Preparing for One Great Hour of Hour of Sharing Sunday March 30

3/19/2014

 

The fourth Sunday in Lent enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace. OnSunday, March 30, congregations worldwide will have the opportunity to participate in One Great Hour of Sharing, a time to give towards the efforts of UMCOR. This same fund helped places like Mississippi recover and rebuild following Hurricane Katrina which devastated Mississippi coastal communities. 
 
Greg Forrester, assistant general secretary for UMCOR, disaster response in the United States, spoke with Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, the Mississippi Conference director of connectional ministries and communications during a recent Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Disaster Academy.  They discussed the partnership between UMCOR and Mississippi United Methodists. Forrester also praised the conference for its work over the years.  Click to hear Forrester's greeting to Mississippi.
 
In preparation for One Great Hour of Sharing, pastors are being provided with materials to help them inspire congregations to donate while informing them about the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The One Great Hour of Sharing pastor's kit offers:
 
The customized downloadable worship resources, devotional, bulletin inserts, graphic images and more. From children's sermons, news release templates to Lenten Facebook images, this one-stop tool kit will simplify the pastor's daily to-do list and enable them to share this giving opportunity visually, informatively and inspirationally. 
 
These tools, can be accessed by clicking here.
 
UMCOR is not subsidized by the United Methodist World Service Fund or apportioned funds. Without donations from United Methodists, UMCOR could not guarantee that 100 percent of all other funds raised for a disaster will be used for the specific cause. 
 
Photo right: Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton and UMCOR general secretary Greg Forrester are planning for ongoing conversations around strengthening Mississippi Conference disaster response.