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Grand Rapids District News Wednesday, August 10, 2011 The Connection is also attached as a pdf for those who wish to print and share with others Check out the NEW Grand Rapids District website at www.grdistrictumc.org Please submit GR District church event info to Liz at email@example.com Click here to visit Laurie Haller’s Leading from the Heart Blog Local Church News Ubuntu Gathering Center Campaign Information to WMC Churches The GR District AU Task Force is assembling informational materials, including a DVD that will be sent to the remaining WMC churches to promote this project to members and friends. These information packets are on target to be mailed on August 15. The Ubuntu Gathering Center campaign has raised more than $307,000 in cash and pledges toward the $500,000 goal largely from GR District churches! Arrangements have been made with the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan to house the collected funds until the campaign ends on December 31, 2012. Click here for the Michigan Methodist Reporter article about the Ubuntu Gathering Center. Click here to view the Ubuntu Gathering Center video on youtube. Check out the GR District Ubuntu Gathering Center fundraising website at www.AfricaUniversity.org to learn more. Would you like an AU Task Force member to speak at your church? Call Liz in the GR District Office to make arrangements at 616.459.4503 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Red Bird Mission Appalachian Craft Fair August 13-14 at Dunes UMC One-of-a-kind, handmade Appalachian arts and crafts “made the old-fashioned way” by artisans who have passed down carving, painting, candle-making, craft-making, sewing and weaving skills from generation-to- generation in Kentucky will be featured at an upcoming Red Bird Mission fundraising event at United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMC-Dunes) on August 13 and 14. UMC-Dunes is located at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven. The event will be held Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, August 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend the Red Bird Mission fundraiser. Questions? Please call the church office at 616.842.7980. Special Presentation at Coopersville UMC On Sunday, August 14 at 10am, Coopersville UMC, 105 68th Ave. N. in Coopersville, will host a speaker from the Women At Risk, International (WAR, Int'l) organization. Women At Risk, International (WAR, Int'l) is a nonprofit organization established to place circles of protection around women at risk. The purpose and passion of this organization is to wrap arms of love around women and children, whispering the message that they were created for purpose and dignity. Creating safe places for women and children rescued from many abuses including human trafficking/sexual slavery, WAR, Int'l desires to give voice to their silenced cries. There will by jewelry and crafts available for purchase at our church. These items are made by the women that are helped by WAR, Int'l. Visit their website at www.warinternational.org for more information. Veggie Tales VBS at Twin Lake UMC Twin Lake UMC, 5940 S. Main, will be voyaging into a Veggie Tales VBS August 15-18 from 6-8pm. Kids ages 3 through 5th grade can come and learn about the heroes of the Bible and learn that they are heroes too! There will be games, food, crafts, music, and storytelling. The kids will present all they learn in a program on Thursday, August 18 from 7:30-8pm with cookies and punch to follow. Alongside this exciting time of VBS for kids, a parenting class by Love INC will run August 15-17 from 6-8pm. So bring the whole family for a week of fun and learning. Let's all be heroes for Christ! For more info, please call the church office at 231.828.4083. Moms Alive! Rockford UMC Mom’s Group Rockford UMC would like to invite you to our mom's group called Moms Alive! Moms Alive! is for moms with kids of all ages! We meet every Tuesday morning from 9:30-11:30am in the church lounge. The meeting schedule follows the Rockford School calendar and only meets on school days. The first meeting is Tuesday, September 13 and will include devotions, snacks along with planning the fall calendar. Child care is provided! Donations are accepted to pay for our childcare coordinator. The mission of Moms Alive! is to provide a social and supportive atmosphere for mothers in a Christian setting through education and outreach. Care Ministry Providers Sharing Group to Meet Susan Witte, Director of Care Ministry at Rockford UMC is starting a resource/idea sharing group for UMC staff members who provide a care ministry to their members and friends. The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 20 at 10am at Rockford UMC, 159 Maple St. in Rockford. Childcare will be provided!! . If you’d like to be a part of the