OPW#1.10b How can I understand my Annual Calendar (UMC)?

JANUARY

Gather end of year information for reporting church statistics. Begin planning for Lent.

FEBRUARY

MARCH

Deadline for EZRA church statistical reports: March 31. Begin planning for Easter.

APRIL

Begin planning for special Sundays: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Pentecost, Father’s Day

MAY

1st Thursday in May: National Day of Prayer

JUNE

Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference takes place in Peoria, IL

JULY

Clergy vacation renews. Did you use all your vacation days in the previous six months?

AUGUST

Begin planning for fall church conference and distribute church conference reports to lay leaders for input. Begin working on next year’s budget.

SEPTEMBER

Begin planning for Advent and Christmas.

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

THE CHRISTIAN YEAR

RESOURCES

All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Quotes “From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church—2016 [are] Copyright © 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.” Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

These blog posts attempt to provide a practical, helpful orientation to pastoral work in the United Methodist church for persons beginning their ministry, particularly laypersons supplying smaller churches. Like all free advice, they are intended to begin a conversation, should be prayed over carefully and thoughtfully applied after thinking them through.

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