Hope Fund: Pentecost Resources

 

On November 13th, 2021, a special meeting of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ enthusiastically approved the creation of a visionary initiative called the Hope Fund. At that meeting the people of the Vermont Conference also approved the creation of a fundraising team to support this effort.  Your fundraising team: Paul Sangree, Elise Foster, Kevin Goldenbogen, Elissa Johnk, Leigh McCaffrey, Andy Nagy-Benson (chair).

 

On Pentecost Sunday, June 5th, 2022 (or another Sunday of your choice), we invite your church to hold a special offering to benefit the Hope Fund.  To help you with that offering, we’ve created the worship resources below to use as you want and need. 

Here are some ideas to help you raise awareness and encourage donations:

 

- use this bulletin insert (below) to provide information about the Hope Fund

-provide envelopes for special donations to the “Hope Fund” that may be placed into your offering plates on Pentecost Sunday (or another Sunday of your choice)

-set up a separate tab or card on your electronic giving software that clearly identifies “the Hope Fund.”  Then transfer those funds to the Vermont Conference

-Use the link below download a printable “commitment card.”  Members and friends may take this, fill it out and mail to the Vermont Conference at the address included on the card

 

Thank you for your ongoing partnership in the Gospel and with the Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ!!

Pilot Hope Fund Projects

Centre Church in Brattleboro

 

"Jesus delivered his most provocative and best remembered message ‘on the mount’ (Matthew 5-7), that was outdoors. Being outdoors and on a mount enabled Jesus to be accessible and visible, respectively. After almost two years of coaching and consulting by Paul Nickerson, Centre Church better understands that its location (central) is key to its relevance and viability in the greater-Brattleboro area and thus the accessibility and visibility of the church is seminal. Yet currently, the vital ministries implemented and the gospel demonstrated are almost ‘hidden under a bushel’ (Matthew 5:15) – the bushel being our beautiful edifice that is the ‘Jewel on Main Street’. If we are to follow “the example of … Jesus”, we must improve our accessibility and visibility."

 

 

West Dover Congregational Church

 

"The Church’s role in this athletic community-building work is twofold: 1) We are one of the groups that would use such an established community venue to reach community members in need and 2) We bear witness to God’s abundance and love of poor, working-class and other communities by providing a free venue for exercise, fun and education in towns overly invested in the interests of affluent vacationers to the detriment of local working class and poor residents, especially children."

 

NEW MINISTRY

Just Now. Just You. Just Love.

Love Church.

Randolph Center, Vermont

 

Love Church is a non-traditional worshiping community. We welcome everyone, including those who have not been connected with a church in the past or have left the traditional church for whatever reason. At Love Church we worship as we share a meal, hike in the woods, create art, dance, pray, laugh, sing, meditate, and love our neighbors. It’s all about love! Join us as we redefine what church can be.