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Observe Golden Cross Sunday on May 11th

Each congregation receives envelopes for this Offering annually, so watch your mailboxes. The number of envelopes sent is the average worship attendance reported for the prior year. Each congregation is encouraged to take this offering on the designated day or another Sunday. Accompanying the envelopes will be a letter from Bishop Jung, which you are encouraged to print in the church newsletter or distribute as a bulletin insert. Also, included is a memo from the Chair of the Health and Welfare Ministries Committee providing suggestions related to the offering.

The Wisconsin Conference also encourages each congregation to make an annual appeal to its members to help support unfunded (benevolent) service provided by each of the ministries. This appeal is made in the form of the annual Conference-wide Golden Cross offering. While most congregations take the offering on Mother's Day, the day the Conference designates as Golden Cross Sunday, congregations have the option of taking the offering on another Sunday.

Each of the Health and Welfare Ministries also encourages the congregations within their service area to take a Golden Cross offering. The Ministries share equally the Golden Cross funds received during a calendar year as a result of their mutual effort to raise the funds. The expenses related to the Golden Cross appeal are paid from the Board of Global Ministries budgeted Apportionment funds. This permits 100% of the Golden Cross gifts to directly benefit those persons in need of financial assistance.

Each congregation that takes a Golden Cross offering is expressing support for the service provided persons in need by the 15 Health and Welfare Ministries within the Wisconsin Conference. The congregations are also acknowledging the fundamental UM belief that our Christian faith can only develop when we serve others while practicing personal and collective spiritual disciplines.

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