Responding to the Ebola Crisis
Bishop Ward describes the unique role of The United Methodist Church in responding to the Ebola crisis in this week’s connections. To learn more about the crisis and what you can do, visit Ebola Crisis.
Support Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry
This Sunday, Aug. 24, is Disciple Bible Outreach Sunday. The DBOM conference offering goes to support Bible study programs in the prisons, jails and youth development centers of North Carolina. Offering envelopes have been provided to each charge and may be used as bulletin inserts. A word from Bishop Ward can be read at DBOM Letter. Additional information and a ministry video can also be found on www.disciplebibleoutreach.org. Thank you for supporting this special offering, so that together, we can offer the Good News of Christ behind prison walls!
Walking with Jesus – A Journey through the Gospels
Moving from baptism to resurrection, this highly interactive, ten-week, biblical experience allows the participant to walk with Jesus and experience and participate in the interactions of his life, while asking the question “Where do we see this story unfolding in our world, right next door, and down the street? What then is our response?” This is a transformative journey through the Gospels, to become disciples and to see the world from the eyes of Jesus. Read more about the program at Walking with Jesus or contact Kathy Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Taylor at email@example.com.
Legacy Building Sunday – September 14
The NC Conference has designated the second Sunday in September each year as Legacy Building Sunday. The UM Foundation has materials for local churches to use in communicating with congregations in the weeks leading up to and in preparation for worship on that Sunday. There are newsletter articles, a bulletin insert, a bulletin article, liturgy and prayers, sermon helps and hymn suggestions. These are available for download directly from the home page of the UMF website. Also, as a regular feature on the home page of the UMF website, there is a Christian Wills Guide, a valuable resource for individuals seeking to create a legacy gift to benefit their church. Contact UM Foundation to discuss ways to make Legacy Building Sunday a special day of celebration. (more Info)
Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening for MHFC
Please accept this invitation to attend Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt St., Wilmington. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. This year, 30 of the region’s most talented and innovative epicureans (chefs/cooks/gourmets) will bring their best to the table for awards and bragging rights. All proceeds will benefit Methodist Home for Children, so invite your friends. Don’t miss this 8th annual culinary extravaganza! Visit www.wilmingtonee.com for more details.
Registration deadline approaching for Disciple Making Way
Deadline for registering a church in the Disciple Making Way program is Sept. 5. The Disciple Making Way is proving effective in strengthening discipleship among members of congregations and reaching persons who have no relationship with the church and offering them the good news of abundant life in Jesus Christ. (read more)
Bishop’s Forum on Israel/Palestine set for Oct. 16
The Bishop’s Forum on Oct. 16 will focus on the church’s response to the Israel/Palestine crisis. The forum will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Please email reservations for lunch ($5 donation) to Robin Harry at firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 8.
Discovering ways to engage young adults
The statistics are alarming: 19 out of 20 people under the age of 35 do not participate in Christian worship each week. The NC Conference is offering a workshop and coaching relationship for local churches to increase their capacity to engage younger adults in a discipleship pathway leading to a growing relationship with Christ and the church. The first workshop is scheduled for Oct. 3-4, at Spring Hill UMC in Lillington. The principles and practices taught and coached in this process have been derived from hundreds of interviews and relationships with people under the age of 35 who are actively involved in United Methodist Churches. For more information about participating in this on-going training, go to Engaging Young Adults.