2014 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 awarded more than $140,000 for children’s ministries here in Indiana, across the United States and throughout the world. We continue to see an increase in the amount received for this offering and I am always 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 our families, our churches and our communities. 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 and Ebola 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 provide 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:
- The 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 Hoosier United Methodists awarded more than $140,000 through our connectional channels. It is my hope that we can continue building on this generosity to ministries that focus on the health and well-being of children throughout the world. Thank you for your generosity. A full report on the funds received and awarded is available on the Conference website at inumc.org/2013offeringreport.
As your congregation celebrates the wonders of 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
"Fruitful 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.