One Great Hour of Sharing
As we have stated many times before, when natural disasters occur, your church has already responded. Because we partner with other churches through the One Great Hour of Sharing, your offerings from last year are at the ready for disasters like Hurricane Harvey. Thank you for that. This coming Sunday we will be spending time in prayer for those affected by the flooding as well as articulating how we are helping and can help in an even greater way. Below you can read an excerpt from the American Baptist Churches USA website addressing this disaster. Thank you, Church of the Master, for your generosity, your caring spirit, and your faith in God.
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American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer invites all congregations to donate generously to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.
“American Baptists across the country are a generous people, and our hearts are grieved by the human suffering we have seen since the storm made landfall,” Spitzer says. “I ask that every church dedicate time this week to pray for the safety and well-being of all affected by the storm, and to express our love for them by giving sacrificially to One Great Hour of Sharing.”
Donations designated to “OGHS-Hurricane Harvey” can be made through your church; by visiting www.abc-usa.org and clicking “Give Online” at the top right of the page. In the “Comments” section, type “OGHS-Hurricane Harvey.” Or, mailed to the attention of Kim Wilkins at American Baptist Home Mission Societies, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA, 19482-0851. One hundred percent of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for administrative costs. For more information, contact Wilkins at 1-800-222-3872, x2413, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. The committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering received by churches.