Churches should beware of scam
There is a nation-wide scam being perpetrated on businesses/churches by Yellow Page B.V. A fax is sent by Yellow Page B.V. which appears to be offering a free on-line listing to the church which anyone (as in a church secretary) can sign and fax back. However, once received, it becomes a $1,000.00 plus bill for Yellow Page B. V. services which cannot be cancelled. Collection Agencies are also in the mix. The easiest way to understand the extent of the scam is to log onto Yellow Page BV Scam.
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 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 UnworkableTheology); 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.
Alpha Getting Started conference to be August 7 in Raleigh
There will be an Alpha Getting Started event on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 201 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. and the event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The pre-registration fee is $25 and the walk-in fee is $35. Both fees include a full day of training, materials, and lunch. Scheduled speakers are Jenny Noyes, Alpha Southeast Director and Rev. Dr. Jonathan Jeffries, a pastor in the NC Conference and Alpha Practitioner. Participants will learn how the Alpha Course works, how to lead an Alpha small group, tips on pastoral care, attracting guests, prayer and worship, the weekend away, and more. To help with the planning, pre-registration is preferred at Alpha events. Payments can be made online with a credit card or registrants can indicate they will will pay on-site. For more information, call Carroll Sasser at (919) 851-3798 or email SasserRC@aol.com.
Disciple Bible Outreach Training Sessions
In partnership with the Duke Endowment, Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries will bring DISCIPLE Bible Study and Rings of Fellowship training to the NC Conference this fall by offering training in Cary and in Fayetteville. These events are free of charge to all clergy and lay persons in the North Carolina Conference of the UMC. The dates and locations are Sept.18 at First UMC: Cary and Sept. 25 at Haymount UMC in Fayetteville. Register online at DISCIPLE Bible or call 336-454-5348.
Lighten the Burden III AIDS Conference to be in Texas
Lighten the Burden III, the third international AIDS conference sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund committee, will be Oct. 14-16 at the Radisson Central Hotel in Dallas, TX. The registration fee of $100 includes meals and resources. Registration deadline is Sept. 20. The conference will feature national and international speakers, including Dr. Musa W. Dube, theologian and biblical scholar, the University of Botswana; Dr. Pauline Muchina, senior partnership adviser, UNAIDS; Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, episcopal leader of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference; Jeffrey Crowley, director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, and Rev. Tyrone Gordon, St. Luke UMC, Dallas. Conference workshop sessions include discussions of: “Looking at AIDS through Cultural Context,” “AIDS & Communities of Color – How can the church respond?” and “Resourcing Local Churches & Annual Conference AIDS Ministries.” To register, go to www.umglobalaidsfund.org by Sept. 20. Contact Donna Brandyberry, General Board of Church & Society, firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 488-5641 with questions.
Youth and children component to be included at the Peace Celebration
Youth and children are invited to become peacemakers at the 2010 Lake Junaluska Peace Celebration: Mosaic of Hope, Sept. 18-19. This unique 2-day event features leadership from children’s activist Jeni Stepanek, in addition to leadership from youth and children themselves. Stepanek is a noted advocate for children’s and families’ needs in health and education, and a well-respected motivational speaker. Most of the workshops and art responses at the Peace Celebration will be taught by either college-age students or middle to high school-age youth. Youth and children who attend this event will learn from others their own age that have a passion for peace. For more information about the Peace Celebration, visit Peace Celebration or call 828-454-6656. A full schedule of events is available online. Lodging and meals are also available for this event.
Lake Junaluska to host African-American Clergy Health Summit
Be renewed in ministry by attending the African-American Clergy Health Summit at Lake Junaluska, NC, Sept. 27- 28. Attendees will participate in a self-care covenant workshop designed specifically for African-American clergy, which reflects the health summit’s theme, “Wanting to Heal and Be Healed.” The Self-Care Covenant workshop is an interactive session where attendees can evaluate personal dimensions of health and well-being related to their daily life and work. Each workshop is planned and led by trainers within the annual conferences, and will provide a structured opportunity for individuals to examine their current choices within the areas of mental and emotional health, physical health, social health, and spiritual health. Early program registration is open until Aug. 31. For details about this event and to register, visit Health Summit or call 828-454-6656. The health summit is sponsored by the Office of African-American Ministries at Lake Junaluska and the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits.
“Interpreter” enrollment procedure changes in 2010
“Interpreter” is an award-winning ministry magazine for lay and clergy leaders in local United Methodist churches. Articles connect local church leaders to God, other United Methodist leaders, and ideas and resources to use in local church ministry. Published six times a year by UM Communications, each issue includes a cover package of features providing ideas and resources addressing an area of interest or concern to local churches. All United Methodist clergy and seven lay leaders in each local church are entitled to receive a free subscription as a benefit of congregations’ support of the World Service Fund.
The “Interpreter” subscription process will be handled differently this year. Pastors will receive this information directly from United Methodist Communications and not from the district offices. Expect to receive this information soon after charge conference. If your church is ready to update the 2011 enrollment information today, use the online option at Interpreter subscriptions. For questions, contact UM Communications Customer Service at 888-346-3862, or by e-mail email@example.com.