Strengthen the Church Special Offering: Invest in the Vision

Thank you for supporting the Strengthen the Church special mission offering — one of four such offerings within the UCC.

The suggested offering date is Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Each day, visions and dreams are created in the hearts of many in the United Church of Christ. Through the Strengthen the Church offering, these visions and dreams can become a reality.

As God calls our congregations to be "church" in new ways, your generous gifts will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches, and develop spiritual life in our youth and young adults. Because of this offering, many more will hear the good news that "God is still speaking,"

All gifts are directed to activities and programs within your local Conference, as well as the UCC's national ministries.

Promotional items for the 2014 offering

Suggested 2014 offering date is Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014

Poster
Promotion Guide
Bulletin Inserts
Color
"God Delights in Unity"
"Someone to Watch Over Me"
"Dreaming Big in Rural North Carolina"
"Still A Church"
"All Are Welcome at Christ's Manager"
"A Church and a Rabbit Inspire a Calling"
"Beyond Equality to Extravagant Welcome"
“Is Your Church 5 for 5?”

Black & White
"God Delights in Unity"
"Someone to Watch Over Me"
"Dreaming Big in Rural North Carolina"
"Still A Church"
"All Are Welcome at Christ's Manager"
"A Church and a Rabbit Inspire a Calling"
"Beyond Equality to Extravagant Welcome"

Sample Letters & Articles (for easy cut-and-paste)

Downloadable Graphics
Emblem (in color)
Text (in color)
Emblem (in black & white)
Text (in black & white)

PowerPoints
Auto-run presentation (with timings)
Click-to-play presentation (click to advance)

Promotional items for the 2013 offering

Suggested 2013 offering date is Pentecost Sunday, May 19

• Poster
• Promotion Guide

• Bulletin Inserts
Insert A - Printable in color (Look)
Insert A - Printable in B/W (Look)
Insert B - Printable in color (Dream)
Insert B - Printable in B/W (Dream)
Conference Insert - “art side” (use with a Conference “story side”)
Wisconsin Conference - "story side"
A Congregation's Story - "story side"

• “Is Your Church 5 for 5?” Insert
• Sample STC Letters & Articles (for easy cut and paste)

• Graphics
2013 STC LOGO (small)
2013 STC Logo (large)
#1 Church + swirl + STC
#2 Church + swirl + STC Invest
#3 Church + swirl
#4 Invest in the Vision + STC + swirl
#5 Invest in the Vision + STC

• PowerPoints
Auto run Power Point Presentation (auto timing) - Note: 18 MB
Click to Play Power Point Presentation (click to advance) - Note: 18MB

Videos for use in worship - located under "Want to see Strengthen the Church in action?" section below. Or use the "Thank You" videos on the Donation Page.

• Mission Moments
Youth – National Youth Event 2012
Stillspeaking – MO and IL South Conferences run ads
Stillspeaking – Land of the Sky Welcomes All
New Church – Phoenix Comunidad Cristiana Minsterios
New Church – The Least of These UCC Korean church

Promotional items for the 2012 offering

• Poster

• Promotion Guide

• Bulletin Inserts

Insert A - Printable in color (NYE)
Insert A - Printable in B/W (NYE)
Insert B - Printable in color (Stillspeaking)
Insert B - Printable in B/W (Stillspeaking)
Wisconsin Conference / STC

Web-available - Conference / National printable Bulletin Inserts
Use this STC -- Bulletin Insert Template 2012 (BW) on one side with a Conference / National story on the other side:

Insert 1: Southwest, South Central & Ohio Conferences / National

Insert 2: Hawaii, Pennsylvania Southeast & Southern California Nevada Conferences / National

Insert 3: Wisconsin Conference

• Sample Text for Letters & Articles (in Word for easy cutting and pasting)

• “Is Your Church 5 for 5?” Insert

• Graphics

2012 Logo
Spread the Love
Sowing Seeds and Flowers
Flowers
Sowing Seeds

• Auto run Power Point Presentation (auto timing) - Note: 26 MB

• Click and Play Power Point Presentation (click to advance) - Note: 26MB

Videos for use in worship -- located under "Want to see Strengthen the Church in action?" section below.

Promotional items for the 2011 offering

• Poster

• Promotion Guide

• Bulletin Inserts

          Insert A -
          Insert B -
          Insert C - Printable in color
          Insert C - Printable in B/W

• New! -- Web-available Conference / National printable Bulletin Inserts
Use this STC -- Bulletin Insert Template 2011 on one side with a Conference / National story on the other side:

Insert 1: Southwest, South Central & Ohio Conferences / National

Insert 2: Hawaii, Pennsylvania Southeast & Southern California Nevada Conferences / National

• Sample Text for Letters & Articles (in Word for easy cutting and pasting)

• Graphics

STC 2011 LOGO STC 2011 Spread the Love Person

• Auto run Power Point Presentation (auto timing) - Note: 15 MB

• Click and Play Power Point Presentation (click to advance) - Note: 15 MB

Videos for use in worship -- located under "Want to see Strengthen the Church in action?" section below.

