The Vine Fellowship Church - Copley Ohio
One Great Hour of Sharing
Started in 1949, One Great Hour of Sharing is a long-standing ecumenical effort aimed at raising the funds necessary to provide relief and reconstruction for communities in the aftermath of disaster. What started as an hour-long radio appeal has evolved over the years, varying from eight to 29 participating denominations, and has become the most participated-in Offering in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The offering is received during the season of Lent (February 18-April 1) and makes a difference in the world through three impactful programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) which works alongside communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters. This program receives 32% of the funds raised and our congregation has sent workers to Gulfport, MS and Jamaica, NY to work after hurricanes; Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) which takes action to alleviate hunger and the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed. This program receives 36% of the funds raised; and Self-Development of People (SDOP) which invests in communities responding to their experiences of racism, oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these societal ills. This program received 32% of the funds raised. Offering envelopes will be available at the worship services during Lent and we ask that you place your envelop in the offering plates on Sundays or mail to the church office. Thank you.