One Great Hour of Sharing – OGHS
To the Friend and members of Second Church,
For the next few weeks, we will be in the midst of our annual campaign for One Great Hour of Sharing. OGHS, as part of Our Church’s Wider Mission, is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in 138 countries. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water ands food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, emergency relief and advocacy and resettlement for refuges and displaced persons. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.
Funding decisions are made by asking our worldwide mission partners, “What would you have us do with you?” The United Church of Christ responds as a member of organizations such as Church World Service and the ACT Alliance. We also support the direct mission efforts of churches and church-based organizations that the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have direct partnerships with through global ministries. Nearly one-third of the UCC’s offering is shared through Church World Service to support refugee, disaster, development, and advocacy programs.
In 2014, the OGHS offering reached $2.2 million. An additional $1.4 million was received to support specific disaster relief efforts. On average, of every dollar given to One Great Hour of Sharing, 91 cents is used directly for mission programming, 5 cents for interpretation materials and 4 cents for administrative costs which include program monitoring and evaluation (for accountability). Most administrative costs are paid by gifts to Our Church’s Wider Mission National Basic Support and endowment funds.
Please use the accompanying envelope for your offering. Make checks out to “Second Congregational Church” with OGHS in the memo. Write your name on the envelope and leave it in the offering plate during the next few weeks. For more information please visit the One Great Hour of Sharing website – www.ucc.org/oghs. Look for OGHS on Social Media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thank you! Your generous support is greatly needed!