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.
February Offering Recipients
February 4: Tanbara Memorial Scholarship
Earl and Ruth Tanbara were members of Unity Church for more than fifty years. The Tanbaras were directly involved in the resettlement of Japanese Americans out of the WWII Japanese Internment Camps into Minnesota. The Tanbara Memorial Scholarship of $1500 is awarded annually to a high school senior who is a member of the Twin Cities Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen League. Scholarship selection is based on academic achievement, community service, and an application essay. Today’s collection will go directly to the scholarship fund.
February 11: Exodus Lending
Exodus Lending is Minnesota's only non-profit dedicated to helping Minnesotans get out of payday lending debt. The program model allows enrolled participants to “gift” their past-due payday loan to Exodus Lending who then pays off the loan in full, immediately. Program participants re-pay Exodus in twelve monthly installments. Those enrolled in Exodus also have access to free financial counseling. Unity’s Laney Ohmans is a board member of Exodus Lending.
February 18: I AM Resources
I AM Resources, founded by longtime Unity Church member Iris Cornelius, teaches young students life skills needed to self-regulate emotions and behavior so that they are equipped, focused, and confident when meeting academic hurdles. I AM Resources provides a cost-effective model involving early intervention, psychological counseling, and cognitive strategies addressing the mental health needs of minority and economically disadvantaged elementary students with the goal of reducing special education referrals. This collection will go toward engaging an additional psychologist to coach students and parents.
February 25: ComMUSICation
ComMUSICation offers high-quality, intensive music education opportunities that reflect the diversity of Frogtown, a St. Paul Promise neighborhood. This unique program uses singing as one tool to empower youth with lifelong skills that help build a feeling of community belonging and a commitment to service. ComMUSICation utilizes local artist partners to build a choral program encouraging family participation and community engagement. Today’s collection will be used to provide transportation, purchase sheet music, and provide food for kids involved in this after school program. Unity’s Brian Newhouse is a champion cheerleader for ComMUSICation.
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:
Download and Print
If you prefer to download and print a PDF form to fill out or save it to your computer and fill it out as a Word document, here are the files.
Nominate the Sunday Offering Form PDF
Nominate the Sunday Offering Form WORD
2016 Reverse Offering Stories
Read all the Reverse Offering stories shared by members and friends of Unity Church.
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