What an amazingly generous response to end the year! Together we met our December contribution goal of $2,000,000 which helped us exceed our annual Worldwide Mission Tithes goal. We are so grateful to all those who through whole-life generosity are helping to make mission possible.
The calendar year goal for 2017 is $14.3 million. This includes commitments made through the grassroots efforts in 2016. Our prayer is that together we continue to explore our true capacity to give in order to sustain and grow Christ’s mission.
Submission of 2019 World Conference Resolutions
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.
The deadline for mission centers to submit items for 2019 World Conference consideration is April 6, 2018. Submissions should be sent to Susan Sloan, World Church secretary, at Community of Christ International Headquarters or to ssloan@CofChrist.org.
New Community of Christ Team Includes Three World Church Historians
The Church History and Sacred Story Team, chartered by President Stephen M. Veazey, was announced today. The team has three volunteer historians - David Howlett, Barbara Walden, and Ron Romig. Learn more.
Apply for World Service Corps
World Service Corps is an international volunteer ministry of Community of Christ, committed to offering volunteer opportunities for leadership development, disciple formation, and cultural immersion. Applications are being accepted through 31 January for anyone interested in serving as a volunteer in 2017. Apply and get more information about World Service Corps. If you have questions, e-mail wsc@CofChrist.org, or call (816) 833-1000 ext. 2241.
Send Us Your Memories
Decorations are returning to their storage places. Trees are going down. And mistletoe is being removed. But warm memories of Advent and Christmas remain. We’d like to be able to share those memories next year with readers of the Herald. Please send your photos (one megabyte or larger), a caption describing the event and place, and the name of the photographer (if available) to Herald@CoChrist.org. We pray you’ll have a blessed New Year.
Family-friendly Spiritual Retreat in April
Join in a family-friendly spiritual retreat, Encountering God at Home, at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, 7-9 April 2017. This retreat will focus on nurturing household spirituality for families, children, and youth. There will be tracks for adults, youth, and children, with childcare available for children under 3. Though this retreat is designed for young families who are seeking ways to have meaningful spiritual experience in their homes, everyone who feels the call to work with children and families is encouraged to attend! Information and the retreat flier are on the Spiritual Formation Center website. Contact Katie with any questions.
Offering Envelopes and e-Tithing Focus Us on Holistic Mission
President Veazey has called our Mission Initiatives "foundational and essential to the church’s life!" Beginning January 1, USA offering envelopes will reflect this holistic emphasis. You will enter a single amount on the Worldwide Ministries side of the envelope to be used across all five initiatives to support Christ’s mission—our mission—holistically, around the world. Envelopes in other countries will be updated as stock is depleted. E-Tithing categories will change by the end of March.
To honor World Conference Resolution (WCR) 773, envelopes for the first Sunday of each month will have space for a contribution to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering, allowing for oblation giving. This will be in addition to the opportunity to give an amount to Worldwide Mission Tithes.
Since Mission Initiatives debuted in 2011, 74 percent or more of all contributions have been given to Use Where Needed Most. In fiscal year 2016, it was 85.6 percent. Read more in the article, “Focus on Holistic Giving,” see the fiscal-year 2017 Worldwide Mission Budget, and get answers to frequently asked questions.
Help Us Reach Our December Worldwide Mission Tithes Target
Contributions to date are now just 1.2% behind our annual goal. By meeting our December target of $2,000,000, we can reach our 2016 Worldwide Mission Tithes goal. Your generosity is what makes mission possible. It’s easy to give through E-tithing in Australia, Canada, or the USA. Thank you for continuing to answer the call.
Support Christ's Mission Through GoFundMission.org
The church recently launched www.GoFundMission.org for members and friends in the USA. GoFundMission is a community-funding pilot website of the USA mission fields where you can give directly to a mission project.
How to Give
Local and Worldwide Mission Tithes are a disciple’s top priority as we pursue Christ’s mission. Giving through www.GoFundMission.org is an opportunity for when you have extra and see a project you want to be part of; plus it’s an invitation to everyone in the community to get involved and see the impact of their generosity. This month, you can help the Children's Peace Pavilion add technology to their new site.
You can give to Local and Worldwide Mission Tithes through e-Tithing and offering envelopes.
Book of Mormon E-book Now Available
Community of Christ announced today that the Book of Mormon is now available as an e-book for Amazon devices and apps. It joins the church’s e-book offerings online and its publication is the result of a team effort that spanned several years. Published by Herald Publishing House, this $9.99 e-book is divided into sections and has an extensively linked topical index.
First published in 1830, the Book of Mormon is regarded as scripture by Community of Christ members and followers of the Latter-day Saint movement around the world. The Book of Mormon chronicles stories of ancient peoples migrating from the Near East to the Americas, their beliefs and instructions, wars and contentions, and revelations about righteous living. It testifies of Jesus Christ’s appearance in the Americas after his resurrection where he taught people about salvation, God, and peaceful living in harmony with biblical writings. For those who hold this scripture sacred, the text supports the Biblical message that Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God.
Community of Christ President Stephen M. Veazey, who expressed his gratitude to everyone who played a role in completing this project, said, “When responsibly interpreted and faithfully applied, scripture provides divine guidance and inspired insight for our discipleship. By providing this e-book format, I am very hopeful that we can continue to share our sacred story with members, seekers, and students of religious history.”
Community of Christ is registered as a charitable organization eligible to receive donations from the AmazonSmile Foundation. Connect to Community of Christ easily via this AmazonSmile link.
Community of Christ has 250,000 members in more than 60 nations. The church’s mission is to “proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace.” Community of Christ International Headquarters is located in Independence, Missouri.
For more information contact communications@CofChrist.org.
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!
When Is Reunion?
Reunions and family camps are important events in the life of the church. These inter-generational gatherings allow us to tangibly experience the blessings of community as we live, love, and share together and grow in our understandings of the mission of Jesus Christ. Make sure your reunion or family camp is listed on the CofChrist web calendar. Please send the following information to web@CofChrist.org:
- Mission center
- Reunion name
- Reunion location
- Contact information
Year A Lessons Available
Community of Christ lessons for children (ages 6-11), youth (ages 12-18), and adults will continue with Year A, beginning 27 November 2017. The first 14 lessons for children and youth are available for download. Adult lessons through Advent 2016 (27 November 2016 to 1 January 2017) are available for download. Additional lessons will be posted quarterly. When accessing lessons, you will find a brief form to provide useful information and the opportunity to support these lessons by giving to Worldwide Mission Tithes. A donation of $20 USD per quarter, or $80 USD per year, for each age is suggested.
Presiding Bishopric Provides Grassroots Effort Update
Thank you to those who responded to the church’s financial situation at the beginning of 2016.
This week, the Presiding Bishopric provided an update on where we are with these generous commitments.
- Of the 253 one-time gifts committed, we have received 95 percent.
- Of the 627 sustaining commitments, we have received about 76 percent for 2016.*
As we look to the new year, we ask for your continued prayers and support. The ongoing fulfillment of annual commitments over the next several years is essential in sustaining ministries. If you made a one-time gift in 2016 and are in a position to respond again in 2017, your generosity will shape our ability to respond to missional opportunities going forward.
Thank to those who have responded. Our ability to sustain vital, life-changing ministries around the world depends on these ongoing expressions of our true capacity to give.