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January-June 2017 MMM article

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JANUARY 1, 2017 - WORLD SERVICE FUND
Basic to the financial program of The United Methodist Church, the WSF is the primary way to support the denomination’s global mission and ministry.
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JANUARY 8, 2017 - HUMAN RELATIONS DAY IS NEXT SUNDAY
The Community Developers Program is a network of U.S. racial-ethnic congregations and communities that focus on systemic change.
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JANUARY 15 - HUMAN RELATIONS DAY SUNDAY (TODAY)
Emma Wooten, 85, jotted down her prayers with Scriptures and put them in her Bible. Then she prayed over the list and asked God to provide.
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JANUARY 22 – INTERDENOMINATIONAL COOPERATION FUND
On Ecumenical Sunday and during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Christians echo the message that “we’re all in this together.”
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JANUARY 29 – AFRICA UNIVERSITY FUND
So far away. Another country. Another continent. Another culture. Yet, Africa University is close to the hearts of many United Methodists.
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FEBRUARY 5-WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON GENERAL COMMISSION ON RACE AND RELIGION FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH)
It's undeniable that we are living in divisive times, particularly in matters of politics and race.
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FEBRUARY 12-SCOUTING MINISTRIES SUNDAY
On this Scouting Ministries Sunday, we honor our partnership with scouting ministries.
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FEBRUARY 19-BLACK COLLEGE FUND
During Black History Month, our thoughts frequently turn to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of many who was a part of a movement that challenged how things were in light of the life around him and the faith he held dear.
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FEB. 26 — WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES FOR CHRISTIAN HOME MONTH)
Over the past 20 years, the frequency of families eating meals together has declined by 33 percent, and the average time spent eating together has decreased from 90 minutes to 12.
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MARCH 5 – EPISCOPAL FUND
As we enter into the season of lent, our eyes turn to Jesus and his temptation in the wilderness.
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MARCH 12 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (GENERAL COMMISSION ON STATUS AND ROLE OF WOMEN FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH)
The status and role of women has been a focal point here in the United States for the past several months.
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MARCH 19 – UMCOR SUNDAY (PREVIEW)
In the moments after a disaster strikes or after crisis hits locally or globally, it can feel paralyzing.
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MARCH 26 – UMCOR SUNDAY (TODAY)
This Sunday, we are observing UMCOR Sunday. This is one of six special offerings observed across The United Methodist Church.
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APRIL 2 – GENERAL ADMINISTRATION FUND
As God spoke through Ezekiel, encouraging him to speak life into dry bones, God speaks through the church today to bring life into dark and hopeless places.
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APRIL 9 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON FESTIVAL OF GOD’S CREATION AND GENERAL BOARD OF CHURCH AND SOCIETY’S CONCERN FOR ENVIRONMENT)
This time of year, even in the busyness of life, creation seems to jump out at us
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APRIL 16 – EASTER
Easter morning, Mary went to the tomb, first confused, then weeping, and finally rejoicing as she discovered that Jesus was not missing, but rather he was alive.
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APRIL 23 – NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY (PREVIEW)
Next Sunday, we will be celebrating Native American Ministries Sunday.
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APRIL 30 - NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY (TODAY)
Today, we celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday. We celebrate another thread in the tapestry that we are woven into as the whole body of Christ.
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MAY 7 – ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are a diverse and growing group of people here in the United States
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MAY 14 – BLACK COLLEGE FUND
One of the ways that The United Methodist Church helps young people in the pursuit of living as a part of this holy priesthood is through our support of the Black College Fund.
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MAY 21 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON GENERAL BOARD OF GLOBAL MINISTRIES)
The work of GBGM spans the globe. This vital agency is constantly working to keep The United Methodist Church reaching out.
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MAY 28 – AFRICA UNIVERSITY FUND
In March, Africa University celebrated its 25th anniversary. Today, the university serves nearly 1,500 students and has more than 6,200 alumni. 
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JUNE 4 – PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY (PREVIEW)
We recognize that talking about peace is not enough. We also recognize that praying for peace must be accompanied by our actions.
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JUNE 11 PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY (TODAY)
Our gifts today go toward doing God’s just work in the world, following in the path of Jesus, being disciples and making disciples.
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JUNE 18 – GENERAL ADMINISTRATION FUND
There are vital, behind-the-scenes tasks that ensure that The United Methodist Church is run efficiently and with integrity. One of the ways The United Methodist Church ensures accountability is through the work of the Judicial Council.
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JUNE 25 – INTERDENOMINATIONAL COOPERATION FUND
The Interdenominational Cooperation Fund supports work that aims at unity in the body of Christ. When we are able to find our common ground in the mission of the church, much kingdom work can be accomplished.
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