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Celebrate 60 Years of The Advance

by Jodi Cataldo


Image by: Richard Lord
Source: New World Outlook

Image by: Elizabeth (Brooke) Conklin
Source: New World Outlook

New World Outlook, November/December 2007

Here are 20 ways every congregation can celebrate the 60th Anniversary of The Advance.


  • Order print or web-based resources.

  • Show the 60th Anniversary of The Advance video.

  • Invite an Advance mission specialist to speak to the congregation or small groups.

  • Invite conference mission leaders.


  • Select an Advance project to support.

  • Learn about the project and the people involved.

  • Communicate with the project’s leaders.

  • Promote the project and build compassion within the congregation.

  • Raise funds for the project.


  • Grow in grace.

  • Experience life-changing relationships.

  • Open hearts and minds to the world outside.

  • Grow in knowledge and experience of the global church.


  • Experience spiritual blessings that come from personal involvement.

  • Gather new perspectives on being in mission.

  • Form new partnerships.

  • Gain recognition and credit for local church Advance giving through the annual conference.


  • Share the blessings with other church members and your annual conference.

  • Invite others to experience the blessings of a project partnership.

  • Celebrate the project at an annual mission celebration event.

Celebrate inWorship

This short liturgy can be incorporated into a spring worship service to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of The Advance.

"Pass It On," No. 572, The United Methodist Hymnal

Teach us, good Lord,
to serve as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labor and not to ask for any reward,
except that of knowing that we do your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
—"Prayer of Ignatius of Loyola," No. 570, The United Methodist Book of Worship

Name each Advance project your church participates in and celebrate all of them, one by one. Pray specifically for each project. Children may process through the church carrying banners or posters that highlight specific Advance projects.

Play or sing "Here I Am, Lord," No. 593, The United Methodist Hymnal.
Children may stand in front of the altar with Advance project posters and an offering basket for each project. Invite people to come forward to put their pledges, offerings, or other gifts in the offering basket of the project or projects in which they personally wish to participate.

Sending Forth
Invite participants to stand and hold hands with the persons on either side, forming a circle or an unbroken line. Sing together "Blest Be the Tie that Binds," No. 557, The United Methodist Hymnal.

"We take now the hands of those in need around the world so that they too may have the opportunity to experience transformation, hope, and joy. We go forth as people called by God in the name of Jesus Christ."

Jodi Cataldo is the Executive Secretary for Emerging Churches Resources and a former missionary who served the church in Lithuania.

See Also...
Topic: Christian love GBGM programs United Methodist Church Advance
Geographic Region: World
Source: New World Outlook

Date posted: Nov 05, 2007