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January-June 2018 MMM artiicles

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JAN. 7 – HUMAN RELATIONS DAY (PREVIEW)
Human Relations Day is the day that United Methodists lift up and support neighborhood ministries.
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JAN. 14 – HUMAN RELATIONS DAY (TODAY)
It is no mistake that Human Relations day is near the day we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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JAN. 21 – INTERDENOMINATIONAL COOPERATION FUND
Jesus said, “the kingdom of God has come near.” The kingdom of God does not look like a people divided.
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JAN. 28 - AFRICA UNIVERSITY FUND
Africa is a continent rich with natural resources but echoes of colonialism continue to keep the people of Africa facing exploitation and oppression.
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FEB. 4 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON GENERAL COMMISSION ON RELIGION AND RACE FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH)
February is Black History Month, a month to celebrate, remember and hope that we can move forward together in reconciliation and peace.
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FEB. 11 – SCOUTING MINISTRIES SUNDAY
Scouting Ministries Sunday, let us remember the Scouts’ consistent commitment to faith and developing the character of children and young people.
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FEB. 18 – BLACK COLLEGE FUND
The legacy of the Black College Fund includes making education available to people who were not previously afforded such an opportunity.
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FEB. 25 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES FOR CHRISTIAN HOME MONTH)
The United Methodist Church celebrates Christian Home Month because we believe that the home is the center for faith formation.
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MARCH 4 – UMCOR SUNDAY (PREVIEW)
The needs of the world are overwhelming. Children are orphans due to health epidemics. There are mountains to move in the wake of earthquakes . . .
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MARCH 11 – UMCOR SUNDAY (TODAY)
UMCOR does the work of humanitarian relief, sustainable development and improving global health.
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MARCH 18 – EPISCOPAL FUND
Our United Methodist bishops have accepted a calling, first in ordination as pastors and again as bishops.
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MARCH 25 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON GENERAL COMMISSION ON STATUS AND ROLE OF WOMEN FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH – MARCH)
Women were an important part of Jesus’ ministry. Women followed Jesus and provided for him during his ministry.
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APRIL 01 – EASTER
Mary had followed Jesus all the way to the cross, all the way through his journey of suffering a humiliating death on a cross.
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APRIL 08 – NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY (PREVIEW)
Our gifts on Native American Ministries Sunday support work with Native Americans in annual conferences and across our connection.
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APRIL 15 – NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY
The outreach we assist on Native American Ministries Sunday offers encouragement, support and belonging to people who often feel invisible.
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APRIL 22 – WORLD SERVICE FUND
Our United Methodist Social Principles remind us that “God has granted us stewardship of creation.”
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APRIL 29 – GENERAL ADMINISTRATION FUND
The General Administration Fund supports the behind-the-scenes work of providing oversight, ensuring that our gifts are used for faithful ministry.
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MAY 6-ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
During the month of May we recognize and celebrate the unique gifts and contributions made by Asian Pacific Islanders in our nation.
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MAY 13-BLACK COLLEGE FUND
Our giving to the BCF goes to the UM-related Black Colleges that are known for developing leaders, pastors and people who serve their communities.
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MAY 20-PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY (PREVIEW)
Our Peace with Justice Sunday gifts support the kingdom work of reconciliation that the world is crying out for in the midst of its brokenness.
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MAY 27-PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY
Seeking a peace that is beyond a freedom from conflict, rather we seek to join in God’s work of bringing about Shalom.
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JUNE 3 – WORLD SERVICE FUND
Fifty years ago, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged, unifying the two denominations.
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JUNE 10 – AFRICA UNIVERSITY FUND
Thirty years ago, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church voted unanimously to found and fund Africa University.
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JUNE 17 – GENERAL ADMINISTRATION FUND
As United Methodists, we continue to look to the guidance of John Wesley in our theology of grace, our works of piety and mercy.
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JUNE 24 – INTERDENOMINATIONAL COOPERATION FUND
It makes sense that a priority of The United Methodist Church is the Interdenominational Cooperation Fund, one of our seven churchwide apportionments.
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