CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING
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 near the end of October. 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.
Applications will be received until October 31, 2022.
Federated Mission Partners
St. Paul's Community Church, Chagrin Falls Park Community Center, Family Promise of Greater Cleveland, JustHope
St. Paul's Community Church
Federated Church has had a “sister church” relationship with St. Paul’s Church for over 55 years. St. Paul’s Church has survived and thrived through many challenges throughout its history. Although St. Paul’s had some major renovations completed in the past five years, the church building is still in need of several repairs. Our Christmas Eve offering helped St. Paul’s Church continue their redemptive ministries with many of God’s children in crisis by making urgently needed improvements to their building.
The mission of HOLA Ohio is to empower the community it serves through education, outreach, leadership development and more. This nonprofit offers an array of bilingual and culturally-competent programming to attend to the needs of the Latino population. HOLA has been providing many of these services to Latinos in northeast Ohio without a reliable location.
Hiram Farm is an agricultural setting for adults with developmental disabilities, with emphasis on adults on the autism spectrum. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.