Offerings and Collections

What Difference Can 1,800 United Methodists Make When They Come to Town?

We are about to find out! As the 2018 Annual Conference gets closer, we are offering an opportunity to truly make a difference while we gather.

Thursday, May 31 during Opening Worship

The majority of the Opening Worship offering will benefit our covenant partners, The Methodist Church of Haiti and The Liberia Annual Conference.  New this year a 10% tithe of the opening worship offering received will be give to an emerging need as identified by the Commission on the Annual Conference Session in consultation with Bishop David Bard.

Bishop Bard has identified the continued need of immediate relief for those living in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.  A tithe of our offering will be sent to the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico for needs identified from the Episcopal Office of Bishop Hector Ortiz Vidal.

The remaining ninety percent of the offering will be split between the Haiti Hot Lunch program and the Bishop Judith Craig Children’s Village in Liberia.  In lieu of providing materials to be shipped to these locations, we ask you to consider sending additional funds for immediate relief.

Blue envelopes will be used to receive funds for the Detroit Annual Conference, and orange envelopes for the West Michigan Conference.  Please make your check payable to “Detroit Annual Conference” or “West Michigan Conference”noting “AC Offering” in the memo line.

Sunday, June 3 during the Service of Recognition, Commissioning and Ordination

Sunday’s offering will benefit the Ministerial Education Fund, which is used to develop Bold and Effective Leaders. Seminary grants benefit candidates, and continuing education funds for clergy are among some of the uses for these funds. Blue envelopes will be used to receive funds for the Detroit Annual Conference, and Orange envelopes for the West Michigan Conference.  Please make your check payable to either “Detroit Annual Conference” or “West Michigan Conference” noting “MEF” in the memo line. Collection envelopes will be distributed by the ushers during the service.

Midwest Mission Distribution Center

Personal Dignity Kit:

A truck will be at Grand Traverse Resort on May 31 and June 1 to receive Personal Dignity Kits assembled by local churches.  Each kit should include the following:

One hand towel (bath), 1 washcloth (bath), comb, nail clippers, toothbrush, toothpaste (2.5 oz or larger), shampoo (3-4oz.) deodorant (2-3 oz), bar soap (3 oz or larger), and razor – individually wrapped.

Additional individual items include:  glue sticks, dry erase markers and eraser, blue and black pens, 1 subject spiral notebooks.

Deacon’s Book Collection for Childhood Literacy

The Michigan Deacons along with Julie Bard are excited to promote awareness about and action for childhood literacy. Deacons around Michigan are working with organizations that need books and/or can distribute books for free to the children in their communities. We are teaming up with Scholastic Literacy Partnerships and Cokesbury so churches can purchase age appropriate books at a lower cost.

Churches can complete the Scholastic order form and include a check made out to Michigan Conference Treasurer (NOT Scholastic) and write on the Memo Line: Deacon Book Collection. Please turn in the form and check during Annual Conference to the table outside the Michigan Ballroom. You may also purchase books from the Cokesbury store during Conference to donate to the literacy project. Our goal is to collect 1,000 books which will be distributed all around the state of Michigan.