Sunday, March 10 is designated as the One Great Hour Of Sharing special offering for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Through their Advance Specials we count on 100% of our gifts going to the designated projects. I am unaware of any organization that can make this claim but UMCOR. UMCOR receives no money through the Apportions. Their operating expenses comes through individuals and churches who include them in their budget. If you and your church have done this, allow me to personally thank you.
The remainder of their operating budget comes through the One Great Hour Of Sharing Offering. From the last 5 years, Churches in our Conference has contributed $52,877 through One Great Hour Of Sharing. Since April 27, 2011 our Annual Conference has received from UMCOR in excess of $1.6 million in relief and recovery grants. Our presence has made a difference and our presence has been magnified and sustained because of our UMCOR grants.
This Sunday, March 10 is your opportunity to pay it forward by taking an offering for One Great Hour Of Sharing. I would love to see 100% participation in this endeavor. If you are not prepared this Sunday, you can still designate any other Sunday. Send your offerings to the Conference Treasurer's office with the designation of One Great Hour Of Sharing offering. More information can be found at the website: www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Programs/One-Great-Hour-of-Sharing
Thanks in advance for your support and your prayers. Remember that United Methodists are known as among the first in during a disaster, and the last to leave. Let's keep showing our world the face of Jesus!
In His Grace,
Conference Disaster Response Coordinator