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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

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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UM News Photo by Mike DuBose

September 2021

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported the work of United Methodist Communications (also known as UMCom). Throughout the pandemic, they responded to an enormous outcry from churches – here and around the globe – as they moved into the world of video production and streaming over the internet. Their highly professional staff resourced churches around world – working together while working remotely from their homes. They provided these resources to local churches through the ResourceUMC webpage, while also keeping all of us up to date on what was happening across the church via daily news stories and newsletters.

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 United Methodist Communications video production work.

Click here to explore training and resources for local church communications.

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UM News Photo by DooSoo Lee

Advent 2021

Your offering last week empowered ministry within our congregation and responded to the needs of our community. It also supported the work done by the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry in endorsing and resourcing chaplains in a variety of ministries. One of those is military chaplain Rev. DooSoo Lee, who serves the needs of women and men of our armed forces away from their families.

Lee, a Korean American U.S. Army chaplain, currently serves and cares for soldiers at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys – located in Pyeongtaek, along the western coast of South Korea, not far from Seoul. Lee is a full elder in the Northern Illinois Conference. After serving several local churches, he became a chaplain to the Selected U.S. Army Reserve in 2017. He has been an active-duty chaplain since 2018.

“Deployment to Korea is different from serving on assignment to a military unit in the Korean garrison,” he said. “It is similar to the difference between an interim pastor and an appointed pastor. It is a very special experience to be deployed to serve America in my motherland, where I was born and raised, as a chaplain of the U.S. Army.”

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 Rev. Lee's ministry in the U.S. Army.

Click here to read more on chaplaincy in the UMC.

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