|The mission of the United thank Offering
is to enlarge the circle of thankful people.
To achieve this mission we encourage daily prayers, offerings,
and awareness of the abundance of God’s blessings.
Interested in applying for a United Thank Offering Grant for your parish or diocesan project? Please see the following link to gain information regarding criteria for applying.
In 2009, the United Thank Offering Committee approved 63 Grants totaling $2,065.472.43. Grants will fund projects and programs that meet compelling human needs and/or expand the mission and ministry of the church.
Our Los Angeles diocese collected $40,050.18 in 2009.
Two dates are traditional for United Thank Offering ingatherings. This first date is in the Fall around All Saints Day, November 1st. The second is around Ascension Day, May 5 this year. These dates certainly are not cut in stone. Any time the ingathering fits your parish calendar is fine.
Inspirational Materials packets were sent to each parish office in December 2009. These are wonderful resources for UTO in your parish. Please use them!
Where to send your parish offering:
Are you interested in becoming the UTO Coordinator for your Parish or Mission? The following information may be helpful:
UNITED THANK OFFERING DIOCESAN COORDINATOR
Responsibilities of the Parish or Mission UTO Coordinator
The parish or mission UTO coordinator is responsible for encouraging each parish household to have a UTO Blue Box for all members.
Use the sample prayers, songs, scriptural references and service materials provided to tell the stories of UTO. Or use the samples to develop your own ideas and materials
How to teach parishioners about UTO:
Show the United Thank Offering video. I have a copy you may borrow. Or invite me to visit your parish and show the video.
Speak to your parish, ECW, vestry, etc. Have other speakers talk or have parishioners visit a grant sight.
Create a UTO Display in a visible area using the poster and other handouts. Make it exciting and interesting!
Hold Spring and Fall Ingatherings on a Sunday close to Ascension Day (Spring) and All Saints Day (November 1st) Fall. A sample letter you can send to your parish to announce the Ingathering can be found in the Resource & Development booklet.
Coordinate the date with your clergy.
Speak about UTO all year long, as well as before your Ingathering.
Provide blue envelopes or envelopes marked UTO for your parishioners so they can empty their Blue Boxes and continue to use them. Explain where filled envelopes should be sent. Be sure envelopes are placed in the pews or handed out at the door the day of the Ingathering.
Combine the monies sent in and send one check to your diocesan UTO coordinator.
Keep Records of:
NONE of the Blue Box money may be used for expenses. Money to cover expenses and supplies should be secured from your ECW, rector or vestry.
Thank you for your involvement, I am here to help you.
Thank you for your involvement, I am here to help you.Martha Estes