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Worldwide Mission Tithes Update
Thanks to the generosity of so many, our Giving Tuesday total contributions were $302,000 USD! Thank you to everyone who participated. And a big shout-out to the families that provided matching funds. It was an exciting day and exemplified what we can accomplish when we pull together as a community.
Estimated contributions to Worldwide Mission Tithes in October were $950,000 USD. We are now approximately $750,000 below the annual goal to date. To achieve $14.7 million USD in 2018, we need to exceed the combined $3.3 million
Please Send Your Advent, Christmas Photos
As you enjoy Advent and Christmas this year, we’d like you to capture your memories in photos and send them to us for possible use in next year’s Herald and on www.CofChrist.org. Photos should be a least 1 megabyte, though bigger is better. Please include caption information: the photographer’s name, the event, and the location. Send photos to Herald@CofChrist.org. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!
Community of Christ Lessons
Community of Christ lessons are now available for children (ages 6–11), youth (ages 12–18), and adults. Weekly lessons connect the Lectionary text with Community of Christ identity, mission, message, and beliefs.
The full set of lessons for December 2018-November 2019 are now available for download. Visit the Lessons page today!
Thanks to You, We Did It!
#GivingTuesday contributors, you’re the best.
As of 3 December, we had received over $301,000 USD from the 27 November event, exceeding our $300,000 goal.
The contributions go to Worldwide Mission Tithes and the first $100,000 in donations was matched by generous Community of Christ families. The final total includes the matching funds.
Thank you for your support of Christ’s mission, our mission.
Register Now For Discounted World Conference Rate
The 2019 World Conference in Independence, Missouri, USA starts 5 April. Please join us for this important event in the life of the church.
User-friendly online registration forms include options for adults and children (6-11). Discounted early registration is due 1 February. Fees, in USD:
• adult: $150 ($190 after 1 February)
• adult, weekend only: $35
• student/youth: $75
• student/youth, weekend only: $20
• daycare, 6 weeks to 5 years: $225
• off-site supporter: $75
• staff/International Headquarters volunteer: $115 ($145 after 1 February)
• Conference Kids: $75
• children’s badge only: $5
More information is available on the conference registration page. Child care registration is on a separate form.
Electronic pages that include a progress bar have simple questions and easy-to-use blanks that provide information needed by conference organizers.
Payment online is by credit or debit card. To pay by check, print the online form once it’s completed and mail it to Community of Christ International Headquarters, ATTN: Conference Registration, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, MO, 64050.
AmazonSmile Supports Community of Christ
As many of you 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
Financial Update for November 2018
In the November financial update — the third of three in 2018 — the Presiding Bishopric shared details about the church’s current economic situation and recommendations that were made at the 15 November teleconference meeting of the World Church Finance Board.
Learn more at http://www.CofChrist.org/financial-updates.
- Read the full report
- Review the Q&A document
- Summary of Generosity Cycle survey results
Online Giving Platform Launches Upgrade
The platform that provides electronic giving by Community of Christ members and friends in the USA upgraded today, October 31, 2018. The new eTithing platform provides:
- Streamlined giving
- Additional flexibility on recurring gifts
- Opportunity to give to any congregation, even if you’re not a member
The platform retains the features contributors enjoy:
- Manage recurring contributions
- Make a one-time gift
- View giving history
- Give by computer, tablet, mobile device
Those with an existing eTithing account will receive an email from our eTithing provider, SecureGive, asking them to verify information and create a new password. This is the only action that needs to be taken at this time. We will share information about changes to recurring gifts and the congregations listed on eTithing later this year.
Members and friends in the USA can give to Local Mission Tithes and Worldwide Mission Tithes on eTithing. Contributors may select their congregation from the first page of the website or choose My Home Congregation if their congregation isn’t listed.
Starting in November, contributors also will be able to give to mission centers if they’re on eTithing. Mission Centers that would like to be listed must sign up for a $5-a-month service plan. Contact Fiscal Services after January 1.
Disaster Relief Aid Continues
Our thanks to those who have generously contributed to Community of Christ disaster relief. In the last few weeks, the church has helped with:
Hurricane Michael relief in Northwest Florida: Damage on 10 October to the Panama City congregational building was handled by the church’s Risk Department. Other needs and assistance were being evaluated locally.
Earthquake relief in Haiti: About $12,000 was sent to repair a church building in Port de Paix. A 7 October earthquake that registered 5.9 on the Richter scale caused roof and other damage.
Typhoon relief in the Philippines: Typhoon Rosita hit 2 October. In northern Luzon, electrical service was interrupted. In an area south of Roxas, in the direct path of the storm, heavy damage was reported. The church has congregations in those areas. Damage to a Baggao congregational building hit by a typhoon in September was being evaluated. Immediate needs have been met and longterm needs, such as repairs to houses and church buildings, are being assessed. Those assessments are not complete.
Cyclone relief in India: Five of the six mission centers in the state of Odisha in India were affected by the most recent cyclone. About $35,000 was sent for phase 1 assistance — rice, blankets
Funds previously contributed to disaster relief are in place to support these needs at this time. If additional funds beyond what we currently have available are needed, this will be communicated to the church.
Statement on Recent Pittsburgh Shooting
We share the following statement from members of the Council of Twelve with congregations in the USA
We hold every precious life impacted by the recent shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in the light of Christ’s peace and comfort. Our words matter. Let our words and actions proclaim Christ’s love for every person and denounce all forms of hate speech and acts of violence that seek to divide the human family.
