Celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday on a date that is convenient for your congregation.
Official date: April 18, 2021
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In the account of Jesus walking on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), the disciples do not recognize Jesus until they invite him to stay with them and he sits and breaks bread. Similarly, in our churches, it is through sharing with one another that we experience Christ among us.
The Covid-19 crisis has an increased impact on those who live paycheck to paycheck and weren’t able to stockpile basic needs. And in places like the Yankton Sioux Tribe on the White Swan Reservation in South Dakota, the nearest substantial grocery stores are 60-90 miles away. The community was still recovering from 2019 flooding when they were further compromised by the pandemic.
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference sent a grant to the tribe to purchase food and supplies and distribute them during the crisis.
Through our giving, we celebrate United Methodist Native American Ministries. As we share in community for this and other denominational giving opportunities, our offerings connect us in ways that recognize Christ among us.
Beyond times of crisis, the special offering supports Native American outreach within annual conferences and across the United States and provides seminary scholarships for Native Americans.
FOR EXAMPLE, LAST YEAR, THE OFFERING PROVIDED FUNDING FOR:
• Native American Rock and Community Interaction, a three-day event implemented by the Native American Ministries of the Tennessee Annual Conference.
• Support for Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference to send 25 Native youth and leaders to the national Youth 2019 event held July 10-14, 2019, in Kansas City, Kansas.
• Support for Chihowa (Oklahoma) United Methodist Church to complete the final stage of construction on a new church building.
• Delegation funding that provided travel and lodging to a 13-member team that attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on behalf of The United Methodist Church.
(More information for how the offering is shared is available here: http://www.nacp-umc.org/native-ministries-sunday-grant.html)
When you give generously on Native American Ministries Sunday, you equip seminary students who honor and celebrate Native American culture in their ministries. You empower congregations to find fresh and culturally appropriate ways to minister to their communities with Christ’s love.
To give by mail:Send checks to: GCFA
P.O. Box 340029
Nashville, TN 37203
Please put name of Sunday in note section.
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