October Mission of the Month
LOCAL MISSION: Harvest Home
On Sunday, October 5, 2014, World Communion Sunday is celebrated in several denominations, promoting Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. Christians from many congregations around the world participate in the Lord’s Supper. Harvest Home is also observed on this Sunday. Each day, we give thanks to God for His provisions enabling our sustenance. On this Sunday we are reminded to remember the unfortunate. Those in need may be anyone–not only church members, but ALL members of God’s earth. At times, many of them need help with sustaining their lives. We are enabled to donate in the form of nonperishable food items or a monetary donation in a Harvest Home envelope.
UCC’s MISSION: Neighbors in Need (NIN)
The Neighbors in Need offering received during the month of October supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout
the United States. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC. One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). In the past, the UCC has worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These churches are supported by
CAIM. CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the United States. Neighbors in Need grants support the training of educators who teach children, youth, and adults self and divine love by honoring their spirituality in healthy, life-affirming and lifesaving ways. Neighbors in Need helps make another world possible. It needs your support. Please give generously. With your support, Neighbors in Need is Imagining a World without Poverty.