Bishop Ward Highlights Give 5 Read 5
In this week’s Connections, Bishop Ward encourages churches to participate in the Read 5 Give 5 Initiative, providing books for children to read during the summer vacation. She also offers the opportunity to make school kits for children in North Carolina and around the world.
Engaging Local Schools Conference
Saturday, March 22 • 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wesley Theological Seminary Washington, DC
For many congregations, local schools are the new frontier of mission. Schools, perhaps more than any other institution, mirror the needs and hopes of every segment of our community. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership is sponsoring a workshop that will answer these questions:
How can a church express more fully a heart for the needs of children and schools? How can a church discern a vision for a school partnership that utilizes the gifts the church has to offer?
What are models and best practices for ministries that support students and teachers?
Registration fees are $40 through March 3 and $55 from March 4-20. For a complete description of the presentations, speakers, and registration information, go to schools.
Online Book Study for Lent
The NC Conference Media Center will be hosting an online book study for Lent that is free to all participants. They will read the new book, “A World Worth Saving: Lenten Spiritual Practices for Action” by United Methodist pastor George Hovaness Donigian. As participants read the book offline, they will engage with the book online through discussion forums, multimedia, and calls to action. The study will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and continue through April 22. Registration is free but required before the class begins. Please email Dr. Christine Harman at email@example.com to register. The online course is open to anyone in the NC Conference but may be of special interest to outreach and missions leaders. