|MCC Officially Launches 2011’s
Easter Offerings for Global Ministries Campaign!
“When God’s people are in need,
be ready to help them!”
— Romans 12:13, New Living Translation
A Message from
The Rev. Nancy L. Wilson
Office of the MCC Moderator
March 18, 2011
Dear MCC Friend:
I’m feeling such a sense of excitement and anticipation today!
Today marks the official launch of a vitally important MCC tradition: our annual MCC Easter Offerings for Global Ministries. Each year at this holy season, local congregations throughout MCC join hearts and hands to receive a special, designated Easter offering to strategically advance MCC’s international ministries.
I’m filled with hope today… because in recent years, you and I have witnessed firsthand the truly amazing ways God blesses and uses these annual Easter offerings.
— We’ve supported our brothers and sisters across Eastern Europe as they established MCC congregations, made historic advances for religious freedom, and supported the human rights of sexual minorities, women and children, and marginalized ethnic groups — almost unthinkable just a few short years ago.
— We’ve joined hands with MCCers across Central and Latin America as they launched new churches, sponsored life-changing conferences, and trained a new generation of spiritual leaders.
— These annual Easter offerings have supported MCCers in Southeast Asia whose indigenous ministries are literally saving the lives of persecuted women and LGBT people, challenging injustice and intolerance — and, yes, planting new, hope-filled MCC congregations!
I’m filled with hope today… because I’m already anticipating how God will use this year’s MCC Easter Offerings for Global Ministries to bless the lives of very real people — our brothers and sisters — around the world.
I love the Bible verse in Hebrews 11:1 that says, “Faith is the substance of things deeply longed for; it is the evidence of things that have not yet appeared.” Right now, through the eyes of faith, look with me at what our local congregations will accomplish together through 2011’s MCC Easter Offerings for Global Ministries.
Here’s How MCC’s 2011 Easter Offerings Will Touch Our World:
— One-third of this year’s offerings will be used for the ministries of MCC’s brand-new Global Justice Institute and to open MCC’s first safe house in Uganda, where LGBT Christians and activists face horrific persecution.
— One-third of these offerings will help extend MCC’s ministry in Russia by supporting two vital projects. MCC published the first and only booklet in Russian on homosexuality and the Bible, theology and human rights issues. There was such a demand for this resource that the first printing went quickly; now only two copies are left. MCC’s 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries will be used to update and reprint this resource. Also, Russia’s first-ever LGBT Christian Conference will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia, in September. MCC Easter Offerings will supplement grants we have received to insure that our leadership can train and inspire the many new groups and activists Russia.
— As a follow-up to last year’s first-ever REVM in the Philippines, MCC’s Asia Pacific Initiative is sending a ministry team there for a month to support churches, leaders and new ministries that are exploding across the Philippines. To date, all funding for these efforts has been raised entirely by donors — this year, local churches have the opportunity to support MCC’s anchor efforts in Asia through our Easter Offerings campaign.
Our 2011 denominational goal is to raise a minimum of $30,000 USD through special, designated local church Easter offerings.
Here’s my invitation to your church:
I’m inviting your church to participate in this wonderful
MCC tradition that touches so many lives by agreeing to receive
a designated offering for MCC’s global ministries on Easter Sunday.
When your church notifies me that you will participate in the 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries, we’ll add your church, along with the name of your pastor, to this year’s list of MCC Pacesetter Churches — churches that are “setting the pace” for MCC’s vital international ministries.
Here’s how your church can sign-up… to participate in the 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries and be listed as a 2011 Pacesetter Church.
1. Write to me and let me know that your church will receive a special, designated 2011 Easter offering.
2. When you write to me, be sure to include the following information: church name, city, province or state, country, pastor’s name, and the date your church will receive its Easter offering.
3. Begin now to share this news with your congregation – and especially remember MCC’s international ministries in prayer during worship services leading up to Easter Sunday.
4. Look for more news and details — along with resources, photos, promotional materials, congregational prayers and bulletin inserts — coming soon!
This Easter season, you and your church can make a profound difference in our world through MCC’s 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries.
And this is the reality:
For many people on this earth whose faces we have not yet seen and whose names we do not yet know, your congregation’s response will be an answer to their hearts’ deepest prayers — “the substance of things deeply longed for and the evidence of things that have not yet appeared.”
May I look for your response this week?
Grace and peace,
Rev. Nancy L. Wilson
Metropolitan Community Churches
P.S. As I’ve thought about this year’s MCC Easter Offerings for Global Ministries campaign and prayed for the needs of MCCers around the world, I’ve been inspired by this verse from God’s Word: “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them!” (Romans 12:13, New Living Translation)
P.P.S. When you write to me and let me know of your church’s participation in MCC’s denominational Easter Offering, we’ll promptly add you to the list of 2011 Pacesetter Churches that are leading the way in support of MCC’s global ministries.