Would You Like to Change the World? You Can, Starting in April!

March 18, 2010

Want to change the world? Members of more than 175 United Methodist churches in 49 states, including California and Nevada, do – and they're planning to emphasize that commitment on the weekend of April 24-25. Your church can join them!

Change the World is a two-pronged movement to engage 11 million United Methodists around the world in service in their local communities on that weekend, while uniting them globally to fight malaria – a preventable, treatable disease which kills one child every 30 seconds.
Congregations are encouraged to schedule a community-based work day on Saturday, April 24, and pastors are asked to focus their Sunday sermon on April 25 (World Malaria Day) on the campaign to wipe out malaria (and to take a special offering in support of that effort, if possible).
Free, downloadable Change the World resources are available, including flyers, bulletin covers, Worship slides, and World Malaria Day sermon starters.
Taking part is simple:
1.    Plan a work project in your community for Saturday, April 24 (or register one which already has been planned)
2.    Focus your April 25 Sunday service on the fight against malaria
3.    Add your event to the Change the World website!
So far, six churches in the California-Nevada Annual Conference have registered on www.Rethinkchurch.org/changetheworld. We salute:
·         St. Paul's UMC in Reno, NV, which registered earlier this week to become the first church in the state of Nevada to do so!
·         Chinese Community UMC, Oakland, CA
·         El Cerrito UMC, El Cerrito, CA
·         Forestville UMC, Forestville, CA
·         Trinity UMC, Mountain View, CA
·         United Methodist Church of Davis, Davis, CA
Is your congregation already doing something outside church grounds on the April 24-25 weekend? Have you registered that event? If you haven't, please register to have it counted as a Change the World event.
If nothing is on your church's schedule for the April 24-25 weekend, will you commit to plan and register a Change the World event right away? Click here for ideas.
Together we can build community locally – fight malaria globally – change the world!
Change the World resources also are available from Cokesbury. Cokesbury will donate 5% of all product sales, April 7-10, to the UMC Imagine No Malaria campaign.