In this time of transition, we can be certain of one thing: God has been generous to each of us.  As we recognize how much we have to be grateful for, we can respond to that recognition by choosing to live generously.  We are all stewards of God's bounty on our journey to generosity.  Let us accept with gratitude all our many gifts and respond generously so that we may live as faithful stewards. 

“Stewardship means using the gifts God has given us to do the work God is calling us to do.”

Grace Stewardship Team Recommends UTO Lenten Devotional Calendar for 2018

United Thank Offering is a spiritual and financial partner in the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Every year UTO receives offerings given in recognition of the abundance of God’s blessings. These offerings provide grants for a wide variety of mission projects in the US and around the world, including medical clinics, safe drinking water facilities, equipment for food pantries, and many others.

This year the national UTO office is offering a Lenten Devotional Calendar which invites us to offer our thanksgivings for the blessings in our lives, both large and small, throughout Lent. Each day the calendar provides brief information about one of the 2017 UTO grant sites and a web address to find more information about the project, and each day the calendar provides a challenge related to the reason the grant was requested (for example, counting the number of heating and cooling registers in your home).  Participants might consider designating a certain amount (a dime, a quarter, or a dollar, for example) for each item named during these daily challenges. The calendar could be used as a personal devotional exercise or for a shared family activity. 

Whether or not you take this on as a Lenten discipline, please join in support of UTO by daily use of a UTO box. Take a moment each day to be aware of the abundance of God’s blessings and make a thank offering.  Blue UTO boxes can be found in the Grace Church narthex.

You can find the UTO calendar here: