Sunday, May 20, 2018

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The Spring United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018. You are invited to “count your blessings”—those coins you have put in the Blue Box in thanksgiving for large and small daily gifts from God that brighten your life and the lives of those around you. Checks should be made payable to The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, with UTO on the memo line. Send or bring it to church so that it can be joined with the thank offerings of other Episcopalians.

UTO is a spiritual and financial partner in the mission work of The Episcopal Church, through every person in every pew. UTO is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the United Thank Offering monies through grants.

UTO'S MISSION is to expand the circle of thankful people by encouraging daily prayers, offerings and awareness of the abundance of God’s blessings.

UTO ORIGINATED in 1889 as part of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Board of Missions. Emphasis was on mission work in the U.S. and overseas, and support and training for women working in the church. UTO has grown into a ministry of the whole church – men, women and children.

UTO’S VISION is to significantly impact the lives of women and children because of Christ’s love. To achieve this vision we will focus particularly on projects that implement significant change toward alleviating profound human suffering that the Millennium Development Goals address. Our work will directly impact the lives of women and children, and will continue our historic mission to address compelling human need and expand the mission and ministry of the church. Our new vision will be reflected in the 2009 UTO grant criteria and awards.

THE UNITED THANK OFFERING PRAYER

Source of all creation, all love, all true joy, accept we pray, these outward signs of our profound and continuing thankfulness for all of life. Bless those who will benefit from these gifts through the outreach of the United Thank Offering; and keep each of us ever thankful for all the blessings of joy and challenges that come our way; through Him who is the greatest gift and blessing of all, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.