Love Offering


Each year, churches in the Minnesota Annual Conference take a Love Offering for missions in conjunction with our Annual Conference Session. You can continue to donate to the Love Offering even after Annual Conference is done.

The theme of the 2021 Annual Conference—which took place June 22-24—was “Jesus. Waymaker.” The Love Offering provides the opportunity to experience the joy of doing way-making work with Jesus—feeding the hungry, reaching out to the migrant, and providing ongoing opportunities to touch lives with God’s compassion and grace.

Bishop David Bard invites congregations to pray about and participate in the Love Offering as a generous expression of God’s wild and extravagant love.

Our Love Offering this year is dedicated to feeding the hungry and ministering to migrants. The funds from this year’s offering will to go to: The Methodist Border Friendship Commission (50 percent), host churches of Ruby’s Pantry (20 percent), the Matthew 25 food distribution (20 percent), and Volunteers in Mission scholarships (10 percent).

Donate to the Love Offering

If you wish to donate by check, send a check to Minnesota UMC, 122 W. Franklin Ave., Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Be sure to put "Love Offering" in the memo line. 

Promotional resources

Letter from Bishop Bard
PowerPoints (16x9 and 4x3 versions)
Social media graphics
Bulletin insert: color / black and white
Promotional video


Descriptions of recipients

The Methodist Border Friendship Commission

Recipient of 50 percent of 2021 Love Offering

The Methodist Border Friendship Commission (MBFC) is a ministry of the El Valle District of the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC. It supports a number of immigrant and refugee service organizations along the Texas border.

One such organization is La Posada Provencia shelter in San Benito, Texas. For over 30 years, La Posada Provencia has served individuals and families who flee to the United States due to political oppression, natural disaster, and other life-threatening actions in their native countries.

Currently it provides housing, English lessons, and life skill classes for six-12 months to about 24 people who are awaiting resolutions to their legal cases. These clients also receive assistance navigating paperwork and the complex immigration process. School-age children are enrolled in local schools so they don’t fall behind in their education.

Due to a recent influx of immigrants, La Posada is also helping more than 20 newly arrived immigrants and asylum seekers per day with meals and shelter before they continue to their destination. La Posada provides them with backpacks, clothing, snacks, and children’s activities for the final leg of their journey.

Funds from the Love Offering will help provide supplies, shelter, and transportation for both the long-term and short-term clients.


Ruby’s Pantry host churches

Recipient of 20 percent of 2021 Love Offering

Albert Lea UMC, First UMC (the Coppertop) in Duluth, and Forest Hills UMC in Forest Lake each host monthly Ruby’s Pantry grocery distributions at their churches as a way to live out Jesus’ call to feed the hungry and love our neighbor.

For a $20 donation used to cover food storage and transportation, each guest receives an abundance of high-quality grocery items. Between the three churches, groceries are provided to about 750 households each month. This portion of the 2021 Love Offering will be shared by the three churches and will be used to purchase supplies needed to facilitate the distribution and to pay for shares for families who are unable to pay the $20.


Matthew 25 food distribution

Recipient of 20 percent of 2021 Love Offering

Originating at Spirit River Community UMC in Isanti 12 years ago, this food distribution ministry has been relaunched as a partnership between Spirit River, the Spirit River Foundation, and Coon Rapids UMC. Matthew 25 is based on Jesus’ words: “Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.”

Once a month, groceries sourced from corporate and community partners are prepared by volunteers and distributed to everyone who comes, no questions asked. Currently, groceries are freely given to 600-800 families per month. Soon, a second location in partnership with St. Andrew Lutheran Church in East Bethel will serve even more people. This portion of the Love Offering will be go towards the purchase of storage shelves, a pallet jack, refrigerators, and packaging materials so that Matthew 25 can expand its ministry.


Volunteers in Mission (VIM) scholarships

Recipient of 10 percent of 2021 Love Offering

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (VIM) participants of every age serve in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Most teams from Minnesota spend up to two weeks working on hands-on projects in construction, disaster response, teaching, health care, and packing supplies for overseas shipment. Team members pay their own way, and every year, 10 percent of the Love Offering goes to help offset the cost for first-time participants.

 


Donate to the Love Offering

 


Tornado Kits and UMCOR Supplies Collection

In addition to the Love Offering, congregations can collect and donate supplies to make tornado kits for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC), a depot of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Other requested items in the list below can be donated.

Collection will take place July 9 and 10 at collection sites across the state. It is helpful if supplies are boxed up with the donating church’s name and address marked on it. Everything will be delivered to MMDC unless the box is marked for “UMCOR: Sager Brown Depot.”

Schedule:

  • Friday, July 9, 10-11 a.m.: Hope UMC, 301 W Saint Marie St., Duluth
  • Friday, July 9, 2-3 p.m.: Akeley UMC, 17 1st St., Akeley
  • Friday, July 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Park UMC, 315 N. 6th St., Brainerd
  • Friday, July 9, 7-8 p.m.: First UMC of the St. Cloud Region, 1107 Pine Cone Rd. S, Sartell
  • Saturday, July 10, 9-10 a.m.: Coon Rapids UMC, 10506 Hanson Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids
  • Saturday, July 10, 11 a.m.-noon: Eden Prairie UMC, 15050 Scenic Heights Rd., Eden Prairie
  • Saturday, July 10, 3-4 p.m.: Hope UMC, 12080 380th Ave., Blue Earth*

Please bring kits and supplies during the one-hour time period only, as the truck will only be there during each time slot.

*The exception is Hope UMC in Blue Earth, where deliveries can be made ahead of time upon prior arrangement with the church. Email hopeumc@bevcomm.net to make arrangements.

MMDC Tornado Kit materials:

  • 2 pairs of work gloves
  • 24 1 gallon size resealable bags
  • 2 permanent markers
  • 1 roll of duct tape—prefer colored
  • 2 dust masks—no surgical
  • 24 trash bags—heavy duty—33-45 gallon size
  • 24 clear/white trash bags—20-33 gallon size  

UMCOR Hygine Kit materials:

  • 1 hand towel (15x25-17x27 inches)—no kitchen, cleaning or microfiber
  • 1 washcloth—no kitchen, cleaning or microfiber
  • 1 comb—6 inches of teeth—no pocket combs or picks
  • 1 toenail or fingernail clipper—no emery boards or metal nail files
  • 1 bar of soap (3 oz. or larger)—no Ivory or Jergen’s (do not remove packaging)
  • 1 adult toothbrush (do not remove packaging)
  • 10 adhesive bandages (3/4 by 3 inches)
  • 1 gallon size resealable bag

UMCOR Cleaning Kit materials:

  • 1 five-gallon bucket with resealable lid
  • 1 32-64 bottle liquid laundry detergent
  • 1 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner—no spray cleaners
  • 1 16-34 oz. dish soap
  • 1 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener
  • 1 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent
  • 1 scrub brush
  • 18 re-usable cleaning wipes—no terry cloth, microfiber, or paper towels, (remove from packaging)
  • 5 scouring pads—no stainless steel pads with soap in them (remove from packaging)
  • 36-50 clothespins
  • 1 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic)
  • 5 N95 dust masks (no surgical masks)
  • 2 pairs kitchen gloves
  • 1 pair work gloves

Other MMDC supply requests:

  • deodorant 2-3 oz.
  • notebooks—1 subject spiral (8”x10 ½”)
  • rulers
  • unsharpened pencils
  • 12 box of colored pencils
  • 24 box of crayons
  • student scissors
  • cloth diapers
  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • canes
  • crutches
  • orthopedic supplies

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

info@minnesotaumc.org

(612) 870-0058