So Far An Estimated $20,000 In Hand or Committed
Let’s Keep Growing and Giving through Pentecost Sunday #loveofneighbor
Yes, there’s a theme in this eNEWS! The Southern New England Conference is the newest configuration of UCC congregations; it’s a HUGE Conference that encompasses UCC congregations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. And they too are engaged in a fund raising effort to raise dollars to abolish medical debt. Their Conference Minister Kent Saladi and UCC President, John Dorhaur are engaged in a fundraising challenge based on who has the best pajamas during this time when so many people are working from home. Their “ask” is for votes “dollars” for whomever readers think has the best pajamas and the dollars raised goes of course to the campaign to buy back medical debt. Quite a clever idea, don’t you think?
On a call last week, with Rev. Traci Blackmon and other Conferences engaged in campaigns, I heard about the fund raising challenge in Southern New Engalnd and I was asked how KO was doing and what KO was doing to raise dollars especially given the impact of COVID-19. I responded, KO was doing just great and we were doing it the old fashioned way. We just asked.
Some of you have askeed how much have we raised? So far, with what we have actually received and with estimates from some pastors, we think that we are at about $20,000; that does not include all congregations that we know are participating. It is truly an amazing gift of care and generosity that you remain committed to caring for others through this initiative of Medical Debt Relief. It would be so easy to withdraw in fear about what the futre holds; but members and congregations are still in and you continue your commitment to embody this one expression of #loveofneighbor. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
One Additional Church Added Since Last eNEWS!
St John’s UCC, Baldwin City, KS Thank you to St. John’s and Rev. Robin Colerick-Shinkle!
Midland Community UCC in Sterling, KS; the effort was championed by lay leaders Cody Rhine and Randall Olander and Midland was THE FIRST congregation to formally report that they SAID YES to joining this effort. Thanks to our friends at Midland and especially Cody and Randall!
Peace UCC in Alma, KS; Thank you Peace and Pastor Michael Vollbrecht!
St. Peter’s UCC in Inman, KS; led by Rev. Dennis Ulrich
Colonial UCC in Prairie Village; Thank you Colonial and Rev. Aaron Roberts!
Fellowship UCC, Tulsa; Thank you Fellowship and Rev. Chris Moore
Mayflower Congregational UCC, Tulsa; Thank you Mayflower Rev. Lori Walke
Plymouth Congregational, UCC, Lawrence, KS, Thank you Plymouth and Rev. Valerie Miller- Coleman and Rev. Caroline Dean Lawson
St. Paul’s Eudora, Thank you St. Paul’s and Rev. Shannah McAleer
First Congregational, Topeka; Thank you FCC and Rev. Tobias Schlingensiepen
Community UCC; Carbondale; Thank you Carbondale and Rev. Don Miller
Central Congregational, Topeka, Thank you Central and Rev. Gage Church
Trinity United Christian Church Cheney Thank you Trinity and Rev. Travis McKee
Rolling Hills, Salina; Thank you Rolling Hills and Rev. Bill Brown
First Congregational UCC Manhattan Thank You First Congregational and Rev. Caela Simmons Wood
First Congregational Church Norman, OK Thank You First Congregational and Rev. David Wheeler
Add your church to the list of participating Congregations!