discussion, please email Susan at email@example.com or call her at 616.866.9515. WANTED: Used Commercial Playground Equipment Vergennes UMC in Lowell is interested in any used commercial playground equipment that may be available for their new playground. Please contact Carol at 616.897.6141 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have equipment or information to share. Music Director Opportunity White Pines UMC in Belmont is looking for an energetic, enthusiastic musician to lead our Praise Team band and worship music! If interested, please contact Pastor Dale Hotelling at email@example.com. Youth Ministry Coordinator Vergennes United Methodist Church, a multi-generational church in Lowell, seeks an energetic, creative, part- time Youth Ministry Coordinator (15 hours/week) to focus on the leadership of Middle and High School students. Key responsibilities will include cultivating relationships, developing and coordinating weekly programming, and working in a team. Candidates must possess a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ, a passion for teenagers, and a deep desire to disciple youth. The candidate should demonstrate an ability to recruit, equip and lead volunteers, and possess teaching skills for a youth group setting. Post high school training in children or youth education or ministry preferred. Wage variable depending upon education and experience. Please direct all questions and resumes via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616.897.6141, or for more information go to www.vergennesumc.org/youth.html. Organist & Choir Director Positions St. Paul's UMC, 3334 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, is accepting applications to fill two positions: of Organist and Choir Director. Resumes and/or requests for information may be sent to email@example.com. Deadline is August 15, 2011 or until filled. Accompanist Needed East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, is looking for an energetic musician who is able to transpose and sight read music, and is able to communicate this with our singers. Occasionally they will be required to select the music for worship. East Nelson UMC is a warm welcoming church and our music is a blend of contemporary and traditional hymns. There is fair compensation for the qualifying candidate. Applicants may contact the church by phone at 616.676.0661 or contact the staff by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Director of Christian Education Grandville UMC is receiving resumes to fill the part time position of Director of Christian Education. The selected candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in education, ministry, or a related field. This position will be responsible to inspire, motivate, coordinate, train, and support our volunteers in the areas of Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Adult Faith Formation. This candidate’s success and the success of our programs will be based on their ability to organize, pre-plan, and guide our volunteers. This individual would be looked at as the go to person for curriculum, ideas and fresh new directions. This person would also be responsible for direct supervision of our nursery staff and our Kid’s Hope USA Director and would work under the direction of our Pastor with the guidance of our Christian Education Committee. Salary ranges from $16,000 - $18,000. Interested candidates can submit their resumes to: Randy Hamstra, Chairman of SPRC at email@example.com. Grand Rapids District News GR District Fall Church Conference Schedule Click here to view the GR District church conference schedule which contains 1 on 1 appointment times, SPRC meeting times (prior to the church-charge conference) and elder assignments. If you have questions, please call Liz in the GR District Office at 616.459.4503. VIM Haiti Team forming for Baudin Agricultural School Dave Selleck has returned from Haiti and is working out details for another mission trip to the school. The next group will be a maximum of 8 persons. The construction at the school will focus on rails for cement steps for safety, roof work with drainage issues and some sidewalks between buildings as recommended by Lauren James of UMCOR. There is interest in having part of the team provide a VBS experience, with the elementary school. The estimated dates to go are February 3 – 12, 2012, depending on travel arrangements. Cost and project estimates are in process. If you are interested in going or supporting this trip, please contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thrive: A New Refugee Support Program at South Wyoming UMC Thrive is up and running at South Wyoming UMC thanks to a generous start-up grant from GR Metro Ministries. Thrive is currently assisting with transportation for refugee children to a local summer tutoring program and working through a cultural broker program to partner