There’s a sweet, sweet spirit at Greensky Hill Indian Mission United Methodist Church in Charlevoix, Mich. Founded in the 1830s by Peter Greensky, a Chippewa, today the church is about 50% Native American.
The “sweet, sweet spirit” starts with the maple syrup the men’s group makes and sells each year to aid the community, but it does not stop there. “Everyone says how friendly we are,” a member comments.
The Rev. Timothy Wright remembers when two newcomers walked into a church meeting. Soon they were helping to plan the harvest dinner. Before leaving, they accepted an invitation to volunteer at the meal. Today they are active leaders in the congregation.
The autumn harvest dinner, feeding 400 to 600 guests each year, funds scholarships for young people.
Greensky Hill has benefited from the Native American Ministries Sunday offering. “These dollars,” says Wright, “keep ministry moving forward.”
Native American Ministries Sunday, one of the six United Methodist Special Sundays with offerings, is April 14. The special offering benefits Native-American outreach within annual conferences and across the United States and provides seminary scholarships for Native Americans.
United Methodists relate to Native American Ministries Sunday by learning about and reaching out to Native Americans in their communities.
United Methodists relate to Native American Ministries Sunday by learning about and reaching out to Native Americans in their communities and by encouraging Native Americans to consider becoming pastors and nurturing them in their journey.
More stories of lives changed by your gifts to the Native American Ministries Sunday offering are available at umcgiving.org.
Native American Ministries Sunday is celebrated on the third Sunday of Easter, April 14 this year, or any other Sunday your congregation may prefer. Dates in the future are May 4, 2014; April 19, 2015; and April 10, 2016.
Each of the ministries that relies on support from the Special Sunday offerings contributes collaboratively to the promotion of these six churchwide Special Sundays.
Fifty percent of the offering remains in the annual conference to develop and strengthen local Native American ministries. Remaining funds are distributed equally between the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry to provide scholarships for American Indians attending the church's schools of theology and the Native American Urban Initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries.