Many of us remember the harrowing events in April 2011, when tornadoes tore through our conference, destroying many churches, homes, and businesses as well as damaging the spirits of many in our communities. Our neighbors looked to our local United Methodist Churches for help, and they stepped out in the spirit of Christ to help those in need. On top of the support we received from local United Methodist Churches, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) deployed valuable staff and consultants to help us set up our response and recovery efforts. In addition to this valuable help, UMCOR gave to our recovery efforts over 1 million dollars in grant money in the years 2011 and 2012.
Where did that money come from? It came from apportionments from our local churches across the country--a testament to the strength of our connectional system. UMCOR also prides itself that 100% of our donations go directly into the field, not to administrative costs. But did you know that UMCOR's administrative costs are not covered by apportionments? It's true. In fact, UMCOR's administrative costs hinge on one Sunday a year: the Great Hour of Sharing.
The Great Hour of Sharing is a way in which we can be an additional help to those annual conferences here in the USA, and in the connectional system abroad, when disaster strikes. This allows UMCOR staff to be one the ground as a resource all over the world in times of need. We encourage your church to participate in One Great Hour of Sharing on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in order that we may continue to fulfill our committment to be the hands and feed of Christ all over the world.
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