Sermon Series: Made New

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During this Easter Sermon Series, we’ll spend four weeks looking at how the resurrection of Jesus makes us new, helps us overcome our pasts, makes us part of God’s family, and gives us strength to put our faith into action.

March 31: Easter: Faith In Christ Makes Us New Matthew 28:1-10 // 2 Corinthians 5:17 // Romans 10:9

April 7 Getting Past our Past

Philippians 3:13-14 // Galatians 2:20-21 // Psalm 104:8

April 14 Part Of God’s Family

John 1:9-13 // Acts 2:42-47 // 1 John 1:3 // Matthew 5:16

April 21 Faith In Action

James 2:14-17 // Luke 7:1-10

Native American Ministries Sunday

April 14 at 10:15 AM

This United Methodist Special Sunday is a denomination wide celebration designed to raise awareness and remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society. A gap in knowledge exists in The United Methodist Church, in congregations and other United Methodist entities, relative to comprehending concepts of Native American life, cultures, languages, spirit, values, contemporary issues, and such. We affirm the sacredness of indigenous people, their languages, cultures, and gifts to the church and the world.

An offering is taken on this Special Sunday to support vital ministries and churches in the Native American communities. The offering allows The United Methodist Church to partner with existing native ministries to develop new programs on behalf of Native Americans. Last year, your generosity delivered over $243 thousand towards these ministries:

Fifty percent of the funds collected on Native American Ministries Sunday remain in the Annual Conference to develop and strengthen Native American ministries in the conferences. To assist in developing these programs, each conference has a Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM). These committees seek to advocate for ministry with and by Native Americans to share the diverse culture, history and traditions of Native peoples. The committees determine the distribution of the Native American Ministries Sunday offering, coordinate the promotion of that Special Sunday, and monitor Native American ministries within the Annual Conference.

Twenty-five percent of donations received fund scholarships designated scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology. A significant shortage exists of Native American pastors and trained professionals and these scholarships provide development, implementation, and assessment of a higher education recruitment/retention for Native Americans.

Another twenty-five percent of the donations collected are used to create beneficial programs. These funds allow the UMC to partners with existing native ministries to develop new programs on behalf of Native Americans. Some of those efforts include mentoring programs, peer support systems, funding for economic development projects, and restoring traditional and historic ways that bring forth new leaders for Native American communities.

If you would like to support this vital ministry, you can leave your marked check or envelope in the offering plates during worship on April 14 or give online at towsonchurch.org/give and choose “other donation” from the fund drop down menu and type “Native American Ministries” in the box.