FEDERATED'S 

CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING

A TRADITION OF GENEROSITY

Following a tradition that began in 1961, each year Federated Church donates the entire offering collected at its four Christmas Eve services to an organization or cause whose program or goal would be significantly impacted by this generous gift.  None of the money is used for Federated's operating expenses.


We look for an  organization, based locally, nationally, or globally, whose specific goals are to improve the lives of those in need, in turn enriching our world. We welcome proposals for one-time funding support to help with capital projects, program development, enhancement or expansion. The Christmas Eve offering is just the beginning of what we hope will be a year-long partnership of mission engagement with the recipient. 


Organizations are invited to apply to be the recipient of the offering starting in September, with a deadline around the third Sunday in October for all applications.  Our Mission & Service Commission reviews all applications and selects the recipient in November so an announcement can be made prior to the Christmas Eve services.

 2018 CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING



Applications must be completed and received in the Church Office by Monday, October 22, at 5:00 pm to be considered. If you have questions, please contact Marty Culbertson, Staff Liaison to the Mission & Service Commission, at mculbert@fedchurch.org.



THE 2017 CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING RECIPIENT: 

HIRAM FARM

The 2017 offering celebrated Hiram Farm, an agricultural setting for adults with developmental disabilities, with emphasis on adults on the autism spectrum. The offering will go to construct an addition to the farmhouse. This addition will provide enough programing space to serve an additional 19 farmers by the end of 2018. This one time investment will make it possible for Hiram Farm to serve 50 adults with significant developmental disabilities annually for many decades to come. Farmers see, feel and taste the fruits of their labor. The animals, crops and craftworks that the farmers produce provide them with a source of income; the resulting sense of ownership, accomplishment and self-worth goes beyond the paycheck.


Our financial gifts to this project are only the beginning; Hiram Farm offers many opportunities to engage with the farmers, volunteering for a few hours, a day or for a week-long overnight summer session.


Federated Church members are invited to tour the Hiram Farm and to meet the wonderful staff and farmers and see first-hand how Hiram Farm changes lives forever. More information can be found on their website at hiramfarm.org.


It has been said that “Hiram Farm is built on and sustained by love and compassion.” Let us open our hearts to encourage the development of these individuals.


Offering total:  $36,199.18. 


OTHER RECENT RECIPIENTS

2016                          $36,679

TWO FOUNDATION, INC

Two Foundation, Inc. operates Two Cafe & Boutique at 8578 East Washington Street in Bainbridge. Two Cafe serves as the premier training and employment center where clients with mild to moderate exceptionalities receive real life work experience in a fully integrated setting.

2015                          $46,984

EDWINS LEADERSHIP & RESTAURANT INSTITUTE

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Cleveland provides formerly-incarcerated adults with a foundation in the hospitality industry as well as a support network necessary for successful reentry.  The offering collected at Federated will go toward student housing and a test kitchen for the program.

2014                          $64,817

ST. PAUL'S COMMUNITY CHURCH, CLEVELAND

The selection of St. Paul’s UCC Church in 2014 gave us an opportunity to continue to grow our 50-year partnership with them as our sister church on the near westside of Cleveland. To support this ministry of caring, fighting poverty, and all that goes with those issues, we were able to furnish St. Paul’s with resources to enable the repair and upgrade of the facility they minister from, providing a safe, healthy environment while doing God’s work. 

2013                          $37,647

THE RAINEY INSTITUTE

Rainey Institute is where the arts change lives. They are dedicated to positive change for Greater Cleveland’s youth and families through education and participation in the visual and performing arts. Children ages 3 and up attend Rainey after school, on Saturdays, and during the Summer to explore music, dance, drama, sewing and art. They develop their artistic abilities and their character. Rainey students learn to be leaders and positive role models. They are prepared to be “on stage” at all times, enabling them to succeed in school and life.

2012                          $40,000

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, INC

A Cleveland-based program that works to end the cycle of homelessness by providing homeless women with a safe environment, programs and services that promote self-sufficiency and independence without regard to race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

2011                          $31,800

STITCHING HOPE PROJECT OF JUSTHOPE, NICARAGUA

A program designed to assist women in Chacraseca, Nicaragua in the development of a multi-faceted enterprise which will enable them to work together creating both fabric art articles for export, and utilitarian items for local sale.