Although the bulk of the time spent at the 2012 Annual Conference was devoted to the business of the church and conference, when the body of Christ gathers a reflection of He who gave His life away should be evident.
As the most important business conducted during June 10-13 at Brentwood UMC, the members and guests of the TN Conference reflected Christ through their extravagant generosity in the form of their monetary support for the Central Conference Pension Initiative and the United Methodist Global HIV/AIDS Advance.
During Sunday evening’s worship service, a total (including pledges) of $9354.84 was collected for the Central Conference Pension Initiative. The Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI) is a long-term solution that provides retirement support for dedicated church leaders and surviving spouses who would otherwise have little or nothing. Please visit their WEBSITE for more info.
At Tuesday evening’s worship service, a total of $2492.46 was collected for the United Methodist Global HIV/AIDS Advance. A resolution passed by the 2004 General Conference called for the creation of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund to support programs offering HIV and AIDS education, prevention, treatment and care services in the United States and around the world. The resolution also established the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee to oversee the promotion, use, supervision and distribution of the fund. The committee has raised more than $3 million to date. Grants have been given to over 200 different projects in 38 countries. Learn more HERE.
Other acts of extravagant generosity:
> A donation of $50,000 was made to the Golden Cross Foundation from the McKendree Village Foundation. An additional $50,000 in matching funds was also pledged. A down-payment of $10,000 was made.
> On Monday of Annual Conference, Rev. Dr. Lenoir Culbertson announced that $1500.00 was collected to Bless The Children offered from the Murfreesboro District in honor of Bishop Ben Chamness.
> An offering of $5352.70 was collected during the Monday night worship service for the Episcopal Emergency Fund.
> Brad Fiscus announced the awarding of a $1000.00 Conference Merit Scholarship to Rachel Wade, daughter of Rev. Ricky Wade, Coleman Memorial UMC, who will be attending Martin Methodist College, and $500 each to Kendyl Perryman, who will be attending Martin Methodist College, and Brienna Smith a student at Clark in Atlanta, GA. The Hispanic Merit Scholarship for $1,000.00 was awarded to Carlos Santos, a senior at Martin Methodist College.