OGHS lives out that call!
Through One Great Hour of Sharing, lives are literally changed daily. Your support provides clean water, food, medicines, shelter, healthcare, education and so much more. In 2012, the OGHS offering reached $2,505,900. An additional $935 thousand was received to support relief efforts primarily in response to Hurricane Sandy.
You can find OGHS on the web: www.ucc.org/oghs, and on Facebook and Twitter.
Our Church will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering during the worship service on Sunday, March 30th.
1. What is One Great Hour of Sharing®?
One Great Hour of Sharing, 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 and food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, emergency relief, and advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.
2. Who participates in One Great Hour of Sharing?
Eight Christian denominations – American Baptist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of the Brethren, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, the United Church of Christ, and Church World Service work together to develop common promotional materials thereby sharing ideas, costs, and a commitment to faithful service. Each denomination receives and manages its respective OGHS offerings, and together raise about $15 million each year.
3. How is the United Church of Christ’s offering used?
More than 60 percent of the UCC’s offering supports international development initiatives, including annual support for missionaries. Currently there are 9 OGHS supported missionaries working in disaster relief, health care, education, and agricultural development. The offering funds disaster preparedness and response, and disaster related volunteer initiatives in the U.S.
4. Where and how are OGHS funds shared?
The United Church of Christ responds to development, disaster, and refugee needs in 138 countries, and provides disaster relief and immigration assistance in the United States. 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.
5. How many dollars are given to the UCC’s OGHS offering?
In 2012, the OGHS offering received just over $2.5 million. Nearly seventy percent of UCC congregations participate annually.
6. What percentage of OGHS donations are used directly for mission?
On average, of every dollar given to One Great Hour of Sharing, 90 cents is used directly for mission programming; 5 cents for interpretation materials and 5 cents for administrative costs.
Most administrative costs are paid by gifts to Our Church’s Wider Mission National Basic Support and endowment funds.
7. How are decisions made to fund the various projects?
Currently, the OGHS Program Committee of the Wider Church Ministries Board meets semiannually to review expenditures and to address initiatives to increase the promotion of the offering for the United Church of Christ. In addition, a leadership committee is in place that reviews grant requests for special projects internationally.
8. How can I contribute to One Great Hour of Sharing?
The OGHS special mission offering is received through local UCC congregations and all UCC members are encouraged to participate in this way. Local churches will forward gifts to the conference office and all gifts will be forwarded to the United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. You may also make a secure on-line contribution by visiting our One Great Hour of Sharing website at www.ucc.org/oghs, or click here to “Donate Now”. Thank you for your consideration and support.