UCC Special Mission Offerings
Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM) is the name we give to gifts from churches in support of the ministries of the Hawai‘i Conference and the United Church of Christ. OCWM supports our youth, our pastors, our churches, and our missions.
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), as part of Our Churches Wider Mission, is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, and emergency relief and rehabilitation. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering that supports the ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of offerings collected for Neighbors in Need supports the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering are used by the UCC's Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) to provide grants for a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service projects.
2019 NIN Offering Resources
View this easy-to-use guide to prepare for the collection of the NIN offering. Many congregations will collect and bless the offering on October 6, World Communion Sunday. In case a congregation does not accept the offering on the suggested date, the promotional materials do not include dates.
Read the stories of how Neighbors in Need grants help local communities.
Congregations that have taken up the Neighbors in Need offering in recent years have received a box of printed promotional materials.
Order more printed materials.
Download digital files of the printed materials.
Shipment of selected materials (a poster, a Leader Guide and your requested number of envelopes) have been sent to congregations.
Join to uplift in prayer the people and organizations whose lives are blessed by the support they receive from the Neighbors in Need offering.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21