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Native American Ministries celebrated

Native Americans celebrated in Standish

There are eight Native American churches in Michigan that sink their roots deep into Methodist heritage. They stretch from Bradley and Salem in the south to Zeba in the north.

GLEN CHEBON KERNELL
Exec. of Native American and Indigenous Ministries
General Board of Global Ministries

As you know, The United Methodist Church is a connection of many congregations worldwide that share a tradition of serving Jesus Christ. As churches set up new platforms to worship, we become more aware of our connections through Jesus Christ. We are stronger together and a source of hope for a world that is living in fear.

On April 26, 2020, United Methodist churches will gather to celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday. Your gifts to this church-wide Special Sunday help create strong Native American ministries and highlight the gifts and contributions to The United Methodist Church.

Native American sidebar

The Rev. Prentiss Harris III earned a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University in 2013. Harris is a United Methodist pastor because of the support he received from the offering. “It is important for the church to invest in initiatives like Native American Ministries Sunday because of the need for educated Native persons in ministry in our churches,” said the Rev. David Wilson, conference superintendent, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.

As you plan your online worship services, please remind your leaders about the upcoming Native American Ministries Sunday celebration and ask them to download the resources listed below:

  • Ask your youth leaders to use the Youth Resource guide with their United Methodist Youth Fellowship members.
  • Use the sermon starter to support your online message.
  • Invite members to download mobile wallpapers to their phones and also share wallpapers on their social media pages.
  • Upload posters to your church’s website to remind members about this Special Sunday.
  • Use social media cards as visuals to engage participants during worship on your online media platform.

Your gifts to this special offering create stronger ministries with existing Native American congregations and outreach efforts and provide scholarships for Native American seminarians. Fifty percent of the offering remains in the annual conference to develop relationships and strengthen local Native American ministries.