Forms online for General/Jurisdictional delegate nominees
Jerry Bryan, Conference Secretary, has announced that the election for 2012 General and Jurisdictional delegates will be conducted at the 2011 Annual Conference. The Delegate Nomination Forms are now on-line. There is information relating to the nomination process and the election preparation for the 2012 General and Jurisdiction Conferences also. Persons interested in placing their name up for 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. Laity nominees must have been a member of a local UM church within the bounds of the NC Conference for at least 2 years and active for 4 years. Persons under the age of 18 can serve as delegates to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Nomination forms will be accepted until April 8, 2011. Clergy are asked to be sure that the laity of their church(es) are also made aware of the nomination process and that they may submit their forms if they are at all interested. The forms will be posted, as received, and listed alphabetically. If you have questions, contact the Conference Secretary’s office at 800-849-4433, ext. 222.
Unity Dialogue to meet in September
All laity and clergy are invited and urged to attend the next meeting of the Unity Dialogue, on the Church and homosexuality, which will take place from 6-8:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 13, at the new offices of the NC Conference (700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner.) Bishop Gwinn will moderate a discussion of “An Unworkable Theology” by Dr. Philip Turner (see Unworkable Theology); and the purpose of The Unity Dialogue will be considered (see Viewpoint Learning and Viewpoint Learning dialogue). Persons do not have to be a member of the Unity Dialogue to attend this important event.
U2charist Benefit for Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries in Durham
A U2charist will be held at McMannen UMC in Durham on Sunday Aug. 22 at 7:00 p.m. The U2charist is a traditional communion service featuring the music of U2 performed live by the Cary, NC band U2FX. A love offering will go to Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries prison outreach program. The music, prayers, and liturgy are bursting with the message of global reconciliation. Come and participate in this unique experience of open communion and music. For more information, visit DBOM or www.U2FX.org.
Notes concerning Pilgrimage – November 12-14
1) The CCYM and Pilgrimage Planning Team will meet Saturday, Sept. 11, at Methodist University. Actual room location to be announced later. The CCYM will meet at 10:00 a.m. and conclude around lunch time. The Planning Team will meet from 1:30 until 4:00 p.m..
2) Pilgrimage is a time and place to discover that faith and discipleship can be fun! The Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville will host group sessions. The key speaker will be Rev. Bart Campolo and the theme is “With One Voice.” Jesus calls each person to go into the world and spread the Gospel. At Pilgrimage, thousands of youth come together for that holy purpose and highest cause, speak one language from a heart of worship – with one voice. Cost: $20 per person (excludes meals and lodging). Registration deadline is Oct. 25. A brochure and registration form can be found at Pilgrimage.
3) Pilgrimage House Band Application Forms
Youth desiring to be a part of the Pilgrimage House Band should download an application form from https://nccumc.org/youth. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 31, and the date for auditions will be announced shortly thereafter.
4) The Award of Excellence in Youth Ministry is presented to a local church youth group each year at Pilgrimage. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 3. Applications are available at www.nccumc.org/youth. The Conference Council on Youth Ministries will make the selection of the recipient, and the award will be presented during the Saturday morning session at Pilgrimage at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.
Golden Cross provides laypersons assistance with medical expenses
August 15 is the designated Sunday for an offering for Golden Cross. Golden Cross is a ministry that reaches out to laity in the Conference who are dealing with financial hardships brought on by medical expenses. If Aug. 15 is not an appropriate date for a congregation, another Sunday can be selected. Richard Vaughan, conference director of Golden Cross, is available to answer questions or to provide additional information, 910 754-4840, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SRI Summit to meet in October
The Socially Responsible Investment Task Force established by the 2008 General Conference will host a 2010 Socially Responsible Investing Summit on Oct. 18-19 in Kansas City, MO. The Summit is designed to enable an interactive exchange of ideas about the UMC’s evolving understanding of socially responsible investing (SRI) policy and practices. Interested participants are being sought from UM agencies, foundations, universities, healthcare institutions, annual conferences and local churches. Topics to be addressed will include the impact of SRI on portfolio performance, challenges and solutions to SRI for institutional and individual investors, and various tools available for use in SRI practice such as proxy voting. Registration for the SRI Summit is limited to the first one hundred (100) to register. For more details, please contact Jim Mentzer at email@example.com or go to SRI Event.
A new make-up date for Sexual Ethics training
Please note the change of date for the Sexual Ethics Training make-up day from Thursday, Nov. 4 to Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new Methodist Building. This change was made in the hopes that a Saturday event will make it as convenient as possible for all of our pastors to attend this training. Persons planning on attending the make-up session must contact Linda Bourey at firstname.lastname@example.org so an appropriate lunch plans are arranged. For the other event dates, go to Ministerial Relations.
Celebrate DBOM Sunday – August 22
On Aug. 22, the churches of the NC Conference and the WNC Conference will celebrate DBOM Sunday and will receive a special offering in support of DBOM’s prison and local church ministries. Offering envelopes have been packaged for each church and are available from your district offices. Please help DBOM’s ministries in the prisons and pews of North Carolina by supporting DBOM Sunday. For more information, go to DBOM.