This special offering reflects the commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the Church. This offering is shared by our Vermont Conference and the national setting to support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations.
Here in Vermont, the conference is supporting a new church start, called Love Church. The recently ordained Rev. Lava Mueller, a hospice chaplain and member of Bethany UCC in Randolph, is the planting pastor. In her own words, this is how Lava sees Love Church: “Love Church is open for anyone (we are UCC after all!), but is especially geared toward attracting unchurched and younger members. Worship will include dinner/breakfast/pizza church (worshipping around a table), drama church, art church, music church, nature church, and oodles of workshops! Love Church will seek to support our unchurched friends as they discover the amazing grace that can be found in a worshipping community. The focus will be on the ever present Holy Spirit of Love and how we can offer this same love and support to our neighbors. A huge priority is to create an online presence and to make sure that people can attend the weekly dinner church worship services whether in person or not. We begin in prayer, we end in prayer. In between, we have a lot of fun!”
I think Pentecost is a great time for the Strengthen the Church offering! By generously supporting this offering, we are responding to God’s call to be the church in new ways. We really are helping to build up the Body of Christ. If giving by check, as always, make it out to the Weybridge Church, and write “Strengthen the Church” in the memo line.