MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." ~ 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
We affirm that each of us is called to ministry, to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We do so as a response to the wonderful gift of salvation and grace given to us by God through Jesus Christ. Empowered by the Holy Spirit we share the gifts we have in our ministry in God's realm. Driven by our "passion for ministry" we use our gifts – of time, talent and treasure – to share the good news of God's love in Jesus Christ. This sharing is reflected in the many forms of ministry here at Wentz's UCC – from worship, choirs, music, to service projects, fellowship opportunities, Sunday School classes, youth group, and the Prayer Shawl. Each is driven by a "passion for ministry".
We also affirm our call to ministry beyond our church walls. Through the many special offerings and opportunities of outreach we seek to fulfill the words of Jesus, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."
We move our ministry beyond our church walls through offerings that touch and change people's lives, all to fulfill Jesus' call to help "the least of these."
We collect money that benefits neighbors both near and far through ministries of the United Church of Christ:
Neighbors In Need (October) — supports the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM) and grants that are awarded to local churches doing community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. (find more information at www.ucc.org/nin)
Strengthen the Church (November) — formerly the Family Thankoffering, funds new church starts, invigorates existing congregations, nurtures lay and pastoral leaders and builds youth and young adult ministries. (find more information at www.ucc.org/stc)
One Great Hour of Sharing (March) — sustains the refugee, relief and development ministry in 138 countries that transforms lives through health, education, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives. (find more information at www.ucc.org/oghs)
Christmas Offering (December) — Also known as Veterans of the Cross, provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands-- a ministry carried out by the Pension Boards. Some form of Ministerial Assistance will be provided to approximately 1,600 persons during 2013. (find more information at www.pbucc.org/interior_default.asp)
All Saint's Offering (February) – a special offering for the benefit of retired clergy and spouses within the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, providing support particularly for health care and other needs.
Emergency Offerings – made through the denomination for special disasters, such as tornadoes, flood relief, etc. as notified through the conference of national church offices.
Child Sponsorship – through the Sunday School, we support a child in the Child Sponsorship program carried out by the national church.
Bethany Children's Home – we support this special ministry to children through various gifts and offerings. Annually, we provide gifts for the Christmas Project as well.
Manna on Main St. – we receive cash and canned good items before each communion service and during the vacation Bible school to help support this food bank that serves the Lansdale area.
CROP WALK – we participate with the churches of the Skippack Pike Area Ministerium in an annual CROP WALK that helps deal with issues of hunger through Church World Services, an ecumenical service group.
Mary's Shelter – our youth group supports this special ministry of outreach to women in crisis pregnancies in the Reading and Allentown areas. The youth group participates annually in the Bowl-a-thon for Mary's Shelter each year, as well as collecting items needed by this ministry.
SPAM Mission Project – we participate and support the mission project of the midweek Wednesday night Lent services sponsored by the Skippack Pike Area Ministerium.
Oak Park Elementary – annually members provide Christmas gifts for low income family members through this special program with Oak Park Elementary School.