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UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
St. Louis, Missouri
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2020 One Great Hour of Sharing Special Mission Offering
Envelopes Available on Sunday, March 22

 

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One Great Hour of Sharing, a part of Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM), is one of the four special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ. One Great Hour of Sharing provides support for health, education, refugee, agricultural and emergency relief initiatives to people in 138 countries around the world by working with local, national, and global partners. This appeal is the oldest special mission offering of the UCC, having started in 1949. For seven decades, nine denominations in the United States, united as one, have together been connecting people through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

One Great Hour of Sharing enables the United Church of Christ to reach people and communities affected by disaster, displacement or poverty. Through One Great Hour of Sharing, we provide assistance to families and communities around the world, helping them to become stronger, healthier and better equipped to address hardships and catastrophes.

The 2020 One Great Hour of Sharing offering theme is “Invest in Futures.”

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The scripture reference is 1 Corinthians 3:5-9. It tells us we are servants in the service of God, one planting, one watering, and God being the one who grows and nurtures it all.

When we participate in the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, we provide valuable support. Our church reaches people who suffer from emergencies, chronic poverty, and violence worldwide.

Among the support we give, water, sanitation and adequate nutrition top the list of resources needed. Assets such as irrigation systems, wells, latrines and wash houses change peoples’ lives in amazing ways.

Clean water and adequate facilities improve health and gives dignity to people at the same time. Clean water is also provided to grow better gardens. A combination of water, seeds, tools, and training on modern farming techniques produce a great harvest—leaving more money for families to live on. Lives are changed when health improves. Lives are changed when communities thrive.

Storms, such as the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the small island of Sulawesi, Indonesia (September 2018) destroy everything in their paths! In Sulawesi, gardens, houses, water systems, latrines and livelihoods . . . all were gone. Many people could not imagine how they could go on. But with support of OGHS, 13,000 people now receive clean water.

What may seem like a small investment to us, yields amazing results worldwide. With water, sanitation and adequate food, children are more likely to attend school, and women, no longer searching for water, are able to earn money to contribute to their families’ well-being and overall health.

Stand with UCC congregations by lending a hand through support to the OGHS offering! Your financial assistance will directly help people and communities affected by disaster, violence and poverty. Your financial assistance will be an investment into the lives of people and communities who need it most.

Together, we are co-workers in God’s service, planting and watering seeds for God to nurture.

Thank you on behalf of the individuals and communities who will benefit directly from your support.

Our children receive OGHS boxes and “Sharing Calendars” the first Sunday of Lent for different daily collection of coins that remind us of what we already have and what others desperately need. Grown-ups are welcome to join in this activity, too! Please see Pastor Sarah for materials.

P.S. Remember that our participation in this One Great Hour of Sharing appeal (and in the other three special mission offerings as well as our regular OCWM giving) will help us to qualify again as a “Five-For-Five Congregation” in 2020!