Figgy Pudding & Christmas Eve Offering Recipients

Because of your continued generosity, BUMC is again able to give away the offerings received at our Figgy Pudding musical celebration and our Christmas Eve services.  Each year the Mission Team determines the recipients of these funds.  Recently the Figgy Pudding offering was given to the Haiti VIM Trip, the Warming Center, Bozeman Homeless Youth and Intermountain.  The 2014 recipient is Haven.  The Christmas Eve offering is traditionally split between the Angola Pastor Support Fund and a local group such as Intermountain, the Helping Hand Fund or Haven.  This year money will go to Angola Pastors and the Helping Hand Fund.
Figgy Pudding will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 in the Sanctuary.  The offering will go to Haven, an organization that has provided quality service and advocacy for all domestic violence survivors in need for over 30 years.   These services include Client Advocacy, Legal Advocacy, Counseling, Emergency Shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, Adult Support Group, Children’s Support Group and Community Education. These services are all vital to both intervention and prevention of domestic violence in the Gallatin Valley.  Your gift will help provide new beginnings for survivors of domestic abuse across the Gallatin Valley.  For more information, click here.
Our Christmas Eve offering will be split between the Angola Pastors  and the Helping Hand Fund.  

BUMC’s Helping Hand Fund is a source of help in time of need for members of our church,  our community, and people who are traveling through the Bozeman area.  The fund provides emergency help to people facing unexpected hardships. Recipients of the vouchers are screened by the Salvation Army or HRDC prior to receiving help.  Assistance may be in the form of a rent voucher when finances are suddenly impacted; a gas voucher to someone carrying a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance, a bus ticket to Billings or ……; one or two nights at a local motel, or even a McDonald’s (or equivalent) gift card.  The Helping Hand Fund is essential and exists through your generosity and donations.
The Angola Pastors Support Fund provides cash salary to pastors in an African country still recovering from the effects of many years of civil war.  Currently 60 Methodist pastors receive salary support of $40 per month through the UMCOR Advance, which is primarily supported by the Yellowstone Conference.  For almost all of them, it is the only cash salary they receive.  Many pastors are paid “in-kind” with eggs, cassava, sweet potatoes, a chicken or a rabbit.  Although $40 a month does not enable a comfortable lifestyle, it does offer hope and evidence of our Christian partnership with them.  Ken Koome, Global Ministries missionary, writes, “Without the pastor support Advance, the United Methodist Church in East Angola wouldn’t survive.”    This fall we received a letter of thanks from the Angola pastors.  Your continued support of this partnership is needed and gratefully received.​
Christmas Eve donations will be split evenly unless you specify otherwise by writing your wish in the memo line of your check.
Your generosity is amazing!  Haven received $3500, the Helping Hand Fund received $7600 which will be matched by Rob Cox Funds, and Angola Pastors received $7400 which will also be matched by Rob Cox funds.  Thank you!