2013 Mission Giving Summary

Do you ever wonder where our Mission money goes?  Here’s a brief overview.

BUMC is a connectinal church, which means we are closely associated with United Methodist Churches across the state and country, and around the globe.  One of our most basic financial obligations is our annual Mission Share Apportionment which supports our Yellowstone Annual Conference and the larger church nationwide.  In 2013 our congregation’s Apportionment was $97,400  When determining our annual budget, Apportionments must be covered before we consider giving to any other causes.

Conference Askings are another portion of our connection with the larger Methodist organization.  In 2013 we gave over $5600 to projects within the Yellowstone Conference.  These include Rocky Mountain College, which is a Methodist college in Billings; campus ministries at UM and MSU;  the Blackfoot United Methodist Parish (BUMP) in Browning, MT which is a mission project of the greater Methodist Church; and small church development within our conference.

We also support six church-wide special Sundays each year.  BUMC’s contributions to these were over $15,100 in 2013.  The Sundays include Human Relations Day, One Great Hour of Sharing, Native American Ministries Sunday, Peace with Justice Sunday, World Communion Sunday and United Methodist Student Day.

Financial donations to UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) advances totaled $16,200.  This money went directly to support victims of Hurricane Sandy, Oklahoma tornadoes, Colorado floods, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  Because the money collected during One Great Hour of Sharing covers administrative and overhead costs, UMCOR is able to send all your donations directly to advances.

Locally we donated over $55,000 to a wide variety of mission projects, particularly those related to the homeless and children.  We made significant contributions to the HRDC Warming Center, Community Cafe, Billings Free Store, Roundup (Montana) Rebuild mission trip and Intermountain Children’s Home.  Other recipients were the Homeless Youth Fund, Love INC, Family Promise, Haven, Habitat for Humanity and other groups.  The Food Bank received over 1000 pounds of food.

Our financial assistance spanned the globe in 2013 as we supported a wide variety of projects.  Funds and hands-on support were provided via the UMVIM trip to Haiti with college kids.  Financial support went to the Imagine No Malaria campaign, Angola Pastor Support, Helen Sheperd (missionary in Mongolia), Jubilee USA, World Bicycle Relief, Heifer International and Books for Africa.