By Kristin Stoneking
Connectionalism is a key dimension to who we are as United Methodists. It fuels our understanding of our relationships and commitments to God, to each other, and to the world. Our connectional structure has undergirded the strong United Methodist response to the Camp Fire, and to disasters around the world. Our denominational boards and agencies – such as the Board of Church and Society that sits directly across from both the Supreme Court and Congress – make clear our witness of love, justice, and compassion in the world.
As an annual conference, we in California-Nevada support this overarching witness and ministry through sharing a portion of what we have to our connectional structures at the conference, jurisdictional (Western), and general church levels. Bishop Carcaño and Conference Lay Leader Micheal Pope have invited members of the churches of Cal-Nevada to join them in making a gift of $50 to our broader mission and ministry this year.
Though tithes of our churches are increasing, we are not yet at 100% tithing, creating a gap between what we budgeted and our resources. If every worshipping member in California-Nevada gave a gift of this amount, we would be able to fulfill our commitment to ministry around the conference, nation, and globe. Thank you to all who have given! So far, $17,975 has been raised, toward a goal of $600,000. Bishop Carcaño and Lay Leader Pope matched the first 20 gifts of $50 or more.
Watch video from Lay Leader Micheal Pope
The end of the year is a significant time for gift-giving of all sorts as we recognize the gift that has come to us in the incarnation, God as one of us. May we give in response to the great love that was demonstrated in Jesus’ birth, and in response to the need that persists until He comes again.