Districts to meet with Bishop Ward
District gatherings are scheduled for a time when laity and clergy can be in dialogue with Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. During the meetings, Bishop Ward will share an overview of her ministry and then will encourage laity and clergy to tell her what God has placed on their heart. If clergy and laity in one district cannot be present for their district meeting, feel free to attend another district meeting. Updates and additions to the schedule will be posted on the Bishop’s website at Bishop.
Gateway Sunday, Sept. 9, 4 p.m. Prospect UMC, Maxton
Fairway Tuesday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. St. Luke UMC, Sanford
Corridor Sunday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m. Orange UMC, Chapel Hill
Heritage Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6:30pm Louisburg College Auditorium
Capital Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. Centenary, Smithfield
Beacon Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. Edenton UMC, Edenton
Harbor Sunday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m. Bladen Comm. College, Dublin
Sound Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. Centenary, New Bern
Fall session of the Academy for Christian Witness
The Commission on Evangelism invites all laity interested in practical ways to empower your church to go and make disciples in your neighborhood to attend The Academy for Christian Witness 2012, Oct. 25-27 at Camp Rockfish. Accommodations are limited so pre-registration is required; the registration fee is $25. Learn practical tools for Evangelism in your community to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For further information, contact Mary Frances McClure, Dean at 910-496-6287 or e-mail: email@example.com. Visit http://nccumcevangelism.org/ to download the application!
Leadership retreat for pastors in large churches
Sharing Collegial Best Practices
Nov. 12-14, Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach
This is an ecumenical event with a large church being defined as having a yearly average of at least 300 in worship. Event registrations can be made and paid for online at http://www.theafle.org/. The event is limited to 40 participants with registration required by Nov. 7. The event begins with Monday check in at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and concludes Wednesday with a 12:30 luncheon. Topics will include: a) Building and leading your staff; b) Growing a generous church; and c) Communications and marketing your church. For more information, go to Leadership.
United Methodist Days at Kings Dominion
September 1, 2, 3, 8, 23, 28, 29,30 and October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28 are designated as NC Conference United Methodist Family Fun Days at Kings Dominion. Tickets are available for United Methodists at the significantly discounted cost of $29.99 per person ages 3 and up for those dates. To order tickets for Kings Dominion, go to http://www.kingsdominion.com/ and in the top right corner put in the promo code KDNCMETHODIST. For each ticket redeemed, a contribution is made to Conference Youth Service Fund. For more information, check out Fall NC Methodist Flyer.
Spirited Life blog offers wellness tips
The Duke Clergy Health Initiative has launched a new blog, The Connection, filled with information and inspiration for clergy pursuing health and wellness. Through it, pastors and laity can experience (or delve deeper into) the resources and concepts shared with those participating in Spirited Life and read about the positive changes their fellow clergy are making. Clergy can explore many of these resources on the program’s blog, The Connection, which also highlights the positive changes fellow clergy are making through Spirited Life.
Free resource to help churches improve worship attendance
To help churches improve worship attendance, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers the free resource, “Why Worship Attendance Matters and Clues for Improving It.” Hosted by Lovett H. Weems, Jr., the 10-minute video provides an overview of the importance of worship attendance and offers practical ways to improve it. The video is available online at attendance; it may also be downloaded.
In addition to the video, the Lewis Center offers several additional attendance resources, many of which are free. Of note is “How Do New People See Your Church,” a free handout with suggestions to help congregations view their churches and worship services from the perspective of new people. This and more resources are available at attendance.
Deadline to nominate for excellence in Youth Ministry
The Award of Excellence in Youth Ministry will be presented at Pilgrimage to the United Methodist church/charge of the NC Conference that exhibits overall excellence in youth ministry including consideration of involvement beyond the local church, involvement in mission, balance in program, attention to discipleship and spiritual growth, attention to outreach and committed youth participation. Quality is considered over quantity. Applications can be found by clicking AwardofExcel. Completed applications are to be postmarked no later than Saturday, Sept. 1. Applications should be sent to Robin Harry, 700 Waterfield Ridge Pl., Garner NC 27529
Congress on Evangelism registration now open
Registration is now open for the 2013 Congress on Evangelism. The theme “Vital Wesleyan Evangelism” will guide participants during this refreshing training event. Bring your pastor, lay members and evangelism team to the Crowne Plaza at Ravinia in Dunwoody, GA, Jan. 2-5, 2013. Visit http://www.congressonevangelism.org/ for more information. For a limited time, receive an early registration discount of 15%! Single registration is $150 and a couple’s registration is $195.
Making Peace with the Land conference at Duke
Making Peace with the Land: Embracing God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation
Duke Divinity School Sept. 21-22
Christians have sometimes had a hard time imagining that God desires all creatures to be reconciled with each other and with God. The promise that “all things” have a place in God’s reconciling and redeeming love encompasses land, food, and the environment. As creatures whose very existence is interdependent with the rest of creation, entering into God’s work of reconciliation begins with, and continually returns to, reconciliation with the land. Yet we find ourselves living in an increasingly degraded world, often with little direct relationship to the plants, animals, soil, and water sources that sustain our lives. Cost for this event is $50 for the general public and $25 for full-time students. More information and registration are available at Making Peace.