By Ed Luckman
Most of us, United Methodists as well as many others, are aware of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and all the good works they do both domestically and globally. Through the “Advance” help is provided to help alleviate human suffering by assisting in recovery efforts from a wide variety of disasters and situations where those in need may have become homeless, or are in need of assistance in many other ways. One of the special aspects of UMCOR is that all of the funds donated (100%) by so many individuals and groups for a identified response through an “Advance” go where intended with none used for overhead or administrative expenses.
Once a year a special Sunday is dedicated to provide funding for the administrative costs of UMCOR and any monies in excess of these costs go to to the general funding to aid in disasters. This effort is one of the six special offering Sundays in the church year and is referred to as One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). In 2016 this takes place on March 6th.
In 2012, over $2,000,000 was provided for OGHS as folks opened up their hearts to provide funding for the continuing work of this special relief program whose history is deeply rooted in the generosity of Methodists related to the refugees of World War II.
You are encouraged to participate in this United Methodist wide effort. However, if you cannot be in church on March 6th, you can still participate by providing a special gift for OGHS at your earliest convenience.