Giving to the United Church of Christ

Thank you for donating to our church. Without your support, it wouldn’t be possible to make a positive impact in our community through spreading the Gospel and missions outreach. Learn more about how we use your gift and ways to give.

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“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy.  Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.”  ~ Maya Angelou

We are starting upon a journey of building back.  This campaign seeks to raise funds to stabilize our income and expense structure and begin the process of expanding our ministry in meaningful new ways, striving to realize the goal of becoming a beacon for our neighborhood in the months and years to come.

Please watch for more information to come on how you can help Build the Church you want to see in our future, as well as opportunities to honor or memorialize those whom you love, whom you worship with, or who inspire you.

Penbrook UCC has served this community for more than 100 years.  We are a family of diversity.  We believe in social justice, in lifting our neighbors.

Beyond the “Sunday ministry” of this church, Manna Food Pantry serves hundreds of families each year in partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.  In addition to Manna, various teams perform community service, create homeless kits for the homeless in our area.  Also, the volunteer-drive Scarf Bombardiers provides scarves, hats, and mittens to those most in need.

And the house of worship serves as a safe space for various community groups, from Girl Scouts who are learning to be the change they wish to see in the world, to a twelve step program that seeks to strengthen and enrich its participants.

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When you make a gift to the church, undesignated gifts will go toward general operations and support of Our Churches Wider Mission.  If you so desire, simply mark your gift to support the work of Manna Food Pantry, or any other specific mission that you wish to support.

Planned gifts enable individuals to support Penbrook United Church of Christ even after their lifetime. It is a great way to create a meaningful legacy and help for generations to come. There are several ways to structure your planned gift:

  • A bequest in your Will (no minimum)
  • A Charitable Gift Annuity (gift of $10,000+)
  • A Charitable Remainder Trust (gift of $50,000+)
  • Outright gifts of life insurance, an IRA, real estate or appreciated asset

Click below to learn more about planned giving and how to participate, or reach out to the stewardship team to learn more.

OCWM Basic support enables associations, conferences, the national setting, and some of our affiliated partners to continue providing the care and services that are vital to the United Church of Christ. OCWM Basic support is generally given at local churches, where the funds are then sent to their associations and conferences before being forwarded to the national offices in Cleveland. (Individual donors are encouraged to give through their local churches for Our Church’s Wider Mission Basic Support)

Strengthen the Church is a special mission offering to reimagine and build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC does not have a strong presence. It also provides support for existing church’s new initiatives.

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons and emergency relief and rehabilitation. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.

Neighbors in Need supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM), justice and advocacy, and direct service projects supported by Justice and Local Church Ministries.

This offering is received on First Sunday of October as part of World Communion Sunday.

The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund is a Special Mission Offering that congregations have been supporting for over 100 years. The offering is administered through the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, the charitable arm of the Pension Boards. Funds provide direct financial support to those who serve the church and are facing financial difficulties. Active and retired clergy, lay employees, and their surviving spouses may be eligible for the Supplementation of Small Annuities, Supplementation of Health Premiums, Emergency Grants, and/or Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks. This offering is received on the Sunday before Christmas.

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