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Sundays with General Church Offerings (81572-FA-NonDis-$)

Report No. 9
SUNDAYS WITH GENERAL CHURCH OFFERINGS

    The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), in consultation with the Connectional Table and the Council of Bishops, makes recommendations to the General Conference regarding any offerings to be received in connection with special days observed on a church wide basis. All such recommendations are subject to the approval of the General Conference.
  
Sundays with General Church Offerings. The Book of Discipline 2004 designates six Special Sundays in connection with which offerings for general Church purposes are to be received (¶¶ 822, 263, 264).  
  
1. The following table indicates the total offerings remitted to GCFA from the Special Sundays during the period of 2004-2007:
  
Special Sunday Offering2004 2005 2006 2007
     
Native American Ministries Sunday 313,661 354,522 363,617 
Human Relations Day 573,930 547,373 674,639 
One Great Hour of Sharing 3,494,726 3,277,107 3,601,005 
United Methodist Student Day 542,557 489,116 612,461 
World Communion Sunday 1,010,276 937,004 1,106,173 
Peace With Justice Sunday 267,933 247,173 307,618 
     
Total Receipts 6,203,083 5,852,295 6,665,513 
     

2. For the 2009-2012 quadrennium GCFA recommends six general Church special Sunday offerings shall be received in accordance with the provisions of The Book of Discipline.  
  
§ Human Relations Day (¶¶ 822.1, 264.1)
    §   One Great Hour of Sharing (¶¶ 822.2, 264.2)
§ United Methodist Student Day (¶¶ 822.3, 264.4)
§ World Communion Sunday (¶¶ 822.4, 264.3)
§ Peace with Justice Sunday (¶¶ 822.5, 264.5)
§ Native American Ministries Sunday (¶¶ 822.6, 264.6)
    
Directives. The following directives shall apply to each of the six general Church special Sunday offerings:
  
1.    Promotion of all authorized general Church special Sunday offerings shall be by the General Commission on Communications in consultation with the administering agencies. Expenses of promotion for each offering shall be a charge against receipts in an amount determined in the manner described in section 13, Report No. 11.
  
2.    Receipts from all authorized general Church special Sunday offerings shall be promptly remitted in full by the local church treasurer to the annual conference treasurer, who shall remit the funds in full, except where noted differently below, within thirty days of receipt in the office of the annual conference treasurer to the treasurer of GCFA. Local churches shall report the amount of the offerings in the manner indicated on the Local Church Report to the Annual Conference. In the case of Native American Ministries and Peace with Justice Sunday offerings, the annual conference treasurer shall divide the receipts as specified in the referenced paragraphs of The Book of Discipline 2004.  
  
3.    Exercising the provisions of The Book of Discipline 2004 in respect to certain special Sunday offerings, the following table indicates the amounts of the respective offerings that are to be remitted to GCFA and the amounts that are to be retained for use in the annual conference.
  
 Special Sunday Offering Authorizing Paragraph  Percent to Remit to GCFA Percent to Retain in Annual Conference 
     
Human Relations Day 822.1, 264.1 100 % 0 % 
One Great Hour of Sharing 822.2, 264.2 100 % 0 % 
United Methodist Student Day 822.3, 264.4 100 % 0 % 
World Communion Sunday 822.4, 264.3 100 % 0 % 
Peace With Justice Sunday 822.5, 264.5 50 % 50 % 
Native American Ministries Sunday 822.6, 264.6 50 % 50 %* 
* Should there be no Native American ministries within the annual conference, the annual conference treasurer shall remit this 50 percent to the GCFA.

Sundays with Offerings Authorized for Use Within the Annual Conference.  The Book of Discipline 2004 authorizes offerings in connection with four special Sundays for which the offering receipts are to be retained for use within the annual conference. These offerings may be received in accordance with the provisions of The Book of Discipline 2004:
  
§ Christian Education Sunday (¶ 266.1)
    §   Golden Cross Sunday (¶ 266.2)
§ Rural Life Sunday (¶ 266.3)
§ Disability Awareness Sunday (¶ 266.4)