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July-December 2017 MMM articles

JULY 2 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON GENERAL BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND MINISTRY)
It has been said that higher education leads to higher incomes. While that is often true, education makes an even deeper impact.
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JULY 9 – EPISCOPAL FUND (FOCUS ON JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCES ELECTING NEW BISHOPS THIS MONTH)
A shepherd of shepherds, this is the role of a bishop in The United Methodist Church.
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JULY 16 – MINISTERIAL EDUCATION FUND
Life for our ordained clergy is not any less demanding than our laity.
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JULY 23 – DISABILITY AWARENESS SUNDAY (DATE OF EACH CONFERENCE’S CHOICE)
Imagine not being able to enter a place of worship on a Sunday morning or not being able to participate in a Sunday school class or small group.
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JULY 30 – UNITED METHODIST CHILDREN’S FUND FOR CHRISTIAN MISSION
Children involved in volunteering in ways that serve others are able to experience compassion in profound ways.
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AUGUST 6 — WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON GENERAL COMMISSION ON UNITED METHODIST MEN)
Experiencing God and living out one’s faith is not one size fits all. There is a uniqueness to our individual experiences of God, ...
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AUGUST 13 — MINISTERIAL EDUCATION FUND
As United Methodists, we are committed to making disciples for the transformation of the world.
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AUGUST 20 — CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SUNDAY
One Sunday each year, on Christian Education Sunday, we recognize the importance of Christian education in The United Methodist Church.
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AUGUST 27 – UNITED VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION AWARENESS SUNDAY
Did you know that United Methodist Volunteers in Mission serves in the United States as well as internationally?
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SEPT. 3 – HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
In September, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month where we make an extra effort to hear the voices of our Latino brothers and sisters.
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SEPT. 10 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON GENERAL COMMISSION ON COMMUNICATION)
United Methodist Communications is tasked with meeting the communications, public relations and marketing needs of the UMC.
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SEPT. 17 – RURAL LIFE SUNDAY
60 percent of United Methodist churches in the United States are in rural areas.
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SEPT. 24 – WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY (PREVIEW)
We observe World Communion Sunday on the first Sunday in October each year in The United Methodist Church.
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OCT. 1 – WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY (TODAY)
Our connection with other believers goes beyond our local churches, our conferences and jurisdictions, and even beyond our denomination.
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OCT. 8 – CHILDREN’S SABBATH
Within our congregations, we are reminded of the commitments we make to children and parents during the sacrament of baptism.
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OCT. 15 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON LAITY SUNDAY)
Laity Sunday is a Sunday set aside in The UMC to celebrate all those lay people who have answered . . .
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OCT. 22 – EPISCOPAL FUND
Our bishops have been calling United Methodists to live into the vision of the Beloved Community, “to be bold in the witness against racism . . .
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OCT. 29 – GOLDEN CROSS SUNDAY (DATE OF EACH CONFERENCE’S CHOICE SO DON’T SAY IT IS TODAY)
The UMC is committed to carrying on the traditions of the early church by celebrating Golden Cross Sunday which honors health and welfare ministries.
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NOV. 5 – WORLD SERVICE FUND (FOCUS ON ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY)
All Saints’ Day is Nov.1 each year. Many United Methodist congregations observe All Saints’ Day on the first Sunday in November.
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NOV. 12 – NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH (NOVEMBER)
We celebrate all the ways that Native Americans contribute to our country, culture and churches.
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NOV. 19 – U.M. STUDENT DAY (PREVIEW)
We will celebrate United Methodist Student Day on Nov. 26.
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NOV. 26 – U.M. STUDENT DAY (TODAY)
Today is United Methodist Student Day, a day when we celebrate the generosity and commitment of The United Methodist Church.
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DEC. 3 – ADVENT

While we are reflecting upon the goals, resolutions, failures and successes of the year, the church begins waiting for the coming of Christ to Earth.
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DEC. 10 – WORLD SERVICE FUND
In John Wesley’s sermon on the Means of Grace, he asks the question, “How shall we wait?”
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DEC. 17 – YOUTH SERVICE FUND
One of the ways that young people take action in The United Methodist Church is through the Youth Service Fund.
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DEC. 24 – CHRISTMAS
God sent a defenseless, dependent child to an incredibly humble beginning. Yet this small baby, like so many other small babies, was a symbol of hope.
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DEC. 31 – WORLD SERVICE SPECIAL GIFTS
The church is to be about the business of the Good News, for all people.
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