On Sunday, the 8th of July, the morning worship service including the United Thank Offering Ingathering service. It made a tremendous impact to see the Episcopal Church Woman UTO Representative from each diocese proceed across the stage and offer a financial gift from her diocese. Due to the generosity of congregations of all sizes, structures, and financial means, the UTO provided 37 grants to dioceses, 2 regional grants, 6 companion dioceses grants, and 8 international grants. Well over a millions dollars collected and put right back into the community we are called to serve. As a child I was excited about saving my coins to contribute. I gave as a young woman, but not always as much as possible. As an older woman with nature’s highlights in my hair, I am so proud and honored to be able to contribute. It means something to see the longevity, potential, and the power of the ECW, UTO, and a little blue collection box. The Presiding Bishop’s message urged us to, “Keep it simple. Be a gift. Speak and act for God’s dream. Go and act for God’s dream. Boldly go where Jesus has gone before…and invite others to help.” Are you willing? Am I willing?