The Sharing Calendar was designed to be used along with the coin box. Coin boxes may be ordered from the UCC Bookstore by calling 1-800-325-7061 or emailing UCCRORDERS@ucc.org, so please order your supplies in advance of your desired starting date.
Place the Sharing Calendar in a prominent place where each person in the family has access to it. Decide if you will save all put your money in one bank, or order banks for each individual in your household/group.
Use the Sharing Calendar as a daily giving devotion. It can help us be intentional in our desires to help people suffering from disaster, conflict, and chronic poverty.
At a time appropriate for your household, read the theme and scripture for One Great Hour of Sharing. This year our theme is “You are here” and the Scripture Reference is Matthew 25:31-46.
Invite each member of the household to describe one instance of how they have shared with someone else since the last daily giving devotion or reflected on different ways of being present as Jesus describes. On the first day you might express why it is important to do this as a family/group. Read the day’s entry in the sharing calendar. Discuss the situation described and its relationship to you/your household. Consider your contribution for the day and add it to your offering box. To make this simple, you may decide to name the unit you will use throughout the entire calendar, (i.e. a quarter, a dime, or a dollar).
Pray for the people and situations highlighted in the sharing calendar, and for the people you will meet in the course of your daily activities.
Thank you for your love and mercy, your compassion and grace. Thank you for the many blessings you have given to us. [Each member of the household names at least two blessings each day]. We pray that you would show us ways that we might share with others, and allow us to be “here” for them in their times of need. Give us generous hearts that overflow with gratitude and joy.
Today we pray especially for [the day’s highlighted group or situation]. May our One Great Hour of Sharing gifts be a blessing to them, and remind us all of the ways that you are working in our world and in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Remember to take your offering box to church on the day when the One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received. “Sometimes you and I are the channels of God’s love and grace to the world in need.”
—Mark Pickett, OGHS contributor
Please send your donation to your UCC Conference Office, clearly marked for One Great Hour of Sharing. The Conference will forward it with gifts from other congregations to our office at: 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44115-1100.
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