United Thank Offering Spring Ingathering – Sunday, April 21st
Spring is here so that means it is time for the semiannual United Thank Offering Ingathering.
The United Thank Offering is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Church that was founded in 1889. It is a personal and family devotional program of the Episcopal Church encouraging men, women, and children to share our thankfulness to God through daily prayer and offerings. We are prayer oriented first and then we give tangible thanks for our blessings as an offering or thanksgiving to God. Each year the offering gifts collected are given away in the form of grants. These grants 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 2012 UTO grant cycle considered 85 requests, totaling $4,397,840. UTO was able to fund 54 grants, either fully or partially, totaling $1,713,807. In Virginia, a faith based re-entry program for incarcerated women at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women received a $30,000 grant.
Let’s give thanks for what we have in our lives and pass our many blessings onto others, on Sunday, April 21st. Please give generously to the UTO 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.