Missions and Special Offerings
March 11 – UMCOR SUNDAY (formerly called ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
In 1946, One Great Hour of Sharing began as a special effort of the
Episcopal Church. In 1949 the observance became ecumenical.
Originally, one special worship hour during the year was reserved
for people of faith to contribute over and above their regular
offerings. Today different denominations celebrate One Great Hour
of Sharing on various dates, but the cooperative spirit remains. United
Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), General Board of Global
Ministries, is the not-for-profit international humanitarian-aid organization of the United Methodist Church. Active in many parts of the world, UMCOR brings hope, provides relief from hunger and disasters, and teaches peace. One Great Hour of Sharing undergirds UMCOR’s entire ministry. Your gift helps a child smile, a family recover, and a community rebuild after disaster strikes.
March 25 - HOUSE OF HOPE SUNDAY
The House of Hope at 1744 2nd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, 52403 has over 75 women enrolled in classes and seminars this session. Their wide variety of classes empower women to thrive in their daily lives. Classes equip women with the tools to live victoriously and create meaningful connections to other women. The students range in age, experience and background, but have been united by a sincere desire to learn, grow, and heal. Many women both take and facilitate classes. House of Hope is a local faith-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower, encourage, and equip women and their families to live well. They connect women and their families to this mission through classes, therapy and residency.
***Please designate your offering to its intended purpose, i.e., General Fund, Building Fund, Missions, etc. by writing your instructions on your check or ‘giving envelope’. Offerings not designated will go to the General Fund.
Mission Kit of the Month
We are continuing the Mission Kit of the Month this year for the kits that we send to Fill the Truck and Thanksgiving Ingathering for UMCOR. So, there will be only 3 different kits and they will run from March-October during several different months. If you would like to buy the items in the kit, you could do that yourself or share buying the items with another person. Or you could give a donation for the amount of the kit. Whatever you can do to help out would be appreciated. Thanks. Karen Hansen 448-4456.
March - School Kit: $11- 1 pair Scissors BLUNT with rounded tip (NO plastic), 3 spiral Notebooks (11" x 8 1/2", wide-rule, 3-hole with at least 70 pages), 1 Pencil Sharpener hand-held at least 2" long, 1 Ruler hard or flexible with centimeters, 6 Pencils plain UNSHARPENED with eraser, 1 Eraser plain 2 1/2" (Pink or White), 1 Box of 24 Crayons. (UMCOR)
A Specific Bequest of a certain asset from your estate may be worded: "I give to __________ an Iowa nonprofit corporation, or its successor (insert a description of the particular property).
Throughout 2018 we will be taking a few more offerings. Special offerings are meant to give opportunity to those who already tithe and are looking for new opportunities to give above and beyond. If you feel pressured, do not give. But if you want to do more, this is for you!!