comes into our lives.” . . . thanks so much for sharing your time and ministry with me. Your most gracious gift is appreciated more than words can say as I continue to live in the meantime.”
These eloquent words are from a pastor who is the recipient of the caring and concern of those who contribute to the Christmas Fund Special Mission Offering. You have the opportunity to be a part of this ministry that cares for the active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ through your participation in the 2016 Christmas Fund Special Mission Offering. This year’s theme is “God’s love colors everything.”
Your gift to the Christmas Fund will not only assist pastors like the one above, but also provide for the Supplementation of Small Annuities, Supplementation of Health Premiums, Emergency Grants, and provide Christmas “Thank You” gift checks next December to low-income retirees. Your gifts are needed more than ever to help the growing number of retirees whose low-income annuities make it difficult to meet increasing living costs. This is your opportunity to participate in God’s promise of renewal by enabling this ministry of compassion and care.