A Time for Change: Technology
Greetings in the Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
Prayer and giving have long been vital to women’s organizations in the church. One way that United Methodist Women members combine prayer and giving is during the time of Call to Prayer and Self-Denial. Today, the yearly offering for A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial totals nearly one million dollars, with projects funded both nationally and internationally.
Information technology plays a vital role in communication and learning in today’s world. Technology sends important information quickly, alerting communities to disaster, violence or other danger. Technology is also a part of education—teaching math, science, English as a second language, and sharing information about diseases and treatments. The 2012 theme for A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial, “A Time for Change: Technology,” is very timely.
In 2012 the offering will enable national mission institutions and international institutions historically related to the United Methodist Women to help the marginalized and the poor, the physically challenged and others, especially women children and youth, who don’t have access to information technology that will improve their quality of life. Projects such as computer literacy, information technology training, English as a second language classes, and career enhancement and job-seeking skills will be supported.
A sample packet available through the e-store will help you create an inspiring A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial service. This packet includes an offering envelope in addition to the following downloadable resources:
- Prayer card, featuring prayers in English, Spanish and Korean that may be used during the observance. This prayer may be woven into a worship service or prayed at home.
- Poster, also with three languages.
- Order form (multilingual) detailing special shipping and handling costs.
- This letter with Spanish and Korean versions.
A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial service can be found in the 2011–2012 United Methodist Women Program Book: Walk With Wholeness.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Marva Usher-Kerr at email@example.com.
Women’s Division Executive Secretary for Membership