Share the Plate

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Your Share the Plate team works diligently to insure that recipients chosen are engaged in non-profit work that is aligned with the outreach wishes of our congregation.  Click here to view a list of criteria used by our team when selecting a monthly recipient to share our offering plate.

Share the Plate Nomination Form

Click here for a complete list of Share the Plate recipients since the program began in January 2011.

Parents/guardians, please talk with your kids about this month’s recipient and how their small contributions can make a big difference! Look for the Golden Collection Box at the Social Justice Table during Coffee Hour. Check out the poster in the RE space near the downstairs elevator for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I contribute cash to our Share the Plate partner? Yes, but be aware that all cash not designated as a pledge payment is divided 50-50 between our partner organization and the church. So when you put cash in the plate you are helping both our partner agency and our own congregation, which includes cash from the collection plate in the yearly budget. Cash contributions to Share the Plate are not hurting the church’s bottom line.

If I write a check to our partner agency, will that amount be subtracted from their share of the 50-50 split amount? No, checks written directly to the partner agency are sent there at the end of the month. The check total has no affect on the partner’s share of the collection plate cash.

I understand that Children and Youth will choose the Share the Plate Partner on occasion. How does that work?  The Youth Steering Committee designates the monthly partner to receive funds in March, corresponding to the presentation of their annual Youth Service. All Children and Youth who attend RE will vote one Sunday in March for the May partner agency. You will find more information about that process here.

Our September Recipient: The Interfaith Earth Network (IEN) of Southern Wisconsin

The Interfaith Earth Network (IEN) of Southeastern Wisconsin is our September Share the Plate recipient. Serving Southeastern Wisconsin for the past 10 years, IEN’s mission is to inspire and support people of all faiths and faith communities to care for the Earth based on their sacred teachings.  Through education, advocacy, actions and networking, IEN is a catalyst for people of faith to live, work and worship in environmentally sustainable ways.

IEN is especially involved in education and advocacy and offers a variety of workshops open to the public at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park.  Examples of past topics include “Faith and Solar”, “Road Salt and the Milwaukee River Basin”, “Children’s Mindfulness Practice”, “Natural Burial”, “Lead and Drinking Water”, “Buddhist Meditation”, and “Sustainable Transportation.”  In the past year they have also sponsored a Faith and Ecology Conversation Series called “Renewal in the Wilderness:  Connecting with God in the Natural World.”  Upcoming events will include the facilitation of “Generation Waking Up” (GenUp), a program aimed at young adults to increase their knowledge about current global challenges with the goal of inspiring them to be change makers for a better future.  For more information visit their website .

Cash collected in the plate will be shared 50/50 between the recipient and First Church. To donate only to our monthly recipient, please write a check directly to the organization, and we will mail it for you. Parents and guardians, please talk with your children how even small donations help.

Kids Choose Recipient

Past Share the Plate Recipients