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.
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.
To quote the eloquent words from a pastor who is the recipient of the caring and concern of those who contribute to the Christmas Fund Offering
"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."
The details of this pastor’s situation are private but he concludes his note with:
"…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.'"
Your gift to the Christmas Fund will not only assist pastors like this, but also provide for the Supplementation of Small Annuities, Supplementation of Health Premiums, Emergency Grants, and provide Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks in December to low-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 write a check made payable to our church, UCC Christ Church Norristown and in the memo section write “Christmas Fund.” We will make sure it gets to the proper parties and you will have a record of a tax deductible donation.
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.
Additional information about this great ministry is available at www.christmasfund.org