2013 Bishop's Christmas Offering for Children
Dear Hoosier United Methodists,
Thank you for your participation in the Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children. This past year, we received more than $125,000 for children’s ministries here in Indiana, across the United States and around the world. We continue to see an increase in the amount received for this offering and I am encouraged by your generosity that gives hope to children. Again, please join with me in praying for the children of our world both far and near. Pray also with the children of your family, your church and your community. Christmas without children would be unfathomable.
Also, please join with me in giving to the Indiana Conference Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children to help meet their special needs through children’s ministries. Children around the world suffer and die due to malaria in Africa, armed conflicts in the Middle East and growing poverty here in the United States. The Conference Mission Team has prayed for and chooses ministries to improve and give hope to the lives of children. Many of these ministries have direct ties to Indiana, making their outreach even more special to us.
As in the past, Christmas offering funds received this year will be allocated by percentages. The offering will be divided to help meet the needs of these children’s ministries. They include:
- Indiana Conference Camping program will receive 20 percent to go to first-time campers and children in need;
- The three Indiana United Methodist-related children and youth homes will receive 20 percent;
- Local outreach projects will receive 20 percent;
- United Methodist Advance Projects (national and global) will receive 20 percent;
- Bishop’s fund for emergency children’s projects and the promotion of this offering will receive 20 percent
Programs supported by this offering are selected by the Conference Mission Team and approved by the Conference Special Offering Committee. These ministries are among those endorsed by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries or on the Conference Advance Specials list.
This past year more than $125,000 was received by Hoosier United Methodists through United Methodist channels. Hopefully, this year we can continue with our generosity to children’s ministries. Thank you for your generosity. A report of those funds was published in the September-October issue of the Hoosier United Methodists Together conference newspaper.
As your congregation celebrates Advent and Christmas, please include in those celebrations the Indiana Conference Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children. On behalf of the children in whose lives this offering will make a difference, I thank you.
Grace and peace,
Bishop Michael J. Coyner
"Leadership for vibrant congregations making faithful disciples of Jesus Christ"
Please send your Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children, payable to Indiana Conference UMC, and mail to INUMC, Dept. 6089, Carol Stream, IL 60122-6089. Mark the memo: Christmas Offering. Thank you.