United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. By nurturing daily blessings and developing a habit of offerings of gratitude, men, women and children discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. These offerings are distributed throughout the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the world.
If you went to our diocesan Annual Convention in November or were at the Province VIII Episcopal Church Women’s gathering last summer, you may have heard about an idea for Lent that is a bit different. Lent begins on March 1st and continues for 46 days until Easter Sunday on April 15. Each day (not including Sunday) remove one item from your closet you no longer wear or need and place it into a bag. And as you place the item into a bag, add a coin into your “blue box” and prayerfully be grateful of your abundance. You are blessed to be able to share what you have with others. Be thankful! At the end of Lent you will have a bag of clothing to share with a shelter or with someone in need, and your United Thank Offering box will be ready for your Spring in-gathering time.
If you would like one of the blue UTO coin boxes, please email Kathy Lenox, our diocesan UTO Representative. Monies collected can be sent to: United Thank Offering, DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 958983, St. Louis, MO 63195-8983, or to our Diocesan office with “UTO” in the memo line.
40 days, 40 items, 40 blessings!
Visit the United Thank Offering website for more information.