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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

I kick the national office pretty good when they deserve it but I'm not as good about praising the national entities that deserve it. The United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance (UCBMA) needs our help today and I want to encourage everyone to contribute. Here are the details from an email I received today:
You've seen the news reports.

The average price of gasoline in the U.S. is over $4 a gallon. These record-breaking prices have had a dramatic impact on the cost of every commodity used by the nation's families.

Low-income annuitants have been hit especially hard. The ripple effect of soaring energy costs affects what consumers pay for food, utilities and other necessities as well. During the month of July the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance (UCBMA) – one of the corporations comprising the Pension Boards – will provide $200 one-time Energy Assistance Grants to 1,000 low-income retirees

The Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ has seen a 300% increase in requests for Emergency Assistance not only from the retirees, but also from those active in ministry. We have budgeted $75,000 from the proceeds of the Christmas Fund Offering for Emergency Grants. This budget was based on our past experience, and should have been adequate, absent this current economic situation.

I am requesting that you consider making an extra special contribution to the Christmas Fund during this month. Your contribution of $250, or $100, or $50 or any amount will help to insure we do not have to refuse requests for help from those who serve, and have served, your church so faithfully.

You can CLICK HERE for the Christmas Fund's online giving portal. Or, if you have questions you may feel free to contact the Rev Dr M. Douglas Borko, the Director of Ministerial Assistance. Please accept our gratitude on behalf of the active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ who are supported through the Christmas Fund. Your past, current and future support of this ministry of beloved church is much appreciated and really does make a difference through a direct impact in the lives these servants.

Michael A. Downs

President and CEO
The Pension Boards, United Church of Christ
posted by UCCtruths, Tuesday, July 01, 2008

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