How We Care
Our life at Westminster doesn’t end at the close of Sunday morning’s worship service. Like other United Church of Christ congregations, we place a strong emphasis on acting upon the demands of our faith. Being a downtown church, we see the needs of our city right outside our doors and we can’t help but become involved in alleviating some of those needs.
No one is pressured to do anything. However, because of the welcome and acceptance that people have felt here, many want to “pay it forward” and share that love and acceptance with others who have needs or are hurting. That’s the good news that Jesus kept talking about.
We’re also involved in the world at large: when catastrophe strikes, Westminster helps provide relief, sometimes monetarily, sometimes in the form of supplies. Four times a year, we join with other UCC churches and take part in special denominational offerings. These include:
- Christmas Fund - Provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands, a ministry carried out by the Pension Boards.
- One Great Hour of Sharing - Supports partners in more than 70 countries with ministries that fund development projects, feed the victims of famine, provide services for displaced people, and respond to natural disasters. These ministries are the responsibility of Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources.
- Strengthen the Church - Supports church growth and leadership development in the conferences and through the national offices of Local Church Ministries.
- Neighbors in Need - Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including ministry carried out by the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and by the national offices of Justice and Witness Ministries.
– Bridget Cannon, Director of Youth Services, Crosswalk