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, Cathy Spears, 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/February Offering Recipients
January 26: Days for Girls
Days for Girls creates washable feminine hygiene kits for girls in developing countries in order to help keep them in school, avoid early marriages, and break the cycle of poverty. Sewing days take place throughout the Twin Cities, and finished kits will last three to five years. This collection will support the purchase of sewing supplies and shipping the kits internationally. Unity’s Denise Dejarlais is a member of the Days for Girls Arden Hills team.
February 2: Bolder Options
Bolder Options provides referral based, one-on-one wellness mentoring for youth ages 10-14. Mentors and youth attend weekly activities to pursue physical, academic, and social/emotional health goals. After meeting goals and working together weekly for at least one year, participants remain involved in the alumni program. This collection will help purchase running shoes and bike safety gear for youth participants. Unity Church member Heidi Mastrud is the former director and patron of Bolder Options.
February 9: Philando Castile Peace Garden
The Philando Castile Peace Garden will be located at the site of Philando’s tragic death on July 6, 2016. Philando’s family and community members, along with the city of Falcon Heights and the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation, have developed the vision for a contemplative gathering space built around walkways, gardens, and gathering areas that will welcome all who seek to work toward reconciliation and racial justice. This collection will help underwrite the first phases of design and construction.
February 16: Monarch Joint Venture
Monarch Joint Venture is a partnership of federal/state agencies, NGOs, and business and academic programs working together to protect the monarch migration across the United States. Its mission is to protect monarchs and their migration by collaborating with partner groups to conserve habitats, educate community members, and research monarchs and their habitats. Its vision is thriving monarch populations that sustain monarch migration into perpetuity. Unity Church member Therese Sexe serves on the board of Monarch Joint Venture.
February 23: Bountifield International
Bountifield International partners with women farmers to better feed their communities, reduce the drudgery of outdated food processing, and improve their lives through innovative postharvest technology. Women are given access to business education, technical support, financial capital, land ownership, and decision making authority. Once empowered, they feel the pride of increasing the size and quality of annual harvests, thus realizing larger income and independence for their families. This collection will support the purchase of multi-crop grinders and training for food packaging and storage. Unity Church member Donna Gies is an advisory board member for Bountifield International.
If you would like to nominate an organization, please fill out the offering recipient nomination form at right.
Criteria for Sunday Offering nominations submitted by congregation members:
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Nominate the Sunday Offering Form PDF
Nominate the Sunday Offering Form WORD
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