Email Title: 2022 NAMS Email #2
Email Subject: Native American Ministries Sunday is Three Weeks Away. Give Liberally!
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” —2 Corinthians 9:11, NIV
Pretext: Native American Ministries Sunday is May 1, 2022. Give Generously!
Dear Church Leader,
Cynthia Mosely of Fordville, St. John UMC, Bridgeton, New Jersey, is excited about Native American Ministries Sunday. St. John’s, a Native American congregation, is a vibrant community of 185 families (an increase of 50 families) that occurred during the pandemic as pastor Roy Bundy moved services online to support the needs of church members. With this growth the church has also increased the amount of food they serve to the community in their immediate area.
“Perhaps its greatest benefit [of Native American Ministries Sunday], said Mosely, is the chance for “the general church family [to] learn and understand more about the Native American community right here in New Jersey. We share our drums, our dancers, our speakers and our love of the Creator with everyone.”
Native American Ministries Sunday is three weeks away!
Peruse your plans with your leaders and connect with your speaker(s) to be sure that the celebration plans are on track. Here are more resources and ideas that you can use to make the worship services extra special.
- Ask your congregation to pray special prayers for the Native American community and for the success of Native ministries:
- Pray specifically for Native American seminarians as they study to serve God effectively.
- Pray for the outreach ministry of annual conferences’ Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) persons and for each local church.
- Utilize the Offering Talk during the offertory.
- will provide additional inspiration to creating the sermon.
- Using the Liturgy will draw your members closer to God and to our church community.
- Consider inviting Native American person(s) to participate in a small group discussion; download the Adult Discussion group questions and use them as a guide to learn from one another.
- Children’s Message, Bulletin and Activity provide new ways to teach our children about God’s love for all persons and lay an excellent biblical foundation in their hearts.
- Are your youth leaders looking for new ways to inspire the youth of your church? The Youth Resource Guide provides event ideas and activities that will help them grow closer to God and their neighbor.
- Post Social Media Graphics on your social media platform to inspire members and visitors to participate in the celebration.
- Remind church members about the upcoming celebration and communicate your online giving information to the congregation or encourage your church members to give generously to the Native American Ministries Sunday offering at UMC.org/SSGive.
Thank you for your commitment to God’s word and the ministry of The United Methodist Church. Your gifts to the Native American Ministries Sunday offering provide scholarships for Native American seminarians and Native American outreach within annual conferences and empower congregations to find fresh, new ways to engage their communities with Christ’s love.
The Connectional Giving Team