• “Is Your Church 5 for 5?” Insert

En Español/Spanish

How Conferences use Strengthen the Church

 Stories and Promotion from your Conference

South Central Conference

The Conference portion of Strengthen the Church offering has grown in the past three years and we hope will continue to grow in 2010. Doug Anders, Conference Minister, offers an exciting detailed picture of how the South Central Conference has used its portion of the STC offering to support the development of New and Renewing churches, sending 7 New Church Start Pastors and 5 Renewing Church Pastors to the national UCC New Church Leaders Institute and using any remaining funds to…

Southwest Conference

In the Southwest Conference Katrina Glenn is bringing a fresh new approach to our Youth and Young adult ministries. One of her projects for 2010 is to identify young adults in Flagstaff and Tucson, and mobilize them to create communities of faith that find support, meaning, and sustenance for and with each other. We’re not calling these churches – but communities of faith…

Ohio Conference

The Strengthen the Church offering in the Ohio Conference has a face. It’s the face of Jim Oates, recently called Coach for Church Development and Congregational Renewal. Coach Oates is working directly with church leaders across the Conference, leadership teams of new church starts, a select number of renewing churches, and potential additional coaches to work with additional congregations…

Pennsylvania Southeast Conference

In the midst of a changing world and evolving church, Mary Sicher has been able to share her considerable gifts as Minister of Christian Education, Minister for Justice and Witness and the Conference Resource Center Director. As she grew in her field of service she also chaired both UCC and Ecumenical Resource Center networks. Every day she strengthens the church as she introduces many in Pennsylvania Southeast congregations to valuable resources…

Hawai‘i Conference

In the past, funds have been awarded to help start a new music program in a church, create a community garden in another church, and start a playgroup ministry to families with young children in a third congregation. This year the Stewardship Missional Team of the Hawai‘i Conference has approved a Christian Investment Grant in the amount of $5,000 to benefit the youth from the Hawai‘i Conference attending the Western Regional Youth Event (WRYE) in Montana in July 2010.

Vermont Conference

The Vermont Conference asks, “Are you a Four for Five Church?” Don’t miss being honored as a Five for Five Church at the Conference Annual Meeting. Receive Strengthen the Church on May 23 and positively impact important initiatives, programs and/or ministries right here in the Conference via grants made by the Conference Make a Difference Grant Committee.

Wisconsin Conference

The Wisconsin Conference has used its half of the Strengthen the Church offering to support its Turnaround Church program. The Conference is eager for more churches to come aboard and experience revitalization like McFarland UCC has.

Southern California Nevada Conference

The youth and young adults in the Conference are invited to “come and sit together in a circle of friends”… and that’s just the beginning. The Youth Roundtable has captured their Stillspeaking Voices in a special video presentation created just to broadcast that youth and young adult ministries are the priority for the Conference’s half of the Strengthen the Church offering. See for yourself at “Want to see Strengthen the Church in Action?”

Want to see Strengthen the Church in action?


Check out these videos and witness what support makes possible.

Journey UCC Takes Next Step





Video from: Southern California Nevada Conference

 The Stillspeaking Ministry

Congratulations to Media with a Mission Grant Recipients!

Media with a Mission is a grant program that supports local churches in their TV, radio, print and electronic advertising efforts to spread the message of the Stillspeaking God. An initiative of The Stillspeaking Ministry since 2006, Media with a Mission has awarded more than $120,000 to 144 churches in 33 states reaching more than 12 million people. See which churches in your area have recently received grants, with help from the Strengthen the Church offering.

 New Church Starts

Take the Journey
“Get out of the fast lane once a week. Come join us. Take the Journey.” This invitation is offered by Journey UCC, Prairieville, Louisiana, a new church start supported by Strengthen the Church. One of only eleven UCC congregations in the whole state, Journey UCC reaches out to people who have felt unwelcome in other churches. “Faith is a Journey – Not a guilt trip” is something many are eager to hear.

 Revitalizing Churches

Making God’s Love Visible in Santa Rosa, CA
First Congregational UCC puts God’s
love into action through Unbinding the Heart groups, work at the area food pantry (FISH), homeless shelter (COTS), the “Living Room” shelter for women and their children, Habitat, and taking the lead in performing same-sex marriages in their area. The gifts of Adwoa Kudoto, Ghana’s only female master drummer, often enliven worship.

Following a God without Limit

What does it mean to be a predominantly Filipino congregation worshiping in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel surrounded by military family housing? When you believe vital churches welcome ALL peoples from ALL walks of life because GOD IS A GOD WITHOUT LIMIT, you seize your strategic location by welcoming a very diverse and transient military population. That’s Moanalua Community Church UCC.

 Programs for Youth and Young Adults

Thank a Teenager
18-year old Katie Vivona is charged – with passion for her church, confidence in her future and a desire to help others. At a time when the overwhelming majority of young people don’t attend church, how is it that Katie not only attends, but is a leader within her church, Dover UCC in Westlake, OH? Three words: National Youth Event…



The offering is typically received on Pentecost - the day we celebrate the founding of the Christian church - but churches may choose to receive the offering on any Sunday; some choose their local church's anniversary or Thanksgiving Sunday.  

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CONTACT INFO

Rev. Doris Powell
Minister for Stewardship, Faith and Finance
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3853
powelld@ucc.org