New wellness initiative offers cash incentives for walking
The NC Conference Wellness Committee is introducing a pedometer-based walking program free to all NC Conference clergy members in 2011. Enrollment is also free to NC Conference and local church lay employees enrolled in the Conference Health Plan. Eligible members will be able to earn up to $250 in cash incentives by meeting walking objectives every quarter. read more
Human Relations Day Jan. 16 – United Methodist Special Sunday
Sunday, Jan. 16 is Human Relations Day, one of the six church-wide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Human Relations Day is recognized on the Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
The United Methodist Book of Discipline describes the purpose of Human Relations Day as a call to “the Church to recognize the right of all God’s children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with each other.” Please ensure this opportunity for giving is made available for congregations. For more information and resources for this important day, please see: Human Relations Day.
Alpha introduction event planned in January
A Taste of Alpha event is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Haymount UMC in Fayetteville. This event is an introduction to the ministry of Alpha. It is a free event with dinner served but for meal and resource purposes, everyone must register. Go to Alpha Fayetteville to acknowledge your intentions of attending.
Greeting from Bishop and Mrs. Gwinn:
In this season of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace, may God make these fruits a reality in your life. Joyce and I wish for you a child-like spirit that is aglow with excitement and expectancy, a heart that overflows with an awareness of how much you are loved and how blessed it is to love, a joy that flows deep like a river, and a profound sense of Shalom—God’s gift of inner-connectedness, wholeness and tranquility. This is also a season when we rejoice over you—laity and clergy alike. Your commitment, selflessness, and hunger to be more like Him shine brighter than the lights on our trees and warm our hearts more than the glowing embers of our fireplaces. So, we wish for you a Christmas like the Shepherds experienced in Bethlehem and the Wise Men experienced when they gazed upon the Holy One. — Al and Joyce Gwinn
The Conference Building will be closed on Dec. 24 and Dec. 27 in observance of Christmas. The Conference Building will be closed on Jan. 3 for the New Year’s holiday.
News Briefs will not be sent the week of Dec. 27-31. It will return on Jan. 4.