Community Ministry Committee
Special days in the life of the church often allow us to focus our worship, celebrations and fellowship around moments that are central to our faith.
Disciples Mission Fund (DMF) Special Day Offerings provide an opportunity to highlight specific ministries as part of our faith celebrations. There are four Disciples Mission Fund Special Day Offerings received each year during Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, and Christmas seasons. Congregations can receive these offerings during worship or budget for a special gift, and individuals can always designate their gift to DMF for any of these offerings. Before each offering, we will highlight the special day offerings as we did with the Week of Compassion to offer insight to each one.
Easter Offering April 14 & 21, 2019
The Easter Offering supports General Ministries of the Church. General ministries serve across the United States and Canada, and around the world. General Ministries also partner in ministry with a variety of far-reaching and unique organizations. Read more about the General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) https://disciples.org/general-ministries/
Pentecost Offering June 2 & 9, 2019
The Pentecost Offering supports Disciples new church development. Planning, nurturing and sustaining new congregation is part of the Disciples’ vision. This offering supports the specialized ministry of new church development through both regional and general programs. Gifts for this offering are divided equally between the region in which they’re given and the New Church Ministry of Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation. http://www.hopepmt.org/
Thanksgiving Offering November 17 & 24, 2019
The Thanksgiving Offering supports Disciples colleges, universities and theological institutions. Disciples have a long history of post-secondary and theological education. This offering provides a direct connection to 14 colleges and universities, 7 seminaries and theological programs. Gifts from this offering continue the Disciples tradition of developing leaders for our communities and the Church. See a list of the colleges, universities, seminaries, foundations and divinity houses. http://helmdisciples.org/colleges-and-universities/disciples-colleges-universities/
Christmas Offering December 15 & 22, 2019
The Christmas Offering supports regional ministries (https://disciples.org/regional-ministries/). In 32 regions across the United States and Canada, ministers are nurtured and congregations are provided opportunities for work and worship. Often recognized for the ministries of camps and conferences, regions also play a critical role in the preparation and authorization of ministerial ordination. Both are key to church leadership and development. Regions partner with congregations to support the work required to call a new minister.
Special Mission Funds:
Two other Special Mission Fund Offerings are received each year to support specific ministries doing critical work. Visit their websites for more information and worship resources to support their offerings.
o Leads the relief, refugee, and development work of the Church
o Received in many congregations on the last two Sundays of February http://www.weekofcompassion.org/
o Leads the pro-reconciliation/anti-racism work of the Church
o Received in many congregations on the last Sunday of September and the first Sunday of October https://reconciliationministry.org/
What Can I Do?
- PRAY for each of the ministries support by the 6 annual offerings.
- LEARN: Visit Disciplesmissionfund.org to learn more about the upcoming offerings and the purpose of each one.
- EDUCATE: Choose an offering (or two) and be a spokesperson! Conduct a moment for mission about the offering. The church office receives re-sources for each offering (posters & flyers) approximately 2 months in advance of the offering.
- DONATE: Cash or Check: Make checks payable to WGCC and write the name of the offering in the memo line. During the 2 weeks of the year that each offering is highlighted, there will be special envelopes in the pews for these donations.
We are looking for more people to serve on this committee. Please let Sherry know if you are interested in helping to provide opportunities for giving and service within the congregation and community.Sherry Davis
Community Ministry Chair