Native American Sunday Is April 26

April 09, 2009

Native American Sunday, approved by the 1988 General Conference, is one of six special church-wide Sunday offerings. This observance- celebrated April 26, this year - recognizes and supports the contributions of Native Americans to the church and society. 


Whether providing shelter for victims of domestic violence, filling food pantries, starting new churches or providing scholarships for Native American seminary students, the funds collected allow The United Methodist Church to partner with existing native ministries and to create programs on behalf of Native Americans.

"Because of my scholarship [provided by the Native American Ministries Sunday offering] , I did not have to worry about paying for tuition, books and other costs that hinder so many students. I could concentrate on my purpose for being there: to study and to become a better minister," shares The Rev. Glen "Chebon" Kernell Jr., in Oklahoma.

With your gifts, students like Glen "Chebon" Kernell Jr. can fulfill the calling God places in their hearts for ministry. 


Fifty percent of the collected offering remains in the annual conference to develop and strengthen local Native American ministries. If no such ministries exist within the annual conference, the offering is remitted in full to the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). The fund is divided equally between the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry to provide scholarships for American Indians attending the church's schools of theology and the Native American Urban Initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries to expand mission work.

Approximately 19,000 United Methodists identify themselves as Native American.

Donate online to the Native American Ministries Sunday at

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