Native American Awareness Sunday (May 1)

Native American Awareness Sunday, which will be observed this year on May 1, “is a church-wide Special Day with an offering to remind the Church of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society.” (The Book of Discipline, Par. 274.6) Please contribute one dollar or more for this Special Day offering. Envelopes are located on the entranceway table in the narthex. Donations may be made in person, online or via mail. Remember to earmark the contribution amount on the regular church envelope and/or on the special envelope.

The United Methodist Church has designated six church-wide Special Sundays with offerings to allow United Methodists across the globe to offer refuge in times of disaster, promote peace and justice, provide scholarships and student loans, reach out to the community, teach skills to encourage self-sufficiency and share the love of Jesus Christ with God’s people everywhere. Half of each congregation’s Native American Awareness Sunday offering stays in the conference to develop and strengthen local Native American ministries. The other half is used by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to provide scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist seminaries. (The Interpreter, by Barbara Dunlap Berg, p. 13, 1991)

Approximately 130,000 Native Americans reside in North Carolina and approximately 2,200 are United Methodists.

–Religion and Race Committee