people with refugee families. They are also exploring other areas to move into through discussions with community partners and hope to begin a new set of exciting ministries in the fall. Want to learn more about Thrive at South Wyoming UMC? Check out their website at www.refugeesupportgr.com or contact director Jessica Gladden at 616.206.4477 or email Jessica at email@example.com. GR District UMW Mission Evening on August 11 You’re invited to attend the GR District UMW Mission Evening tomorrow, Thursday, August 11 from 6:30- 8:30pm at Middleville UMC, 111 Church St., in Middleville. The program will include a presentation from Women at Risk, International an organization that empowers women in crisis by offering protection and hope. Beautiful jewelry items, made by women rescued from slavery, will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of these items will help the efforts to rescue, redeem and empower women all over the world through Women at Risk, International. Questions? Please call Julie Riemersma at 616.656.0155. Peaceful Remembrance of September 11, 2001 Forty Days of Prayer for Children. This downloadable resource is especially for children who have no remembrance of 9/11, but will see images and hear stories over the next several weeks. The resource includes prayers for each day, scripture, songs, book recommendations, and activities. Click here to view the Forty Days of Prayer for Children pdf. West Michigan Conference Children's Ministry Blog Are you involved in working with children in your church? Conference Coordinator of Children's Ministry, Glenys Nellist has a blog, which serves to support, encourage, and inspire all Children's Ministry leaders! Please visit the blog and become a follower, so that you can connect with other Children’s Ministry leaders to grow this vital part of God's Kingdom. Questions? Please call the GR District Office at 616.459.4503. Growing Together on the District . This is a feature of the Connection where GR District churches can coordinate ministries, develop partnerships and promote the sharing of resources. This information exchange directly relates to the GR District vision statement “Growing Together and Reaching Out”. If you have something to share, are looking to borrow items, or need feedback on information related to resources, please email your info to Liz in the GR District office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 616.459.4503. Clark AT Home Clark At Home provides many Medicare certified home health services as well as a variety of personal services to qualified residents of Grand Rapids. Questions? Please call Clark At Home at 616.233.4142 or visit their website at clarkathome.org. Hands Across the City Event on Saturday, October 1 The Hands Across the City event, called "La Nueva Esperanza: New to the Neighborhood," will be held SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 from 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM at 1933 Buchanan St. SW (the former Olivet UMC building). The day will include: opening praise and prayer led by Rev. Jorge Rodriguez and son Joel serving together across language and culture simple landscaping and cleanup of building, grounds and neighborhood alleys and streets authentic ethnic lunch stories of ministry triumphs and struggles of the LNE congregation, GRASP and other ministries official re-naming of the building, including placement and consecration of the new sign Click here for the bulletin insert. Click here for the on screen announcement. Click here for the poster. GR District Fall Lay Speaking Classes The next round of Lay Speaking classes for the GR District will be in held in October with both Basic and Advanced classes offered. There is a 10 student per class minimum, so please register before September 15. You will be notified if a class will be canceled due to low registsrations. Basic Class-Instructor-Jody Pratt Advanced Class-Social Justice-with Instructor Don Williams Classes will be on Thursdays, October 13, 20, 27 from 6:30-8:30pm at Carlisle UMC, 1084 76th St., in Byron Center. To register, please email Jody Pratt email@example.com. For additional information, please contact Liz in the GR District office at 616.459.4503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Albion District FALL LAYSPEAKING CLASSES – NOVEMBER 4-5 at Wesley Woods The Albion District will be offering fall Lay Speaking classes as a weekend retreat at Wesley Woods on Nov 4- 5. For additional information visit the Albion website at www.albiondistrict.org look under Resources or call the Albion District office at 269.962.7760. Heartland District Fall Lay Speaking Classes September 24 & October 8 from 9am-3pm at Ithaca UMC, 327 E. Center, Ithaca, MI 48847. Participants must attend both Saturday classes in order to earn credit. Lay Speaking Ministries Basic Course Led by Larry Wyman (required before any advanced courses may be taken) —12 spaces left! Click here for more information and a registration form. Registration deadline is September 16. Contact Melanie at email@example.com or 989.773.5140 if you have any questions. Grand Rapids District August Calendar Grand Rapids District September Calendar August 9 GR District Bd. of Mission Mtg. September 14 UMW Luncheon (AU presentation) 5-6:30pm Conf. Center Rm. 101 12:30pm So. Wyoming UMC August 31 GR District Leadership Dev. Mtg. September 15 GR Dist. AU Task Force Mtg. 2-3:30pm Conf. Center Rm. 101 10am until noon Conf. Center Rm. 101 September 17 UMW Annual Mtg. 9am-3pm Grandville UMC September 19 GRD Leadership Council Mtg. 4:15pm Conf. Center Rm. 101 September 19 Superintendency Comm. Mtg. **Reminder** 4pm Coopersville UMC Laurie is on renewal leave through September 5 September 27-30 Cabinet Meeting West Michigan Conference News Click here to access the 2011 Fall Church/Charge Conference Forms West Michigan Conference School of Mission Recap Check our photos on the West Michigan Conference School of Mission Facebook page and click “like” to receive our updates! Click here to read the short report about this summer's school. Equip Your Leadership with MARC Church Leaders - as you put in place your fall programs don’t forget to utilize MARC, your Michigan Area Resource Center. Browse the website at www.marc-web.org, and find a wealth of material ready for loan including small group study resources, stewardship helps, children and youth programs, UMW and UMM program material, etc.!!! There is no need to log in when visiting MARC, just click on the advanced search bar, type in your needs, then either email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org, or give Betsy a call at 888.217.1905. Not a member? Join for ½ price for the remainder of 2011. Click here for the 2011 membership form. MARC looks forward to equipping you and your ministries! West Michigan Conference Funding 2013 This application form and timeline have been developed for all churches and ministries seeking funding from the budget of the West Michigan Conference. Please use the attached form and submit it to both your district office and the Conference Center no later than September 9, 2011, in order to be considered for the 2013 budget. The same form is to be used for requests for funding from your District, the Conference Board of Global Ministries, and Racial Ethnic Local Church. You need to submit only one form for these groups. Click here to download the application form. Orientation for Provisional Elders or Deacons Those seeking to complete materials with the goal of becoming provisional elders or deacons at Annual Conference in June of 2012 are invited and encouraged to attend one of two orientation sessions to be held on Monday, August 29, at the Conference Center, 11 Fuller SE. The first session will run from 10am until noon and the second session will run from 1-3pm. Please e-mail Lillian French, Provisional Registrar, of your preference for morning or afternoon so that materials can be provided for you. Questions? Please contact Lillian at email@example.com. Meet Your Delegates West Michigan elected a 12-member delegation, chaired by GR District Superintendent Rev. Laurie Haller, to participate in the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, FL. Meet all 12 face to face in this month's Michigan Area Reporter. Click here to read more. Russian Initiative The Russian Initiative team has returned from their mission trip to Resurrection UMC and Camp Crystal in Voronezh, Russia. This group would welcome the opportunity to share their story with your church. If interested, please contact Jody Pratt by email to schedule a time or to learn more firstname.lastname@example.org. New Michigan Area Haiti Task Force Website Visit www.mahtf.org for information and resources on the activities of the Michigan Area Haiti Task Force. . MissionInsite Demographic Information Available to all Local Churches in WMC We are pleased to announce that the West Michigan Conference has now subscribed to Missioninsite.com, a comprehensive demographic provider. With this MI tool, every church and Agency in the Conference now has access to up-to-date demographic information. Gone are the days of submitting the fill in the blank form and waiting 30 days, or more, for the report to return. With MI you can sit at your computer and generate a report in a manner of minutes. In most cases the time to print the report is far greater than the time to generate it. So how can you get started? Simply follow the How to Register instructions then go to Missioninsite.com the rest is easy! Questions? Call the GR District Office at 616.459.4503. WMC UMW SUMMER 2011 Highlights e-newsletter is available by clicking here. Website Aims to Equip and Empower A new website aims to equip and empower local churches to become vital and healthy