Spring 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 Diocese of Virginia has received funding for two 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. In addition, Taylor Poindexter at the Virginia Theological Seminary received $2,260 in funding for expansion of the prayer/meditation gardening project on the seminary grounds. This was one of five Seminarian grants.
Let’s give thanks for what we have in our lives and pass our many blessings onto others, on Sunday, April 10. 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.
For more information, contact: Elizabeth Ware, ECW UTO Chair