Mission Overview
Several FCC mission activities are directed by the United Church of Christ. UCC Churches participate by making yearly appeals, usually on designated Sundays during the year. Contributions are then used by the UCC to support disaster relief and other special needs.

Becoming Involved
The following summarizes the United Church of Christ special appeals in which The First Congregational Church participates:

Neighbors In Need supports ministries that address poverty, economic development, human rights, peacemaking, racial and economic justice, and environmental concerns. Neighbors in Need also provides salaries for Native American pastors and support for Native American churches through the UCC's Council for American Indian Ministries. Your contributions, along with contributions from other UCC churches directly support these ongoing ministries.

Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing are used for world hunger, disaster relief, and economic development ministries through Church World Service, the ecumenical relief/service partner of the United Church of Christ and many other denominations. Contributions help people make vital basic improvements in their lives and living conditions.

Christmas Fund/Veterans of the Cross - Ministers devote their lives to serving God and their churches. Often they give up the financial rewards that most of us receive in our normal business lives in order to serve their congregations. But, when these ministers retire from active ministry, they may find themselves with little financial resources on which to live. Your contributions to this UCC mission activity directly support these ministers and provide pensions to ministers who find themselves in need.

Aside from supporting the UCC missions, FCC members also make an annual contribution to the Blanket Appeal. These donations support the Church World Services effort to provide blankets to the scene of disasters, wherever they might occur. For a child shivering in the cold, a warm blanket can mean the difference between life or serious illness or even death.

Financial Support
If you are interested in financially supporting the United Church of Christ special appeals, you can donate electronically or write a check in the amount you care to give to The First Congregational Church and note in the memo field the specific mission you have chosen. The check can be placed in the offering plate at any worship service or can be mailed to the church office: The First Congregational Church, 103 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. 100% of your designated gift will be sent to the mission and all donations are fully tax deductible.

For more information on the UCC Wider Church Ministries, go to: www.ucc.org/wcm/