Did You Know?
World Communion Sunday
World Communion Sunday is one of six Special Sundays in The United Methodist Church. Annually observed on the first Sunday in October, World Communion Sunday gives Christians a time to share in the sacrament and then to serve God through scholarships for U.S. and international students, enabling people from throughout the world to serve and lead in their home churches and communities by making higher education a reality.
Learn more at umcgiving.org
Back To School
As students throughout the US are returning to school, you can provide school supplies for primary and secondary students in Kinshasha, build a needed classroom in The Philippines, train teachers for schools in rural Pakistan, or support general mission efforts in education worldwide, such as Literacy for All. Secondary students and parents, you can discover the benefits of attending a United Methodist-related college.
Africa University, a private, international school, opened in March 1992? It is a United Methodist Church-related project funded from church members all over the world and has an endowment fund of over $40 million. AU's fall semester begins in mid-August.
Visit Africa University online at www.africau.edu
Global AIDS Fund
The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund “provides education, advocacy and funding support for ministries working toward an AIDS-free world." This Global Health initiative provides resources for congregations within The United Methodist Church, local autonomous Methodist churches, and other denominations.
Learn more at umcor.org
Global Ministries has sustainable agriculture-related mission efforts in three continents. Local farmers learn to make efficient, natural fertilizers instead of relying on expensive, petroleum-based chemicals. By raising enough food to feed their families plus some extra to sell, local farmers are eliminating their reliance on unreliable imports.
Learn more at umcor.org
Congregations, whatever the size, consistently witness to experiencing spiritual growth when involved in mission beyond themselves. A covenant relationship is as small as $5 per member per year! Currently, less than 10% of our more than 35,000 US congregations are participating in a covenant relationship.
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Cokesbury is the retail division of The United Methodist Publishing House, the publisher and distributor to The United Methodist Church and the greater Christian community since 1789. The name "Cokesbury" comes from the names of the first two Methodist Bishops, Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury. You can request a catalog or place an order by visiting cokesbury.com or calling 1-800-672-1789.
Biking for Transportation
Bicycles For Pastors projects through The Advance provide the only means many pastors in locations on the continents of Africa and Asia are able to travel. Two wheels can go where the terrain or lack of fuel prohibits. Find a mission project at advancinghope.org.
Fishing for Food
For many, summer is the season for recreational fishing; but for many others in Central America, South America and on the continent of Africa, fishing isn't recreational. It is the means of getting the main source of animal protein. Global Ministries' mission projects in these areas include the development of fisheries that provide vital nutrition and sustainable income. Find a mission project at advancinghope.org.
Undesignated gifts provide the ability for immediate response to mission needs that are unaccounted for, or in cases where insufficient funds are available for a designated need. Visit Givetomission.org to make a gift and make a difference.