Now to God be the glory, who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine. Ephesians 3:20
We believe in putting our faith into action. Through the United Church of Christ Global Ministries we participate in an extended ministry to those of special need throughout the nation and the world.
Every Lent, the United Church of Christ, and many other mainline denominations, takes up a special collection for World Mission. The UCC calls this offering the One Great Hour of Sharing. This huge program has been going on for over 75 years! This year, we are unable to give out collection boxes or have a Sunday when this offering is taken up during worship. So … we are going to try something different. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 15 this year) and runs for forty days (not counting Sundays) to Easter Saturday.
Our challenge: for each of us to make a financial sacrifice of forty somethings given on a daily basis, to remind us of Christ’s sacrifice.Even our children can participate in this. Perhaps it could be 40 pennies, 40 nickels, 40 dimes, 40 quarters, or 40 one-dollar bills. If each of us does just one of these, we would have quite a collection!
So please – prayerfully consider what you can afford, or what you feel is an appropriate sacrifice, and give from your heart. The traditional day of this offering is Palm Sunday, but we will go until Easter, to allow for the full 40 days. Thank you for your generosity to One Great Hour of Sharing.
Besides Lenten missions, in our community we offer both financial support and personal participation in programs such as Berkshire Interfaith Organizing (BIO) Construct Inc., Relay for Life, the Lee Food Pantry, the Berkshire Community Diaper Project , Multicultural Bridge and the Not in Our County campaign, and Church World Service. Our congregation has voted to become a Level 2 supporter for BIO’s Sanctuary Network. Our building and grounds are also used by many community activities and service organizations including the Lee Farmer’s Market.