This is how David feels about giving away over $30,000.00 to our churches!
On All Saints' Day this year, we rejoiced as 19 different churches in the Penn West Conference received over $30,000.00 worth of grant monies for various projects in their ministries! Grants for “Reaching Out” were distributed from our Corman Fund and our Neighbors in Need Fund. Grants for “Strengthening the Church” were distributed from our Strengthen the Church Fund. And grants for “Operational Support” were distributed from our Kermit Thomas Bequest Fund. For details about these awards and photos from the November 1 celebration, please visit our Recent Grant Awards page (under “Mission Grants,” under the “Resources” tab). We are deeply grateful to our donors who have made these grants possible! The final reports for our 2016 grants are due by September 15, 2017. While some churches did not receive grants (or all the grant monies for which they applied), we encourage all of our churches to persevere and to apply again next year. If you need help with the application process itself, please do not hesitate to let us know.
There are a number of important upcoming dates that you will want to have on your calendar for 2016-2017. Here are some!
The All Association Spring Meeting this year will be themed: “What Does God Require of You?” It is a Justice and Witness themed meeting. We will gather at St. John's United Church of Christ in Larimer (Westmoreland Association) on Saturday, March 18, 2017. More details will be out later. Save the date!
The Penn West Conference Annual Gathering and Meeting will be held on June 9-10, 2017, at California University of Pennsylvania. More details will be out later. Save the dates!
The Thirty-First General Synod of the United Church of Christ will be held from June 30 – July 4, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. Save the dates!
Our Mission Grants awards will be announced in early October, and a celebration of the awards is currently being planned for Tuesday, November 1, at 11 AM in the chapel of First Reformed United Church of Christ in Greensburg. Notifications to churches that received grants will be sent in early October. If everything goes according to plan, we hope that in 2016, we will be able to give away more than $30,000.00 to our local churches. This is certainly something worth celebrating! While not every church that applied received an award, we thank every church that applied and encourage all our churches to apply again next year. Thanks to our Mission Grants Committee for all their hard work in this process!
Our Partners in Faith Formation are pleased to host our Penn West Conference Bookstore at First Reformed United Church of Christ, 312 South Maple Avenue, Greensburg PA. The store is a year-round resource for our congregations and members. It is a continuation and expansion of what our Partners in Faith Formation offer at our Conference Annual Gathering & Meeting. We hope to be of service to you!
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