Sunday, February 20, 2011 was a
spectacular day! Thank you to all who made that day so special for all
present. Our Board of Directors outdid themselves and the members
of Long Beach First Congregation went above and beyond to make sure
everyone in attendance felt welcome. There are so many people who
work so hard to make the service and reception a resounding success, that
it would be impossible to name them individually. I am full of gratitude
for what you have done! My Conference Ministers colleagues were
deeply impressed! Thank you again!
In November, 2010, the Cornerstone Fund
introduced a new product called the "Church Builder Bonus." The
concept behind this investment is for individuals to invest a minimum of
$10,000 for a five-year term and to designate 10% of that to any UCC
ministry or organization. Cornerstone investments usually pay a 3%
interest. However, the Church Builder Fund pays a 4 ½% interest.
To date, the Cornerstone Fund has received a total of $1,146,998.12 in
checks. Of these monies, $121,325.41 has been gifted to UCC related
entities. A breakdown of these entities is as follows:
Included in the 10 other were gifts to The Christmas Fund, Neighbors in
Need, and Back Bay Mission. For more information visit: http://www.cornerstonefund.org.
during Strengthen the Church Breakfast
Our Conference was recognized for being the UCC Conference with the most
growth in giving for the Strengthen the Church offering. Your giving has
increased steadily for the last 10 years. A special word of gratitude to
Neal Washburn, who among other ministries, represents us at the
Strengthen the Church Board. Thank you for your generosity and commitment
to the ministries of the wider UCC.