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January-June 2016 MMM Articles

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JANUARY 3, 2016 – WORLD SERVICE FUND
Sonia Vargas-Maldonado is a missionary in Santurce, one of the most populated areas of San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a church and community worker, Maldonado ministers to the poor, the unemployed and the homeless in an initiative to transform her native country.
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JANUARY 10, 2016 – HUMAN RELATIONS DAY (NEXT WEEK)
“Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve,” said the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 
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JANUARY 17, 2016 – HUMAN RELATIONS DAY
Paul told the church at Corinth they should rejoice in the different gifts each of them brought to the community.
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JANUARY 24, 2016 – ECUMENICAL SUNDAY AND WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
“A single person can sing a church hymn,” wrote Rod Stetzer in The Chippewa (Wis.) Herald (Dec. 2, 2011). “But a choir singing the same hymn gives it power.”
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JANUARY 31, 2016 – AFRICA UNIVERSITY FUND
After honing his leadership skills at Africa University, in 2012, Pierre T. Omadjela received an irresistible invitation from his bishop – to become director of communications and development for the Central Congo Episcopal Area.
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FEBRUARY 7, 2016 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH/GENERAL COMMISSION ON RELIGION AND RACE
The United Methodist Church has some strong moments to celebrate during Black History Month this February.
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FEBRUARY 14, 2016 – SCOUTING MINISTRIES SUNDAY
At a time when technology seems to separate children and youth from forming genuine connections, those involved with scouting ministries recognize their need to make an impact on the world to benefit others.
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FEBRUARY 21 – BLACK COLLEGE FUND
Education is at the forefront of our lives. When children are young, parents analyze school districts and sometimes relocate to insure the best possible education
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FEBRUARY 28 – ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING (NEXT WEEK)
In May, October and December 2015, three major tornadoes hit Texas. Flooding accompanied the autumn tornadoes, while frigid temperatures followed the winter tornadoes.
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MARCH 6 – ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING (TODAY)
Today United Methodists have an opportunity to turn our attention toward one cause. On One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday, we focus on carrying out Christ’s work of reconciliation in the broken places in our world.
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MARCH 13 – WORLD SERVICE FUND - WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month, which marks its 35th anniversary this year. The 2016 theme is “Working to Form a more Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”
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MARCH 20 – EPISCOPAL FUND
In our sacred texts, we read of prophets, priests, apostles and disciples who called believers together.
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MARCH 27 – EASTER
In any United Methodist church on Easter Sunday, you are likely to hear joyful choruses of “Hallelujah!” and “He is risen; he is risen, indeed!” echo throughout the sanctuary.
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APRIL 3 – NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY (NEXT WEEK)
Twenty-two percent of the more than 5 million Native Americans in the United States continue to live on reservations in some of the most desolate and difficult regions.
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APRIL 10 – NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY (TODAY)
This Sunday we celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday.  The United Methodist Church includes approximately 18,000 Native Americans.
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APRIL 17 – GENERAL ADMINISTRATION FUND
In our Wesleyan tradition, the term “quadrennial” – recurring every four years – is a key part of our vocabulary.
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APRIL 24 – WORLD SERVICE FUND
You’ve heard the expression “busy as a bee.” As it turns out, busy bees are the reason 80 percent of pollination happens.
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MAY 1 –WORLD SERVICE FUND
In May, we celebrate Christian Home Month in The United Methodist Church. It is a month focused on faith formation in the home.
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MAY 8 – ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH
Like the intricate pattern and color in a stained-glass window when light shines through and the picture is illuminated, our United Methodist Church becomes more beautiful as we embrace the rich range of culture, ...
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MAY 15 – PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY (NEXT WEEK)
Thomas Jefferson has been attributed with saying, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
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MAY 22 – PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY
Today is Peace with Justice Sunday, one of United Methodism’s six Special Sundays. Our gifts support ministries that promote peace and advocate justice.
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MAY 29 – AFRICA UNIVERSITY FUND
The beauty of being a part of the global United Methodist Church is gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to witness to the glory of God among the nations.
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JUNE 5 – WORLD SERVICE FUND
Connecting the church in mission is the role of the General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodism’s worldwide mission agency.
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JUNE 12 – BLACK COLLEGE FUND
Undeniably, racial tensions still exist in today’s society. For many years, The United Methodist Church and its predecessors have worked to ease those tensions
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JUNE 19-GENERAL ADMINISTRATION FUND (FOCUS ON SIGNIFICANT ACTION/S OF GENERAL CONFERENCE)
On May 10-20, the 2016 United Methodist General Conference convened in Portland, Oregon. 
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JUNE 26 – INTERDENOMINATIONAL COOPERATION FUND
The words of the Apostle’s Creed are familiar to most of us. This creed is not exclusive to United Methodists; in fact, it points us to be more inclusive of our fellow Christian believers.
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