Engaging in the Unity Dialogue
Bishop Ward quotes passages from Psalm 130 and talks about the tradition of the Unity Dialogue in the NC Conference in this week’s edition of Connections. Please be in prayer for the Unity Dialogue scheduled for Wednesday, April 2.
Retreat for Pastors Serving Hispanic/Latino communities
Immersed in the Heart of the Good Shepherd:
Latinos and Non-Latinos in the Kingdom of God
April 28-30 Lake Junaluska
During this retreat, participants will explore how Latino and non-Latino churches and people can work together to reflect God’s kingdom here on earth. With funding from The Duke Endowment, the NC and the Western NC Conferences, the registration cost is $100. Scholarships are available upon request. Continuing education units will be granted. The event will be held in Spanish, but English translation will be offered upon request. For more information, go to Hispanic/Latino Retreat.
Lenten Evangelism Resources Available
Love. Hope. Joy. People aren’t just looking for colored eggs and chocolate bunnies at Easter time. United Methodist churches want to help people in their communities find the deeper, more fulfilling things they’re searching for – give them ways to reach out to others and embrace the miracle of God’s love. UM Communications has many resources available for the Lenten season that churches can use to invite persons to worship. Designs for bulletin covers, door hangers, postcards, web graphics, and video clips are available for free at Lenten resources.
First Quarter 2014 Critical Drivers
The data entry page for the first quarter Critical Drivers information opened April 1 at Online Data Collection System. Please log-in and enter your church’s first quarter information to ensure it is included in the reports submitted to the Cabinet on Monday, April 7. Click here for more information on the timeline for entering Critical Drivers data.
5K Run/Walk During Annual Conference
The NC Conference is sponsoring a non-competitive Run/Walk on Thursday, June 12 at 6:30 a.m. to promote fitness and fellowship among Conference members. All members, all ages, runners, walkers and volunteers, are welcome. There will be a registration fee of $10. All proceeds will be given to the Greenville Community Shelter, a local non-profit that serves the homeless and transitional populations of Greenville. To register, go to Run/Walk.
Fan the Flame for Small Church Revitalization
Fan the Flame is a revitalization event for rural and small-membership churches. Co-sponsored by the Duke Endowment and the Duke Divinity School Thriving Rural Communities Initiative and hosted by the Bladen Charge, the multi-day event is scheduled for May 16-18. Attendees will participate in worship services and workshops to equip small-membership churches with resources that will help them thrive and grow. For more info and to register, see the brochure.