Friends and colleagues keep asking how Sacred Stones is doing, and I am always pleased to tell them how much interest people are expressing in our model of shared and supportive ministries. In fact, the response has been so positive that I (Kerry) have not had time to stay current on communicating all our news! So it’s time for an update.
1. Rev. Debra’s young adult mission trip to do flood recovery work in the Lyons area in June was a resounding success, with eight participants working, eating, praying, and building community side by side. She’ll be sharing more about that soon!
2. Rev. Kerry’s July planning retreat for pastors, Working the Soil: Preparing for Fall & Advent, also went very well, with five pastors taking time out from busy schedules to learn, share, pray, and plan together for worship at their respective congregations.
3. We are thrilled to announce that we got word in early August that the IRS has approved our application for federal tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code – which means that we can officially accept tax-deductible donations as a non-profit organization! Never has a letter from the IRS been read with such enthusiasm!
4. Rev. Denise and Rev. Nani are offering an excellent series of children’s ministry workshops this fall and winter that are sponsored by the Conference Board of Global Ministries: check out our Events page for details.
Finally, if you are looking for a simple and painless way to support our work, consider using UMCMarket.org.
UMCmarket is the United Methodist Church’s program to gather donations for ministries through online shopping. Create a free account, search for Sacred Stones under “Ministries,” and then browse the stores that have agreed to donate a percentage of sales to United Methodist ministries like us! Percentages vary, but mostly range from 1% to 6% of purchases, and include retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Staples, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Old Navy, Overstock.com, Groupon, Hotels.com, Expedia, and more.If you don’t want to start your shopping from the UMCMarket page each time you place an order, you can download the Easy Give button. Read more about how it works.
AND if you’re new to UMC Market, right now you can earn an extra $5 for Sacred Stones just by signing up with the code SEPTEMBER and making a purchase by September 30! Get started now at https://www.umcmarket.org/!
Thanks for your support of our work, and may each day bring new blessings on the path to spiritual flourishing!