We understand ourselves to live in the abundance of God's grace, and to have an abundance of resources. As the UCC Denominational stewardship theme for 2020 emphasizes, we recognize that we are beloved by God, and called to love, and our response to that love is to give, both to our own local church, and to the world around us. We made a commitment many years ago to give to "Our Church's Wider Mission" an amount equaling at least 20% of our expenses. Above and beyond this, we are committed to supporting important closely related ministries, such as our UCC Seminaries, and the Interfaith Ministries of Greater St. Paul. When you give to UCC in New Brighton, you are helping us to shine the light of Christ's love both within our congregation and far beyond.
Each month of the year the Social Justice and Outreach Committee recommends a Special Offering for our consideration. Included in recent years have been Habitat for Humanity, Loaves & Fishes, School Tools, CUE (Chicago, United & Eden) UCC Seminaries, the UCC Open & Affirming Coalition, the Local Food Shelf, and the UCC's "Five for Five" offerings, including One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church, Neighbors in Need, the Christmas Fund, and Our Church's Wider Mission. Along with these, small donations are made out of "Bread Money" (collected for the wonderful baked goods we receive from Woulet's Bakery) to a variety of other programs.
Giving to these ministries through the United Church of Christ in New Brighton helps us to communicate our love and support in solidarity and compassion.