One Great Hour of Sharing (UMCOR)

March 06, 2013

For more than 50 years, United Methodist congregations have been taking part in a special One Great Hour of Sharing offering, laying the foundation for UMCOR's ministry of relief and hope. The One Great Hour of Sharing is Sunday, March 10.


Donations UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover their costs of doing business. They make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects their donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.


UMCOR doesn't receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without these offerings, UMCOR would not exist.


Because they keep operating costs under 10% of total budget, undesignated gifts may actually exceed UMCOR's administrative needs. When that happens, they are channeled to under-funded programs, where they're most needed. They also may be used to allow UMCOR to respond to disasters immediately after an event and before funds can be raised.

Most congregations celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing on the fourth Sunday of Lent. If this conflicts with other events, local churches are encouraged to choose other dates that work for them. Resources such as bulletin inserts, posters, and more are available here.