3rd Annual


Ingathering: People who Care


People from all communities come from near and far. It’s a spirit of giving that calls for the entire district working together.


All projects are directly related to the alleviation of hunger and poverty around the world, including the United States.


Gifts collected at the annual Thanksgiving Ingathering make a difference in the lives of people in other areas of the world.

The Mission

The Thanksgiving Ingathering is a multi-missional event of local, national and international projects that address education, poverty, hunger and disaster relief  as a way of growing our relationship with Jesus Christ.   The event creates a synergy from broad participation and support for missions.”

Our Programs

My Heart’s Appeal
My Heart’s Appeal is an Advance of the United Methodist Church (#3022086). It was founded by Mrs. Lovetie Major,M.E. in[...]
Just Do It Now
Just Do It Now was founded in 2018 by churches in the Wharton, TX area, as a non-profit organization that[...]
The world has enough production potential and distribution capability to feed everyone. The need is for both the moral and[...]
  Texas Conference Mission Depot Disaster Relief is one of the many passions of Rev. Scott Moore who serves as[...]

Recent Articles

Organizing a Thanksgiving Ingathering
(UPDATED for 2019)Click the link below to download a complete Guide to Organizing 2019's Thanksgiving Ingathering.Inside, you will find information[...]
10 Steps to Organize the Task Force
MISSION Our mission is to create partnerships of churches with missions that address local, regional and worldwide issues of hunger,[...]
History of the Thanksgiving Ingathering
It was a young Director of Church Relations at Westmar College (UMC) who first wondered, “How can we bring the[...]

United Methodists of Texas

Thank you for your support of the Ingathering

Beginning in the SW District of the Texas Annual Conference in 2017, it is our sincere hope and desire that other districts and other conferences in Texas will join this multi-missional event.

We are working together throughout the year to make each Ingathering around the country a success. This year Ingathering is putting down roots in Texas!  We are supporting 4 missions this year...UMCOR Disaster Relief (national), My Heart’s Appeal (special education school and life skills training in Liberia...worldwide),   Just Do It Now  (local...offering re-building efforts to restore homes and community in lower income areas of Wharton, TX),  and Rise Against Hunger (Worldwide ... We combine an assembly line process with an educational experience to make a huge impact.) Any undesignated funds will be divided among the four mission projects.

It is fun to set goals of how many disaster relief kits for UMCOR or school supplies for My Heart's Appeal your church would like to put together.  Just Do It Now will receive funds for repair and restoration in Wharton, TX.  Rise Against Hunger volunteers will each spend 2 hours to package nutritious meals of rice, vitamin supplement, dried vegetable and pack 250 meals!   Set your goals...invite participation...and come to the auction and craft fair!

Each host site is just that, a host. They need the cooperation of all of our churches to make Saturday, November 2, a success. This year our site is FirstUMC-W. Columbia. Our site needs volunteers to help set up, run the auction, take care of the vouchers and funds, and load the  trucks headed for UMCOR . To help, connect with the site’s contact person listed on this website.

Let’s make 2019 another success with a goal of over $50,000.

Thanksgiving Ingathering Task Force
Dr. Arthur W. Richardson, Executive Director
(405) 317-6909