Ingathering May 12
Every day we have so many blessings that come our way. Let us rejoice and give thanks this spring by participating in our Cathedral’s United Thank Offering. UTO has been a tradition since 1889 and supports the missions and ministries of the Episcopal Church. Every cent collected fulfills diocesan grant requests. In the last 130 years, UTO has awarded 5,257 grants. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.
Some recent grants have benefitted projects in the Diocese of Atlanta. For instance:
- in 2012 Church of the Holy Comforter received $26,000 to strategize the day program that addresses the mental health needs of adults. That community continues to grow, and the Cathedral continues to support Holy Comforter.
- in 2013 UTO gave a grant to St. Anthony’s Episcopal Church in Winder, Georgia to fund the creation of an anti-bullying DVD series.
- in 2015 UTO gave a grant to Rainbox Village in Duluth to provide start-up positions for the Rainbow Village Early Childhood Development Program.
- in 2016 UTO gave a grant to Honey Creek, retreat center for the Diocese of Georgia, to develop a 100-acre experimental ecological center, which cultivates a connection to creation and the retreat center’s biologically rich mix of wetland marsh and maritime forest ecosystems with tidal creek frontage.
Here are some ways you and your family can participate:
Pick up a Blue Box in the Atrium and place it in a prominent place in your home.
Every night, think of one thing for which you are truly grateful for that day and then insert some coins or dollars in the Blue Box to express your gratitude.
The United Thank Offering invites you to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for your blessings, and make an offering for each blessing.
Through UTO, your Blessings become blessings for others. Be grateful each day and share your gratitude by putting some coins into your Blue Box, which are available throughout the Cathedral this month.