NEW YORK (UMCOR) – For more than 50 years, United Methodist congregations have been receiving a special One Great Hour of Sharing offering, laying the foundation for the United Methodist Committee On Relief’s (UMCOR) ministry of relief and hope. UMCOR does not receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without these offerings, UMCOR would not exist.

Donations UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover our costs of doing business. These gifts make it possible for UMCOR to use 100 percent of all other contributions on the projects our donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.

Because UMCOR keeps operating costs under 10 percent of its total budget, undesignated gifts may actually exceed UMCOR’s administrative needs. When that happens, 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.

Most congregations celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing on the fourth Sunday of Lent or March 30 this year. If this conflicts with other events, local churches are encouraged to choose other dates that work for them. Resources such as bulletin inserts, posters, and more are available at