United Thank Offering Spring Ingathering – Sunday, April 2nd
Spring is finally here so that means it is time for the semiannual United Thank Offering Ingathering.
Over 125 years ago the United Thank Offering was founded to help individuals pay more attention to the spiritual blessings in their lives by making small thank offerings to support innovative ministries in the Church for which the church budget had not yet expanded to fund. It is still going strong today through grants that focus on meeting compelling human needs and to expand the mission and ministry of the church at home and throughout the world. Through these grants, those less fortunate can come to know the love of God.
Where does the money go? Every penny goes to grants, but there is never enough. The Diocese of Virginia has received funding for three grant requests for the 2016 granting cycle. Grace Aheron received $2,500 for “Sacred Solidarity: Race Justice at the University of Virginia.” This was one of ten Young Adult grants. Taylor Poindexter at the Virginia Theological Seminary received $2,460 in funding for expansion of the prayer/meditation gardening project on the seminary grounds. This was one of five Seminarian grants. In addition, St. Philip’s Church in Richmond was granted $14,315 “to level and convert the land of a donated residential home into a garden for food production and education, a safe outdoor play space for children, and a meditation and prayer area near the sixth-oldest historically African American congregation in the Episcopal Church.”
Let’s give thanks for what we have in our lives and pass our many blessings onto others, on Sunday, April 2nd. Please give generously to the United Thank Offering Spring Ingathering by using the envelopes in your pew. Even the smallest donations, when added together, can make a huge difference in the lives of others. You can learn more about the work of the UTO in this video below:
Thank you in advance!
ECW UTO Chair