Written by Gregg Brekke
OGHS LIVE 2010 will present on March 3 the second in its live, five-part online series of international Lenten gatherings led by area executives from Global Ministries. Live web programming embracing the theme "Do You Love Me . . . Feed My Sheep" is being held on five consecutive Wednesdays during Lent.
Liturgy resources, community worship, bread and soup recipes are among the featured One Great Hour of Sharing offerings. This week's event will begin at 7:15 p.m. on March 3. The Rev. Felix Ortiz, area executive for Latin America and the Caribbean, will lead a global congregation.
To participate in the Lenten gathering webinars, click on <ucc.org/oghs/resources/oghs-live-2010/overview>. Click on the date of the desired webinar to bring up the sign-in page. Enter your name and email address, click "Join Now," and you have entered the webinar.
Participants are encouraged to call in approximately five minutes prior to the session. If you experience difficulty connecting to the call, please call toll-free, 1-866-822-8224, ext. 3216.
The remaining webcasts scheduled through March will be led by the following:
March 10 – Sandra Gourdet, Africa
March 17 – Xiaoling Zhu, East Asia and the Pacific
March 24 – Peter Makati, Middle East and Europe
The OGHS offering is most often received the fourth Sunday of Lent, but may be taken at different times. The suggested Dedication Day this year is March 14.
One Great Hour of Sharing, part of Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM), is the special mission offering of the UCC that carries God's message of love and hope to people in more than 80 countries.
The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water and food; education and health care; small business micro-credit; emergency relief; and advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.