When we give from the heart, we receive unexpected blessings — especially the joy of making a difference in someone's life. In The United Methodist Church, we have six annual opportunities to share beyond our regular gifts through churchwide Special Sundays with offerings.
One parishioner said, "Special Sundays are an opportunity for me to walk the talk. My world is so small, and by participating in these offerings, I help people who are beyond my limited reach."
General Conference created six unique Special Sundays to help congregations work with communities, rebuild shattered lives, strengthen self-sufficiency, encourage partnerships, nurture Native American ministries, model peace and justice, provide scholarships and loans for United Methodist students, and much more.
"Be generous," Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 (The Message) advises. "Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns.... Be a blessing to others." God has blessed us, and through churchwide Special Sundays we can pass on those blessings to others.
"God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you're ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done." —2 Corinthians 9:7-8, The Message