The roots of the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) go back to the mid-1930s, when American Baptist congregations received a Communion Fellowship Offering on the first Sunday of each month to support retired ministers, missionaries, their widowed spouses, and elderly clergy within their churches. In 1977 American Baptist Churches USA launched the RMMO to continue this time-honored tradition of expressing thankfulness.
This year’s RMMO theme is The Grace of Giving. Through the simple yet profound act of giving, American Baptist churches can share in an act of grace that reminds the ministers, missionaries, and widowed spouses who served so faithfully, helped us grow in our faith, stood by us in the face of adversity, and rejoiced with us in moments of triumph, that they are remembered with love and gratitude. It provides emergency assistance in times of need and a thank you check at the end of each year.
We pray that giving to RMMO will continue to serve as a joyous tradition for ABC congregations and that you will be greatly enriched this season by The Grace of Giving. There can be no talk of grace without first speaking about God. Even when it appears to come through human “hands,” grace always flows from God and God alone is able to manifest it in human experience. The totality of God’s grace is found in the gift of Jesus Christ and his sacrificial act of love on the Cross — this is God’s grace in action giving to us what we could never give to ourselves.
Be blessed and be a blessing! Thanks!
“But since you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” (2 Corinthians 8:7)