congregations. UMVitalCongregations.org is designed to help churches move through a process of evaluation and assessment as they begin to set goals, and then find key resources to help them achieve those goals. Click here to read more. MASPM 2011 — August 16-18, Kellogg Center, East Lansing The Michigan Area School for Pastoral Ministry (MASPM) is August 16-18 in East Lansing. Click here for Kellogg Center reservation info. Click here for the registration form. Questions? Please call the GR District Office at 616.459.4503. Encountering the God Who Heals Seminar Rev. Dr. Bobby Cabot, pastor at Bear Lake and Arcadia UMCs, will lead another 3 ½ day seminar on inner healing on September 14-17, at Sunfield UMC. Check in begins on Wednesday, September 14, at 6 p.m. The Seminar times are: Wednesday (9-14) from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday (9-15) and Friday (9-16), 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday (9-17) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Seminar includes a 200 page workbook (designed for use in your local church), practicum materials and meals. Housing is on your own, however early registrations can request free host housing. Cost for first rime attendees is $185, couples are $265 ($105 savings), and Alumni are $145. Please register by contacting Pastor Jeff Shrock, Sunfield UMC, 227 Logan Street, Sunfield, MI 48890, 517.566.8448, or email Jeff at email@example.com. Questions? Please contact Dr. Cabot at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231.557.0166 for further information or a brochure. Virtual Online Seminar Intro to Leading the Middle Size Church Distance Learning Opportunity Fall Offering. Four 90 Minute Teleconferences on Tuesday October 4,11,18,25, 2011 at 4:00 PM EDT. Before entering the ordained ministry, Rev. N. Burton Brooks, Jr. was a member of the faculty of the School of Business and Economics at Longwood University where he specialized in the areas of management and finance. He earned his B.S. and MBA degrees from Virginia Tech and the M.Div. degree from Duke Divinity School. In over 20 years of ministry, Burt has served as a consultant and pastor of small, medium, and large membership churches. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of Brandermill UMC in VA. His interest is in assisting pastors and church leaders to develop practical organizational and management skills for more effective parish ministry. Click here to register. Questions? Please call 800.482.1442 or email email@example.com. Healing From A Broken Place Conference in DeWitt This first of its kind in Mid-Michigan, this conference will bring together clergy from all walks of religious life with survivors of profound trauma, experts on medical diagnosis, and mental health providers. Presented at St. Francis Retreat Center, 703 Main Street in DeWitt, on Thursday, October 13 from 8am until 3pm. Click here to view the conference brochure with complete details including registration info. Questions? Please call 866.669.8321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Explore the Splendors of Ancient Egypt Travel with Educational Opportunities and Group Leader Rev. Ann Emerson February 14-23, 2012. The group will explore the Great Pyramids in Giza, trace the ancient route of the Exodus and visit Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine's Monastery. Passengers will experience the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo and cruise down the Nile River into the heart of this wonderful country. Old Testament scriptures will be studied as the group travels through the country. Cost begins at approximately $3,500. For a complete brochure, please contact Rev. Emerson at 810.327.6468 or email@example.com. Information can also be found at www.eo.travelwithus.com/find_trip and enter the travel code EG12 and departure date 021412E. Registration is encouraged by October 1st. Current & Continuing Prayer Needs Grand Rapids District Mission Statement Prayers of safety for Eric Mulanda, AU Our Mission is to connect and support vital student who visited during Annual ministries of Jesus Christ. Conference, for an end to violence in Congo related to the upcoming presidential election. Our mission calls us to: Train, equip, encourage and coach Sandy Williams, wife of retired pastor clergy and lay leaders for Nolan Williams, in GR Metro Hospital. transformational ministry. Provide effective multi-layered Sara Boersma, wife of Gil, pastor at communication. Unity UMC, is recovering from 2nd eye Promote networking and clustering surgery. among clergy and churches. Steve Weinberger, pastor at Lakeside- Engage together in acts of mercy, Crestwood UMCs, continues to justice and spiritual growth. recover from surgery at Spectrum Be proactive risk-takers and change Health Rehab Center in GR. agents. Bishop Keaton continuing to recover from major surgery. Grand