Annual Conference Special Offering to benefit South Georgia, U.S., global health initiatives
United Methodists are committed to health, wholeness, and offering hope.
Local congregations offer feeding ministries to help children receive nourishing food when they aren’t at school, mission teams travel overseas to help dig and install water wells in faraway countries, and United Methodists from around the conference faithfully give to assist clergy when they are faced with special needs.
During this year’s Annual Conference session, South Georgia United Methodists have the opportunity to give gifts of hope to enrich the health and lives of people in South Georgia, the United States, and around the world.
Givers may choose to designate their gifts to one or more projects, or they may leave them undesignated and the Conference will divide the funds between the Abundant Health Advance #3021770 and the Special Relief Fund for South Georgia Clergy.
Abundant Health projects:
- Water filters
- A gift of $2,000 will provide 50 water filters, allowing women and children to access clean, safe drinking water.
- Smokeless stoves
- A gift of $1,040 will provide eight smokeless stoves to households with children having recurrent health concerns.
- Fortified peanut meal nutrition
- A gift of $600 will provide 10 children with a six-month course of fortified peanut meal nutrition.
- Health care packages
- A gift of $500 will provide health packages for 40 pregnant women which includes prenatal care and immunizations for children.
- At-risk youth intervention in U.S.
- A gift of $250 will help combat the opioid crisis in the United States by sponsoring one at-risk youth for one year to complete resistance and intervention programs.
- Special relief for South Georgia clergy
- A gift of $100 will provide financial assistance for South Georgia clergy who face excess medical bills through the Fund of Special Relief.
“This special offering focus is a great way for our local churches, collectively, to have a significant impact and transform lives here in South Georgia, the US, and around the world,” said Allison Lindsey, associate director of Connectional Ministries. “Our denomination’s Abundant Health initiative is committed to holistic well-being and supporting health and wellness so we can all live abundant lives. There are many ways that churches can have on-going participation in this initiative, and we will be highlighting some of these opportunities at Annual Conference, one of which will involve hula hoops! I hope everyone is ready to have some fun this year and get a little active!”
The 2018 Annual Conference Special Offering is in partnership with Global Ministries’ Global Health focus of extending health interventions to one million children by 2020. Learn more about the Abundant Health Initiative and ways a local church can partner with Global Ministries in mission and ministry from “Everywhere to Everywhere” by visiting www.umcabundanthealth.org
Every congregation is encouraged to collect an offering prior to Annual Conference. It will then be presented during the Opening Worship service.
For more detailed information and to download a bulletin insert to use to promote the special offering, visit www.sgaumc.org/giftsofhope