Training and fellowship for persons working with youth
Leadership training for youth and adults – don’t miss the upcoming event: “Equipping youth and volunteers to lead” on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 4-7 p.m. at Millbrook UMC in Raleigh. This leadership training event is sponsored by the Raleigh area YOWO (professional youth worker fellowship) but is open to any and all participants wanting to be inspired and equipped for leadership in youth ministry. To register please use this form: http://goo.gl/wvofb. For more information please contact Rob Phillips or Jenifer Root at: firstname.lastname@example.org You can also view the event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/167296026733438/.
Churches should be mindful of election guidelines
Churches and religious organizations in the United States qualify for exemption from federal income tax, and are generally eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. However, there are ways churches could jeopardize or even lose this status, and one is a concern each election season.
According to the Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations, churches are among the tax-exempt organizations “prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.” read more
Bishop Gwinn issues episcopal rulings
Bishop Gwinn has issued responses to questions from Chris Humphreys and Bill Simpson presented at the 2012 Annual Conference. To read the full text of his responses, go to Rulings.
Attend the Children’s Ministry Workshop
“How Will They Know the Story?” is a workshop for adult leaders of children’s ministries in local congregations to be presented on Sept. 8 at St. James UMC (Greenville) and repeated at St. Luke UMC (Sanford) on Sept. 22. Modules in the workshop include Discipleship, Nurturing, and Connection. Go to the Children’s Ministry page.
Early registration deadline extended for IGNITE!
The early registration deadline for the Youth IGNITE! event has been extended to Aug. 30. The conference Commission on Evangelism has created the two-day IGNITE! event to empower youth to share their faith story and share the Good News of Christ! Andy Lambert is the leader for IGNITE! Marty Cauley is writing a curriculum that will be fun, powerful, and Wesleyan. The event is open to youth in 6-12 grades and the cost is only $25. There will be small groups for middle schoolers, senior highs, and youth leaders. IGNITE! runs Sept. 28-30 at Camp Rockfish. For more information on this new and exciting adventure, go to IGNITE.
Beth Moore simulcast Sept. 15
You may have used her studies in your churches; now come listen to her speak! 3MC in partnership with Creedmoor UMC (214 Park Ave, Creedmoor, NC) will be hosting a Beth Moore Simulcast at Creedmoor UMC on Sept. 15. Included will be a special time of worship with Travis Cottrell. This special time of fellowship will include lunch. The cost is $25. For more information or to register, please contact Pam Adkins at (888) 967-9167 or email@example.com or Kathy Lashley at (919) 971-1410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMF Annual Meeting, Sept. 19
United Methodist Foundation, Inc. is holding its Annual Meeting of Investment Partners on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m., at the Methodist Building in Garner. This meeting is open to anyone wanting to learn more about the Foundation and its services. Lunch will be served following the meeting. If you would like to register for this meeting, please contact Kim Smith, email@example.com or call the Foundation office (800) 555-4718 by Aug. 30. For more information about the annual meeting please visit the Foundation website http://www.umf-nc.org/.
Lake Junaluska Peace Conference Nov. 8-11
Love in Action: The Transformative Power of Nonviolence
Is there a place for nonviolent action in our world? The 2012 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference will draw upon the lessons of nonviolent campaigns and their leaders who discovered a force that can change the world. Participants will explore the principles and learn the applications of nonviolence as taught by Gandhi, King, and many spiritual leaders who offered this alternative paradigm for resolving conflict, achieving justice, and building peace. Early registration is open through Sept. 10. Click here for information on speakers, schedule, cost, and registration.
Create a welcoming environment for Christian singles
For ideas about welcoming Christian singles into vital and fulfillling ministry and fellowship, go to Singles.