Gratitude

Articles

January 3, 2018

By: The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

A year ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to write two thank you cards a week for 2017. One card would go to someone at work and the other to someone in my personal life simply to thank him or her for being in my life and in our community. I decided to participate in this spiritual discipline...

November 28, 2017

By: Kayla Massey, Associate Staff Officer, United Thank Offering

I’m a millennial, and it seems that no matter where you turn these days, someone is talking about us; some good, some not so good. Our generation is often defined by its obsessions with social media, avocado toast, Harry Potter, and self-care.

Even with wonderful things like avocado...

November 28, 2017

By: The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

And the word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory. –John 1:14

Happy (liturgical) New Year! Advent and Christmas are my favorite seasons of the year and always have been. Some Episcopalians like to say that we are Easter people, but I really think that we are Advent...

November 13, 2017

By: The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

If you’re like me, you might want to have some ideas for how to entertain everyone when the turkey takes longer to cook then you estimated. Or, you might be more on the ball than I am and would simply like a faith formation item to send home with families to encourage gratitude discussions...

November 13, 2017

By: Joyce Landers, Province IV Representative, UTO Board

“Anxiety is overcome by gratitude.” A friend shared this quote on Facebook one day and I liked it. I shared with several friends but soon forgot about it. I didn’t even really think that hard about it. It is something we all do – share the wise words and then forget them. Several weeks later, I...

November 13, 2017

By: The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

It’s November, which means that we’ve all survived the sugar rush of Halloween. The scarecrow I built with my kids, which made me think someone was looking inside my window every single time I went into the kitchen, is now, thankfully, a thing of the past. As I was pulling fake cobwebs from my...

October 25, 2017

By: The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

First off, my apologies: your e-news is coming out a little late this month because I was waiting for the Ingathering totals for September so we could announce all of the contest winners at once. Thank you to all of you who have called or emailed asking where your e-news was! It’s great to know...

July 5, 2017

By: V.V. Massey, Grace Episcopal Church, Anderson, South Carolina, Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

I grew up Baptist. We didn’t have the UTO or mite boxes like other churches had; we had the penny march. Every Sunday, the children would get up and march down the aisle of the church gathering pennies for mission. Fast-forward several years to a marriage and confirmation into the Episcopal...

July 5, 2017

By: Heather Melton, Staff Officer, United Thank Offering

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

—President John F. Kennedy

 

Over the past few months, more and more people have mentioned to me how important they think teaching and...

October 19, 2012

As I begin this article, I can only express my deep gratitude to each of you for the ministries you offer as an expression of your discipleship in Jesus. It has been a privilege for these past five years to be able to be a part of the developing evolution of Jubilee Ministry in the Episcopal...

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