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
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
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
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
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: