Focus on WMU Emphasis: February 10–16, 2014
Share a valuable piece of the missions picture with members of your congregation!
Suggested Theme: The Story Lives On
Emphasis Watchword for 2013–2014: "'As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard'" (Acts 4:20 NIV).
Interpretation of the Theme:
Today’s WMU still has the same purpose it had when it began in 1888. The story that lives on through WMU is the one Jesus commanded His followers to embrace in Matthew 28:19-20. The emphasis Scripture, Acts 4:12-20, gives us an example of followers of Christ who were so passionate about the story of Jesus living on, they could not stop talking about it.
How will you plan to tell your WMU story this year as you focus on WMU?
Here are a few ideas:
- Read through your church's history to learn when WMU was started at your church or in your state. What else was happening in the world that year? How did WMU make a difference?
- Focus on the watchword from Acts 4:20. Enlist women, students, and children to share stories of ordinary people who have shared God's story. Ask church staff if WMU members can share their testimonies in a service.
- Consider hosting a prayer vigil, committing to pray 125 hours, representing each year WMU has been praying for missions, evangelism, and social issues. Or pray an hour for each year of WMU's existence in your church.
- Plan a party to celebrate 100 years of missions education for girls. Use this as an opportunity to enlist new members in GA and Acteens.
(For additional ideas and details, be sure to check out the WMU Year Book 2013-2014.)
Use Missions Music for Worship:
- “We’ve a Story to Tell”
- “I Love to Tell the Story”
- “O Zion Haste”
- “Shine, Jesus, Shine”
- “A Story to Tell” (Larnelle Harris)
- “To the Ends of the Earth” (Words and music by Joel Houston and Marty Sampson)
Beyond the Focus on WMU Emphasis:
- Keep WMU and the good it does in your church, your community, our nation, and our world before individuals and groups in your church throughout the year.
- Recognize the emphasis on stewardship of money, time, and spiritual gifts that WMU contributes to God’s kingdom.
- Recognize the power of praying women to change an environment.
- Encourage your pastor to preach sermons on missions. Acts 4:12-20 is a good place to start. Encourage invitations for mission service.
- Look for opportunities to include those not currently involved in missions in an activity provided by WMU (families, prayer, mission action, witnessing, learning marathons, Children’s Ministry Day, Christmas in August).