The People of African Descent (and our friends and allies) Conference has been a force for challenging racism in our movement and drawing together movement within and beyond MCC to fight the oppression of LGBTQ People of Colour around the world. There has so far only been one PAD Conference, so we hope our giving will contribute to anti-racism movements within MCC. The massacre in Orlando earlier this year killed black and Latinx queer people in their own space, just a year after a white murderer had shot down black congregants meeting for prayer in the house of God. Sharing the financial burden of this ministry is a vital part of building up Northern Lights MCC into "a house of prayer for all peoples". We will collect for the PAD Conference at worship on Sunday 2nd October.
On the 9th October, churches around the world will celebrate the 48th Anniversary Sunday. This year's giving will go to Forward: The Campaign to Sustain, which is aiming to raise $100,000 to benefit the global church. As we await the announcement of the new Moderator, this gift will be a large part of equipping their work. Every donation given to the campaign will be matched by a generous donor to the denomination.
The Global Justice Institute is another vital part of getting the Gospel of God's love for all people to parts of the world where LGBTQ people are not safe to gather, nor safe in their homes, and where their allies can be imprisoned for protecting them. Members of the Global Justice Institute have gathered against persecution in Russia, Ukraine, Uganda, Nigeria, Romania, and will continue to put themselves between persecution and the people of God. We will take an offering for the Global Justice Institute on the 23rd October.
Our traditional Harvest Festival will take place on the 16th October, and our offering at the end of the month will be to support Northern Lights MCC itself. We would invite you to prayerfully consider what you can give above your existing tithe to support other ministries. Perhaps, you feel called to support one in particular, or to lay aside a luxury each week and save to give extra throughout the month. We trust to your generosity, and are grateful. To find out more about giving to any MCC ministry, or to ask about giving through bank transfer to the church, please speak to a member of the Board.