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.
November/December Offering Recipients
November 26: Frogtown Green
The mission of Frogtown Green is quite simply to make Frogtown the greenest, healthiest and most beautiful neighborhood in Saint Paul. We seek to inform and empower Frogtown residents to carry out this mission. To do this, we advocate for greenspaces, promote sustainable activities, and manage several parklets, urban farms, and gardens throughout Frogtown. To date over 270 trees have been planted. Patricia Ohmans, a church member and Frogtown resident for 35 years, is the founder and part-time director of Frogtown Green.
December 3: We Are All Criminals
Founded in 2012 by Minnesotan Emily Baxter, We Are All Criminals (WAAC) is a small organization with a team of dedicated volunteers, interns, and advisors across the United States, advocating for reason and mercy in our criminal and juvenile justice systems. WAAC’s website offers compelling personal stories aimed to open conversations about crime, privilege, punishment, and second chances. Today’s collection will help update this website which, at hundreds of thousands of hits each year, is challenging society’s ideas of what it means to be a criminal. Patricia Ohmans, Steve Nelson, Russel Balenger, Ray Wiedmeyer, and Danny Givens are among Unity’s advocates for the mission of WAAC.
December 10: Prepare and Prosper
Prepare and Prosper assists individuals moving out of poverty by providing free tax assistance to thousands of low-income working taxpayers. Prepare and Prosper also provides access to financial services to encourage low-income workers to build assets and thus improve their long-term financial security. Prepare and Prosper runs a tax clinic at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in the Summit-University neighborhood.
December 17: Growth and Justice
Growth and Justice is a non-partisan, non-profit, research and advocacy organization, focused on expanding prosperity in Minnesota. It promotes policies that reduce inequality and eliminate racial disparity through investment in human capital and public infrastructure, by ensuring universal and affordable health care, and through a cleaner and greener economy. Unity Church member Dane Smith is president of Growth and Justice.
December 24: Ministers' Discretionary Fund
This fund provides the ministers a means by which they are able to respond to a world with a wide variety of needs.
December 31: discapacitados abriendose caminos
discapacitados abriendose caminos (d.a.c.) is a small beacon of light for low income Latino families caring for a family member with disabilities. As Minnesota’s only non-profit dedicated solely to the needs of this population, d.a.c. is an award winning part of a network of small culturally focused family centers. Program activities include home visits, doctor and school visits, as well as weekly parent education and support groups dedicated to strengthening Latino families. Unity Church member Linda Kjerland is a longtime d.a.c. volunteer.
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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