Celebrate Native American Sunday This Week, Prepare for Peace with Justice Sunday in June

April 19, 2012

Please help your church celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday, one of the six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings, this weekend or at another time of the year. The special offering provides scholarships for Native Americans who plan to be ordained as clergy in The United Methodist Church, and who are attending UM schools of theology and other schools approved by the University Senate of The UMC. This year, Native American Ministries Sunday falls on April 22, but the special offering may be taken on any other Sunday your church chooses.

To learn more about Native American Ministries Sunday, order resources, or donate online, visit www.umcgiving.org/nativeamerican.
Prepare now for Peace with Justice Sunday on June 3, 2012
Changing the world, one life at a time
When you give to Peace with Justice Sunday on June 3 (it also may be celebrated at any time), you support ministries in the local Annual Conference, the United States, and worldwide that work toward removing unjust systems and equipping the victimized to live more fulfilled lives. For some wonderful, inspirational worship resources, such as bulletin inserts, calls to worship and action, litanies of dedication, prayers, homilies, music, ACTION items, etc., go to http://www.umcgiving.org.
Your generous gifts support:
  • Peace with Justice ministries in our local Annual Conference, with the funds distributed by the Advocacy and Justice Committee.
  • Peace with Justice ministries in the U.S. and globally. These funds are distributed by the General Board of Church and Society.
So far this year, the California-Nevada Annual Conference Advocacy and Justice Committee has distributed five grants, to:
  • Wayside UMC, for a Philippines Volunteers in Mission and Immersion Trip
  • Easter Hill UMC, for its Healthy Living Fairs
  • First UMC of Redding, for the Communication Kit Project, Camp Djabal, Chad
  • Yreka UMC, for the SOL Home Sharing Match-up Program
  • First UMC, Sacramento for the Sabeel Ecumenical and Interfaith Conference concerning Palestine-Israel issues.
How can your church help to change lives and change the world? Apply for a Peace with Justice Grant to help your church do its justice work, eliminating unjust systems through education, advocacy, political action, biblical witness, etc.
Email Mary Liebke, Peace with Justice Coordinator for the CA-NV Annual Conference, at mliebke@yahoo.com for a grant application and guidelines. Call her at 530.273.3678 for more information.
Applications are due by August 15, 2012.