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2017 WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting

Defining moments

Defining Moments

In times of reflection, they come to mind . . .  those defining moments when you sensed God at work in your life. A decision, a marriage, a birth or death . . . in good times and challenging ones, God is conforming us to the image of Christ. Hear from missionaries and others as they share of God’s faithfulness and consider your own defining moments that have uniquely equipped you to serve others and share Christ.


Save the date for an amazing celebration of what God is doing around the world through missions! Come early to the SBC Annual Meeting in Phoenix and join us for the WMU Missions Celebration!

 

Dates:

June 11–12, 2017

 

Location:

Renaissance Phoenix Hotel 

100 N. 1st Street

Phoenix, Arizona

What's in store:

International Mission Study: Russia

International Mission Study Russia

IMS 2017: RUSSIA

The mention of Russia may conjure up images of Romanov royalty, cultural icons such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Dostoyevsky, or maybe a parade of dictators like Stalin, Lenin, or Khrushchev. What probably doesn't come to mind is Muslims.

However, Muslims are actually one of the indigenous peoples of Russia, their roots lying deep in the isolated villages of the Caucasus region, the mountain range separating Europe and Asia.

But besides those indigenous people, there has been a rebirth of Muslim influence in Russian cities in the past 25 years, as the crumbling of the Berlin Wall changed the relationship between Russia and the Central Asian republics. Now migrant workers from the South come in unprecedented numbers to work in the large cites. In fact, Moscow's Muslim population has grown from 1 million to 2.5 million in the last few years, making it the largest Muslim city in Europe.

Cooperative Program

Cooperative Program

Cooperative Program—The financial plan of the Southern Baptist Convention through which churches of the Convention support the missions, educational, and benevolent work of the state conventions and the SBC.

The Cooperative Program is a financial channel of cooperation between the state Baptist conventions and the Southern Baptist Convention that includes support for missionaries and missions work of Southern Baptists in North America and around the world. This united approach to mission support began in 1925.

State Baptist conventions keep a percentage of the Cooperative Program funds channeled through their offices to support the missions work they conduct. More than 70 percent of the funds received by the Southern Baptist Convention are used to support the work of the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board.

Learn more about the cooperative program.

Ideas you can build on:

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Who is Lottie? Many Southern Baptists don’t know who Lottie Moon is or why their churches are constantly raising money for her at Christmas.

Is Lottie Moon a creditor, like Sallie Mae or Freddie Mac?

Not at all. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) provides critical funding for Southern Baptists’ international missions efforts. An annual goal is set by the WMU Executive Board in consultation with the International Mission Board’s executive staff, allowing Southern Baptists to send and equip missionaries around the world.

The offering is named for Lottie Moon, a missionary to China whose letters pleading for mission support still resonate today. She died December 24, 1912, after living a life of total sacrifice to God and the people of China.

The LMCO can help reconnect Southern Baptists to the core of Christmas—Jesus was born to save the world.

To raise LMCO awareness in your Adults on Mission group or other small group, download IMB videos. And spur prayer support by learning about the missionaries featured during the Week of Prayer for International Missions.

SBC Offerings

Support missions

“As Southern Baptists learn how God is at work around the world, they GIVE of their resources and offer more informed prayers for those who have committed their lives to following the Great Commission into all the world so the gospel will be proclaimed among all people.” —Wanda Lee, National WMU executive director/treasurer, emerita

WMU believes in the importance of stewardship and giving to missions. WMU actively promotes giving to the two missions offerings which supply approximately half of the annual budgets for the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board. 

Church Year Calendar

February 2017

March 2017

  • Week of Prayer and Mission Study for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (March 5–12)
  • Observance of Week of Prayer for North American Missions, National WMU, Birmingham, Alabama (March 9)
  • Church Planting Emphasis Sunday (March 19)

April 2017

May 2017

By All Means Resources 2017–2018

Printed Resources:

Associational Leader Tool 2017–2018

See the big picture of associational WMU with the Associational Leader Tool 2017–2018. This essential resource for associational WMU directors offers age-appropriate planning information for the WMU emphasis, Project HELP, and the growth plan, as well as graphics and promotional resources.

DVD: W173105 • $14.99

.ZIP file: E173107 • $14.99

Families on Mission

Sharing God's love together is sure to ignite a lifelong passion for missions in your family! Use these resources at home to reinforce what preschoolers are learning at church. Talking about and praying for missionaries will spark creative ideas for helping others in your own community.  

WMU has developed resources that can help your family reach out to others.


 

Play and Learn May 2017

Print the activity page. Lead your child to draw a line to connect the churches that match. Talk about which picture most closely resembles your church. Point out that people go to different kinds of buildings for church. For older preschoolers, explain that a church is more than just a building. It is people who love, obey, and worship God.

Sample:

 

 

 

 

 

 

WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting--FAQs

City of Phoenix

We hope you will join us June 11–12, 2017 in Phoenix! Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and equipped in your missional walk during this two-day event.

 

How much does it cost to attend?

The WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting is free of charge. All are welcome.

 

Do I need to preregister to attend?

Advance registration online is encouraged! Register today! On-site registration opens at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11.

 

Where will the WMU Missions Celebration take place? How do I get there?

The WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting will be at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Ballroom. The street address for the hotel is 100 N. 1st Street, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004.

 

Where should I stay in Phoenix?

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