Living Stewardship: 2013 Call to Prayer and Self-Denial
This annual observance gives local and district units a chance to study and reflect on a particular theme each year and to designate funds for ministries related to the theme for the year.
This Year’s Theme
In 2013, the offering received will equip, educate and empower women and youth with financial knowledge and skills necessary to improve their financial well-being and make informed decisions. Greater financial literacy will build skills and knowledge among target populations in areas such as, but not limited to, personal and household financial budget planning and cash management, savings, credit access and management, formal and informal banking, safety-net planning; thereby, equipping people to better understand and manage household and personal finances to advance their economic situation.
Apply for a Call to Prayer and Self-Denial grant:
Planning an Observance
We encourage you to commemorate A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial on one day during the first few months of the year.
Be creative. The following ideas offer some possibilities:
- Plan a quiet day or retreat for all members of your unit and anyone interested. Use the appropriate year’s Quiet Day Service in the United Methodist Women Program Book, available through the e-store.
- Plan a prayer vigil for your church or unit using the Prayer Calendar along with the Quiet Day Service.
- Explore with your pastor the possibility of having your United Methodist Women unit lead a Quiet Day Service for a Sunday-morning worship service.
- Prepare a meal as part of a year’s observance.
- Distribute the Prayer Card to members who are absent. Order additional cards to give to friends.
Giving Makes a Difference
By your sacrificial giving to A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial, you, United Methodist Women members and predecessor organizations over the years have:
- Built and equipped schools, libraries and clinics
- Trained rural and urban women for specialized ministries
- Provided nutrition and medical assistance for thousands of women, children and youth
- Offered relief to those uprooted by wars and other disasters
- Advocated for public policy changes to benefit women and children
- Produced long-term economic benefits through income-generation and other self-help projects