Laity from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference raised funds to construct the John Kofi Asmah School, located in the West Point section of Monrovia, Liberia.
This year's offering will be to provide funding for furnishing the school.
A $2.5 million campaign to provide funding for the spiritual life programs at The Baby Fold, Chaddock, Cunningham Children's Home, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House and Spero Family Services (formerly the United Methodist Children's Home) was approved by the 2016 Annual Conference and launched last year.
An offering will be taken during Friday's Morning Manna to fund the campaign.
The Tom Brown Scholarship is one which assists a student of Wiley College, one of the 11 historical Black Colleges. Beginning in 1987, the former Central Illinois conference, named a scholarship in memory of the Rev. Tom Brown, a long-time supporter of the Marshall, Texas-based school. Rev. Brown was often the one who stood at the microphone after the presentation by the visiting Black College intern and would move that the annual conference session take up a special offering for Wiley College. Rev. Brown’s daughter, Sharon Brown, is the director of Kumler Outreach Ministries in Springfield.
An offering will also be taken for the Wesley Pilgrimage Ordinands' Trip in Fall 2018 during the Service of Ordination and Commissioning. This trip, which will include the Classes of 2017 and 2018, is used to form spiritual leaders at the beginning of their ministry.
Attendees to 2018 Annual Conference are urged to have their congregations collect items for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center. A truck will be located at the Peoria Civic Center to accept those donations during the Annual Conference.
Tornado totes include the basic necessities for persons whose homes have been affected by tornados or floods. The items needed for each tote include the following:
Supplies can be collected and brought to Annual Conference and/or contribute to Advance Special #6620
and indicate “Tornado Tote”.