connections: Beginning the Lenten Journey
Bishop Ward invites viewers into the Lenten journey and reminds us that God’s love is steadfast, even in our imperfection.
Telling Our Stories During this Lenten Season
Beginning at noon on Ash Wednesday, the Communications Office will send out a daily Lenten reflection email through the 40 days of Lent. Each reflection is a personal story about matters of race shared by friends and family throughout the Conference. Please consider taking just a few moments each day at noon to read through the reflection, pray and listen to the pieces of the story that come alive for you. If you would like to share personal story about matters of race please submit it at Lenten Reflection. We look forward to being in this rhythm of prayer and reflection with you.
North Carolina Farmworker Institute Summit & Networking Event
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16
1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC
Registration is $30 and includes a light breakfast and lunch
You are invited to participate in this annual gathering of agencies, organizations, farmworkers, and activists dedicated to improving the lives of farmworkers and their families. Summit participants will share skills, knowledge, and resources through presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. Farmworker advocates from across the state will have the chance to learn from and update one another on the latest issues affecting North Carolina farmworkers. For workshop information and registration instructions, go to NCFWI.
UM Foundation Seeking Applications for “One Who Is Loved”
United Methodist Foundation is trustee of a special endowment called the “One Who Is Loved Fund.” This permanent endowment makes possible love gifts (not to exceed $1,000 per year per child) to benefit children under the age of 18 who have special needs such as specialized medical equipment or supplies/medicine, transportation to hospitals or treatment centers, or other special needs. Pastors of the NC Conference are encouraged to email Kim Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. Deadline to apply is March 20.
Come to the Table Event Scheduled in Elon
Come to the Table events continue to bring together members of the faith community with farmers, gardeners, farmworkers, educators, health professionals, and community organizations to find solutions to relieve hunger and support local agriculture. Conference attendees can expect plenaries, topical breakout sessions, lively speakers, a great lunch, and networking opportunities. The next event will be Thursday, Feb. 26, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Elon Community Church Conference Center, 271 N. Williamson Ave., Elon. For conference details and registration information, visit the RAFI website.
Free Instruction for Churches on Copyright Requirements
Understanding and planning worship while respecting U.S. copyright laws is truly a headache for pastors, musicians, and worship planners. Christian Copyright Solutions is offering free webinars through the spring to explain the existing laws and answer questions about how churches can plan worshipful experiences and not cross the line between what’s legal and infringement. Participate in one or as many webinars as you need. To register, go to http://thecopyrightcoach.com/.
Asking Children to Imagine Mission and Service
In recognition of the 75 years of UMCOR, the Conference is requesting children in the conference to create and submit artwork showing mission work done throughout the conference or what they think it means to serve others. Children are invited to share a picture they draw, paint, color, or any other medium they choose so that every person present at the 2015 Annual Conference (around 2000 persons) can receive a hand-drawn picture from a child to take home. Pastors, Sunday School teachers, and others who minister with children are asked to collect artwork on any type of paper, 8 1/2 x 11″ size, and send to NC Conference – UMC, c/o Rev. Carol Goehring, 700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner, NC 27529 by May 15.
Additional Information About the Next Unity Dialogue
An additional preparation item has been suggested for persons planning to attend the next Unity Dialogue from 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the United Methodist Building in Garner. The items which have been suggested to be read before attending are 1) information about the upcoming Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry at http://mfsancc.org/upcoming-event, 2) a statement from the Good News Coalition which can be found at Good News statement, and 3) a United Methodist News Service article about recent action taken by the denomination’s Connectional Table. The Dialogue is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
Embracing Troubled Minds: The Role of Faith Communities
Friday, April 10, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill
The Faith Connections on Mental Illness conference is a one-day event that brings awareness and practical suggestions for ministering to those with mental illness and their families. It will provide participants with a greater understanding of mental illness, its impact on consumers and their family members, as well as teach attendees how to develop spiritual resources within the faith community. Attendees will also learn how to effectively and compassionately engage people living with mental illness and how to become a network of hope to families coping with a mentally-ill member. Resources for enhancing mental health ministry and care will be available. Registration is $25 by March 7 and $35 after March 7. For more information, click here.