Throughout the year, appeals are made to support the mission of Bethel-Bethany, the Wisconsin UCC Conference, and the National UCC. Donations may be made to a mission, to an activity within the church, or to a world-wide offering. Details regarding the Special Offerings are published in the church’s newsletter, in the Sunday Bulletin, and on the various UCC websites (where applicable.) Envelopes for your donations can be found in the pews of the church, at the Usher’s desk or upon request from the church’s office.
Bethel-Bethany Special Offerings
- Food & Shelter (BB Food Pantry)
- BB Special Music Fund
- Next Century Fund (Blue Envelope)
UCC Special Mission Offerings – 5 for 5
One Great Hour of Sharing -March: Giving Help, Hope, and Life – The United Church of Christ unites with Christians in eight other Protestant denominations and Church World Service in One Great Hour of Sharing. The UCC annually channels more than $3 million dollars through One Great Hour of Sharing to humanitarian needs in the world. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is administered through UCC Wider Church Ministries.
Strengthen the Church – Pentecost: Faithfully Building the Body of Christ – Supports church growth and leadership development in the conferences and through the national offices of Local Church Ministries. Received annually on Pentecost Sunday.
Neighbors in Need – November: Justice and Compassion Like a Mighty Stream – The all-church offering of the United Church of Christ to support ministries of justice and compassion in the United States and Puerto Rico. Ministries address hunger, poverty, economic development, human rights, peace-making, violence, racial and economic justice, environmental concerns and public policy advocacy. Neighbors in Need is received in fall, October or November.
Christmas Fund – December: Remembering Those Who Serve Our Church – Provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands, a ministry carried out by the Pension Boards. Received annually on the Sunday before Christmas.