Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, one of the six United Methodist churchwide Special Sundays with offerings, lay the foundation of all United Methodist Committee on Relief work by covering the costs of doing business. This helps UMCOR to keep the promise that 100 percent of any gift to a specific UMCOR project will go toward that project, not for administrative costs. UMCOR receives no World Service funds or any other apportionments. The work of UMCOR is funded only through designated giving.
Your congregation's generous giving to One Great Hour of Sharing on March 15 is what allows UMCOR to act as the arms and legs of Christ’s church, moving toward the most vulnerable in their darkest days. Convinced that all people have God-given worth and dignity—without regard to race, religion or gender—together we are assisting those impacted by crisis or chronic need.
North Alabama Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Rev. Randy Burbank says, “In times of disasters, people often wonder where God's presence is at, and if God has forgotten about them. Through our response as UMCOR trained and funded servants, people can literally see God's presence at work in their difficult times.”
A collection of resources that you can download to promote this Special Sunday in your church. This kit has everything you need to empower your congregation to give generously.
From 1940 to the present day, UMCOR continues its legacy of assisting the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need. Use this historical timeline to journey through UMCOR’s 75 years of being with those in times of crisis. The timeline offers highlights of UMCOR’s relief and recovery work, undergirded by One Great Hour of Sharing donations.
While One Great Hour of Sharing is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, your congregation can choose the date that works best for your church schedule.