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$1 Million Planned for UMCom Television Outreach

( [email protected] ) Jun 27, 2003 12:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than $1 million will be spent for the United Methodist advertising outreach program, “Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors television campaign” for the 2003-2004 year. Half of the million will be awarded as grants by the denomination to 68 regional church bodies; the recipients will match the grants dollar for dollar



"Our matching grants enable local congregations to share messages of hope, comfort and inspiration in their communities," said the Rev. Larry Hollon, top executive at United Methodist Communications’ Igniting Ministry office.



"Since 2001, when we began airing United Methodist messages on television, we have heard many amazing stories of how the ads touch hearts and cause people to connect with our churches," Hollon said.



To date, UMCom has delivered approximately $3 million in matching grants for local TV advertising, and distributed $10 million for cable television ads on 17 channels. In the coming round, 37 individual congregations, 12 clusters of congregations and 19 regional conferences across the United States will be offered the grants. According to UMCom officials, more than 92 million people have seen the messages



According to UMCom officials, Igniting Ministry ads air during the weeks before Easter, back-to-school in August and September, and the time immediately before and after Christmas, because the three seasons represent the times people are most receptive to spiritual messages.



For 2005, UMCom officials plan to expand the program; they aim to reach more unchurched people through additional U.S. airings and youth and global networks.



The following is the list of the 2003 Igniting Ministry Matching Grant Recipients



Alabama


Dothan District



Alaska


Alaska Missionary Conference, Anchorage


St. John United Methodist Church, Anchorage



Arkansas


First United Methodist Church, Harrison (Christmas)



California


Davis United Methodist Church, Davis (back-to-school)


First United Methodist Church, Watsonville



Connecticut


Griswold-Sprague United Methodist Church, Baltic (Christmas)


Windham County United Methodist churches, North Grosvenordale



Florida


Tampa Bay United Methodist churches, Brandon (back-to-school)


First United Methodist Church, Nokomis



Georgia


Cascade United Methodist Church, Atlanta


Thomasville District, Bainbridge



Iowa


Collegiate United Methodist Wesley Foundation, Ames (Christmas)


St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids (Christmas)


Iowa Annual Conference, Des Moines (back-to-school)



Illinois


Northern Illinois Annual Conference, Chicago (back-to-school)


First United Methodist Church, O’Fallon (Christmas)


Melrose Chapel United Methodist Church, Quincy


Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference, Springfield (back-to-school)



Indiana


North Indiana Annual Conference, Avon (back-to-school)


South Indiana Annual Conference, Indianapolis (back-to-school)



Kansas


Kansas West Annual Conference, Wichita



Kentucky


Kentucky Annual Conference, Crestwood (back-to-school)



Louisiana


Asbury United Methodist Church, LaFayette (back-to-school)



Maryland


Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, Columbia



Michigan


West Side United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor (back-to-school)



Mississippi


Mississippi Annual Conference, Jackson (back-to-school)



North Carolina


Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte (Christmas)



New Jersey


Trinity United Methodist Church, Spotswood



New York


Western New York Annual Conference, West Amherst (Christmas)



Ohio


Lima District, Cridersville (Christmas)


Westwood United Methodist Church, Cincinnati


Dayton South District (back-to-school)


First United Methodist Church cluster, Franklin


First United Methodist Church, Mansfield (back-to-school)



Oklahoma


Oklahoma Annual Conference, Oklahoma City


Paul’s Valley United Methodist Church, Paul’s Valley



Pennsylvania


First United Methodist Church, Murrysville


First United Methodist Church, New Castle


Green Lane United Methodist Church, Philadelphia



South Carolina


South Carolina Annual Conference, Columbia



Tennessee


Memphis Annual Conference, Jackson (back-to-school)



Texas


St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Lubbock


First United Methodist Church cluster, Pampa



Virginia


Northern Virginia Districts, Annandale (back-to-school)



West Virginia


West Virginia Annual Conference, Charleston (back-to-school)