Gather end of year information for reporting church statistics. Begin planning for Lent.
Deadline for EZRA church statistical reports: March 31. Begin planning for Easter.
Begin planning for special Sundays: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Pentecost, Father’s Day
1st Thursday in May: National Day of Prayer
Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference takes place in Peoria, IL
Clergy vacation renews. Did you use all your vacation days in the previous six months?
Begin planning for fall church conference and distribute church conference reports to lay leaders for input. Begin working on next year’s budget.
Begin planning for Advent and Christmas.
THE CHRISTIAN YEAR
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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.