Missions and Special Offerings
October 6 – WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
In 1940 the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America established World-wide Communion Sunday—originally a Presbyterian observance—as a global, interdenominational event. In 1971 the United Methodist Church changed the name of the observance to World Communion Sunday. Half of the offering provides Crusade Scholarships for international and U.S. (racial- and ethnic-minority) graduate students. Thirty-five percent of the receipts support Ethnic Scholarships for undergraduate students. Fifteen percent funds Ethnic In-Service Training Program scholarships for racial- and ethnic-minority persons seeking second careers in church-related vocations.
October 20 – UMCOR DISASTER COLLECTION
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is one of the first organizations on the scene when there are disasters internationally or in the U.S. UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend loving care to these people. These beneficiaries are seen as partners, not victims, and UMCOR works to empower them. Whenever possible, UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend its reach.
***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.
Mission Kit of the Month
We are continuing the Mission Kit of the Month this year for the kits that we send to Fill the Truck and Thanksgiving Ingathering for UMCOR. So, there will be only 2 different kits and they will run from March--October during several different months. Note that the School Kit now contains 1 Pkg of Loose-leaf paper with 100-200 pages in addition to the 3 notebooks. Also, the Health Kit now has 10 Band-Aids instead of 6 and Toenail Clippers are acceptable along with Nail Clippers. If you would like to buy the items in the kit, you could do that yourself or share buying the items with another person. Or you could give a donation for the amount of the kit. Whatever you can do to help out would be appreciated. Thanks. Karen Hansen 448-4456.
May/June/September/October-Health Kit: $12- 1 Hand Towel (15" x 25" to 17" x 27"), kitchen, cleaning, & microfiber towels NOT acceptable), 1 Wash Cloth, 1 Comb sturdy larger-toothed at least 7" long, 1 Nail Clipper or Toenail Clippers (NO emery boards), 1 Bar of Soap bath-size (at least 3 oz., in packaging-NO Ivory or Jergens because of moisture content), 1 Toothbrush (Adult size, in original packaging), 10 Band-Aids (3/4"-1" size). (UMCOR)
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