After an inspiring Annual Conference, Bishop Ward, the Cabinet, and the Connectional Table look forward to the new conference year with many new and fruitful ministries in local churches throughout the conference.
The very first story in the Bible is of God creating all the things of the earth and then resting on the seventh day. As we honor God’s creation, we also honor the Sabbath, allowing for a time of rest and renewal.
Bishop Ward encourages churches to lift up the ministries of UMCOR on UMCOR Sunday, March 26 (or another Sunday that works best) and receive an offering in gratitude for the assistance the North Carolina Conference has received from UMCOR.
As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers and to break down walls that divide us. We refuse to label people. We are called to extend the hospitality of God and live in beloved community with our neighbors.
Bishop Ward gives a report on the conference Mission Endowment Fund, which has made a grant of $60,000 to the Conference Disaster Response Ministries to be used for Hurricane Matthew recovery.
Bishop Ward asks for prayers for all the people living in the troubled lands of Israel and Palestine – the place where Jesus was born, spent his life and engaged his ministry.
Bishop Ward gives thanks for the great diversity among us and for the unity which we experience in Christ and our common commitment to God through the Church of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Ward gives thanks for the eight district superintendents serving the North Carolina Conference and tells about their role as the chief mission strategist for their district.
As we approach the fourth Sunday of Advent, Bishop Ward encourages us to give generously to Hurricane Matthew relief and also to be in prayer as the Church enters a new year of mission and ministry.