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.
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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
Human Relations Day: Imagine the Possibility
Human Relations Day offerings surpassed $635,000 in 2008. Imagine how many more lives could be changed if each United Methodist gave at least $1. Please give generously to the Human Relations Day offering on January 19. Learn more at umcgiving.org
United Methodist Student Stories
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry awards scholarships and loans to students attending United Methodist and other accredited colleges and universities through the United Methodist Student Day offering. This year, United Methodist Student Day is November 30. Learn more at umcgiving.org
One Dollar to Help a Scholar
Giving to World Communion Sunday has increased in each of the last three years. While that is positive, the 2007 figure averages to less than 15¢ per member. Imagine the lives that would be forever enriched if each United Methodist gave just $1. World Communion Sunday 2008 is October 5. Please make a difference and give generously!Learn more ...
A Scholar's Story
As a child, Natalya Shulgina was raised as an atheist in her Russian village home. Visits from missionaries gave Natalya a view of life with Christian love. She was baptized at the second Russian United Methodist Church Student Forum. She later received a scholarship funded from gifts to World Communion Sunday to pursue a seminary education. Natalya earned her degree and answered God's call to ordination. Learn more ...
World Communion Scholarships
Half of the gifts of World Communion Sunday are applied to World Communion Scholarships. These scholarships, which are awarded to minority students in the US and international students, were founded in 1944 as Crusades Scholarships. The 2008 General Conference approved legislation changing the name, which reflects the primary source of funding. Learn more ...
Leadership Development Grants
Each year, as funding allows, 250 students in the United States and abroad receive Leadership Development Grants. These are used to help pay for graduate education. Criteria for the grants include an expectation that students will actively work in communities of need following their studies. Gifts to General Board of Global Ministries—Mission Contexts and Relationships helps provide the grants. Read more ...