Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or – worse! – stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. Matthew 6:19-21 (The Message)
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Our purpose is to:
- Foster a spirit of generosity among the congregations of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference;
- Provide education about and encourage contributions to Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) offerings;
- Oversee all fundraising activities of the Conference.
OCWM: What is it?
Our Church’s Wider Mission (OWCM) is the name we use to describe the work we do as the United Church of Christ beyond the local church – through our Conferences, national ministries, and UCC-related institutions. Our Church’s Wider Mission is also the name we give to the financial support given by UCC members and congregations that makes this broader mission possible. (Source: UCC Wisconsin Conference website)
To view and download a helpful OCWM brochure from the national UCC, click here.
Resources you can use!
PSEC Stewardship/Financial Resources
Some Statistics on Gratitude blog post of the UCC’s CARDD (Center for Analytics, Research, Data and Development) blog: https://carducc.wordpress.com/2023/11/13/some-statistics-on-gratitude/
Generosity blog post of the UCC’s CARDD (Center for Analytics, Research, Data and Development) blog, written by Elena Larssen, the UCC Generosity Officer for our Mid-Atlantic Region: https://carducc.wordpress.com/2023/09/04/the-gift-of-generosity-2022-total-giving-reaches-14-million-dollars/
Giving USA is a top publication reporting on the sources and uses of charitable giving in the United States. Click here to view their infographic showing the numbers and trends from Giving USA 2023: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2022. On their website, you can also buy (for free) the infographic for your use.
UCC Wisconsin Conference Generosity Resources
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving Resource Library
Henri Nouwen Society – A Spirituality of Fundraising
United Church of Christ National Denomination
Stewardship Resource Directory
Extravagant Generosity – Video Series
Planned Giving Stewardship Resources – Video Series