Week of Compassion is the Disciples witness in the face of natural or manmade disasters.
Floods, hurricanes, fire, civil wars, poverty and disease are only a few of the challenges that Week of Compassion responds to on behalf of Disciples. The Special Day offering is the only church-wide effort to provide general funding for the ministry. Week of Compassion offering will be received February 16 and 23, 2014.
As you make your offering to Week of Compassion this year, may your worship be joyful; may your sharing be delightfully abundant; may God be made glad by your cheerful generosity!
It was a dark and stormy night as the service began. I had been in the basement of the house finishing up my wrapping of Christmas presents and had paid absolutely no attention to the weather forecast, so when I came up stairs, I was surprised to see that it was sleeting. I still did not turn on the weather, however. I drove to the church at four o’clock just to check out the road and parking lot conditions. It was icy, but I didn’t think it was so bad as to cancel church.
The phone was ringing off the hook as I entered the building. “We’re not having church, are we?” was the common question. Up to that point I hadn’t considered the possibility of cancelling Christmas Eve Services. I also had calls from some of the other congregations in town asking what I was going to do. Most of them had already cancelled.