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The One Great Hour of Sharing

March 14, 2010: The One Great Hour of Sharing offering for UMCOR is essential to its work. The United Methodist Committee on Relief receives no World Service funds or any other United Methodist apportionments.

Gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing underwrite UMCOR's "costs of doing business," so that 100 percent of every dollar you donate to a specific UMCOR project can be spent on that project and not on home office administrative costs.

Offering gifts over and above those used to cover administrative costs are channeled where they're most needed-to assist the most vulnerable people whose need is greatest.

One Great Hour of Sharing began as a special effort of the Episcopal Church in 1946. In 1949 the observance became ecumenical, and today several denominations--including The United Methodist Church--participate. The yearly observance is planned by denominational representatives and related to Church World Service and Witness, the relief agency of the National Council of Churches. Originally one special worship hour during the year was reserved for people of faith to contribute over and above their regular offerings. Today different denominations celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing at various times throughout the year, but the cooperative spirit remains.

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