How many churches and members do we have in the United Church of Christ?
- As of December 31, 2017 we have 4,956 congregations and 853,778 members in the United States.
What is the average church size within the UCC?
- The average church size is 172 members.
What is the average worship attendance within the UCC?
- The average worship attendance size is 69.
What is a church merger?
- A church merger is when two (2) or more churches close and become one (1) new UCC church.
Where can I learn more about (OCWM) Our Church's Wider Mission?
- You can learn more here: Our Church's Wider Mission.
Where can I get a 501c3 letter for my church?
- You'll need to contact Cindy Gaffney by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our church is looking for guidance on retaining and/or archiving our records. What do you suggest?
- CARD does not provide direct assistance in this area. However, the Office of General Counsel has some information and a sample records retention policy for conferences that also applies to churches. In addition, the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston has several helpful resources for managing and archiving church records.
Can I call you and get a minister’s contact information?
- No, we do not share contact information. Please order a Yearbook and Directory or subscribe to Access UCC, and they may be listed there.
I'm looking for my great great grandmother's wedding certificate. The church no longer exists. Can you help locate the information?
- No. If the congregation is now closed, you may have luck contacting the conference office where the congregation is/was located.
Can you help me find a copy of my baptism certificate?
- We do not maintain individual church baptism records. Please contact the congregation where the baptism was performed. If this congregation is now closed, you will have to contact the conference where the congregation is/was located.
Can you help me find a UCC congregation in my area?
- Yes! Please visit our Find a Church page, which displays a searchable map of UCC congregations across the country.
Can you create a demographic report for me?
- No, we do not create demographic reports for particular geographic areas. However, many conferences use MissionInsite (http://missioninsite.com) to access comprehensive community profiles and local religious information for shaping mission and ministry. Please contact your conference to find out if they use this vital church resource or to encourage them to use this resource. You can learn more about the program and access resources and training information here.
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Disaster Recovery Northwest Florida (Walton)
Contact: Gabe Tischler, Catholic Charities of Florida
Emergency Management Specialist
The Disaster Event: Tropical Storm Andrea came ashore in Northwest Florida on July 2, 2013. It brought heavy winds and rain as far inland as Washington county. For the next three days, the storm produced record rainfall in Washington, Bay and Walton Counties, with Washington County receiving close to to 20 inches of rain in less than 48 hours. The large amount of rainfall caused flooding throughout the three counties. The heavy winds broke branches off of trees, causing roof damage to homes. As the ground became more saturated by the continuous rains, trees began to fall over, creating further damage to homes. To date over 40 inches of rain has been recorded in the City of Vernon in Washington County. County Emergency Management began receiving calls from homeowners who sustained damages to their homes, and 150 homes have been identified in the three counties, as needing assistance with repairs. FEMA is not providing any individual assistance to disaster survivors, therefore all of the recovery efforts are handled by faith-based organizations.
Project/Focus: Repair/Rebuild homes. Roofing in Washington county is pertinent. Gutting homes, replacing insulation, sheet rock repair and painting, flooring and other interior work also needed.
- Preparation for the trip: "Mission Trips That Matter" by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books
- On-Site Reflection: "Meeting God in the Ruins: Devotions for Disaster Volunteers" Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.
- Follow-Up Action: Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response. Be sure your congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (View sample plan). Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.
Time: Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning. Work Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Work is expected to continue through June 30, 2013.
Accommodations: Housing for groups provided at local churches in one of the three counties; this is arranged through Hammers and Hearts. Cots and kitchen access provided. Groups bring own bedding and prepare own meals. (Some meals maybe provided by local churches.) Showers, bathrooms, and lounge room for meetings available in church buildings.
Cost: $10/day/person or $50/week/person. Costs for case management, building materials, tools, and construction supervision provided through the local long-term recovery committee. Your donations to UCC One Great Hours of Sharing® help make possible the local work of the Long-Term Recovery Committee.
Minimum Age: 18 years for roof-work; 16 years for interior and groundwork.
Group Size: 50 Maximum
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:8 Each group should include a ration of at least 18 of skilled construction persons able to coordinate and teach others for each group. Long Term Recovery committee provides general Construction Coordinator and materials through Hammers and Hearts who will provide construction and volunteer scheduling, coordination and housing arrangements in Walton, Washington or Bay County.
Time: November 3, 2013 through March 2014
Tools: Groups should bring standard carpentry tools (hammers and cordless screw drivers, etc.) No special tools will be required. A majority of the work will be done on mobile homes. Specific questions can be directed to Hammers and Hearts the Volunteer Coordinators upon registration.
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