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Serving on behalf of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), working with partners to alleviate suffering throughout the world, toward the vision of a world where God’s people transform suffering into hope. That is the work and witness of Week of Compassion.
In conversations and greetings across the church, we are grateful so often to hear: “We love Week of Compassion. We love the work you do.”
That work is always and only possible because it is work we do together.
You are Week of Compassion.
In just the last few months, Week of Compassion has been honored to welcome several new congregations into our congregational endowment fund, the Circle of Compassion. We celebrate with First Christian Church of Madisonville KY and First Christian Church of Charlotte NC, expanding their strong and steady ministries of outreach, and Peachtree Corners Christian Church, as a legacy gift at their closing. Other churches are dreaming up fundraising campaigns, writing into their strategic plans, and even having cluster conversations, to find ways to be part of this Circle covenant to move Week of Compassion steadily into the future.
When Week of Compassion is there, the whole church is there. We remain in the reality of a global pandemic, and see the increasing effects of climate change and perpetual severe weather events. National and international conflicts continually displace persons from home and livelihood, and the needs for compassion - for disaster response, refugee response, and sustainable development worldwide - are greater than ever.
Every day, your gifts to Week of Compassion bring the whole Disciples church right alongside our local, ecumenical, and international partners to care for communities in moments of crisis and need. You give as part of our annual Special Offering; as individual and recurring gifts; with designated responses to storm events and international crises; and with a long-lasting vision, by adding to Endowment and Circle of Compassion Funds.
Offerings and regular giving mean that Week of Compassion is nimble and responsive when immediate needs press in, at the same time annual distributions from endowment giving provide support for years to come. This partnership and presence means that immediate response and long-term emerging needs can be addressed in ways that best nurture affected communities.
On May 1, General Minister and President Rev. Terri Hord-Owens preached at First Christian Church, Chattanooga TN, celebrating their 150th Anniversary. FCC also joined the Circle of Compassion, giving from their own endowment as a gift to the whole church, living out the anniversary theme, “150 Years of Love in Action”,
“To think about the generations of good folks (auto fill just changed the word good to God, but that works, too, doesn’t it?) who have passed through the doors of First Christian Chattanooga is awe inspiring.” - Donna Graham, chair of outreach
The same could be said of every individual, family fund, congregation, and region offering prayer and resources. Every gift - and every giver - does more than undergird the mission and vision of Week of Compassion. You are Week of Compassion.
Disciples, we love the work you do.
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