New Series: Stories of Generosity
During a year of great challenges, University Christian Church witnessed God’s generosity at work in our lives. Despite an uncertain economy, a global pandemic, a shift to virtual gatherings, and grief, our congregation remained faithful and committed to our mission at the intersection. Our community dug deep, responding to homeless neighbors, supporting families in need of assistance, showing up in solidarity in our commitment to justice, and caring for each other in ways that were safe and compassionate. This was a difficult season, but we spun stories of generosity.
Beginning on Sunday, April 18, we will begin telling stories of generosity as we look ahead to a new mission year of growth and faithfulness. You will be receiving mailings and more information inviting you to think about your financial commitment in the coming year to support God's mission. And you will be invited to share your own stories of generosity of acts of kindness and love that have helped you navigate what has been such a challenging season.
Here are a few of the stories we will be celebrating:
- Our generosity as a congregation meant 15% of our budget went to local and international ministries providing assistance and support to many in need.
- Our youth group launched a new Blessing Box ministry which provides convenient canned and dry goods for hungry neighbors 24 hours a day. The Blessing Box has been empty on many days as neighbors use this resource.
- Our leaders launched a successful funding campaign to renovate our kitchen, raising and beating our goal in preparation of continued ministry of hospitality and care to our neighborhood.
- Our Warm Nights ministry collected gift cards and items and served lunch and breakfast in February to guests at our county’s hypothermia shelter program. We collected over 300 pairs of socks for these friends.
- We worked with tenants like the Day Center and Impulse City to find creative ways to continue to serve our community and keep activity flowing at our busy intersection.
- We hosted an ecumenical prayer vigil with over 300 participants at our intersection to stand in solidarity and call for justice for black lives.
- Bible studies, book studies, women’s groups, and more found new ways to gather through Zoom and invite us to grow in faith.
- Our youth group ministry has grown with online Zoom discussions, ice skating trips, outdoor pizza nights, service projects, and more.
- Our COVID-19 Task Force has been faithful in gathering and sharing information and guidelines in preparation for our eventual re-opening and disseminating best practice vaccine scheduling help.
- Our worship service averages over 50 viewers with an estimated 100 people watching worship on Sunday mornings from all over the globe, including participation from South Korea, Japan, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas, and more.
- Our members have gone above and beyond in care and connection to each other.
Thank you for prayerfully walking with us as we continue to live a giving life together and move into our future together.
April 18, 2021: Future Story Sunday
“What Has Been Promised”
April 25: The Good Shepherd
“God As Shepherd”
May 2: The Vine
May 9: Abiding Love
May 16, 2021: Sent to Tell Stories
(posted April 16, 2021)