St Peters UCC Grant Park, IL




May 2019

Our contributions, sent to the Illinois Conference office, support God’s mission in Illinois, nationally, and globally. 71% of our contribution stays in Illinois to carry out the mission of the Illinois Conference. Some of these contributions go to our Associations to cover salaries, benefits, and overhead so they may provide support
to the local churches.


World Hunger 
Our annual contribution to this organization through our Mission giving helps combat the issue hunger in our country and throughout the world

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)

One Great Hour of Sharing is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God's message of love and hope to people in the United States and more than eighty other countries.  The UCC works with international partners to provide business micro-redit, emergency relief, and advocacy and resettlement for 
sources of clean water and food, education and health care, small refugees and displaced persons.

OGHS also
 supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.

Dear Member of St. Peter’s UCC,

A few months ago, you received a letter explaining about our EFT program (electronic funds transfer). We explained what the program entails and how to enroll. This is a convenient way to regularly contribute offerings to our church.

As you contemplate whether this is a path you’d like to take, we wanted to take this opportunity to explain a few more details about what your offerings mean to St. Peter’s and the wider church (UCC).

Where does your offering go?

Yes, offering donations go into the usual buckets –utilities, Pastor, custodial, and secretary salaries and benefits, and overall costs for the maintenance of the church and parsonage.

Additionally, St. Peter’s is a "5 for 5 Congregation of the United Church of Christ" – this means that we support the following:

1. Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM), Basic Support - over half of the funds collected stay in our Conference to help pay for programs and workshops, keeping them affordable for local churches. Sunday school and VBS curriculum, and Adult Bible Study materials all come to us through OCWM.

2. Neighbors in Need - (Oct. 7, 2018 – Worldwide Communion Sunday) - One-third of this offering supports the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM) and two-thirds is administered by Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.

3. Christmas Fund (Dec. 23, 2018) - Provides direct financial assistance to retired and active United Church of Christ authorized ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas thank-you checks.

4. One Great Hour of Sharing (March 31, 2019) - Provides clean water, food, medicines, shelter, healthcare, education and so much more toward Natural Disaster or Refugee Emergency efforts.

5. Strengthen the Church (June 9, 2019 - Pentecost) - Supports church growth, pastoral and lay leadership development, youth and young adult ministries within conferences and administered by Local Church Ministries. St. Peter’s contribution for 2017 to Our Church’s Wider Mission was $13,158 (see the certificate posted on the bulletin board outside the church office and conference room).

We hope that you will consider enrolling in the EFT program and help to support not only our church family but the wider church too. Your offerings make a difference in ways that we can only imagine. God’s work continues through us.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to the coming months as we begin our journey with our called Pastor, Kyle Timmons. We are so very blessed that God has called him and his family to us, and that you will continue to support St. Peter’s.


St. Peter’s UCC Church Council: