Opening Worship Special Offering to Benefit Milwaukee Urban Ministry Fund: The Milwaukee Urban Ministry Fund is an opportunity to partner with local congregations in the Milwaukee central city seeking to provide innovative ministry options with their underserved communities. The challenges faced in these communities include long term economic decline, high unemployment and lack of access to jobs, limited health and wellness options, few positive alternatives to violence, and institutional racism. Since its birth, the Methodist movement has been in the forefront of social change and justice around the world. Your generous contributions to the Milwaukee Urban Ministry Fund will continue this rich tradition of transformation by training and equipping community developers who will work in partnership with our congregations to become agents of positive change as we proclaim God’s love in tangible and life changing ways. Thanks for your contributions.

Ordination Service Special Offering to Benefit Clergy Transition Fund: The Clergy in Transition Fund, supported by the offerings that are taken during the Ordination Service at Annual Conference each year, is used at the discretion of the Board of Ordained Ministry to provide limited, short term financial assistance to clergy who unexpectedly find it necessary to leave active ministry, either temporarily or permanently. They may also find themselves between appointments for a period of time, for reasons that are beyond their control. These transitions out of active ministry often come with very little notice or lead-time. Clergypersons in this kind of transition not only find themselves with no source of income, but must often also find a new place to live. They may lose health insurance coverage as well. The Clergy in Transition Fund has been used with the approval of the Chairperson of the Board to provide assistance with things like extending health insurance coverage for a brief period of time or locating/securing housing for the clergy person and his/her family. Grants from the fund generally are made in amounts between $1000 and $2500, depending upon the specific circumstances and needs of the clergy person in transition. Your generous gifts to the Clergy in Transition Fund make it possible for the Wisconsin Conference to provide compassionate assistance to clergy who find that they must suddenly and unexpectedly move out of their current ministry. Thank you for your generous support!