Thursday, March 31, 2011

One Great Hour of Sharing

Dear Friends,

Deciding to share is tough sometimes, especially when we feel we barely have enough to get by ourselves. But compared to people whose lives have been ravaged by disaster, or who live on less than $1 a day, we have a great abundance.

This Sunday, April 3, 2011, we are invited to help people in need around the world and in communities impacted by disasters in the United States through the One Great Hour of Sharing® (OGHS) offering. As the church, we are called to help one another, even through the sharing of our own resources.

Giving changes so many things, for the receiver and the giver. Can you imagine the joy on a mother’s face, who because of your gift, can send her children to school or provide them with a meal before bed?  OGHS supports many initiatives that help women start their own businesses or learn a wage-earning skill.

By sharing our resources, combined with offerings from thousands of other congregations in eight denominations across the United States, we:
  • build homes, schools, medical clinics, and clean water and sewage facilities in villages devastated by earthquakes, floods, and poverty
  • bring safety, shelter, and food to refugees after often violent circumstances have made their hometowns uninhabitable
  • nurture stronger futures and self sufficiency through health care, education, job training, and tools for livelihoods.
We are blessed that God is able to provide when and where help is needed through us. (2 Corinthians 9:8-15) 

When you make your gift, please give generously.

One Great Hour of Sharing:  sharing resources, changing lives, bringing joy!

Peace and Good Cheer,

Rev. Bob Loffer, Interim Minister Faith United Church of Christ

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