February 22, 2011

News Briefs Archive

Resolutions due to Conference Secretary by April 15
The deadline for submitting resolutions to the Conference Secretary’s office is April 15. Please submit your resolutions to the Conference Secretary’s Office at: smedlin@nccumc.org.

Gathering of Elders to be March 1 in Raleigh
The Order of Elders planning team and the Academy of Leadership Excellence, have announced that the annual Gathering of Elders will be on Tuesday, March 1, at Edenton Street UMC in Raleigh. Alan Hirsch, the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network, will speak on “ReJesus and the Shape of Things to Come.” Because of the joint nature of this event, pre-registration is necessary as well as a registration fee of $25. read more

Forms online for General/Jurisdictional delegate nominees
Clergy and lay delegate nomination forms for the 2012 General and Jurisdictional Conferences are online. Persons interested in placing their name in nomination should refer to the pages at: Delegate Nomination Form. Clergy persons are reminded that only deacons and elders in Full Connection are eligible to be nominated as clergy nominees. All nomination forms are limited to one 8 1/2 X 11″ sheet, one side only. Questions can be directed to the Conference Secretary’s office at 800-849-4433, ext. 222.

Youth Lay Speaker Training
A youth Lay Speaker Training session for youth in grades 8-12 will be held Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Building in Garner. Youth interested in participating must submit their application and pastor/youth leader’s recommendation by April 8. There is no cost to participate and lunch is included. The training will be led by Conference Director of Lay Speaking, Linda Harris. The application is available at http://nccumc.org/youth/

Alpha Getting Started Training scheduled in Fayetteville
A one-day Alpha Getting Started Training will be held on Saturday, March 19 at Haymount UMC in Fayetteville. This event will discuss why and how Alpha works and how a facilitator would begin an Alpha study group. The registration fee is $30 for pre-registrants and $35 for walk-ins. The fee includes breakfast and lunch and workshop materials. For more information, go to:  Alpha Getting Started.

Conference Camps to hold Open House
The Camp Rockfish Open House will be Sunday April 17 from 1-7pm. Dinner will be served at 5pm followed by a worship experience. Please call or email the camp to RSVP if you would like to attend: 910-425-3529 ext 21 or info@camprockfish.org.
The Camp Chestnut Ridge Open House will be on May 1 from 1pm – 5pm. There will be activities for kids aged 6 to 96. The spring open house is an open invitation to church members, friends, neighbors, and anyone interested in what happens at camp. It is free of charge, but donations will be accepted.
The Don Lee Open House will be May 15 from 2 – 7:30 p.m. Join others for a day of sailing, swimming, canoeing, and crafts with an all-camp picnic. There is no charge to attend but RSVPs would be appreciated by calling 1-800-535-5475 ext. 22 or e-mailing info@donleecenter.org.

Fan The Flame, a small membership church revitalization event
Fan the Flame will be held March 18-20 at Windsor UMC in the rural community of Ammon (Wilmington district.) The event is designed to inform and inspire small membership churches in the process of being renewed and revitalized. Areas to be covered are “The Dynamics and Culture of the Small Membership Church,” “Effective Preaching,” “Excellence in Worship,” “Missional Outreach,” “Spiritual Formation and Discipleship” (includes Sunday school and Bible school ideas), “Practical Evangelism and Faith Sharing,” and “Healing and Wholeness.” The event begins with dinner on Friday night and concludes at 10 a.m. on Sunday after the morning worship service. There is no application fee and churches will be selected on a number of criteria. Once a church is selected, there will be a non-refundable deposit of $150. The balance of the cost will be paid by Windsor UMC, the Conference Office of New Faith Communities, and The Duke Endowment. For further information, call Windsor UMC at 910-866-5117.

Changing Terrain of American Protestant Missions to be discussed
The Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College (IL), with a grant from the Lilly Endowment, is sponsoring a two-day conference, March 24-25, at Duke Divinity School to explore the evolving nature of American Protestant missions since the famed Edinburgh Missionary Conference of 1910. With lectures and panel discussion, distinguished scholars will examine the American mission enterprise over the last century while discussing the extent to which America continues to play a role in the shaping of global Christianity. General registration is $60. A limited number of travel assistance grants for clergy (up to $250) are available and will be awarded to qualified applicants. Registration is free for graduate students enrolled at institutions in the Research Triangle (official registration still required). For more information, the grant application, and to register, visit: Protestant Missions.

Methodist University to present annual Bullard-Templeton Lecture
Robert Russell, Ph.D., will speak on “Cosmology: Science and Theology in Creative Mutual Interaction” at Methodist University, Monday, March 14 at 11 a.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. The presentation is part of the Templeton Lecture Series on Science and Religion, and is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Dr. Lloyd Bailey, professor of religion, at (910) 630-7118 or send an e-mail to Lloyd@duke.edu.

Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry event to be in April
The Methodist Federation for Social Action’s Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry is an annual one-day gathering for North Carolina faith leaders to learn, dialogue and respond to issues related to the local history of prophetic ministry and our faith-based values of social justice. This year’s theme, “One Bread, One Body,” will focus on faith and diversity and specifically Wake County Schools as the front lines of a national trend towards dismantling school diversity policies. Come be informed and inspired as we put the current challenge to school diversity within the context of our scriptures, traditions and history and discern a vision for a collective faith-based response. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. James Lawson, Pastor Emeritus at Holman United Methodist Church of Los Angeles, renowned Civil Right Movement leader, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door; students can attend for $15. Checks should be made payable to MFSA-NC and mailed to MFSA-NC, c/o Henry Jarrett, P.O. Box 18311, Raleigh NC 27619-8311. For more information, contact Ryan Rowe at rowe.ryan1@gmail.com.

Donald Davis to discuss telling the Gospel story more effectively
A workshop for all who wish to communicate effectively in the 21st century – preachers, teachers, and life-long learners – will be March 14-15 at Louisburg College. Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world, rich in stories learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781. He is a retired elder from the Western NC Conference who stepped out of local church ministry at an early age to live out his calling in a different way. As a first-rate clinician and communicator, he has traveled the United States and the world teaching the significant aspects of story which empower us to communicate “The Story” more effectively. Some may recognize Don as a contributing editor to “The Storytellers Companion To The Bible” commentary series, which is available through Cokesbury. There is no pre-registration and no cost to participate but meals and CEUs (from Louisburg College) will be the responsibility of each attendee.

Faith Connections on Mental Illness sponsoring one-day conference
Faith Connections on Mental Illness will be sponsoring a one-day conference, “Mental Illness as a Spiritual Journey: Creating Caring Communities,” with the Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder on Friday, April 1 at St. Thomas More in Chapel Hill. The conference is designed for people of faith in an effort to help them become stewards of compassion among the mentally ill and their families. read more

Christian Educators Fellowship retreat to feature Delia Halverson
Delia Halverson, author, consultant, and retreat leader in Christian Education for all ages, will lead the retreat, “Re-Charging for Discipling Mission: Fuel and Tools for Christian Educators.” The retreat, sponsored by the NC Christian Educators Fellowship, will be held at Camp Agape (outside Fuquay-Varina) on March 21-22. Click here for flyer.

New Sexual Ethics information to be posted in every church
The hotline telephone number to report sexual abuse, harassment, or misconduct will be changed effective March 1. A new poster is available at: Sexual Ethics poster which is to be posted in a readily accessible public place in every church, district office, conference office, etc. All old existing posters should be destroyed. The change is that persons with any sexual ethics/boundaries issues can call the confidential hotline, leave a report on the website listed on the poster or email the address on the poster. There is also a line for Spanish-speaking persons.

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