You Can Help Us Reach Our Year-End Worldwide Mission Tithes Goal
The holidays are busy with activity and celebration. We invite you to slow down, breathe, and reflect on God’s blessings in 2017.
As we review the year and look to 2018, we are grateful for the many mission experiences that were made possible by the generosity of the church. We are also mindful of the many opportunities that still exist to share Christ’s mission and make a difference around the world.
May each of us prayerfully consider how our generosity can help make that possible.
Making a contribution to Worldwide Mission Tithes is as simple as a few clicks through eTithing or by giving through Mission Tithes envelopes.
Together, we can reach our $3.5 million goal for November and December and look expectantly to the future.
Additional Contributions Put Giving Tuesday Over $390,000
Although Giving Tuesday is primarily a social media event that functions through electronic gifts, checks are welcome, too. Several designated for the campaign have arrived in the mail, putting the total received at $397,448. The campaign total in 2016 was $312,500.
Michele McGrath, director of finance, reported that the number of contributions through
Thank you so much for your generosity! Your contributions make a difference in the lives of people in many nations. We especially thank the generous families who provided matching funds for our Giving Tuesday campaign.
Support Community of Christ Through AmazonSmile
As many of you prepare to purchase gifts for the holidays, please remember that Community of Christ is registered as a charitable organization through AmazonSmile.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Community of Christ whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
If you are an Amazon shopper, please consider making Community of Christ the recipient of a portion of your eligible sales. Simply click this link to smile.amazon.com (for our Canadian members and friends, please use this link for a similar option at Amazon.ca) and Community of Christ will automatically become the charitable organization of your choice. You can change it at anytime. If you search for us, please search "Community of Christ Independence" in order have us show up on the first page of results.
Presiding Bishopric Financial Update November 2017
Stassi Cramm, presiding bishop and counselor to the president, had two items of good news 16 November when she offered the third of three promised messages on the financial condition of the church.
Community of Christ ended fiscal year 2017 on 30 June with a surplus of just more than $600,000. Although total income was a bit below budget, expenses were held within the available income for the fiscal year, Cramm said.
In September, the Presiding Bishopric paid off a line of credit with Bank of Kansas City, using the $600,000 surplus and other funds. Cramm explained the financial position of the church, the valuation of its assets and plans for a way to make income more predictable and sustainable in materials available to view and read online.
New Videos Explain eTithing
A series of short videos show how to use the USA
Bishop Michele McGrath hosts the series and walks viewers through several of the most common tasks.
The videos explain how to select your home congregation and direct your contribution to Local Mission Tithes and Worldwide Mission Tithes. Once your account is set up, changing personal or billing information in the account is much like the functions seen on retail sites. And, contributors receive a mailed statement.
Pick the video that applies to you:
eTithing101: First-time eGiver eTithing101: Recurring Gifts eTithing101: Tips for PAT Givers eTithing101: Managing Your Account eTithing101: CFOs in the Know
You're Invited to Write for Daily Bread 2018
Do you have an experience, poem, or reflection that you would like to share with the church community in Daily Bread?
We are looking for submissions that are approximately 300 words. Remember to write for a global audience and in your own voice.
Some possible writing prompts:
- Where does God show up in your daily life?
- How are we invited to notice and tend the sacred in the ordinary?
- How has the Spirit been forming and transforming you over time?
More Daily Bread writing guidelines and a submission form are online. Thank you for considering sharing in this ministry!
Key Points and Ways to Help - Time to Act!
NEW: This document includes key points from President Veazey's message and lists a few tangible ways you can help as we move together into the future.
Plan Now to Enlist Graceland Students for Internships
Church-affiliated organizations, mission centers, campgrounds, and congregations with interest in interns are encouraged to contact Mike Hoffman, campus minister at Graceland University.
Hoffman said recently that some students already are being placed for summer of 2018.
Businesses and nonprofit organizations outside the church also are encouraged to take on interns, providing them experience related to majors or a career. Jan Gray handles those inquiries at the college.
Internships are an integral part of Graceland’s experience for students, Hoffman said. Positions related to a major or career help them prepare for employment. An internship related to the Community of Christ's mission can help prepare students for bi-vocational ministry.
Most students would benefit from paid internships. Transportation, housing, and meals might also be considered for internship plans. Resources to help plan an internship are available.
Submission of 2019 World Conference Resolutions
Deadline for mission centers to submit items for 2019 World Conference consideration is 6 April.
Resolutions to be considered by the 2019 World Conference should address significant issues that would concern the entire church. Resolutions should propose actions that are clearly defined, capable of being readily implemented, and aligned to directly address the concerns raised.
Resolutions submitted early in the inter-Conference period will benefit from having ample time for translation, collaborative review by church leaders and mission centers, and more thorough church-wide discernment.
World Conference Resolution 1308 “Time for Introduction
Resolved, That for legislation to come before World Conference, such legislation must be submitted to the First Presidency no later than one year before the opening of each World Conference.
Submissions should be sent to Susan Sloan, World Church secretary, at Community of Christ International Headquarters or to ssloan@CofChrist.org.
Spiritual Formation and Companioning Program Deadline Is 26 January
A new group of Spiritual Formation and Companioning participants
For three years, participants have learned to listen more deeply to their longings and callings. They also learned to listen more skillfully and attentively to others, discovering a depth in relationships that the soul craves.
Now a new Cohort of students will form to begin their classes. The training provides opportunities to grow in spiritual community, discover new forms of worship and practice, and learn from gifted ecumenical presenters. The first year focuses on personal spiritual formation and transformation with an option of continuing for the second and third years to receive a Spiritual Companioning and Leadership certificate.
A more complete article about the courses appears in the November/December Herald. For more information, contact Katie Harmon-McLaughlin at khmclaughlin@CofChrist.org, (816) 833-1000, ext. 2393; or administrative support at (816) 833-1000, ext. 3038.
Social Media Resources Available
The Communications team, with Latter-day Seeker Ministries and the help of volunteers, has developed five resources outlining ways to use the internet to reach people looking for a spiritual home and members hoping to build sustaining relationships:
Facebook 101 Best Practices outlines basic information, including how to create a Facebook page and group.
Google My Business Account explains how to edit congregation information on Google.
Social Media Guidelines defines how mission centers and congregations should respond to negative comments and handle copyright rules and privacy concerns. Contact Communications (Communications@CofChrist.org) with questions.
Download Community of Christ App
Download the Community of Christ app for Android and iOS devices from Google Play and the App Store on iTunes. With the Community of Christ app, you can read daily spiritual devotions, watch inspiring videos, stay in touch with mission happening around the world, and much more!
International Youth Forum-USA Plans Underway
Plans are underway for 2018 International Youth Forum-USA (IYF USA). This is an international gathering where youth from around the world come together to celebrate and claim their place in Community of Christ. The event, held once every four years, is an awesome experience at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri, USA that each youth has one chance to attend.
This special event will be July 19-20, 2018, for youth who have finished grades 9-12 (ages 15-19). Learn more.
Letter Regarding Political Climate
The First Presidency and USA Apostles released a letter about the political climate in the USA:
If you are a congregational leader, we invite you to share this letter with your congregation.
Thank you for everything you do to support Christ’s mission!