Rainbow Missions Giving
There are seven categories we fulfill to reach the Rainbow 2nd Mile giving goal. The Iowa Conference sets the giving goals for each church at $12 per member ($6 for World Hungerand Poverty Relief, and $1 each for the other categories). Our membership base in 2013 was 1,046. Here are the categories and totals given in 2013:
RED – World Projects - $4,483 includes Imagine No Malaria, PET (Personal Energy Transport) project, and support for a medical mission to Haiti.
ORANGE - United States Projects - $7,100 includes Red Bird Missions in Kentucky and our local Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity.
YELLOW - United Methodist Committee on Relief Projects - $24,765 includes funds and materials given for Ingathering, Church World Service, and many other related projects
GREEN – World Hunger and Poverty Relief - $26,307 includes Community Meals, CROP Hunger Walk, Heifer Project International, the NE Iowa Food Bank, and Feed My Starving Children.
BLUE – Iowa Annual Conference Advance Specials - $18,617 includes Self Help International, Wesley Foundation, and Iowa-Nigeria Partnership (much of it to support Banyam Theological Seminary).
INDIGO - Iowa Parish Development Projects - $4,068 includes Builder’s Call, Portion of District Asking (funds given to help existing churches revitalize their ministries or to help establish new congregations) and Women at the Well.
PURPLE – Special Offerings - $2,681 includes all of your donations to the ten special offerings set by the General Conference and the Iowa Conference (offering envelopes in the bulletins).
To become an Over the Rainbow Covenant Church we must give an additional $1 per member to Local and Institutional Giving and an additional $2 per member to Missionary Support. In 2013 we gave $21,236 to local ministries such as LOVE Inc, Cedar Valley Hospice, Hospitality House, NorthStar Services, and the pastor’s discretionary fund. We sent $2,850 to support Larry and Jane Kies who are doing missionary work in Zimbabwe at Africa University.
These figures account for the financial generosity of First UMC members. Church members also support many of these missions (and others) with their prayers, their presence, gifts in kind, their service, and their witness. Countless volunteer hours are donated by dozens of our church members to show Christ to the community, the nation, and the world.
As you can see, our church members are extremely generous. May God bless all that we have given to help so many in need. Thank you all for your support, and may God bless you in 2014.
Rainbow Missions Taskforce Chair