In the Peace of Jesus Christ,
Ron Harmon, Linda Booth, Barb Carter, Lach Mackay, Janné Grover, Robin Linkhart, Art Smith, Mareva Arnaud Tchong
RSS Capability Added to Website
The Communications Team has announced the release of four free RSS feeds at www.CofChrist.org/rss. These include Daily Bread, Daily Prayer for Peace, Announcements, and Mission Stories.
Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication is a way to bring digital content to a user automatically. It also provides a way for web designers and managers to embed content from these sections of CofChrist.org on a web page. The embedded area then updates when new content is added on CofChrist.org.
The request to add this feature came from several people in the field. We hope other congregational and mission center website managers will find it useful to embed or subscribe to RSS feeds to get updated content from CofChrist.org. Individuals who use RSS readers also may subscribe to this service.
Send questions about these RSS feeds to the Online Media Team at web@CofChrist.org.
2019 World Conference Website
The 2019 World Conference will be held 5-13 April at the Community of Christ International Headquarters in Independence, Missouri, USA. You can find information about the conference including an overview of the week, draft schedule, resolutions that will be discussed, and preparation materials online at the World Conference website. As planning and preparation continues, more information will be added. Learn more at www.CofChrist.org/2019-world-conference and make plans to attend this worldwide event!
New Sacrament Videos Available Online
The simple beauty of Community of Christ’s sacraments is featured in a series of videos now available for viewing on www.CofChrist.org.
The series was designed for training priesthood members, but the brief, inspirational videos will appeal to anyone with an interest in the church. We thank all involved in producing these videos. They are available in English, French, and Spanish.
The sacraments portrayed are baptism, confirmation, The Lord’s Supper (communion), marriage,
Discernment Guide, Videos Free on CofChrist.org
A new resource is available for individuals and communities seeking to engage in discernment, the practice of seeking and following the movement of the Spirit.
Personal and Communal Discernment Guide includes four videos and an accompanying PDF file with tools, practices, and reflections.
This resource is intended for individuals and communities discerning Christ’s mission as they ask questions about vocation, identity, leadership, and the future. The guide and videos are available in English.
USA Apostles Affirm Veazey Statement on Refugee Families
The USA Apostles of Community of Christ join President Stephen Veazey (
One of our Enduring Principles, Worth of All Persons, calls us to "challenge unjust systems that diminish human worth."
We also urge members and friends of the church who share this concern to communicate their views to government officials and legislators.
In Christ’s peace,
Statement from President Veazey Regarding Immigrant Families
On Friday, June 15, I contacted the United States Attorney General by email and voicemail to express my grave concern about the policy of separating children from their refugee immigrant parents.
I stated that such a practice is ungodly, unchristian, and contrary to scriptural teachings about how to treat the most vulnerable in our midst, especially children.
I called on the attorney general to immediately end the current policy because it is unjust and unacceptable. I urge other members and friends of the church who share this concern to communicate your views to governmental officials.
We must join our voices and efforts with others who are working daily to liberate the children and reunite them with their families.
— President Stephen M. Veazey
Updated Youth Worker Application Available
Updated Registered Child and Youth Worker applications are available for mission center officers, youth ministers, and camp directors in North America at www.cofchrist.org/children-and-youth-worker-registration. New versions of the Application Guidance Notes and Mission Center Checklist also are available.
In response to many requests, the RCYW application is being made available as a fillable PDF document.
This should make it easier to submit completed applications electronically. Submit completed RCYW applications to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval and registration.
Applications that are submitted electronically are preferred because they require less time and effort to process. If necessary paper applications can still be mailed or faxed to the Office of General Counsel.Thank you to all mission center, congregational and camping staff for your continued efforts ensuring that any person working with children and youth at Community of Christ events has received the necessary youth worker training and has been registered as a youth worker.
Free Member-Submitted Lessons, Music Available
More than 50 examples of lessons and music created by Community of Christ members are now available on www.HeraldHouse.org for download to members and congregations.
All materials in the Member Created area on the website are free. On the site are lessons, song lyrics, and sheet music for worship—including small-group lessons for youth.
Two Kansas City-area Organizations Named 2019 International Peace Award Winners
For the first time in its history, the Community of Christ International Peace Award will be given to organizations in Kansas City and Independence, Missouri, USA.
The two recipients were chosen to highlight the 25th anniversary of the Independence Temple.
Water.org and the Franciscan Mission Warehouse each will receive an award, placing those groups among the ranks of Dr. Jane Goodall (1999) and Bread for the World (2014). The efforts of the award winners uphold Community of Christ Mission Initiatives, including Abolish Poverty, End Suffering and Pursue Peace on Earth.
Water.org is in Kansas City, Missouri. It has provided millions of people with water and sanitation, helping to break the cycle of poverty and expanding opportunities in the world’s poorest communities.
Franciscan Mission Warehouse is in Independence, Missouri. The group collects surplus equipment and supplies from US medical facilities and sends them to hospitals and clinics in the poorest parts of the world.
The International Peace Award includes a financial gift to be donated to the charitable peace, justice, or environmental organization of the recipient’s choice. Honorees also receive an original sculpture by Wyoming artist Gail Sundell that depicts two hands holding a crystal globe of the Earth.
The International Peace Award presentation will be at 7:00 p.m. on 6 April, during the 2019 World Conference. The event marks the 26th year of the award and the presentation is scheduled to be webcast from the Auditorium conference chamber. A wider public announcement will be made closer to the presentation date.
Every Congregation's History Matters
Congregational historians are needed to help share our sacred story! To appoint a historian:
- Choose someone in your congregation to represent your history. Make sure this person is willing and available to serve.
- The congregation's pastor or mission center president then contacts the World Church librarian-archivist at email@example.com, supplying the name and address of the nominee.
- An official appointment letter and writing guidelines will be sent to the new historian.
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!