Western North Carolina 2016 Annual Conference Special Offerings in support of Children and Schools

CHURCHES + CHILDREN + SCHOOLS =
TRANSFORMED COMMUNITIES!

Special-Offering-300It all adds up! When United Methodist churches reach out to children in our local schools, everyone scores an A+! We give thanks that congregations across our conference have been connecting with schools through food and backpack ministries, tutoring and homework help programs, school supply drives, and teacher support and assistance. In addition, the movement called C4C.
(Congregations for Children) is helping churches transform the lives of school children impacted by poverty through collaborative partnerships with public schools. But, we want to do more!
To encourage local churches and missional networks to connect in meaningful ways with schools in their communities, we ask that every church across our conference receive a special offering for Children and Schools on Sunday, June 5th. Gifts received are to be sent to your district office for later distribution within your district. Churches and missional networks will be given an opportunity to submit grant requests for a portion of this money to be used in connecting creatively with a local school and supporting its children.

Each church is asked to report the amount collected on June 5 to the district office promptly on June 6, so that we can celebrate the conference-wide offering when we gather for annual conference.
We will also receive two special offerings for the same purpose during the opening worship service (Thursday, June 16, at 10:30 am) and the closing worship service (Sunday, June 19, at 10:00 am) of annual conference.
Jesus had a heart for children and gave them his time and energy. So should we! Please give generously to these special offerings!

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