Bishop Ough urges churches to receive Thanksgiving offering for European refugees

October 12, 2015

"Jesus taught what he expected of those whose lives reflect the grace and love of God when he said, 'I was a stranger and you welcomed me' (Matthew 25:35b). This spirit of hospitality, and embracing those in need, is part of our Minnesota ethos. So, I invite all our congregations to actively respond, perhaps by receiving a special Thanksgiving offering in November to address this humanitarian crisis. Your gift can be channeled to UMCOR’s ongoing work with the migrants/refugees in Europe and the Middle East through its International Disaster Response Fund, Advance #982450."    —Bishop Bruce R. Ough              

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Churches that receive a special Thanksgiving offering can give it directly to International Disaster Response Fund, Advance #982450. There are a variety of resources to help you promote this giving opportunity to your congregation:

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