It's congregational ministry on the day we remember those who from their labors rest. Many churches provide pastoral ministry focus on this day by caring for those who grieve the loss of loved ones in their lives and the congregation.
To help you this year, the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation will provide resources to enhance the pastoral ministry associated with this day. The Foundation will also provide "Educational Ministry" curriculum to remember all the Saints of our churches and "Financial Stewardship Ministry" tools to honor past gifts and invite future planned gifts with a focus on bequest and endowment giving.
There is a strong correlation between promoting bequest giving and annual fundraising. A study by the University of Michigan showed a 25 to 40 percent increase in annual giving when organizations actively promote endowment and bequest giving. That is why All Saints Sunday is an ideal time to add bequest giving to your annual giving stewardship campaigns in the fall.
Watch for more information in the coming months about All Saints Day.