Friday, September 18, 2015

Neighbors in Need Offering

It's not too late to contribute to Neighbors in Need.  While CUCC collected the annual Neighbors in Need offering during the regular Sunday service on October 4, you can still submit your contribution to the office or put it in the offering plate October 11 (with "NIN" on the memo line).

Neighbors in Need supports the UCC's ministries of justice and compassion throughout the US. One third of the offering supports the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two thirds of the funds are used by UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries.

The UCC has published touching stories of how the NIN offering is used. To help provide a fuller picture, they give this background information about CAIM, which receives one third of the offering.
The Council for American Indian Ministry is the voice for American Indian people in the UCC. CAIM provides Christian ministry and witness to American Indians and to the wider church. Justice issues that affect American Indian life are communicated to the whole UCC by CAIM.

Historically, the forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota,Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. CAIM supports these local churches and their pastors. In addition, CAIM strives to be a resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations and to strengthen their participation in the life of the church.