2013 One Great Hour of Sharing just days away


Donations to One Great Hour of Sharing allow the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to live out its mission to alleviate human suffering by providing for UMCOR's administrative costs. This helps ensure that all contributions to UMCOR go to the specific project and not to administrative costs.

UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters – those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own.

In this April 2012 photo, Middleburgh homeowner Marian McKiernan (left) shows one of the volunteers working at her home photos of the home from before the flooding. Her story is just one being highlighted by UMCOR as One Great Hour of Sharing approaches on March 10, 2013. Photo by Beth DiCocco.

UMCOR responds around the world, and in the case of the Upper New York Area, close to home. UMCOR provided (and continues to provide) relief and rebuilding assistance in the aftermath of the 2011 flooding that affected Upstate New York.

One of the stories highlighted by UMCOR as One Great Hour of Sharing approaches is that of Frank and Marian McKiernan. The Middleburgh couple had only 30 minutes to get out as the water rose around the 19th-century home they’ve owned for more than two decades.

“I see God’s hand in everything they do,” Marian McKiernan said of the United Methodist volunteers. “Thank you so much for bringing us out of despair.” Read the full story about the Middleburgh rebuilding efforts in the July 2012 issue of the Advocate, which can be found online here.

One Great Hour of Sharing is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent (also the third Sunday before Easter), but churches can celebrate anytime.

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