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.
February Offering Recipients
February 5: Altrusa Foundation of St. Paul
For over seventy years, the Altrusa Foundation of St. Paul has served to improve the quality of life for targeted populations through community service and literacy programs. In 2016 Altrusa worked with the International Institute’s nursing assistant program, donated several hundred children’s books to the West Seventh St. Community Center’s annual book giveaway, and volunteered time and supplies to the Minneapolis Sandwich Man who this past year handed out over 520,000 sandwiches to homeless individuals. Unity’s Mary Anderson and the late Olga Zoltai have been longtime supporters of the Altrusa Foundation.
February 12: Scholars of Minnesota—COPE Project
Scholars of Minnesota–Creating Opportunities for Post-Secondary Education's (COPE) mission is to assist underrepresented students in the community in obtaining educational opportunities, financial support, and other resources they need to reach their highest academic, professional, and personal goals. COPE arranges and provides after-school mentoring and college preparation for students in the Twin Cities metro area. The program activities include ACT/SAT college prep classes, college tours and fairs, financial planning, and an annual fundraising scholarship event. COPE is run by volunteers which includes board members, parents, community members, and students.
February 19: Balazs Scholar Program
This offering supports the Balazs Scholar Program that brings a Unitarian Transylvanian minister to study in the U.S. at the Starr King School for the Ministry by providing fundraising, administrative assistance, and tuition to each new scholar.
February 26: Avenues for Homeless Youth
Avenues for Homeless Youth provides a wide array of supportive services for youth ages 16-24. These services are provided through shelter-based programs and host homes for LGBTQ youth. Today’s collection will go to Avenues for Young Families, a transitional family housing program providing rental assistance, health and wellness care, and independent living skills along with job training for twelve homeless young families dreaming of eventual independent living.
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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