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Often, United Methodist pastors are burdened with debt resulting from loans to complete seminary. Or worse, they are prevented from answering their call to ministry because they aren’t equipped to face what may seem an overwhelming financial obligation. On Oct. 6, our congregation will address this concern through our World Communion Sunday special offering.

In The United Methodist Church, World Communion Sunday is one of six Special Sundays with offerings. On the first Sunday in October, our designated gifts benefit students around the world by providing scholarships, mentoring and training.

The Rev. Nickie Moreno Howard received the Journey Toward Ordained Ministry Scholarship, funded through the World Communion Sunday Offering. In addition to financial support, Moreno Howard, a Texas native of Mexican heritage, was mentored and met others experiencing similar life struggles. Following her graduation, she became a JTOM mentor, supporting a new class of scholars.

The spirit of World Communion Sunday is to come together in Christian unity around the breaking bread and sharing the cup. In our Wesleyan tradition, we extend this practice through our special offering. Please give generously on Oct. 6. Thank you.

Source: www.umc.org

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