National WMU

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:

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:

By All Means Resources 2017–2018

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

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?

Preregistration is not required. 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?

You are encouraged to reserve rooms through the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting web site at sbcannualmeeting.net.

From Zero to 169

It seems we struggle to grow missions discipleship organizations. Getting people to participate in ongoing meetings is a challenge. Here is a very simple idea to go from zero to 169 participants in less than a year. Ask 12 friends to join you in starting an Adults on Mission ministry group to impact your community.

Purchase a Gifts of Hope Ministry Set and get started. If you have 13 people in your small group, everyone contributes about $10. For $125, you receive a Gifts of Hope Ministry Set to put in a high traffic area within your community such as the office of a lawyer, doctor, dentist, chiropractor, veterinary, a diagnostic testing center, food pantry, clothes closet, even an auto repair service shop or tire store waiting room. The possibilities are endless.

Mother's Day Giveaway

WMU Mother's Day Giveaway - wmu.com

We can all agree that being a mom is a tough job. It is rewarding, tiring, sometimes thankless, often messy, and always beautiful. Have you ever thought of motherhood as a mission field? Moms (and dads, too!) are raising tiny humans who grow into adult humans who are--hopefully!--becoming more and more like Christ each day.

So, to the women who are on the ongoing missions trip called motherhood, we want to celebrate you! We are giving away a Mother’s Day-themed prize pack for you or a wonderful, deserving mom in your life. The basket includes:

Christmas in August: Leaders

Snowman on beach

Your church can directly help a North American missionary with items needed for ministry and outreach. We have included step-by-step instructions and a list of missionaries and their requested items.

For more complete suggestions for how to celebrate Christmas in August, see the Summer 2017 issue of Missions Leader.

Tour National WMU

National WMU is home to missions artifacts from all around the world including items related to Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong! Schedule your free, guided tour of national WMU here or by calling (205) 991-8100 during regular business hours. Tours are offered Monday–Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 1:00 p.m. To help ensure a tour guide is available, kindly give us a week's notice before you plan to visit.

Tours generally take approximately one hour, and can be geared toward children's groups like members of GA, RA, and Children in Action; teen groups; and, of course, adults of all ages.

While you are here, be sure to visit the WMU Gift Shop! Open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., the WMU Gift Shop features unique, fair-trade crafts from artisans around the world made available through WorldCrafts, New Hope books and Bible studies, and WMU resources.

You can schedule a tour of National WMU online.

World Water Day: Pure Water, Pure Love

How many times have you used water today? Did you stop and wonder if the water was clean? Most likely you use water more times in a day than you realize and you are blessed with not having to wonder whether the water you are drinking is safe and clean. However, this is not the case in many places around the world. Did you know that more than 663 million people lack access to clean water? The need for clean water access is great as the lack of clean water leads to numerous water-related diseases. Consider the following:

Day 8 - Together for the Kingdom

Day 8 Week of Prayer

When Philip preached in Samaria, crowds of people saw God’s power and believed in Jesus. Lives were changed because Philip was obedient. Later in Acts 8, Philip had a divine encounter with an Ethiopian eunuch and another life was changed because of Philip’s obedience to God’s call to go.

Like millions of people across North America, the eunuch had knowledge of the Scripture but no understanding. When Philip explained the good news of Jesus, the eunuch believed and was baptized. He returned to his homeland full of joy, the bearer of a life-changing message.

Imagine what will happen when Southern Baptists across North America—everyday people like you and me—obey the call to pray, give, and go. When we work together and embrace the missionary call to bear that same life-changing message of the gospel to communities and cities across North America, lives are changed and joy results.

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