Each year, the UCC holds its World Communion Sunday on the first Sunday in October. On this day—which is Sunday, October 7 this year—all UCC churches are encouraged to hold their “Neighbors In Need” offering, and we hope your church joins in!

Below, you’ll find more information on what NIN supports + free materials (both printed/mailed and digital/downloadable) that your church can use to promote this offering.

From the UCC’s NIN webpage:

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.

Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities.

“The 2018 theme is Love your Neighbor. Click here for more information and free NIN promotional resources! You can also learn about the causes that have received NIN funds and their success stories here.”