One Great Hour of Sharing

July Mission Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of SharingOur theme for the 2015 One Great Hour of Sharing is “Give and Change the World.”

In a second letter, Paul writes to the Corinthians, who were excited about ministry opportunities.

For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has – not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, ‘The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.’  – 2 Corinthians 8: 12-15

This is our annual opportunity to help others, both in the world and at home, who are in desperate need due to natural or political disasters. We can have an impact to “change to life of someone in distress in {our} own congregation or community, and at other times… in the lives of those we may never meet but who are in desperate need of our compassion and generosity. For almost seven decades we have been making a difference together – and glorifying God – through this offering which funds relief,  development, and refugee ministry all over the world and in the U.S.

This spring we gave $630 to OGHS in response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Those funds have already been sent so that they can be put to use right away. Our goal for the year is $800. During
worship in July you will have to opportunity to learn about just a few of the many ways that our giving helps those in need. As expressed in the materials from American Baptist Churches, USA, “together, we will achieve a fair balance, bringing about a world the way God intended it to be. Give and change the world.”

Carolyn Shepard
Material from ABC-OGHS 2015

Our goal for this year is $800.

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We are a progressive Baptist Church affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. We have been in Palo Alto since 1893. We celebrate our Baptist heritage. We affirm the historic Baptist tenets of: Bible Freedom, Soul Freedom, Church Freedom, Religious Freedom

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