By now you should have received a mailing with a supply of special envelopes for our 2022 UCC and Church World Service offerings. Please use these to mail in your checks or bring your donations for the offering plate if/when we return to the sanctuary. Then the funds can be properly accounted for and forwarded. See the list below for the programs and donation dates. If you didn’t recently receive a mailing or ever misplace your envelopes, please ask for another from the Missions team. Or make sure to designate the program on the memo line of your check. Thank you for your continuing support!
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING – MARK YOUR CALENDARS – SERVICE + COFFEE HOUR Sunday, March 27th is One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ and part of Our Church’s Wider Mission. OGHS carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons and emergency relief and rehabilitation. It also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response. Several Christian denominations including the American Baptist Church, Disciples of Christ, Church of the Brethren and CWS come together on the program and share a commitment to faithful service.
You might ask where your donation goes. 60% of the UCC’s offering supports international development initiatives. Currently, there are 2 OGHS supported missionaries and 1 Global Mission Intern working in disaster relief, health care, education, sustainable agricultural development and refugee support.
St. Luke’s will celebrate OGHS during service, of course. The Missions Team will also host a fellowship coffee hour after service. Please plan to stick around for a little bit and catch up with your church family. Those of you who Zoom might want to join worship in the sanctuary that Sunday. During that time we will accept a free will offering for our Ghana effort to raise funds for a mini-van to enable children in rural areas to attend school on a regular basis. Bring your coins and quiet money too to fill up the big gas cans symbolizing St. Luke’s donation goal of $5000. We will also accept canned goods, non-perishables, paper and health & beauty products for the Daily Bread.
Noisy Offerings The Missions Team would like to re-start the 2nd Sunday of the month Noisy Offering collections this year, assuming we return to worshipping in person. At our Monday, February 14th meeting we will decide what local, national and international charities will receive this year’s donation proceeds. If you have a suggestion for a worthy non-profit organization or cause, feel free to forward it to Melanie Prudom, Kathy Narrigan, Linda Boyer or Pastor Pat. We are happy to take it into consideration.
Brody’s Books for CHOP You may recall that the Ruckle family was collecting monetary donations late last year to purchase books for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Missions Team agreed to match the funds offered by our congregation, doubling the funds available. We are pleased to announce that St. Luke’s has written a check for $514 which will miraculously become $1,027 since the book publisher also matches what has been raised. Wow!!! What a great effort everyone!