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JULY 3 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (GENERAL BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND MINISTRY)
Education has always been a priority for The United Methodist Church, going back as far as John Wesley himself.
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JULY 10 – EPISCOPAL FUND (JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCES ELECTING NEW BISHOPS THIS MONTH)
In May during the 2016 General Conference, our bishops were called upon to lead the conference in making an important decision about how The United Methodist Church would be moving forward.
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JULY 17 – MINISTERIAL EDUCATION FUND
Student loan debt in the United States is currently more than $1 trillion, spread between 43 million people. The average debt has increased 6 percent just this year.
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JULY 24 – DISABILITY AWARENESS SUNDAY *
When we say Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors in The United Methodist Church, it is a call to radical hospitality that sometimes we do mean literally.
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JULY 31 – UNITED METHODIST CHILDREN’S FUND FOR CHRISTIAN MISSION
Young children learn best about compassion when they are able to feel connected to a community and know that they can make a difference in the world.
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AUGUST 7 –WORLD SERVICE FUND (GENERAL COMMISSION ON UNITED METHODIST MEN)
Only one in eight American men attend church on a weekly basis.  Yet, those men who attend church experience a higher level of satisfaction in life.
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AUGUST 14 –MINISTERIAL EDUCATION FUND
We rely on ministers to offer words of comfort in difficult times and provide leadership in our personal journeys of discipleship ...
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AUGUST 21 –CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SUNDAY (EACH CONFERENCE CHOOSES THE DAY)
On Christian Education Sunday we celebrate those who share their gifts of teaching and service within our United Methodist Congregations.
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AUGUST 28 -BLACK COLLEGE FUND
Given the recent tragedies in our nation, we can no longer avoid the fear and tensions that divide us along so many lines, including that of race.
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SEPT. 4 – HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
While we are celebrating the Hispanic Heritage Month in mid-September, several Latin American nations are celebrating their independence days.
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SEPT. 11 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON GENERAL COMMISSION ON COMMUNICATION)
Today, our thoughts inevitably turn to the events of 15 years ago on Sept. 11. Our prayers are directed toward those most affected by the tragedies.
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SEPT. 18 – RURAL LIFE SUNDAY
One Sunday each year the United Methodist Church observes Rural Life Sunday where the church celebrates its rural heritage.
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SEPT. 25 – WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY (PREVIEW)
If you have taken communion at a United Methodist Church, odds are you have spoken these words, “One with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.”
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OCT. 2 — WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY (TODAY)
This first Sunday in October, we join together to celebrate World Communion Sunday.
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OCT. 9 — CHILDREN’S SABBATH
Children’s Sabbath is celebrated in a variety of ways in The United Methodist Church.
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OCT. 16 — WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON LAITY SUNDAY)
Cultural anthropologist Margret Mead was credited with saying, “Never doubt the power of a small group of committed people to change the world.”
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OCT. 23 — EPISCOPAL FUND (FOCUS ON A COUPLE OF NEW BISHOPS, ESPECIALLY RACIAL/ETHNIC ONES)
This past July, 15 new bishops were elected from the Northeastern, Southeastern, North Central, South Central and Western jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church.
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OCT. 30 — GOLDEN CROSS SUNDAY (DATE OF EACH CONFERENCE’S CHOICE SO DON’T SAY IT IS TODAY)
Annual conferences in The United Methodist Church set aside one Sunday each year to observe Golden Cross Sunday.
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NOV. 6 — WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY)
This Sunday, we celebrate All Saints’ Day, a day set aside to honor those who have paved the way of faith for us.
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NOV. 13 — NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH (NOVEMBER)
Research has determined that the way we understand and interpret life depends on our own mother tongue. Our language informs our culture and our identity.
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NOV. 20 — UM STUDENT DAY (PREVIEW)
“It comes from a voice in here calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.”
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NOV. 27 — UM STUDENT DAY
When we dream of our plans as small children, we are not thinking about the details.
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DECEMBER 4-ADVENT

The celebration of Advent spans the four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve
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DECEMBER 11-WORLD SERVICE FUND
As we await the coming Messiah during this season of Advent, we are reminded of the work that Jesus came to do.
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DECEMBER 18-YOUTH SERVICE FUND
During Advent, we attend to Jesus’ earthly beginnings and the events leading up to his arrival.
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DECEMBER 25-CHRISTMAS
We often consider Christmas as a season of giving.
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