Giving Away the Plate
There’s an old saying that it’s not a worship service unless an offering is received. At Hope we believe it is important to take an offering at each worship service, but we don’t believe the offering is for our financial benefit. Instead, Hope gives away the plate offering – not once a month, but every Sunday. We do this that our church might set an example for others.
Each month, we give away ALL of the undesignated funds from our Sunday Offering. The Outreach Committee chooses organizations that support the mission of HOPE Unitarian Church.
In the past these have included:
Domestic Violence Intervention Service (DVIS)
Tulsa Youth Services
The Order of Service contains a weekly announcement about where the money will go that week and how much was donated the previous week. In a typical year the amount given away is approximately $10,000. People sometimes ask how the church is financially supported if we give away the plate.
We ask members and friends of the church to make an annual pledge of financial support. We encourage people to give to Hope until it feels good.