$46,000 distributed to feeding ministries from Memphis Conference 2018 'Lenten Hunger Offering'
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference
Memphis Conference United Methodist churches gave $46,515.74 in 2018 to the annual Lenten Hunger Offering (LHO). The money has now been distributed to feeding ministries inside and outside the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.
The LHO has raised nearly $2.5 million for hunger-relief ministries since its establishment in 1983. It is a unique ministry of the Memphis Conference, planned and executed by the Connectional Ministries office.
The 2018 campaign was a milestone anniversary: 35 years. It ran from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, to Easter Sunday, April 1.
The campaign name was shortened in 2016 from Lenten World Hunger Offering to Lenten Hunger Offering to better communicate local hunger needs alongside world hunger challenges.
A total of $46,000 has been distributed as follows. $500+ is being held back to produce campaign materials for 2019.
- Metro District - $6,900
- Mississippi River District - $6,900
- Purchase District - $6,900
- Tennessee River District - $6,900
- Mexico feeding ministry partners - $3,066
- Reelfoot Rural Ministries - $3,066
- United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis - $3,066
- Project Peanut Butter - $4,600
- Our Father's House - $4,600
Leaders in Giving
Dr. Debra S. Selby, M.D., chair of the Memphis Conference LHO praised the many churches that made financial contributions in 2018 and raised awareness about hunger and food insecurity.
Geary reported that giving and participation increased in 2018, compared to 2017. The Purchase District had the most churches participating (26) and all districts had at least 22 churches participating.
The following Memphis Conference churches (in alphabetical order) each contributed at least $750 to the 2018 LHO, according to the Memphis Conference treasurer’s office:
- Broadway United Methodist Church, Paducah, KY
- Camden First United Methodist Church, Camden, TN
- Concord United Methodist Church, Paducah, KY
- Dresden First United Methodist Church, Dresden, TN
- Ellendale United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN
- Enville United Methodist Church, Enville, TN
- Grace United Methodist Church, La Center, KY
- Holladay United Methodist Church, Holladay, TN
- Jackson First United Methodist Church, Jackson, TN
- Lone Oak United Methodist Church, Paducah, KY
- Malesus United Methodist Church, Jackson, TN
- Paris First United Methodist Church, Paris, TN
- St. John’s United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN
- Union City First United Methodist Church, Union City, TN
44 percent of churches that received LHO feeding ministry grants from their districts in 2017 participated in the 2018 LHO, reported Geary. “We need to encourage the churches receiving monies for their feeding ministries to participate in the Lenten Hunger Offering as it obviously blesses them and most importantly, others,” he said.
District giving totals for 2018 are:
- Metro District: $7,636.20
- Mississippi River District: $4,371.02
- Purchase District: $12,193.79
- Tennessee River District: $13,782.17
Plans are now underway for the 2019 LHO campaign under the leadership of Dr. Selby. 2019 will be the annual offering's 36th year. Lent in 2019 runs Ash Wednesday, March 6, through Easter Sunday, April 21.