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4 candles are lit the last week of Advent.Advent, Christmas, Epiphany

Advent begins the church year, starting four Sundays before Christmas, the celebration of Jesus Christ's birth, on December 25. Epiphany, or "Three Kings Day," happens on January 6.

Hearts for HaitiGive gifts of hope this Christmas

Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, retirement, births... Many occasions call for celebration. Honor someone in your life with a gift to mission.


AshesLent and Easter

A gathering of features and other resources centered on the Lenten season.
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Notable figures in Black HistoryBlack History Month

Black History Month is observed in February each year. African Americans have played important roles in the development of the United States.


Women from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month: A collection of Features and resources on this theme.
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UMCOR: Be there.One Great Hour of Sharing

"Without this offering so much of what UMCOR does to bring hope and healing to the world could not happen," says the UMCOR's Rev. Sam W. Dixon.


World Malaria Day is April 25World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day is celebrated annually on April 25. This international event helps raise awareness and understanding of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease. Read More

Dream Catcher/4 directions Christian symbolNative American Ministries Sunday

This Special Sunday recognizes and supports contributions of Native Americans to the church and society. Approved by the 1988 General Conference, it is one of six churchwide offerings. Read More


The flames of Pentecost inspired the United Methodist symbol.Pentecost

Pentecost is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter and commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles in Jerusalem. Read More

John Wesley is featured on this hand-made quilt.Heritage Sunday

May 24 or the Sunday preceding is a Special Sunday celebrated by United Methodist congregations to reflect on our heritage, celebrate the church's history, and look forward to the future.


Asian languages are represented on this collage.Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

The goal in this annual recognition is to celebrate Asian/Pacific Americans' past, present, and future contributions to leadership and diversity in the US.

Hands in prayer can evoke a sense of love and hope.International Day of Prayer for Peace

On September 21, churches and communities worldwide commit to Peace through prayer, meditation and other forms of spiritual observance. Read More


Hispanic Heritage MonthHispanic Heritage Month

September 15-October 15 gives local congregations the opportunity to celebrate the importance and contributions of the Hispanic culture in worship. Read More

Bread and wine are prepared for communionWorld Communion Sunday

Observed on the first Sunday of October, this is a day to be in communion with Christians all over the world. Read More


Dear LordChildren's Sabbath

Every October this observance reminds us of the needs of millions of children in our country. We are called not only to prayer, but to action. Read More

World AIDS Day: December 1World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is December 1 every year. United Methodists are encouraged to observe this event on or near that day.


Martin Luther KingMartin Luther King, Jr., Day

Honoring and celebrating Dr. King and his legacy each year reminds us how precious and fragile civil rights are in many parts of the world.

JustUs Youth GroupHuman Relations Day

January 17, 2010. This Special Sunday celebrates the connectional work of United Methodist Churches.