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Christmas Fund

The Importance of the Christmas Fund

Tune into this special Faith & Finance in Action Podcast, which spotlights the importance of the Christmas Fund, and how it is tangibly impacting the lives of those we serve.


A Light Shines in the Darkness

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 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 this year's Christmas Fund Offering.

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 Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks next December to lower-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.

To facilitate your giving, you may use the PayPal system utilizing the link in the left hand column or mail a check directly to the address provided in the left column. However you choose to provide your gift, please know that it is truly appreciated and that it will brighten the life of one of God’s servants who is facing a moment of personal need.

Click here to view the Special Missions Offering video

Christmas Fund Donors

The Christmas Fund for Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund is blessed each year by members, friends, and congregations of the United Church of Christ that give in support of this ministry. We are grateful for every single gift that is given. Because of these gifts, the Pension Boards is able to give direct financial assistance to UCC clergy and lay church employees who are struggling to make ends meet in retirement or are facing an urgent situation that demands resources they don’t have.

Hundreds of local congregations annually support the Christmas Fund offering, one of the four Special Mission Offerings of the United Church of Christ.

We celebrate and recognize the congregations that lead the way in giving. These congregations have abundantly opened their hearts and their wallets in support of the people whom the Christmas Fund serves.

Gifts by Conference

Top Total Giving Congregations: More than $5,000  
         
Name City State Total Gift Per Member
Naples United Church of Christ Naples FL $34,209 $27.99
Trinity UCC Coplay PA $15,000 $65.50
Union Congregational Church Richmond Hill NY $15,000 $144.23
First Congregational UCC Western Springs IL $12,500 $7.42
Rock Spring Congregational UCC Arlington VA $9,259 $17.02
University Congregational UCC Seattle WA $8,108 $10.17
Claremont United Church of Christ Claremont CA $7,408 $10.04
First Church of Christ Congregational, UCC Suffield CT $7,104 $22.84
Evangelical Reformed Church Frederick MD $6,740 $16.01
Plymouth Congregational UCC Fort Collins CO $6,343 $9.11
The First Church in Oberlin UCC Oberlin OH $6,110 $17.78
Saint Paul UCC Waterloo IL $5,698 $10.07
Trinity UCC East Petersburg PA $5,143 $17.26
Pleasantville UCC Chalfont PA $5,040 $6.93
Friedens UCC Indianapolis IN $4,811 $9.45
         
Top Per Capita Giving Congregations: More than $35 per member    
         
Name City State Total Gift Per Member
Lahuiokalani Kafanfapali Cong UCC Honokowai HI $400 $400.00
Kanaana Hou-Siloama UCC Kalaupapa HI $200 $200.00
Union Congregational Church Richmond Hill NY $15,000 $144.23
First Congregational UCC Savannah GA $2,930 $88.79
Wai`oli Hui`ia UCC Hanalei HI $3,302 $73.38
Trinity UCC Coplay PA $15,000 $65.50
Community Church UCC Atascadero CA $4,065 $64.52
Bedford Park Congregational UCC Bronx NY $1,000 $40.00
Rolling Hills Congregational UCC Salina KS $300 $37.50
Chinese Community UCC Southfield MI $1,000 $35.71