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Got Loose Change? It Belongs in the UTO Blue Box!

4/5/2017

With the support and encouragement of the clergy and the Vestry, Immanuel will be participating in one of the oldest ministries of the Episcopal Church between Easter and Pentecost: the United Thank Offering (UTO).

UTO was founded by the forerunner of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW), the Women's Auxiliary to the Mission Board, in 1889.  The rest has been history.  Millions of dollars have been raised through "in-gatherings' over the past 100+ years and dispensed as grants both domestically and abroad. 

The symbol of the UTO is the iconic "blue box" or mite box that is the repository for your loose change, which, when combined with thousands of other similar gifts, becomes a powerful means of spreading the Good News. 

Contributions to the UTO are a daily or weekly discipline of sharing with others and giving thanks for the blessings we enjoy.  They are not a response to a conventional fundraiser or an element of our stewardship campaign.  There is no direct benefit to Immanuel by our participation. 

Please see Doug Henry, the UTO parish coordinator, after services during Eastertide to receive a blue box or answer any questions you might have.  The Immanuel UTO In-Gathering will take place on Pentecost (4 June).

 


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