Bishop Ward shares good news about UM mission
Bishop Ward tells us about some of her recent experiences in mission and about the upcoming commissioning of a missionary from the North Carolina Conference in this week’s Connections.
Churches may qualify for tax credit
Local churches may qualify for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. The tax forms for filing for the credit are due by May 15. Visit the Insurance page for more details.
Life Touch will be photographing clergy at AC
Life Touch photographers will be set up in the Greenville Room in the Hilton Wednesday through Friday, June 12-14. All clergy should plan to go by the Life Touch room have a photo made for the conference clergy pictorial directory. Spouses and other family members are welcomed to be photographed, but each clergyperson must also sit for a solo head and shoulder picture to be included in the directory. Photographers will be available Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Friday, June 14 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pastors asked to enter names of college students
Students who are graduating from high schools will be recognized and the milestone celebrated in local churches soon. If they are planning to attend a college, university, or a community college within the bounds of the NC Conference, they may find a community of faith for worship, growth and service through campus ministries. Pastors, please enter the names of graduating high school seniors into the Online Data Collection System with the name of the student and contact information, preferably an address. Using the drop-down box, enter the school the student will attend in the fall. Also, purge the data of students who have graduated from college. This will assure that they are not re-entered among the students attending schools of higher education. Please complete the data entry by June 10.
Academy Day of Learning, Leading from the Center
The Academy for Leadership Excellence will present “Leading from the Center: Spiritual Practices for Ministry Excellence” on Wednesday, May 8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Edenton Street UMC. Open to all clergy and laity, this Day of Learning will be facilitated by Dr. Bruce Epperly, a theologian, minister, and author of over 20 books. This interactive and experiential workshop focuses on the importance of spiritual practices for excellence in ministry and congregational lay leadership related to administration, mission, decision-making, preaching, and worshipful work. Register online at theafle.org or for more information, call The Academy for Leadership Excellence at 919-208-2169.
Dates to remember:
May 1 – All reports to be included on-line and presented at Annual Conference are due to the Conference Secretary’s office. Reports must be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and in MSWord format.
May 15 – Registration begins for Duke Divinity School’s 2013 Convocation on the Rural Church to be held Aug. 12-14 in Myrtle Beach. For additional information, visit the event website.
May 18-19 – Change the World Weekend. For information on how to get started, go to Change the World.