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.