‘Be merciful just as your father is merciful’ is scriptural theme for 2019 Lenten Hunger Offering

1/28/2019



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By Lane Gardner Camp, Memphis Conference Director of Communications

Mercy is the single word theme for the Memphis Conference’s 2019 Lenten Hunger Offering campaign that will run from Ash Wednesday, March 6, to Easter Sunday, April 21. 
 
Established in 1983, the offering once known as the Lenten World Hunger Offering was shortened to Lenten Hunger Offering (LHO) in 2016 to help stress local hunger needs alongside world hunger issues.

2019 marks the campaign’s 36th anniversary. Over the years the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church has raised more than $2 million for hunger relief.

 RECOGNIZING THE NEED 

As the Memphis Conference’s world hunger advocate, Dr. Debra S. (Debi) Selby is leading the Lenten Hunger Offering campaign for a third year. She lives in Paris, Tennessee, where she is a member of Paris First United Methodist Church and works as a pediatrician, witnessing up close how hunger affects children.

Selby writes in her campaign letter: “Mercy is the showing of kindness or compassion to the less fortunate and showing it without judgment. Throughout the Bible there are numerous illustrations of mercy. God demonstrates mercy at its finest in Jesus Christ.
“As Christians, we are recipients of this ultimate mercy and it is our duty to extend mercy to our fellow humans. Showing mercy by feeding the hungry and food insecure is the goal of the Lenten Hunger Offering.”

 MEETING THE NEED 

In 2018, Memphis Conference churches gave more than $46,000 that was distributed to feeding ministries inside and outside the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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 2019 CHALLENGE  

Though she has simplified this year’s campaign theme with the word “mercy,” that word is based on scripture from Luke 6:36 – “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Selby focuses in on the need to “decrease physical hunger” with the fruits of the 2019 Lenten Hunger Offering, writing, “Hunger and health are deeply, irrevocably intertwined.”

She hopes to increase 2019 giving from 2018’s total.

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 2019 BENEFICIARIES 

As was done in 2016-18, the 2019 campaign is designed to keep more money inside the Memphis Conference with grants to the conference’s four districts for their churches’ community and neighborhood food pantries and feeding ministries.

Other 2019 campaign beneficiaries (Memphis Conference and global partners) include Reelfoot Rural Ministries, United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis, Our Father's House, Project Peanut Butter and feeding ministry partners in Mexico.

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 2019 CAMPAIGN MATERIALS  

A variety of print and electronic materials have been developed to help churches implement a 2019 local Lenten Hunger Offering campaign.

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 HOW TO SUBMIT FUNDS 

To ensure prompt distribution of funds to those in need, please remit offerings as soon as possible. All offerings should be received by the Treasurer's office no later than April 30. They should be mailed to Memphis Conference Treasurer, PO Box 10667, Jackson, TN 38308-0111. (Use Second Mile Giving on the monthly remittance statement. Please note Lenten Hunger Offering.)

 MORE INFORMATION 

Any individual or church with questions about the Lenten Hunger Offering should contact their district office or Memphis Conference Communications at communications@memphis-umc.org or 731-664-8480.

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