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February 18, 2016 | United Church Philanthropy News
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Strong Reviews for Called to Be the Church!


Congregations that are using the Called to Be the Church congregational giving program kit have seen their givings rise and engagement increase. See how it can work for your church!
 
Watch the new Called to Be the Church video on YouTube or download it, try out some of the suggestions, and share it with your congregation!
 

Mission & Service Giving Update


Thank you for giving so generously for Mission & Service in 2015! The congregational giving transfer deadline was January 29, 2016—we thank you for transferring your 2015 gifts in time. The final report on 2015 Mission & Service giving will be shared with pastoral charges and posted online at the end of February.

A new Mission & Service congregational giving report/transfer form will be launched in 2016. It allows for multipoint charges to report on giving at the congregational level. The new form includes a message of thanks for your pastoral charge, a summary of giving for the year, and a blank transfer form.
 


Share the Love


Share your love by sharing your generosity with others. A Gift with Vision is meaningful gift-giving that changes the world!

[Photo: Rosie Rogers, Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)]
 

 

Did You Know?... 


…that over 100 congregations, presbyteries, Conferences, and church organizations have invested $45 million alongside the United Church of Canada Foundation?
 
Whitehorse United Church is one of these. Trustee Fred Smith says, “Our church was fortunate to receive a generous bequest. We decided to invest through the Foundation. Despite the ups and downs of the market, our investment continues to provide a disbursement.”
 
Call the Foundation today at 866-340-8223 or visit the investment section of our website to find out more about the possibilities.

[Photo: Courtesy of Whitehorse United Church]
 


New Stewardship and Gifts Officer for Toronto Conference!


If you’re in Toronto Conference, Karen Seunarine is the person who can help optimise your congregation’s stewardship for local ministry and Mission & Service. She looks forward to visiting many churches in Toronto Conference over the next year. Please contact Karen by phone at 416-779-7745 or by e-mail to discuss the unique opportunities at your church. As Karen says, “Let’s get started! Let’s join God’s mission and catch up to what God is already doing and will continue to do. What an amazing God we serve!”

[Photo: Courtesy of Karen Seunarine.]
 


Stewardship and Financial Health Online Course


Brought to you by Ecumenical Stewardship Center and TransformingTheChurch.org, “Stewardship and Financial Health” is an online course presented by Rev. Bruce Barkhauer that explores the conditions that make for financial health in both congregational and personal life. This course is ideal for both individuals and small groups, and can be accessed online anytime. For more information, visit Stewardship and Financial Health

[Photo: Ecumenical Stewardship Center / TransformingTheChurch.org]
 
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