Rapids District Vision Statement Vance Dimmick (pastor at Parmelee Growing together, Reaching out… UMC), recovery from infection related The churches of the Grand Rapids District of to June surgery. the United Methodist Church are healthy, vital, outer-directed and are united in actively Lois Moseley (WM Conference making disciples of Jesus Christ for the facilitator and lay member at First transformation of the world. As clergy and UMC, GR) cancer treatment. laity, we live out our connection through cooperative initiatives, local and worldwide Rev. Jean Crabtree radiation therapy. mission, mentoring, sharing of resources, Laurie Haller on renewal leave through and mutual love and support. Sept. 5. (Adopted by the GR District Conference 2-15-09) Visit the Grand Rapids District Website at: http://www.grdistrictumc.org Visit Leading from the Heart Blog ____________________________________ The Connection is published weekly and distributed electronically every Wednesday. We request your news and contributions each week via e-mail to the GR District office at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday! ____________________________________ United Methodist News Africa University Choir Opens World Gathering A 30-member Africa University Chamber Choir officially opened the 20th World Methodist Conference in Durban, South Africa on Aug. 4. With the South African hymn “Siyahamba” (“We are marching in the light of God”), the choir led the traditional banner procession of the various members of the World Methodist Council participating in the global conference. More than 1,800 delegates from 58 countries were part of the historic event, which concluded on Monday, Aug. 8. The conference theme was “Jesus Christ for the healing of the nations.” Click here to read the full story. Hispanic Heritage Month Resources Hispanic Heritage month kicks off Sept. 15 and Rethink Church will offer resources to assist the dialogue in worship, Sunday school and community gatherings. The resources, which will be available for download beginning Aug. 15, are designed to educate, connect and motivate. The Hispanic Heritage package will include videos that can be used as sermon illustrations, study material or neighborhood Bible studies to help start a new understanding of immigration. Click here to view the UMCOM resource page. Webinars Train Local Church Leaders The General Board of Discipleship offers training webinars for local church leaders. Register for these online experiences at www.gbod.org/committee_resources. Participate from our own internet OR gather with other nominations committee or finance leaders at the church and watch together. August 18 and 25 at 6:30 PM CDT – Finance Committee This two part training is for Finance Leaders including the local church Treasurer, Finance Committee, Financial Secretary. The session on August 18 will cover Fundraising and money BURNOUT!! This webinar will cover the central message of generosity, essentials of an effective program, things that work and things that do not work. Move beyond “the way we have always done it” to lead your congregation in extravagant generosity for the ministry God has for your congregation. The session on August 25 will cover extravagant generosity. This webinar will be a “put-it-to-work” review of the newest program on the marketplace “Extravagant Generosity, the Heart of Giving.” One of the authors will describe how to make it work, how it is different, and how to get started. Learn about "heart-change" and marketing and branding concepts to inspire generosity among all age groups. 5 Things Every Church Can Do To Promote Giving: Tips from UMCgiving.org 1. Download and insert the weekly Mission Moment in your worship bulletin. 2. Start a council meeting with one of the short videos you can find at youtube.com/umcgiving. 3. Give each member of your church council a copy of the Official United Methodist Program Calendar so they can identify special giving opportunities. Program calendars can be ordered at umcgiving.org/calendar. 4. Download resources for Special Sunday offerings at umcgiving.org/downloadables. 5. Provide free United Methodist giving resources in new member packets. Find downloadable promotional tools at umcgiving.org/downloadables. UMCOR Needs School Kits The latest shipment of school kits to Haiti has "seriously depleted" the stockpile kept by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which is encouraging congregations to use kit-making as a group project or activity. The kits, which cost about $11 each to assemble, provide children with basic supplies such as paper, pencils and other items. Learn more about assembling school kits or make a gift toward the purchase of materials. Rays of Hope in Grand Rapids is a collection point for school kits, health kits, cleaning buckets, layette infant kits, and dry foods. Their address is 446 