Plan to Celebrate Peace With Justice Sunday on May 30

May 13, 2010

Changing the World, One Life at a Time

Jessica, a shy 12-year-old, is just one of the sensitive souls Susan Stouffer encounters at Peace Camp sessions at United University Church in Los Angeles. "Peace Kids" such as Jessica graduate from this unique camp – funded in part with Peace with Justice Sunday offering money – inspired to teach their friends to be kind to each other and to treat the earth, and its people, with respect. The offering on this Special Sunday empowers United Methodists to work for peace, love, and compassion for God's children everywhere.
 
"They had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives." (2 Corinthians 8:5b, The Message)
 
The Purpose of Peace with Justice Sunday, which is usually the first Sunday after Pentecost (but which may be supported all year long) is:
 
·         "Pentecost celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit calling for God's shalom. Peace with justice witnesses to God's demand for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world." (Par. 263.5, The Book of Discipline 2008)
·         Contributions enable United Methodists to work for peace, love, and compassion for God's children everywhere.
 
Each church will be receiving a packet of information about the California-Nevada Annual Conference Peace with Justice program.
 
Your generous contributions support:
 
·         Your annual conference. Fifty percent of the receipts for PwJ ministries stay right here in California-Nevada. The Conference Board of Church and Society administers these funds.
·         PwJ ministries related to the General Board of Church and Society. (The remaining 50 percent is used for GBCS.)
 
The 2008 offering totaled $290,469, which constitutes an average of 3.7 cents per U.S. member.
 
California-Nevada Annual Conference 2009 PwJ grants (resulting from the 2008 offering) included the following:
 
1.    First UMC, Reno: PwJ grant titled, "40 Years Into the Wilderness: The Unfinished Business of Dr. King"
2.    First UMC, Sunnyvale: PwJ grant titled, "FUMC YAMS" – a young adult ministry for recent Asian immigrants
3.    San Ramon Valley UMC: PwJ grant titled, "A Time for Peace" – to promote peace through creative arts
4.    First UMC, Redding: PwJ grant titled, "Victims of the Genocide in Darfur Speak to the Citizens of Northern California"
5.    Wesley Foundation (U.C. Berkeley) "Beyond the Blog" – provide leadership development and learning/service opportunities with emphasis on justice issues
6.    Sierra Service Project, an affiliated agency of the CA-NV AC: PwJ grant titled, "Cross Border Pilot Program in Tijuana"
7.    Dunsmuir UMC: PwJ grant titled, "Our mission is to provide a venue for the community to view films with a peace/justice/faith emphasis"
8.    Pine UMC: PwJ grant titled, "Pine Church API LGBT Bible Study"
9.    Walnut Creek UMC: PwJ grant titled, "Bus Stop After School Program" – enriching lives of immigrant children
10.Campbell UMC: PwJ grant titled, "JustFaith" – a weekly class about being more than a good neighbor
11.Buena Vista UMC: PwJ grant titled, "Sister Village Project with Wadi Foquin" – economic justice for Palestinian people
12.Davis UMC: PwJ grant titled, "Three Cups of Tea" – awareness of educational needs of young girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan
13.Trinity UMC: "Singing Chaplain Ministries" – working with the homeless
 
You may request Peace with Justice grant application forms and guidelines from Mary Liebke, California-Nevada Annual Conference Peace with Justice coordinator, at mliebke@yahoo.com or 530.273.3678.
 
Call 888.346.3862 or visit www.umcgiving.org/PWJS today to order collection envelopes, posters, and worship resources so that your congregation can participate in this churchwide offering. They will be sent at no cost to your church! Find out more at umcgiving.org/specialsundays.