Be Thankful In All Things
On Sunday’s chosen by your parish UTO coordinator and your priest, each of you has the opportunity to participate in the United Thank Offering ingathering. Each one of you will be able to present and lift up your blessings in prayer and through the coins you have placed daily for these blessings in your Blue Boxes to the United Thank Offering. All of us will be continuing a tradition of mission giving that was started in 1889 by the Episcopal Church Women as a means of supporting mission work throughout the world.
Each parish in our diocese has always been generous in expressing their blessings by lifting them up through your daily prayer and giving of your coins for your blessings to The United Thank Offering. In June, our diocese sent $13,895.37 to our National UTO Office as the first part of our 2017 giving towards the 2018 UTO Granting process. I am very thankful for each of you who participate in this most important mission work.
I was very excited to be able to announce that Jasmine Road received a 2017 UTO Grant in the amount of $40,500.00. This project, which is sponsored by Christ Church, Greenville, has received their grant money and is well on the way to getting the staff necessary to begin their mission of serving and helping sexually exploited, abused and addicted women. Jasmine Road represents your blessings coming back home to help those in need in our own backyard!
Always remember that the United Thank Offering is a FAMILY AFFAIR. All men, women, and children can benefit from practicing the discipline of daily prayers and thanksgivings for our large and small blessings. It is through this daily discipline that our coins of thankfulness become a powerful force of mission here in our Diocese, the United States, and the World. Every coin makes a difference in how many grants will be given to continue the mission and ministry of the United Thank Offering.
THE UNITED THANK OFFERING IS A JOYFUL WITNESS TO CHRIST’S PRESENCE WITHIN US BY SHARING OUR BLESSINGS!! BECOME A PART OF OUR MISSION TO EXPAND THE CIRCLE OF THANKFUL PEOPLE ON YOUR PARISH’S UTO INGATHERING DAY!!
With Thankfulness for the Blessings YOU bring to others through the UTO,
Diocesan United Thank Offering Chair