United Methodist Chief Financial Officer to Announce 2005 Giving Results

United Methodist Communications
Stephen Drachler, Executive Director of Public Information
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United Methodist Chief Financial Officer to Announce 2005 Giving Results; Report to Focus on Significant Increases in Giving to Church-related Causes

On-line news conference to be held at 11 a.m. CST, Wednesday, Feb. 15

NASHVILLE - Sandra Lackore, General Secretary of the General Council on Finance and Administration, will release details of United Methodist giving to general church funds and causes during an on-line news conference at 11 a.m. CST, Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Her report will focus on a significant increase in across-the-board giving to church-related causes during 2005. She is expected to speak on generous, second-mile giving by United Methodists during times of crisis and the important, ongoing financial needs of church-wide ministries throughout year.

The news conference will originate at United Methodist Communications in Nashville.

Journalists are welcome to participate in the news conference. If at all possible, you are requested to rsvp to
dmaloney@umcom.org, confirming your intention to participate.

On the day of the press conference, you can connect through a simple, two-step process, involving calling into a toll-free line and using a Web site.

The toll free number is 1-888-872-2038. The Passcode is 43664#. The meeting name is United Methodist Communicators. Follow the instructions in the message after dialing in. Operator assistance is always available by pressing star-zero (*0) on your touch-tone phone.

We will use the Macromedia Breeze Web conferencing system for the Web-based part of the news conference. To connect to this portion of the event, use your web browser and navigate to:umc.breezecentral.com/gcfa/

On the right hand side of the page under ENTER AS GUEST, then click the button that says CLICK TO ENTER. Enter your name and click ENTER ROOM. The room will load and you will be presented with the opening slide of the PowerPoint Presentation.

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