Friends of the Southern Conference
From Rev. Dr. Edward Davis, Conference Minister
Beloved, during this Advent season, I greet you in the words of Jesus, “Peace be with you.”
In Luke 6:38 it says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
This scripture depicts the Southern Conference’s shared covenant with you as one of our “Friends of the Southern Conference.” In the Southern Conference, we all can help make a difference in the life of all of our local churches. What better time to do this than during the season of Advent?
Over the last few years, the Southern Conference has committed itself to being a mission-minded, justice-hearted Conference of the United Church of Christ. Our mission priority, still today, is to “Build a Stronger Southern Conference by Working Together in Faith, Trust, and Love.”
As a part of our covenant, whenever one of our churches is in crisis, we go see about them like those affected by Hurricane Matthew and the flooding that took place as a result of Hurricane Irma and Maria. Whenever one of our churches is in search of a new pastor, we assist them. Last year we had twenty churches in search. Today we only have two. We have supported our Creation Justice Ministries. We have led and listened to conversations around immigration and mass incarceration. If our churches are in need of training, we provide it for them. Whenever our churches want us to join in celebrating milestones, we are there. Whenever a retired clergy needs us to visit, we are there. Whenever a “friend of the Southern Conference” calls for us, even just for a listening ear, it is our pleasure to be there. Whatever the situation, you can count on us!
Just as Jesus needed disciples, so does the Southern Conference. Scripture teaches us, "Ye have not, because ye ask not" (James 4:2). God expects us to ask! During this season of giving we are not only asking you for your financial support but to be a disciple by sharing the enclosed card with a friend and asking them to “Pay it forward” to the Southern Conference.
Our goal this year from our “friends” is to raise $25,000 by December 20, 2017. All contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated. All contributors will be highlighted at our annual gathering in 2018. We are asking you to consider giving at these levels:
Silver - $100
Bronze - $250
Gold - $500 and above
Donations can be made payable to the Southern Conference UCC and mailed to 252-B West Fifth Street, Burlington NC 27215 or visit our website at soc-ucc.org to make your donation.
We thank you for your spirit of generosity in this season of giving. We thank you in advance for your gifts and the partnership we share. Without your generous support we could not be the Southern Conference. May God find favor on you and your families during this joyous season.