Fall is here so that means it is time for the semiannual United Thank Offering Ingathering.
One hundred and twenty-five 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 2015 UTO grant cycle awarded 55 grants, either fully or partially, totaling $1,558,007. The 2015 grants were awarded to projects in 46 domestic and overseas dioceses, which included 34 Episcopal Church Dioceses, 5 Companion Dioceses, 5 International Dioceses and 2 grants to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society mission offices for Overseas Missions and Young Adult Service Corp (YASC). To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the United Thank Offering, 9 Special Young Adults (21 to 30) were awarded, one for each Province. In the Diocese of Virginia, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Port Royal received a grant of $14,996 to upgrade the church’s kitchen in order to expand the food ministry. Hot meals will be prepared in the kitchen to be delivered to impoverished parts of the county. The program will also create new bridges from the church into the community—a small village in rural Virginia. The community is an economically depressed area of Caroline County. Fresh healthy food is not readily available to many of the residents who lack transportation and live on fixed incomes below the poverty level.
Let’s give thanks for what we have in our lives and pass our many blessings onto others, on Sunday, October 11th. Please give generously to the UTO Fall 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.
For more information, contact: Elizabeth Ware, ECW UTO Chair