October 21 is United Methodist Men Give Day

9/16/2019

The General Commission on United Methodist Men invites you to support United Methodist ministries to men and scouting ministries for young people. Donations will make certain that the ministries of the General Commission on United Methodists Men continue to thrive. The funds will address and expand ministry opportunities in local, district and conference settings.

Your contribution will support United Methodist Men in their mission to:

  • Address root causes of domestic violence by providing Amending through Faith resources to men of all ages.
     
  • Challenge churches and provide resources to minister to young people by establishing Cub Scout packs, Boy and Girl Scout troops and Camp Fire groups.
     
  • Provide churches with a wealth of information and resources to help them reach unchurched men, and to provide spiritual-growth opportunities for church members.
     
  • Encourage men to serve as big brothers to boys whose fathers are incarcerated through the Amachi program of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
     
  • Provide materials and information that will enable men to participate in accountability groups similar to class meetings established by John Wesley.
     
  • Recruit and train people to serve as prayer partners to respond to prayers posted on the Upper Room Prayer Wall.
     
  • Encourage churches to establish Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY) classes for Scouts and other young people.
     
  • Feed hungry people through potato drops, gleaning, and fund-raising projects coordinated by the Society of St. Andrew.
     
  • Provide opportunities with Mobility Worldwide to build hand-crank carts for people in Third World countries who have lost the ability to walk.
     
  • Recruit, train and certify men to serve as men’s ministry or Scouting ministry specialists. These volunteer leaders help neighboring churches discover effective ways to reach men and youth in their communities.
     
  • Distribute copies of Strength for Service books to first responders and military troops.
     
  • Participate in Rise Against Hunger food packaging events.

There are three easy and safe ways to contribute:
  • Text: UMMen to 44321
  • Online:  Click here.
  • Mail: a check to P.O. Box 440515., Nashville, TN 37244-0515
 
Interesting facts about the Give Day date
October 21 is the day after Laity Sunday, which is celebrated by many congregations every third Sunday in October. The day was established in 1928 as “Laymen’s Day” by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1930, the Evangelical Church had begun celebrating the work of laity at the culmination of each annual men’s retreat. These early celebrations focused only on the ministry of men. Today, Laity Sunday is inclusive of both genders.


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