As I have said over and over again, one of my favorite things about The United Methodist Church is that we are such a connectional church. Sometimes that can a bit of a nebulous concept. But at our annual conference session earlier in June, I was blessed to see our connectional church at work in a very tangible way.
At Annual Conference we learned of the fire that totally destroyed the sanctuary at Zion United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the early morning hours on June 6. And we heard of the amazing response on the part of the members of that congregation as well as the entire Conference. That very same day, the Conference Disaster Response Team was on site to begin clean-up efforts. The Bishop and District Superintendent met with church leaders the following day and witnessed a spirit to resurrect from the flames stronger than ever. Many individual churches and several local businesses asked how they could help.
People helping people in need. That’s what the church is about. Knowing that it will be a long, tiring process for Zion to truly resurrect from the flames, an impromptu offering was taken at Annual Conference to help Zion during this difficult time. Over $10,000 was raised! And more will undoubtedly come in to support our brothers and sisters at Zion.
Through your apportionment contributions, our Conference has been able to support disaster response in all of the forms exemplified above. We are proud of that. And we are grateful for supporting all of our connectional ministries through your faithful and generous apportionment contributions.
Now for those who want numbers, our year-to-date apportionment contributions through June are shown in the following graph:
Remember that apportionments are a way to look beyond just ourselves. Please do all that you can to help our churches and our ministries continue to change lives by contributing apportionments as fully as possible in the last 6 months of 2017.
Thank you all for your commitment; it truly provides the financial stability for our connectional programs to work.
Randy Bowman, Conference Treasurer