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November 15, 2015 – World Service Fund
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A Moment for Mission

“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meeting together… but encouraging one another.” -- Hebrews 10: 23-25a, NRSV

The Huffington Post featured The United Methodist Church in a 2014 post: “Yes, religion can still be a force for good in the world.”

 The World Service Fund is a can-do/must do/will do source for making United Methodist ministries happen around the world. Our World Service gifts build churches, educate students, pay missionaries, ensure justice, feed families and more.

 United Methodists consistently receive praise for the good news we offer to those suffering pain-invoking consequences of being different. The church addresses such issues through the denomination’s General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), supported by the World Service Fund. GCCOR works to cultivate racial inclusion and the full participation of all people into the work, witness and life of The United Methodist Church. With World Service support, GCORR helps develop authentic relationships so that communities can be transformed; create institutional equity which builds systems, policies and processes that level the playing field for all; and provide skills and awareness to intercultural competency.

 Asked about her role as GCORR top executive, Erin Hawkins said, “I lead the … team in understanding, interpreting and fulfilling the church’s mandates to engage United Methodists in the work of reconciliation beyond race, culture, ethnic, tribal and national biases and institutional discrimination and division.”

 When your congregation supports the World Service Fund, The United Methodist Church connects to the needs of humanity and the yearnings of believers.

 

Offertory Prayer

God of justice, help me to encourage my sisters and brothers to accept all of your children. Direct me in ways that will turn smarts into wisdom and awareness into works. Amen.

From Discipleship Resources: Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost/in Kingdomtide -- Gracious God, we praise you, for you answer our prayers. Even before we ask, you are working out your purposes in our life and in the world. Give us patience as we await your response to our petitions. Lead us to look around and recognize the people to whom we could show compassion. Let the money we give today be used to address the concerns of people in need, both locally and in the wider church. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen. (1 Samuel 1:4-20)

Newsletter Nugget

Every year, local churches contribute financial resources to the World Service Fund. Our gifts helps the church do God’s work globally. Seven funds – including World Service – make various church ministries happen.

 The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) is one of several boards and agencies that World Service fund supports. Through World Service gifts, GCORR does the following:

  • Cultivates racial inclusion and full participation of all people into United Methodist work, witness and life;
  • Empowers clergy and lay leadership to the values of inclusion, racial equity and justice in the transformative work of vital congregations to build up the body of Christ;
  • Engages The United Methodist Church in seeking unity in everything the denomination does through leadership development, cultural competency training, research and evaluation, resourcing and relationship building – always striving to fulfill God’s vision of a global family serving all.

 GCORR is building the church’s capacity to be contextually relevant and to reach more people, younger people and more diverse people.

 Thank you for your congregation’s generous giving to World Service Fund

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