Friendraising Tally

A big thank you to the hundreds of United Church of Christ congregations participating in the “Friend-Raising” campaign. We welcomed more than 4,200 new visitors around the country. Here’s just some of your shared experiences.

Comment in the guest book: "A warm, welcoming church."
Anne Roundy
First Parish Church, Congregational, UUC, Freeport, MN

“I would like to see the UCC try Friends Sunday again…”
Pastor Brady Abel
Immanuel UCC, Sedalia, MO

“After only one announcement by us, we had 9 visitors. This is a runaway record for us, head & shoulders above any visitor tally in years. Many members mentioned the ad & promotions from the UCC. Big success!”
The Rev. Mike Krewson
Church of The Master UCC, Florissant, MO

“We made it a bit of a competition, which was fun…”
Pastor Elizabeth Duffy
Zion United Church of Christ, Tonawanda, NY

“Mountain Rise UCC embraced God is Still Speaking from the start .. We had a number of friends as guests, some of whom came for weeks prior to the event, and will be among 13 newcomers becoming members of Mountain Rise UCC next Sunday. Thank you for spurring us on to be an extravagantly welcoming, open and affirming congregation!”
Blessings & peace,
The Rev. Dr. Greg Osterberg
Senior Minister, Mountain Rise United Church of Christ, Fairport, NY

“Each family or individual was asked to take an invitation that our Church office printed and sign it, address it, mail it; or just hand delivery. We ended up with 39 visitors. Our attendance was 119 of Church folk with an additional 39 friends. It was a great day of celebration.”
Jim Harper III
St. Stephen UCC - Louisville, KY

“The Friend Raising Sunday was very successful for us! And the entire God is Still Speaking movement is something I and our church have benefited from for years. THANK YOU!”
Blessings always,
Rev. John R. White
First Congregational Church of Dudley, MA
United Church of Christ

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