While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.
Special Sundays are times when, in every United Methodist congregation around the world, we take up an additional offering to support our shared ministry as we witness to the Kingdom of God. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) began their (really, all of our) work in 1940, attending to families impacted by the fighting of World War II. Farms were devastated and people were displaced. UMCOR was there. The work has not slowed since.
From the UMCOR Communications kit:
Your donations to UMCOR on this Special Sunday help:
There are countless other stories about seeing God’s work in action through UMCOR. We want you to know that it is something we can do together to help give relief and spread God’s love throughout the world.
Your gifts on UMCOR Special Sunday underwrite UMCOR’s “costs of doing business.” This helps UMCOR keep the promise that 100% of any gift to a specific project will go toward that mission, not administrative costs.
Be bold and generous! There will be more opportunities to give and share and serve as we widen our congregational witness in the years ahead. For now, thank you, God bless, and pray for all those currently serving in mission in difficult places.
Grace and Peace,