National Association of Congregational Christian Churches:
Community Connections- November 1, 2017
In Great Expectation 
Laura Hamby, Moderator,

They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.  Acts 2:42  (The Message)
UNLEASHED! San Diego 2018!  Were you blessed to be a part of the rich time of teaching, prayer, and fellowship at our Annual Meeting and Conference (AMC) in Piedmont? If so, I'm sure you are already making plans for San Diego. Our goal is to double the attendance! 

This year's AMC is the top of the mark when it comes to teaching and equipping for ministry and promoting fellowship within and among our churches. The host committee has announced the Bible Lecturer & Congregational Lecturer. Workshops are being confirmed and will be posted in the near future. The opportunity for fellowship is endless, and the nightly entertainment promises to be second to none! To take full advantage of this, you have to be there! 

Start today and make plans to attend, bring a friend and invite a sister church. We're serious! Reach out with those invitations today and stay tuned for more news about UNLEASHED! San Diego 2018! 
Why the NACCC "draw down" Rate Is Important (part one)
Jim  Waechter, Vice Moderator, Chairman of the Board of Directors  

In October, the Board of Directors voted to lower the NACCC's endowment "drawdown" rate for the FY2018-2019 from 5% to 4.5% with plans to decrease the rate again to 4% for FY2019-2020. This step will help protect the value of our endowments and insure they will be available to support the NACCC Shared Ministries Fund for generations to come. 

Please know that if you are leaving a planned gift or bequest, or regularly donate to the NACCC endowment you can feel confident your gift, regardless of size, will help to generate support of the Congregational Way for years to come. (Watch for "drawdown" rate part-two in your December issue)

On Sunday Oct 29, the United Church of Beloit celebrated their 5th anniversary as UCB, and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Church.
Board of Governors Focus is to Raise Funds
Edith Bartley, Secretary, Board of Governors

The Congregational Foundation (CF) was created in 2003 to raise money for the NACCC. It is managed by a Board of Governors; the NACCC's Executive Director (ED) is also the Foundation's ED. The CF focuses its attention on the development activities of fundraising, marketing, and communications, as well as protects assets by providing a legal barrier (it is a separate corporation). The Director of Development and Communication manages the development and fundraising activities of the Foundation on behalf of the NACCC. The CF through the Congregational Investment Trust committee, manages the funds which have been entrusted to it, but all decisions on the use of the contributions are made by the NACCC, consistent with any donor stipulations. 

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From Our Churches

On October 29th, Duluth Congregational Church, Duluth, MN, presented  Carolyn Sundquist, on behalf of the Board of Governors, of the Congregational Foundation (CF), with a special plaque acknowledging her many years of leadership service to the CF and NACCC. 

Mayflower Congregational Church, Lansing, MI, held an Installation Service for Rev. Mark McCormick on October 22nd.

Congratulations to First Congregational Church, Barkhamsted, CT. The church has been given preliminary approval for a
$50,000 grant from the State of Connecticut, from their "Connecticut Historic Restoration Fund".

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Submissions for the December issue are due by: 
November  20, 2017.
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