St. John's Church supports regional and national outreach efforts through financial contributions to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, the United Thank Offering, and other church related agencies.
United Thank Offering
The familiar blue boxes of the United Thank Offering are intended to receive offerings in prayerful recognition of life’s daily blessings. UTO, in turn, promotes, collects and distributes these offerings to support mission and ministry.
At its origin, UTO was an auxiliary program carried out by women of the Episcopal Church to send missionaries abroad and build schools, hospitals, and buildings in the U.S. More than a century later, it has become a broad ministry of the Church, making grants to churches in dioceses in the U.S. and their companion churches in developing countries.
The 2016 grants, which focus on safeguarding the integrity of creation and sustaining and renewing the life of the earth, included such award recipients as:
- Diocese of Alabama – Camp McDowell Recycling Center, Nauvoo, AL: $67,120.00
- Diocese of Delaware with the Companion Diocese of the Dominican Republic – Jalonga Solar Power Project, Hato Mayor del Rey, Dominican Republic: $44,526.00
- Diocese of Makamba, Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi – Kitchens Gardens, Nyanza Lac Commune, Burundi: $34,588.61
- Diocese of Maryland – St. Luke’s Environmental Education Campus, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Annapolis, MD: $34,367.00
- Diocese of Navajoland – Protecting the Precious Sustainable Practices for Water and Harvest within the Navajo Nation, Good Shepherd Mission, Fort Defiance, AZ; St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission, Bluff, UT: $41,500.00
- Diocese of West Tennessee – Intern for Environmental Mission—Episcopal Service Corps, St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center, Memphis, TN: $8,500.00
St. John’s will hold its spring Ingathering of UTO offerings on Sunday, May 7 at all three morning services and at the 5:30 pm service. The blue boxes, available in Shears Hall, or envelopes found in the pews will be collected.