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The United Thank Offering

Mission: Put gifts into the Blue Box with thanksgiving, prayer and generosity. Take blessings out of the box for grants to expand the church's faithfulness to God's mission.

Contact New UTO Chair of the Diocese of Virginia Constance Brady va2beclady@yahoo.com for more information.

UTO 2017 Remittance form  UTO_general_remittance_form_2017.pdfUTO_Remittance_Form_Fall_2017_2-1_1.pdf


   UTO BLUE BOX

     September, 2017 THE BLUE BOXES ARE AT WORK To UTO Parish Coordinators: Thank you for all the support that I have received as I begin this special ministry as Diocesan Coordinator for the UNITED THANK OFFERING. As Rev. Heather Melton, UTO Staff Officer, reported in her June 2017 newsletter, The United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church awarded 34 grants for a total of $1,214,447.51 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.  In the Diocese of Virginia, St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Region 9 received a $32,000.00 grant for accessibility improvements and an elevator. Thanks to the support of the ECW Board, the UTO Parish Coordinators, clergy, and participants in the pews throughout the diocese, the 2017 UTO Spring In-gathering totals $39,679.58.  

    As you know, “every penny given to the Ingathering is given away the following year to support innovative mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.”  Our Mission:  Put gifts into the Blue Box with thanksgiving, prayer and generosity. Take blessings out of the box for grants to expand the church's faithfulness to God's mission. Please plan to attend the 127th ECW Fall Meeting and UTO Ingathering, Tuesday, October 12 at Christ Church Episcopal, Glen Allen, VA (www.ecw.thediocese.net).  Let us pray that the Fall Ingatherings will increase the amount already received and that we will have successful UTO Grant Applications for 2018.

Important dates for the 2018 granting cycle: 

1st Friday in September 2017 – Young Adult/Seminarian grant application and materials available 

1st Friday in November 2017 – Young Adult/Seminarian application deadline 

1st Friday in December 2017 – Annual UTO grant application and materials available (for local and international/partnership grants) 

1st Friday in March 2018 – Annual UTO grant application deadline For Fall Ingathering UTO materials and Grant Application Forms, please go to www.episcopalchurch.org/uto. 

Fall UTO Ingatherings must be received by December 15

Faithfully Submitted by Constance Brady UTO Chair

 

 

 

UTO BLUE BOX

 

 

2016 End of the Year Report  (January 9, 2017) 

The United Thank Offering is supported in the Diocese of Virginia  by the bishop, the Office of Mission and Outreach, the Trustees of the Funds, the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Church Woman and by local parishes.  This ministry is based on the offerings placed in the little UTO Blue Boxes with prayers and thanksgiving, and every penny is forwarded to the UTO Board at the national Church by the diocesan UTO coordinator. Every person in every pew in every church is invited to participate.  The money is given in UTO Grants to address compelling human need in the diocese and around the world. 

In 2016, the Diocese of Virginia received funding for three UTO grant requests.  Grace Aheron received $2,500 for "Sacred Solidarity: Race Justice at the University of Virginia." Taylor Poindexter at the Virginia theological Seminary received $2,459.99 for expansion of the prayer/meditation gardening project on the seminary grounds. Her request was submitted by Virginia Theological Seminary. In addition, St. Philip's church in Richmond was granted $14,315.00 " to level and convert the land of a donated residential home into a garden for food production and education, a safe outdoor play space for children, and a meditation and prayer area near the sixth-oldest historically African American congregation in the Episcopal Church"  The consideration of the UTO Board; Joyce Haines, Province III Representative; the Executive Committee; and the Reverend Heather Melton, UTO Missioner is greatly appreciated. 

The UTO Ingathering for the Diocese of Virginia totaled $75,809.60 this year. That amount has been forwarded to the UTO Board, where it will accrue interest until it is granted.   Offerings continue to be received this month, but they will count toward the next granting cycle, since the cutoff is December 31, 2016. 

The new UTO Diocesan Coordinator is Connie Brady, and she has assumed her duties, beginning January 1, 2017. She will be sending her contact information out this month. 

Anna Lou Flynn has volunteered to review all the UTO Coordinator's records, and they will be transferred to her this month. 

It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as the UTO Diocesan Coordinator for the Diocese of Virginia for the past five years, and I am grateful for all the support I have received throughout my tenure. I have appreciated the opportunity to grow in service and to be a part of the larger Church. 

With thanksgiving, 

Cindy Helton, UTO Diocesan Coordinator  2012-2016

505 Fauquier Street

Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

540-373-6382

wlhelton@verizon.net

 

Report to the Episcopal Church Women Board of Directors     (AUGUST 20, 2016)

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Coordinator for the United Thank Offering and for the support that I have enjoyed throughout my tenure. It has been a great privilege to learn about and to be involved in the larger Episcopal Church.

With the help of Bishop Shannon, the diocesan Office of Mission and Outreach, and the UTO Grants Review Committee, the Diocese of Virginia received funding for three UTO grant requests for this 2016 granting cycle. Grace Aheron received $2,500 for "Sacred Solidarity: Race Justice at the University of Virginia." This was one of ten Young Adult grants that were awarded. Taylor Poindexter at the Virginia Theological Seminary received $2,459.99 for expansion of the prayer/meditation gardening project on the seminary grounds. Her request was submitted by Virginia Theological Seminary.  In addition, St. Philip's Church in Richmond  was granted $14,315.00 "to level and convert the land of a donated residential home into a garden for food production and education, a safe outdoor play space for children, and a meditation and prayer area near the sixth-oldest historically African American congregation in the Episcopal Church."

