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Sept. 1 – World Service Fund (United Methodist Communications)/12th Sunday after Pentecost

A Moment for Mission

"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." – Hebrews 13:16, NRSV

Local United Methodist churches are part of a worldwide community, bound together in faith and service to the world. Each individual congregation participates and shares in the worldwide mission of the church, as well as in outreach in the local community. Yet, each local church has its own identity, rich history, community relationships, missional partnerships and divine calling.

Many congregations cannot afford professional marketing and communications help, but United Methodist Communications has a team of specialized church marketing and communication professionals to help local churches with outreach and marketing services designed for them.

Because each congregation is different, United Methodist Communications has a menu of services that can be tailored to fulfill specific needs of individual churches. After completing an application process, churches may be offered services such as social media consultation, audits and posting, website development and search engine optimization, advertising, marketing training courses, printed outreach resources for seasonal promotion such as Lent/Easter and Advent/Christmas, branding/logo assistance, stationery and business card design, and much more.

"Thank you for your willingness to go deep into looking for specific products that meet our brand," said one local church customer. "It really makes it feel like the greater body serving the local church."

The mission and ministry of United Methodist Communications, as well as other general church agencies, depend on your congregation's generous support of the World Service Fund. Thank you!

— Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications

Offertory Prayer
Loving God, you call us to do good and to reach out with your compassion. Bless the work of your servants as they share their gifts with the wider church. In your name, we pray. Amen.

Newsletter Nugget
Some of the work of United Methodist Communications (the General Commission on Communication) has daily visibility. United Methodist News is one example, as it informs United Methodists and the wider church of happenings around the world that affect them as they seek to do God's will.

But that's just one aspect of United Methodist Communications' ministry. Its Disciplinary mandate is to "meet the communication, public relations, and marketing needs of the entire Church, reflecting the cultural and racial diversity within The United Methodist Church." The agency provides communication resources and services to local churches and annual conferences.

Since the earliest days of Christianity, communication has been essential to the church. The apostle Paul's epistles helped to shape the church and record its history. Paul wrote letters for the same reasons that United Methodist Communications speaks on behalf of the church today.

When your congregation supports the World Service Fund, you help United Methodist Communications to inform, encourage, motivate, inspire and engage followers of Jesus Christ.