Missions and Special Offerings
January 14 - HUMAN RELATIONS SUNDAY
Usually on the Sunday before the birthday observance of the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., United Methodist
congregations observe Human Relations Day. The special
offering supports Community Developers, United Methodist
Voluntary Service and Youth Offender Rehabilitation
programs. Because of a Human Relations Grant, United Methodists of all ages travel to Washington, D.C., where about 30 seminars per year on national and international affairs take place at the United Methodist building across from the U.S. Capitol. After each group chooses a topic – poverty and homelessness, human trafficking, immigration, environmental justice – a unique learning experience is designed. Your donation empowers those struggling to survive and equips change agents. The United Methodist Human Relations Day offering provides countless people with the resources to transform the world.
January 28 - WILLIS DADY SHELTER FOR MEN & FAMILIES
The Shelter provides over 8,000 nights of shelter annually for homeless men, women and children…or 26% of the Linn County total. They operate efficiently, are debt free and depend on regular contributions from individuals, businesses, churches and grants for 50% of their annual $285,000 operating expenses. United Way supports the other one half. Willis Dady served 700 individuals in 2015 through 4 programs. They are Emergency Shelter and Case Management, Overflow Shelter during winter months only, Homeless Prevention, and Supportive Services for Veteran Families. They are located at 1247 4th Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids.
***Please designate your offering to its intended purpose, i.e., General Fund, Building Fund, Missions, etc. by writing your instructions on your check or ‘giving envelope’. Offerings not designated will go to the General Fund.
What is a bequest? A bequest is a gift left in a will. When you leave a bequest to the Church, you give a gift that lasts longer than your lifetime, a gift that will always be remembered.
Throughout 2018 we will be taking a few more offerings. Special offerings are meant to give opportunity to those who already tithe and are looking for new opportunities to give above and beyond. If you feel pressured, do not give. But if you want to do more, this is for you!!