FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OFFERINGS (DISCIPLES of CHRIST)
There are six special DoC Special Offerings during the year. They are not tithes to First Christian Church; but are considered gifts to the church, at large, in order to support the ministries and missions of the church.
Easter Offering – Supports General Ministries of the Church which includes Disciples Home Missions, Disciples Church Extension Fund, Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries, and Higher Education and Leadership Ministries.
Week of Compassion Offering – Our offering for Week of Compassion (WoC) is combined with the offerings from all the Disciples of Christ churches and a network of church partner organizations to bring help around the word, around our nation, and locally to assist people, towns and congregations when a disaster strikes. After Hurricane Ivan in 2004, First Christian Church was a recipient of a grant to help offset with the cost of repairs.
Thanksgiving Offering – Supports Higher Education at Disciples colleges, universities and theological seminaries or divinity houses. Gifts from the Disciples Mission Fund Thanksgiving offering continue the Disciples tradition of developing leaders for our communities and the church.
Christmas Offering – Gifts are directed to the Disciples Mission Fund (DMF) which is a regional ministry designed to cultivate growth in congregations by demonstrating true community and deep Christian spirituality. It supports the fostering of the Disciples’ identity, developing church leaders and establishing new churches.
Pentecost Offering – Supports Disciples New Church Development using both regional and general programs with the gifts divided between each. Fifty percent of gifts received by a region remain in that region; the balance supports the work of general programs and new church efforts.
Reconciliation Offering – Gifts provide resources for discussion of racism and race relations in our congregations. As Disciples of Christ Christians, we celebrate the Gospel teaching that God’s children come from all places and that the power of love at God’s table is able to bring together all races, languages, cultures and traditions in unity, one to another.