2016 Reverse Offering Stories
Read all the Reverse Offering stories shared by members and friends of Unity Church.
Generosity Ministry Team
Each Sunday, thirty percent of the offering goes to support of the Community Outreach Ministry at Unity Church and seventy percent is placed in the hands of the chosen community recipients.
In October 2007 the Generosity Ministry Team established relief collections when local and state emergencies occur. One hundred percent of the money collected in these emergency collections will go directly to targeted disaster relief.
The Generosity Ministry Team oversees the distribution of the Sunday plate. Members of this team are Dick Buggs, Matt Brown, Molly Gust, Laney Ohmans, Patricia Ohmans, Rebecca Flood, and Lisa Friedman. The Generosity Ministry Team members want to hear form you. Please bring any concerns/opinions you may have have to their attention. To nominate a plate recipient, please complete the nomination form available on this website. Send that completed form to any team member. To nominate a recipient for a second time, please resubmit the original nomination form.
April/May Offering Recipients
April 30: Mano a Mano International Partners
Co-founded in 1994 by longtime Unity Church members Joan and Segundo Velasquez, Mano a Mano International Partners is dedicated to improving health and economic wellbeing in rural Bolivia. By collaborating with Bolivian communities, municipal governments, and counterpart organizations in Bolivia, Mano a Mano works to build health care clinics, schools and teacher housing units, agricultural water projects, and more. Mano a Mano also collects donated medical, school, and construction supplies in the U.S. and distributes the items through these projects.
May 7: Arthur Foote Music Sunday
Arthur Foote was minister at Unity Church from 1945-1970. Upon his death in 1999 the Arthur Foote Music Fund was created as a permanent endowment to provide an annual music Sunday in his memory. Currently the endowment supports a portion of Foote Music Sunday expenses. Your gifts to grow this endowment are gratefully accepted!
May 14: Minnesota Prison Doula Project
The Minnesota Prison Doula Project is a prison-based pregnancy, birth, and parenting program at Shakopee Women’s Prison and Hennepin/Ramsey Country Workhouses. Doulas offer incarcerated mothers one on one counseling and group support before, during, and after birth, including the difficult separation of mother and baby while mothers complete their prison time. Unity Church member Michelle Thomas is an advocate for this project.
May 21: Hallman Ministerial Intern Fund
The Hallman Ministerial Intern Fund is a permanent endowment that provides funding for ministerial interns at Unity Church. At present the internship, including stipend, health and dental benefits, and professional development, costs the church approximately $25,000 a year. Hallman Interns since 2002 include: Jen Crow, Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Bill Neely, Katie Lawson, Teresa Schwartz, Justin Schroeder, Matt Alspaugh, Leon Dunkley, Lissa Gundlach, Jason Seymour, Rachel Lonberg, Mae Gibson Wall, Jennifer Nordstrom, Lindasusan Ulrich, Shay MacKay, and Jessica Clay. Other Unity Church interns include Dottie Matthews, Jacqueline Duhart, Jim Foti, and Nic Cable.
May 28: Veterans for Peace Minnesota
Veterans for Peace works to increase public awareness of the cost of war; restrain the government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations; end the arms race; reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons; seek justice for veterans and victims of war; and to abolish war as an instrument of national policy. To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace. Unity Church members Barry Riesch and Michael Orange actively participate in the work of Veterans for Peace.
If you would like to nominate an organization, please fill out the Offering Recipient Nomination Form at right.
The Unity Church Generosity Ministry Team and the Executive Team developed the following criteria for Sunday Offering nominations from congregation members. Potential offering recipients must meet the following principles:
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