Dear Church Family,
We cannot all be present when disaster strikes. However, in March, we will do our part equipping others to go. I am excited that our congregation will join thousands of others across the U.S. by participating in One Great Hour of Sharing of The United Methodist Church. Together, we will help fund the critical disaster-relief efforts of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). For more than 75 years, UMCOR has provided disaster relief, often long after others have left the scene. UMCOR has aided refugees and confronted the crippling challenges of world hunger and poverty. However, UMCOR simply cannot do it without us.
Unlike other benevolent causes, UMCOR does not receive any funds from the regular United Methodist Church budget. Our generous gifts help cover the agency’s administrative costs so UMCOR can continue to guarantee that 100 percent of all other donations go toward specific relief projects. Examples are many — rebuilding after the Haiti earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy and many other disasters.
One Great Hour of Sharing allows UMCOR and The United Methodist Church to respond immediately when disaster strikes. Think of UMCOR as our “Go Team” who can be there when help is needed. Friends, our support is critical. Let’s be there for those in need. Please prayerfully consider how God would have you join us in cheerfully and generously showing God’s love around the world with your gifts.