Each month, SHUMC supports a different mission cause or project through a special offering. Each one is worth supporting, in addition to normal tithing giving. When giving to one of these causes, please make sure it is clear where you want your money to go. The easiest way to do this is to specify it in an on-line giving donation. If you prefer paper, fill in the “other” line on the outside of an offering envelope your intentions along with your name. You can even combine the amounts into one check. Just be sure that we know who is giving the money and for what cause so it will be recorded correctly and will go into the correct fund.
January – Human Relations – Used to strengthen United Methodist outreach to communities in the U.S. & Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.
February – Ashley Manor – A local group home for 10 intellectually deficient adult individuals. This home is owned by MARC and is operated by Southside Community Services Board to provide 24/7 assistance to the residents.
March – UMCOR – Previously known as One Great Hour of Sharing, this offering enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.
April – Native American Ministries – Nurtures missions with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians.
May – Annual Conference – Collected at Annual Conference each year to support projects and partnerships designated by the bishop. This year, we are committing $50,000 to Cambodia, $25,000 to Brazil, $25,000 to Mozambique, $50,000 to Virginia long term disaster recovery, $25,000 to ethnic minority ministries, and $25,000 to Virginia Volunteers in Mission.
June – Samaritan’s Fund – Provides support for the residents of one of seven Virginia United Methodist Homes.
July – Peace with Justice – Enables the United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs.
August – Heart Havens – A United Methodist organization that provides residential support to adults with a developmental disability in a number of locations across Virginia.
September – Bread Box – A local non-profit organization that helps supplement the food needs of those in the South Hill area.
October – World Communion Sunday – Provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic- minority students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.
November – United Methodist Student Day – Furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities.
December – UMFS – 100% of the Christmas Eve Service offering goes to United Methodist Family Services.
Please note these special offerings on your calendar or post the list on your refrigerator, so you will know each month which cause is being supported. Thank you for your generous support of these worthy causes.