December is the time of year when our church participates in the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO).
We look at Jesus Christ as the perfect role model for generosity. His life embodied graceful generosity. When we follow his model, we too become gracefully generous people. God gave his only begotten Son; Jesus gave his entire life. He is our role model of generosity. We are called to be faithful servants of the gospel and to live out the ministry of Jesus in word and deed. RMMO is one way of doing this.
The roots of 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 Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) to continue this appreciation of God’s service.
“Generous Congregations” is RMMO’s theme this year—and RMMO is all about giving. It provides financial support for ministers, missionaries, and widowed spouses who have helped build our churches. It helps to ease the financial burden of a retired ABCUSA minister, missionary, or widowed spouse having difficulty makings ends meet. But it is more than assistance for them—it sends love…”thank you for remembering me.”
Show your thanks, help ease retirement, and share God’s abundance with retired American Baptist ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses by giving generously to RMMO. In Isaiah 32:8 we read: “Generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.” Please prayerfully consider your gift. Thank you!