Prayers for Those Affected By Florida School Shooting
Our hearts are heavy today as we process the news of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We pray for the people affected by this tragedy and ask God to open our hearts to opportunities to pursue peace in our communities.
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.
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!
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Historic Sites Volunteers Needed
Interested in being at the forefront of mission? Consider the volunteer opportunities at historic sites in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois. Training and on-site housing are provided. For more information contact Apostle Lachlan Mackay at LMackay@CofChrist.org.
Year-End Generosity Exceeds 2017 Goal
Year-end contributions surpassed the $3.5 million Worldwide Mission Tithes goal set for November and December. We are so grateful for the response of members and friends around the world. In addition, the expressions of generosity by congregations and mission centers have been remarkable and made reaching the $3.5 million-dollar goal possible.
Many testimonies and stories have emerged as these jurisdictions have explored how they can help with the financial challenges facing the church. The following was shared by Steve Pomeroy, financial officer for the Greater Pacific Northwest Mission Center:
“The resolution to send money to the World Church passed without a negative comment or a dissenting vote. It is a true expression of the spirit of unity and oneness that was present at a recent conference.”
We look to 2018 with growing hope. That hope arises from the generosity of so many who passionately support the mission of the church.
Total contributions in 2017 are estimated to be just under $14.7 million and based on this, the Presiding Bishopric will be recommending a 2018 goal of $14.7 million for Worldwide Mission Tithes to the World Church Finance Board in February. We are blessed by the faithfulness and generosity of all those who boldly believe we can make a difference in the world.
Merge Faith, Career at Community of Christ
From history interns to director of human resources, Community of Christ positions
The Job Opportunities page currently has links to more than a dozen paid positions at International Headquarters, in local jurisdictions, and at Graceland University.
A link on the job title takes the user to descriptions of the specific position and, on a separate link, the forms necessary to complete an application. Most positions currently listed are designated open until filled.
Letter Upholds Worth of All Persons
A letter sent from the First Presidency on 17 January upholds the Worth of All Persons and serves as a reminder that God's will is that we love our neighbors and live together in peace.
When Is Your 2018 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 use this simple form to send the following information to us.
- Mission center
- Reunion name
- Reunion location
- Contact information
Spiritual Formation Deadline Is 23 February
The deadline for the next group of Spiritual Formation and Companioning program participants has been extended to 23 February.
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 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 complete article about the courses appeared in the 2017 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!