One Great Hour of Sharing - April 3, 2011
Encourage your church to participate generously in the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on April 3, 2011 and throughout the year.
Gifts to this offering lay the foundation of all of UMCOR’s work by covering the costs of doing business. This means that all gifts designated to specific programs can go
100% to those programs because UMCOR’s basic expenses are covered.
LIFE-CHANGING MINISTRY—A RESPONSE TO GOD'S LOVE
Join United Methodists everywhere by participating in this special offering that supports UMCOR’s vital work. Your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing lay the foundation for UMCOR to seek justice and mercy for suffering people everywhere.
You can be assured that when catastrophes cause suffering, your church, impelled by Jesus' love and compassion, will be in the lead to ease the pain.
THE 2011 OFFERING—ESSENTIAL TO UMCOR
Gifts to this offering underwrite UMCOR's "costs of doing business." That helps us keep our promise that 100 percent of every other gift you make to a specific UMCOR project can be spent on that project-not on home office costs.
Offering gifts over and above those used to cover administrative costs are channeled where they're most needed. UMCOR's specialized ministries responding in disaster, fighting hunger, alleviating poverty, providing relief supplies around the world, and offering hospitality to immigrants and refugees all assist the most vulnerable people whose need is greatest.
CELEBRATE ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING APRIL 3 OR ANYTIME
While One Great Hour of Sharing is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, you can choose the date that works best for your church schedule. Offering materials are available online and in print throughout the year to support your offering celebration.
NO WORLD SERVICE FUNDS COME TO UMCOR
UMCOR receives no World Service funds or any other apportionments. Your gifts mean we're right there with hardworking families, people who are affected by storms or war, disaster or disease.
The One Great Hour of Sharing offering provides essential support to UMCOR. Without this offering so much of what UMCOR does to bring hope and healing to the world could not happen.
HOW YOUR GIFTS HELP
Keep the Lights On
Most gifts coming to UMCOR have been designated for specific programs-and those programs receive 100 percent of those gifts. So part of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering plus a small percentage of other general donations support UMCOR's cost of doing business.
Donations to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering also assist UMCOR programs that have not been fully funded through designated Advance gifts.
Answering Jesus' Call
United Methodists' donations often become the springboard for additional funding.
The compassion of Jesus makes all things new. As Christians we're called to do the same: to offer the hands, the heart and the hope of the church wherever people are suffering. Your gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing, channeled through UMCOR, enable the church to answer that call.
ORDER RESOURCES TODAY FROM WWW.UMCGIVING.ORG/OGHS
· Offering Envelope. Insert in every bulletin the day of the offering
· Poster. Decorate a bulletin board or church school classrooms. Packaged individually
DOWNLOAD ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RIGHT NOW
· Bulletin Insert. Download and print your own bulletin insert to promote the offering.
· Poster. Download and print your own OGHS poster on legal sized paper.
· Children’s Sermon. Helps children understand this year’s theme scripture and involve them in the offering.
· Worship Resources. Use these liturgical resources to help you celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing.