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Annual Conference Special Offering

Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Special Offering Will be Taken Next Sunday

Annual Conference is going to be held in Athens again this year from June 12-14. Each year, the one thousand local churches that make up our North Georgia Conference are asked to take an offering prior to Conference that will support a Special Offering selected by our Bishop, B. Michael Watson. This year’s Annual Conference Bishop’s Special Offering will go to support World Methodist Evangelism, including the World Methodist Evangelism Institute (WMEI). Once the local church takes its offering, the local church delegate(s) to Annual Conference are asked to present his or her church’s Special Offering during the Service of Remembrance that will be held at 2 o’clock on Wednesday, June 13.

I hope that you will come prepared next Sunday, June 3, to give as you can in support of this year’s Annual Conference Special Offering: World Methodist Evangelism and the World Methodist Evangelism Institute (WMEI). There are two things I like about this year’s offering:

First, it gives us as United Methodists a chance to be generous. I am so glad to be a part of a Church that recognizes need and responds to need through generous giving. Methodists are giving people! It makes me feel good to be a part of a people who love others, who have the heart of Jesus, and who give to help people in need and to the causes that further the name and work of Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Second, the WMEI has a special place in my heart. The WMEI is located within the North Georgia Conference and is in partnership with our Candler School of Theology at Emory University. For over thirty years, WMEI has held Methodist Evangelism Seminars all over the world. While a student at Candler School of Theology, I attended the 5th Annual WMEI Seminar, held in Sheffield, England. The seminars bring Methodists from all over the world to one location to teach, preach, sing, study, learn, and witness in the local context. What a great experience it is to do all of this and make new Methodist friends from all over the world! I still remember my roommate in England, Peter, a United Methodist minister from Dublin, Ireland. Some years later, a Methodist pastor from Calcutta, India, Rev. Shubod Mondahl, whom I had met at the Seminar, stayed with Lynn and me while he visited churches, preached, and made new friends here in America. I’ll have to share with you some of the unforgettable stories I heard from these international Methodist friends!

The WMEI has two world Seminars planned for 2012: August 14-21, in Lima, Peru, South America and the Africa Continental Evangelism Summit from December 1-8, at Africa University, Old Mutare, Zimbabwe.

You might wonder, “Who goes to these seminars?” The answer is, “You could!” Google WMEI. See who they are and what they do. If the Spirit inspires you to go, let me know if I can help you in any way!

Next Sunday, let’s give to support World Methodist Evangelism and the WMEI.

Your Pastor and Friend, Mark

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