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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 Kathleen Barry

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported the work of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21), a national racial ethnic plan of The United Methodist Church, housed at Discipleship Ministries. Under the leadership of newly installed executive director Rev. Michael L. Bowie, Jr., SBC21 provides innovating resources to help strengthen churches across the U.S. Due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff of SBC21 recently shifted their annual networking event for African-American Young Adults to a Transformational Virtual College Tour, featuring speakers and virtual tours of higher education institutions. Thirty-five colleges and universities will participate, including Gammon Theological Seminary, Perkins School of Theology and Wesley Theological Seminary. 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 SBC21 and the Transformational Virtual College Tour.

Follow Me

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UM News photo by Mike DuBose

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported the educational mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church’s eleven historically black colleges and universities. One of those schools, Meharry Medical College, has been at the forefront of COVID-19 treatment and vaccine trials. Dr. James Hildreth, CEO of Meharry in Nashville, and a member the FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee, wants to be sure that black and brown communities were represented in the trials.

"In essence, we want to make sure that those most vulnerable to disease and death are the ones that get the vaccine, and it turns out that in this case, the people who need the vaccine most are among those who are the most reluctant to accept the vaccine," said Dr. Hildreth. "I think it’s our responsibility as medical professionals to provide enough information for people to feel comfortable participating."

Meharry and the other ten institutions are supported through the UMC’s Black College Fund. 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 Meharry Medical College.

Click here to read more about the Black College Fund.

Rend Your Hearts: Claiming the Promise

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UMCOR photo by Sager Brown

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 Global Ministries, which in turn provides support and oversight of our disaster response arm, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). This past fall, when back-to-back storms ravaged Louisiana, UMCOR was not only our presence on the scene in the immediate aftermath, but our continuing presence helping with the work of recovery.

Elaine Burleigh, the Louisiana conference disaster response coordinator, said it best: “Sometimes, it feels like the rest of the nation has forgotten about the suffering in Louisiana, but UMCOR and The United Methodist Church have made a commitment to the people of Louisiana that we are here for the long haul. I have been so humbled by the outpouring of compassion from United Methodists from all corners of our country.”

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 UMCOR work in Louisiana.

Rend Your Hearts: Claiming the Promise (cont'd)

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UM News Photo by Mike DuBose

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.

Living the Resurrection

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