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.
January Offering Recipients
January 1: Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery works to end child abuse and neglect and create strong, healthy families. The Crisis Nursery supports families in crisis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, through their free, voluntary services.
January 8: Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center
Unity Church member Matt Brown has nominated the Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center (DALAC) which provides pro bono legal services to victims and survivors of domestic violence. Services are brought directly into shelters enabling individuals to receive assistance in safe and convenient settings during the critical time immediately after leaving an abusive relationship. Individual donations are the largest source of DALAC funding.
January 15: MAD DADS
MAD DADS is an acronym for Men Against Destruction, Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder. Mad Dads Minneapolis works in the neighborhoods of Phillips, Downtown, and North Minneapolis helping residents work around the effects of poverty and racism. MAD DADS cover city streets, diffusing violent situations and training people in conflict resolution. MAD DADS enlists men who desire to transform their own lives by promoting and demonstrating positive role models of fathers engaging and protecting community, youth, and families.
January 22: River's Edge Academy
River's Edge Academy (REA) is an expeditionary learning charter high school in St. Paul. REA’s culture emphasizes relationships, community building, and leadership and character growth focusing on honor, empathy, honesty, perseverance, and a sense of exploration. Each student is a member of a crew and students stay in the same crew with the same crew leader for four years. The capstone of each school year is an Outward Bound backpacking trip on the Superior Hiking Trail. Unity’s Generosity Ministry will help fund the 2017 capstone adventure.
January 29: TRUTH Academy
TRUTH translates to tenacity, responsibility, uplift, teamwork, and hope. TRUTH Academy aims to serve as the leading educational advocate for St. Paul’s underserved and underrepresented communities. In addition to free breakfasts and lunches for all students, TRUTH Academy offers Wednesday after school enrichment programs and Saturday morning breakfast and tutoring programs. Unity members Rick Heydinger and Barbara Washburn are cheerleaders for TRUTH Academy.
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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