The Stewardship in Mission newsletter shares stories of mission and how to make supporting contributions. It keeps you informed about the ministry of The United Methodist Church through mission and the difference every gift makes.
In This Issue
- Your Gift Matters: Celebrating 60 Years of Giving Through The Advance - Page 1
- Human Relations Day...Faith in Action - Page 2
- 2008 Special Sundays - Page 3
- My United Methodist Church - Page 4
Excerpts from Spring 2008 Edition
Your Gift Matters: Celebrating 60 Years of Giving Through The Advance
Sixty years ago, as the world was still recovering from the ravages of World War II, the General Conference established a way to allow Methodists to make gifts to support mission work and relief projects throughout the world. That channel for giving was The Advance for Christ and His Church, often referred to as The Advance.
Though time has passed and much around the world has changed, there is still much need. In Eastern Europe and independent nations of the former Soviet Republic, such as Georgia and Ukraine, your gift through The Advance helps build churches, print and distribute Bibles and Christian education materials, and construct and staff medical clinics.
Human Relations Day...Faith in Action
Gifts in response to mission needs are made with great generosity. The mission emphasis of The United Methodist through the General Board of Global Ministries is staggering. These generous gifts of every size contribute toward delivering hope and healing to children, men, and women around the globe.
More than imaginiable, crises arise and no funds are available. When a gift is made to provide school uniforms for orphans in Zimbabwe, that's the only use those funds can or should have. Funds given to provide text-books for native American children living and receiving education in their community must and should go only for that purpose.
Strength for Service!
Imagine the forceful sound of a hammer pounding a nail. The sound is not just noise; it can be a symbol of construction. Your Human Relations Day Offering enables the pounding sound of hammer against nail; connecting The United Methodist Church through building construction and restoration of lives.
You may ask, "Where do the Special Sundays Offerings go?" Annually, the first Special Sundays Offering is Human Relations Day, observed on the Sunday closest to the observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. The focus of Human Relations Day is to strengthen the outreach of United Methodist congregations around issues of social justice, and work with at-risk youth.
Read the entire issue and see the photos for this edition of Stewardship in Mission:
Spring 2008 Newsletter(PDF, 4 pp., 459K)