The United Thank Offering (UTO) 2020 Annual Grants process is now open. Grants are awarded for projects in The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion, each year with a different focus. For 2020, the focus is Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility.
Details about writing the grant are available here. If you are considering submitting a grant, please contact Diocesan UTO Coordinator Cheryl Dobrzynski as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will call you to discuss your thoughts and provide direction of how to proceed. Applications will not be accepted if Cheryl has not been consulted.
Each diocese is allowed to submit one application. The deadline to submit applications to the Diocesan Office for consideration is Thursday, February 6th. This allows the Bishop and Cheryl enough time to decide which application will be forwarded.
As we approach Thanksgiving, we are thankful for support shown by members of the diocese in two areas of outreach. The United Thank Offering will receive $378.33 collected in the blue UTO boxes on delegates' tables at our Diocesan Convention. These funds will be distributed through the UTO granting process. Learn more about UTO here.
The Diocese of Masvingo, our companion diocese, has received $2,669.06 collected from across the diocese. $1,144.75 was collected at the Diocesan Convention Eucharist and $1,524.31 was received from congregations' Companion Diocese Sunday this past May. Those congregations are Trinity, Oshkosh; St. Augustine, Rhinelander; St. Peter, Ripon; Grace, Sheboygan; St. Peter, Sheboygan Falls; St. John, Wausau. Thank you to all who support outreach across the diocese. Learn more here.
Diocesan UTO Coordinator, Cheryl Dobrzynski, wants to let you know that 100% of funds collected by UTO are given away! Many wonder how UTO can give away 100 percent of what is collected and still offer Blue Boxes and other materials for free. Some funds come from the churchwide budget and other groups, but the majority comes from a trust created so UTO doesn't need to use Ingathering Funds to offset expenses. Would you like to give so 100% of contributions to UTO are given away? The support the Memorial Trust here.
The Diocese of Fond du Lac, the Episcopal Church in northeast Wisconsin, is pleased to announce the appointment of Cheryl Dobrzynski as Diocesan Coordinator of the United Thank Offering (UTO). The Diocesan Coordinator is charged to promote UTO activities in the diocese and encourage and support them in each diocesan congregation.
UTO is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. Notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.
“We look forward to Cheryl’s working with congregations to raise awareness of UTO,” Bishop Matt Gunter shared. “Our goal is to have 100% of our congregations participating in UTO. How? Contact Cheryl, of course.” Dobrzynski follows Carol Feller-Gottard, who served in this volunteer position for over a decade.
Cheryl is a long-time member of St. Peter Episcopal Church, Sheboygan Falls, serving as Senior Warden, vestry member, Altar Guild and coordinator of a local monthly meal program. She is on the Cursillo Secretariat, enrolled in EfM (Education for Ministry), been a delegate to diocesan conventions, and was deputy to General Convention 2018.
For information on the United Thank Offering, visit diofdl.org/uto.
Diocesan United Thank Offering (UTO) Coordinator, Carol Feller Gottard, has announced the diocesan UTO Ingathering will take place during the Eucharistic Festival, June 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Fond du Lac. Representatives from each congregation are invited to bring an envelope with their local collection (or if your collection has already been sent, an envelope noting such) to drop into the big blue box just prior to the passing of the peace. Questions about details may be directed to Carol. Read more about UTO at diofdl.org/uto.
The Coordinator also announced this as her last UTO action as she will no longer be serving as diocesan coordinator. "I have loved doing this ministry," she wrote in a letter to the congregations, "and have more than enjoyed working with all of the thankful people in this diocese. May God’s Blessings be upon you always."