United Thank Offering
United Thank Offering, often referred to as UTO, is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that provides a way for men, women, and children of the Episcopal Church to give daily thanks to God. Every year, the total offering is between two and a half and three million dollars—all of which is used for projects at home and abroad to support grants for missions and ministry. The challenge is that grant requests total between five to seven million dollars! More than one hundred grants are awarded each year through the UTO offering Committee.
Arkansas has received twenty-three grants, totaling $300,000, from 1961 to present. At the last Triennial, Arkansas gave almost $40,000 for the last three-year period of collections.
The Giving Cycle
The discipline starts in the homes by dropping coins into a special container known as the Blue Box. Many families and individuals drop a coin in the Blue Box each time prayers of thanksgiving are offered.
At specific ingatherings during the year, individuals and families bring their Blue Boxes to their local congregation. Then, the funds are collected together from across the diocese and forwarded to UTO and joined together with funds from other dioceses. All Saints and Ascension Sundays are the recommended ingathering times.
The local ingathering funds are to be forwarded to the diocesan ECW treasurer by check made payable to ECW in Arkansas and mailed to the treasurer as directed on the ECW Contribution Form.
The Grant Cycle
Just as the offering cycle starts locally by putting coins in the Blue Box, the granting cycle begins locally with proposals from parishes and mission outreach programs.
Forms for grant requests are obtained from the diocesan office beginning in October. In the U.S. the forms are completed and returned to the diocesan office by the requestor, by the diocesan deadline, and signed by the diocesan bishop. Each diocese may submit two requests each year. All requests are researched by the UTO Committee. To obtain grant requests or for other related information go to the Episcopal Church website.
For more information, contact Peggy Cromwell by telephone: 501-851-0772 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. She may also be reached at 15 Windy Ridge Ct, Maumelle, AR 72113.
The United Thank Offering Prayer
Source of all creation, all love, all true joy, accept, we pray, these outwards signs of our profound and continuing thankfulness for all of life. Bless those who will benefit from these gifts through the outreach of the United Thank Offering; and keep each of us ever thankful for all the blessings of joy and challenge that come our way; through Him who is the greatest gift and blessing of all, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
Church Periodical Club
The Church Periodical Club, often referred to as CPC, is an independent, affiliated organization of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America that is dedicated to the world-wide Ministry of the Word. The Church Periodical Club began in 1888 when a small group of women began sending bundles of church periodicals, prayer books and Bibles on Wells Fargo stage coaches to missionaries in the west. Delivery systems have changed but not the commitment to supplying theological and educational materials in support of the mission efforts around the world. Today the Church Periodical Club continues to provide free Prayer Books, textbooks, Bibles, and periodicals to deserving recipients throughout the Anglican Communion.
For more information about the Church Periodical Club, or to obtain a grant request, contact Sylvia Ross by telephone at 501-318-7226 or by email to email@example.com. Mail may be sent to P.O. Box 22602, Hot Springs, AR 71903.
Miles of Pennies
Miles of Pennies, often referred to as MOP, became the second national granting fund of the Church Periodical Club in 1989. This separate fund is for children only, pre-school to grade 12. In addition to providing printed or taped books and related materials, Miles of Pennies give grants for the shipping costs of recycled children’s books.
For more information about Miles of Pennies, contact Sylvia Ross by telephone at 501-318-7226 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daughter’s of the King
Daughters of the King is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, or churches in communion with it, or churches who are in the Historic Episcopate such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and in the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America. Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish. Learn more.
The ECW Foundation is a fund that was established by the diocesan ECW Board in 2004 to provide an endowment for women’s ministries. When the fund reaches its principal goal of $100,000, funding will be made available that supports these various ministries of women. The objective is to put our resources where they will work now and for many generations to come. Permanent funds provide a legacy to those we hope to mentor in the future, our daughters, granddaughters and heirs. It symbolizes our commitment to pass on the unique ministries that women share.
If you would like to contribute to this fund, please print and fill out the contribution form and return it as directed on the form. Your contributions are tax deductible.
For more information about the ECW Foundation, contact Sandra Powers by telephone at 501-922-3090.
Women of Vision
Women of Vision is a scripturally-based leadership skills development program designed to empower women in all aspects of their lives–at home, at work, in the church, and in the world. The program is based upon the belief that people, in all their diversity, have varieties of gifts that must be included in the total ministry of the church.
Learn about your leadership style and spiritual gifts, and how to use them in service to your community and the world. The program provides a venue to discern your call in the church, to learn to lead with wisdom, and to gain tools for working together productively as the people of God.
For information or to inquire about bringing Women of Vision to your ECW/parish, contact Sandra Smith by telephone at 501-663-5778 or by e-mail to email@example.com