Praying for those who labor
As Labor Day approaches, Bishop Ward reminds viewers/readers to pray, thanking God for the opportunity to work and for those who labor in our communities, and especially for justice for all workers.
Does your church have a website?
The NC Conference Communications Team has been gathering church websites for a new feature just launched at nccumc.org/churches. Now, next to the Directions link, you’ll also see View Website on a church info bubble if we currently have your website in the conference database. We do not have websites for every church and we need help finding the ones we are missing. To help: 1. Check nccumc.org/churches for your church listing. Do this by clicking your district on the left and then your church from the list that populates below the district list. 2. If View Website is not listed in your church info bubble, fill out the form below the church map to send us your website. 3. If View Website is listed, but the website is incorrect, please also fill out the form and let us know the correct information. Please complete this process by Friday, Aug. 29.
Participation requests for Pilgrimage due
2014 Pilgrimage will be Nov. 7-9 at the Crown Center in Fayetteville. It’s a life-altering weekend event filled with amazing artists and thought-provoking speakers. Youth involvement is always welcomed at Pilgrimage through testimonies, group performance, house band, and more. Go to nccpilgrimage.org to apply to participate by testimony, performance or house band. The deadline for submitting requests is Sept. 1.
Children’s Ministry 101 last chance to register
Children’s Ministry 101 will be held at Salem UMC (Simpson, NC) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sept 13. To see the details of what the event will offer, go to Children’s Ministry 101. The deadline for registering is Thursday, Sept. 4. Register here.
Churches and socially-responsible investing
The United Methodist Foundation invites church treasurers, finance, and endowment committee members and clergy to attend a briefing on managing funds entrusted to your care and investing with impact. This important conversation will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Millbrook UMC in Raleigh. Come join Bishop Ward and the NCC Cabinet to learn how the NC Conference is making a difference through socially-responsible investing and how your church can too. A gathering fellowship time with refreshments will begin at 6:30.
Christmas in October – Boxes for Armenia
Now is the time to begin assembling Christmas boxes for the children in Armenia. This would be a great mission & service project for UMM, UMW, Sunday School, or youth groups. Last year, the NC Conference shipped over 3,000 boxes. Can we top that number? For the items and the drop-off dates and locations, read here.
It’s about Every Day Grace
Beginning in December 2014, the NC Conference will produce a new publication, “Every Day Grace” magazine. The November 2014 NC Conference Christian Advocate will be the last issue of the published newspaper. Every Day Grace is free to everyone who is a part of the NC Conference. All Advocate subscribers will be automatically subscribed to the new magazine. Copies of Every Day Grace will also be mailed to every local church in the conference, to the attention of the lay leader. The hope is that you’ll read Every Day Grace and then pass it on to a riend. In Every Day Grace, discover the stories that unite us in our everyday experiences of life, where in the midst of it all, there is grace. Some of the topics to be explored will include money, food, aging, young life, the modern family, rural life, urban life and much more. An online sign-up page will be available soon for persons to request Every Day Grace. Watch future News Briefs emails for updates.