Thanks to the support of the ECW Board, the UTO Parish Coordinators, clergy, and participants in the pews throughout the diocese, the UTO Spring In-gathering for 2016 totals $40,134.08. As you know, "every penny given to the Ingathering is given away the following year to support innovative mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion." Let us pray that the Fall Ingatherings will increase this amount and that we will have successful UTO Grant Applications for 2017.

Important dates for the 2017 granting cycle:
  • 1st Friday in September 2016 -Young Adult/Seminarian grant application and materials available
  • 1st Friday in November 2016-Young Adult/Seminarian application deadline
  • 1st Friday in December 2016- Annual UTO grant application and materials available (for local and international/partnership grants)
  • 1st Friday in March 2017 - Annual UTO grant applications deadline

(To plan for Fall Ingathering and to order materials, please go to www.episcopalchurch.org/uto I must receive all ingatherings by December 15, 2016 to ensure inclusion in the 2017 granting cycle.  A copy of the remittance form is included at the end of this report.

Transition to new United Thank Offering Coordinator:

Beginning January 1, 2017, all UTO Ingatherings will be sent to the new UTO Coordinator for the Diocese of Virginia. Please join me in welcoming Connie Brady, a long-time supporter of UTO and ECW. You will be hearing from her in January.

With thanksgiving,

Cindy Helton
UTO Diocesan Coordinator
540-373-6382
wlhelton@verizon.net
www.ecw.thediocese.net

 

 2016_Fall_Ingathering.pdf

UTO_Report_to_Board_8_20_2016.pdf

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


MARCH/APRIL 2016

UTO BLUE BOX

THE BLUE BOXES ARE AT WORK!!

The Diocese of Virginia has received funding for two grant requests for this 2016 granting cycle.  Grace Aheron received $2,500 for " Sacred Solidarity: Race Justice at the University of Virginia." This was one of ten Young Adult grants.  In addition, Taylor Poindexter at the Virginia Theological Seminary received funding for expansion of the prayer/meditation gardening project on the seminary grounds.

On March 2, the UTO Grants Review Committee reviewed all the regular UTO grant applications received by Mary Anne Bryant in the Office of Mission and Outreach.  One local/domestic request met the UTO Focus and Criteria, and it was recommended to Bishop Shannon for his review.  Subsequently, Bishop Shannon approved the application and forwarded it to the UTO Board to request funding.  Addressing Mark of Mission Number Five, St. Philip's Church in Richmond requested funding for "St. Philip's Episcopal Church Community Garden and Meditation/Prayer Area," which will help the church reach out to address needs of those who seek a safe place, food, fellowship, a closer relationship with God, and a caring parish. The project will include a planting area, a fenced-in meditation/prayer area, a walking path, and a safe play area for children.

As we begin the new granting cycle, everyone is encouraged to keep their Blue Box close by, and  when we thank God for a blessing, to drop a coin into the box.  All grants are funded from the donations placed in the Blue Box with prayer and thanksgiving. Every penny placed in the box is granted. The needs are great! The change from the UTO Blue Boxes changes lives!

As you plan your Spring In-gathering, please go to www.episcopalchurch.org/uto to order boxes, envelopes, and other materials for your church. You will also find at the website a history of UTO and other information that may be helpful as you share with your congregation.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2016 UTO In-gathering form.


 FEBRUARY 2016

Please see the following report submitted by Cindy Helton, Chair of UTO for our February, 2016 Board Meeting
UTO Report to ECW Board, February 6, 2016


 United Thank Offering 125th Anniversary Young Adult Grants awarded 

Province III: Diocese of Virginia - Charis Community; to create an intentional community on an unused Episcopal Church property (small church building, four bedroom vicarage, and eight acres of land).  Four 20-something residents will lead weekly worship, creative relational programming and farming initiatives. Funds will be used for the salary for the young adult leader who is working on setting up the community as well as a tool shed, chicken coop and run, garden fencing, water catchment system, garden tilled and seeded and house repainted and furnished. 

The UTO Blue Boxes at work!  Hope and Resurrection Secondary School New Vehicle!

 

This vehicle is the result of last year’s UTO Grant to “Vehicle for Hope and Resurrection School” in Atiaba, South Sudan.

Thanks be to God!  The school vehicle has finally arrived and is safely being stored in a partner's secure compound in Rumbek town until our teachers return to South Sudan in March!

We experienced "on the ground" partners to help us along the way, which was a real blessing! In the one photo, Moses (on the left) and a professional driver (on the right) at the "hand off" of the vehicle in Rumbek!

 

Again, THANK YOU to each of you for all your wonderful help on the grant.  This will be an incredible blessing for Hope and Resurrection School and the community at large!

Click here for the United Thank Offering Remittance Form.


PREVIOUS REPORTS:

Please see the following report submitted by Cindy Helton, Chair of UTO for our August Board Meeting: 

UTO_Triennial_Report_July_15_2015.docx