Our VIM (Volunteers In Mission) team in Haiti in November of 2015
UMCOR’s 80-year history is grounded in the teachings of Jesus Christ, “created to do good things” (Ephesians 2:10) that alleviate human suffering. Responding to people suffering from the effects of war, civil unrest, hurricanes, wildfires, famines or floods, UMCOR steps in on your behalf in times of crisis to help individuals, families, and communities that are too overwhelmed to recover on their own.
For more than 50 of those 80 years, United Methodist congregations have been taking part in a special UMCOR Sunday offering, laying the foundation for UMCOR’s ministry of relief and hope. This year that offering will be taken at our church on April 18.
Donations UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover the costs of doing business. Gifts like yours make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.
UMCOR does not receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without your offerings, UMCOR would not exist.
Because they keep operating costs under 10% of the total budget, undesignated gifts may actually exceed UMCOR’s administrative needs.
When that happens, your support is 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.
Please be prepared on April 18 to give generously. Make checks out to First United Methodist Church, and put UMCOR on the memo line. There is an envelope included in this newsletter that you can bring with you to church, or if you are not attending in-person worship, please mail it to the church.