Email Title: Special Sunday Communication 01 | Native American Ministries Sunday 2021
Preview Text: Native American Ministries Sunday is April 18, 2021.
Scripture: “And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.” —Luke 13:29, ESV
Subject/Header of Body: Prepare to celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday on April 18, 2021!
Dear Church Leader:
Native American Ministries Sunday was created in 1988 to develop and strengthen Native American ministries. United Methodism boasts 157 Native American congregations and 53 of the 56 annual conferences have a Committee on Native American Ministries who resources, educates constituents about Native ministries, and distributes the annual conference Native American Ministries Sunday offering to Native ministries. Gifts to the Native American Ministries Sunday offering also provide scholarships for Native American seminarians who will pastor and lead the church.
Native American Ministries Sunday is April 18, 2021 (or you may select a date that fits your church’s schedule). Prepare to celebrate the ministry and contributions of Native Americans with your congregation. Share the resources below with your church worship team.
- Use the 2020–2021 Special Sundays planning calendar located in your Pastor and Leader’s Kit to implement your promotion schedule (see page 9-12). Feel free to adjust the planning calendar schedule to fit your congregation’s schedule.
- Pastor Kit resources are available in Spanish, and Korean, and include sermon starter, bulletin insert, offering talk, liturgy, poster and social graphics.
- Select the person(s) to lead the celebration:
- Ask person(s) from your church council or equivalent role; missions, religion and race; higher education; and campus ministry to support or lead the celebration.
Announce the celebration date to your congregation.
- Customize or use the information below to inform your congregation about your Native American Ministries Sunday celebration. You may publish this information on your social media channels, websites, newsletters and so forth to your members.
- Announcement copy:
“Native American Ministries Sunday is April 18, 2021!
Thank you for your generosity in 2020. Last year our church—along with other United Methodist churches—gave $273,741 toward the Native American Ministries Sunday offering. Your gifts to Native American Ministries Sunday fund scholarships for Native American seminarians, strengthen and develop Native American ministries and communities and support Native American outreach in annual conferences.
Thank you for your generous gifts.”
Thank you for your faithful leadership and giving to Native American Ministries Sunday each year. Gifts to Native American Ministries Sunday support Native American outreach within annual conferences, strengthen and develop Native American ministries and communities and provide seminary scholarships for Native Americans.
Connectional Giving Team