Promoting OGHS

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

OFFERING IS AS EASY AS 1..2..3..4..

OPEN YOUR HEART by praying for guidance and becoming familiar with the materials in your packet. Order additional quantities and items that will add excitement. Organize a small group or team to share these resources, discuss your promotional plans, and get your congregation going.
GENERATE EXCITEMENT around the offering. Create a buzz by announcing a goal at least one month in advance. Involve key people in setting this goal and have them spread the word. Include a pastoral letter on the offering in your newsletter. Include the offering envelope in your bulletin or mailing. Use the bulletin inserts. Remind people of the offering at weekly services and gathering.
HELP YOUR CONGREGATION LEARN something new about the offering. Use the children’s sermon, sermon starter, stories, skits, and video resources. Make the offering a special part of the service on the suggested offering date, March 10, 2013, or select another date and use the suggested week-by-week guide to get the word out.
SHARE YOUR GOOD NEWS. Announce the amount received for the offering in worship and in your church newsletter. Thank the congregation for every gift, whether big or small. Celebrate reaching your goal and let members know they can give to One Great Hour of Sharing all year. Send your congregation’s gift to your UCC Conference Office making sure it is clearly marked “OGHS.”

 

 

A WEEK-BY-WEEK GUIDE
TO PROMOTING
OGHS

UCC congregations that involve the entire congregation, including youth and youth adults, often raise more money and grow as a community. You are encouraged to add skits, dramatic readings, singing, dancing, personal testimonies, liturgy and video resources to your promotion of One Great Hour of Sharing. Go ahead and have some fun, raise awareness, educate and lift up the joy of giving.

 

WEEK 1 – FOUR (4) WEEKS PRIOR TO OFFERING (February 10, 2013)

1. Include mention of One Great Hour of Sharing and the upcoming offering in your weekly newsletter, bulletin, email and/or church announcements and encourage members to connect to OGHS via social media.

2. Share the theme “Sharing Brings Joy — To us. To others. To God” — and the scripture 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.

3. Hang your One Great Hour of Sharing 2013 Mission Report map and highlight at least one story from the several given.

4. Introduce the OGHS Sharing Calendar and Daily Giving Devotional as a means to daily participate in One Great Hour of Sharing over the next month.

5. Order additional resources you may need to equip yourcongregation to participate in OGHS

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WEEK 2 – THREE (3) WEEKS PRIOR TO OFFERING (February 17, 2013)

1. Use “Mission Moment: Kenya” as your bulletin insert and speak to the many programs One Great of Hour Sharing helps fund around the world, including drought relief and agricultural training.

2. Announce your OGHS offering goal and ask your congregation to contribute on the day you receive the offering.

3. Consider using the story of Mrs. Fe Malayang–Pia from the Philippines during your children’s time (below.)

4. Highlight the Sharing Calendar and Daily Giving Devotions and have a member of the congregation speak to a One Great Hour of Sharing project or program in which they have been involved.

5. Place reminders of One Great Hour of Sharing and the offering date in your bulletin, weekly newsletter and/or email.

 

WEEK 3 – TWO (2) WEEKS PRIOR TO OFFERING (February 24, 2013)

1. Use “Mission Moment: Pakistan” as your bulletin insert and speak to the many programs One Great of Hour Sharing helps fund around the world, including vocational training, and disaster

preparedness and recovery.

2. Reiterate your OGHS offering goal and ask your congregation to contribute on the day you receive the offering.

3. Share the resource distribution pie-chart percentages and point out that ninety-one percent (91%) of the offering is used for direct services.

4. Consider using the dramatic interpretation “Sowing/Reaping” during your service. Emphasize the investment OGHS makes in the lives of others.

5. Place reminders of One Great Hour of Sharing and the offering date in your bulletin, weekly newsletter and all church communications.


WEEK 4 – ONE (1) WEEK PRIOR TO OFFERING (March 3, 2013)

1. Send a letter to the congregation from the pastor and/or mission committee inviting generous support of OGHS.

2. Use “Mission Moment: Guatemala” as your bulletin insert and speak to the many programs One Great of Hour Sharing helps fund around the world, including food security that helps vulnerable populations.

3. Reiterate your OGHS offering goal and ask your congregation to contribute on the day you receive the offering.

4. Consider using the order of service, sermon starter and children’s sermon “A Parent’s Joy.” Emphasize the theme “Giving Brings Joy” and the scripture from 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. Order of service


WEEK 5 – ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING (March 10, 2013)

1. Use “Mission Moment: Moldova” as your bulletin insert and speak to the many programs One Great of Hour Sharing helps fund around the world, including health care, education and ministries of compassion.

2. Reiterate your OGHS offering goal as you receive the offering.

3. Consider using the dramatic interpretation “Take it Back” during your service. Emphasize the joy of giving and the opportunity OGHS provides. (Dramatic interpretation online at www.ucc.org/oghs/resources).

4. Place reminders of One Great Hour of Sharing and the offering date in your bulletin, weekly newsletter and/or email

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WEEK 6 – CELEBRATE YOUR OFFERING (March 17, 2013)

1. Announce to the congregation the amount of OGHS offering you will send to you Conference Office.

2. Thank the congregation for their support and ask them to continue to pray for One Great Hour of Sharing and its partners around the world!

3. Host a Celebration Fellowship Hour with a One Great Hour of Sharing theme.


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CONTACT INFO



Ms. Phyllis Y. Richards
Program Associate, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3215
richardp@ucc.org