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United Thank Offering celebrates founder Julia Chester Emery’s birthday in September

United Thank Offering celebrates founder Julia Chester Emery’s birthday in September

By Wendy Grace | Diocesan UTO Coordinator

Who doesn’t love a birthday celebration? Especially if you can give a gift that is truly special! This year marks the 165th birthday of Julia Chester Emery, the founder of the United Thank Offering (UTO). She was born on September 24th, and this year that date falls on a Sunday. What better way to celebrate her birthday than with a special collection that will be a gift for some very deserving grant recipients? Please take advantage of the materials provided by the UTO to promote this special collection. You can download all kinds of helpful materials at this link:

And remember, every penny collected says “thank you” and every penny collected goes directly into the grants that UTO provides!

UTO Supplies

If your congregation is low on boxes or envelopes, please contact me, Wendy Grace, by phone, (802) 775-4368, or by email,, to make arrangements for you.

Birthday Celenbration Resources

Congregations, dioceses, groups and organizations are invited to sponsor a birthday party for Emery on Sunday, September 24. Online resources for your celebration are available here.

Contests for Congregations

The UTO Board is hosting contests for congregations and dioceses. The first contest invites you to take photos or videos of your celebration and tag it on Instagram (@UnitedThankOffering) or post to the UTO Facebook page to enter to win  a prize at the end of  September.

The second contest is to recognize the parish and diocese that contribute the most to the UTO Ingathering during the month of September. The official rules for each contest can be found here.

More Information

For more information about the Julia Chester Emery Birthday Campaign, please contact Heather Melton, UTO Staff Officer,

This year marks the 165th birthday of UTO founder Julia Chester Emery. Host a local celebration for a chance to win a prize.

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