Grandville Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, 49503. Please contact Kim Sorrelle at 616.318.7378 to ensure the warehouse will be open. The normal operating hours are Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm and Sat, 10am-4pm. When kits are brought to the warehouse, please be prepared to help pack them for shipment. Please use UMCOR guidelines for packing. High 5 – High Giving Tips from UMCOM United Methodist Communications can give you a hand with five key ingredients of highly successful churches. We call these our “high five.” Learn about the ways shared ministry enables United Methodists to do together what no church, district or annual conference could do alone. Visit www.umcgiving.org. Resources Available for Back-to-School Season The United Methodist Board of Discipleship has worship resources and ideas for churches as a new school year approaches. The resources include a back-to-school blessing, prayer of thanksgiving and suggestions for school-supply drives. Michigan UM pastor and his wife donate 60% of their annual income to charity. (Video) 8-10-11 Mission Never Stops: 10-Fold Continues Help spread the word to your conferences, districts, and congregations. Today’s 10-Fold update will lift up UMCOR's Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) program and show how 13 annual conferences operating through 28 church-based clinics are making a difference in their communities and changing people's lives. Don't forget, while visiting 10-Fold.org, with one simple click, it is easy to become an advocate and automatically raise $1.00 to support this project. Mission never stops, so please be counted. Please help promote 10-Fold in your church. The 10-Fold Toolkit contains all the information you need to know about 10- Fold with suggestions for how you can spread the word to your church, family, and friends. Click here to download the 10-Fold Toolkit. GBHEM Announces Online Consortium with 13 UM Theological Schools The online consortium catalogue will serve as the gateway, providing a single entry point through an online catalogue and Web links to each theological school that is offering the classes. It will be open all year round so you will be able to take courses according to your schedule. Pastor-Centered to Program-Focused Workshop One of the most difficult transitions for both pastors and congregations is from a pastor-centered size congregation to a program-focused community. This workshop is designed for pastors moving from one size to the other or a congregation that is experiencing growth from one to the other. The pastor and at least one lay person are encouraged to attend this two-day workshop in Evanston from September 30-October 1. For more info click this link: http://www.transformativeleaders.org/docs/Transitionsflyer.pdf Executive Leadership Education Program Offered Six seminars developed in partnership with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University designed to increase leadership impact through concentrated study and theological reflection on key themes of leadership and management. The 2011-2014 cohort begins October 18-19. For more info follow the link. http://www.transformativeleaders.org/events-programs/16 GBHEM Presents Exploration 2011—11-11-11: Passion and Possibilities Exploration 2011 is an event for 18-26 year olds who are exploring ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. There are 13 UMC-affiliated seminaries across the United States, from coast to coast. Click here for more info. DISASTER FUNDS, CLEANING BUCKETS NEEDED UMCOR is working with annual conferences to respond to communities that have been devastated by the spring storms, but funds are being disbursed faster than they are replenished. Your gift is urgently needed. Please give generously to US Spring Storms 2011, UMCOR Emergency Advance #3021326. United Methodists Respond to Japan Earthquake The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries has nine missionaries in Japan along with a number of individual volunteers-in-mission, and the church is already responding to those in need after the earthquake and tsunami. Donations can be made to Japan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021317. Click here to read the full story and post a comment. Worship Resources on Japan Available Click here to view resources. Progress in Haiti Click here to read a progress update from the May-June 2011 Issue of New World Outlook. To read UMCOR’s complete Hotline E-Newsletter click here. UMC Special Sundays Follow the link to see all the UMC Special Sundays umcgiving.org/specialsundays. Ministerial Education Fund Makes a Difference Click here for more info and to read stories about how this fund has made a difference in the lives of clergy. Social Principles Bulletin Inserts Click here to download the free resources.
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