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Offertory Prayers and Invitation to the Offering

By Ken Sloane

Each month’s Offertory Prayers includes an “Invitation to the Offering” along with a digital image for those who might want to use it. We hope you will find this a helpful way to remind the people in your pews that their offering travels to many places to make a powerful difference in the lives of people they may never meet.

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UM News Photo by Mike DuBose

April 2021

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported the historical commitment of The United Methodist Church to be in ministry with those in prison, believing in the redemption and Resurrection power available to all through our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Chaplains are endorsed and equipped through the United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA), which is housed at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Conference and local church ministries bring church members into prisons to provide Bible studies, GED classes, or simply comforting visits. Church ministries offer support and assistance for people in transition like Debra Kelley (pictured here) – supporting the journey from prison back into society. Ministries like these happen, thanks to the way the people of The United Methodist Church live and give connectionally.

I invite you to give generously, as we worship God through sharing our gifts, tithes, and offerings.

Click here to read more about the United Methodist Endorsing Agency.

Click here to read more about this ministry for ex-offenders.

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UMCOR image by Sager Brown

May 2021

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported the work of the General Board of Church and Society, located in Washington DC. In January, the agency co-hosted a virtual gathering with diverse faith and United Nations partners to develop strategies to accelerate advocacy for gender justice. Participants explored how people of faith and institutions can work with governments, the United Nations, and civil society to achieve gender equality, equity, and justice. This year’s focus on gender equality, equity, and justice was timely because the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing gender inequalities. Domestic abuse has increased during lockdowns because women and girls are trapped with abusers. Schools and other services that women and girls rely upon have been closed due to the pandemic. The January symposium gathered information and advocacy points and will present its findings to the sixty-fifth annual session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Ministries like these happen, thanks to the way the people of The United Methodist Church live and give connectionally.

I invite you to give generously, as we worship God through sharing our gifts, tithes, and offerings.

Click here to learn more about the Global Symposium.

Click here to learn more about the work of the General Board of Church and Society.

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UM News photo by Mike DuBose

June 2021

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported Africa University, a United Methodist university in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, which includes the highly regarded School of Agriculture and the Dream Farm, where students learn farming first-hand.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university farm adapted its business model, offering door-to-door deliveries to ensure families retained access to fresh and nutritious foods and to keep supermarkets in the city of Mutare well stocked with farm-fresh produce. Farm activities did not cease. They continue full throttle today, despite extended national lockdown restrictions. Ministries like these happen, thanks to the way the people of The United Methodist Church live and give connectionally.

I invite you to give generously, as we worship God through sharing our gifts, tithes, and offerings.

Click here to read more about the Africa University Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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UM News Photo by Michelle Maldonado

July 2021

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported Ministry with Young People, a ministry area at Discipleship Ministries. Resourcing youth ministry around the world has been particularly challenging during the coronavirus pandemic, but thanks to the support from our World Service Fund giving, a lifeline has been available for finding innovative ways to continue in ministry with youth and young adults. Each year, two grant programs in particular have global reach to inspire creative and innovative ways to be in ministry with young people, ages thirteen to thirty-plus. Grants for Ministries with Young People (GMYP) fund creative, innovative approaches to ministries for, with, and by young people. This grant values both outreach and community impact with young people, whether they are already connected to a faith community or not. The Global Youth Service Fund comes from youth creating fundraisers and contributing money, with youth deciding what projects receive money. All of the projects supported must be youth-designed, led by youth, and must benefit young people. These projects are prioritized around community outreach and evangelism, leadership development, and justice work related to young people.

Ministries like these happen, thanks to the way the people of The United Methodist Church live and give connectionally.

I invite you to give generously, as we worship God through sharing our gifts, tithes, and offerings.

Click here to read more about Young People's Ministry at Discipleship Ministries.

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Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News

August 2021

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported the COVID-19 response of our mission agency, Global Ministries, and its disaster response unit, UMCOR. Through the “Sheltering in Love” campaign and unit programming, we celebrate the far-reaching impact of 230 grants totaling $2,329,785 with a commitment to continued care and compassion in the fight against COVID-19. Collaborations with health professionals, missionaries, disaster management coordinators, and faith leaders have allowed for a global response to COVID-19 by Global Ministries and UMCOR. From the Philippines to Pennsylvania, Brazil to Burundi, peoples’ daily needs such as healthcare, food, hygiene, and job security are being met.

Through your giving, we helped equip local churches, annual conferences, and nonprofit organizations to be in mission with their communities; we are caring for one another and extending compassion to those left most vulnerable during this challenging time.

Ministries like these happen, thanks to the way the people of The United Methodist Church live and give connectionally.

I invite you to give generously, as we worship God through sharing our gifts, tithes, and offerings.

Click here to read more about Global Ministries' "Sheltering in Love" program.

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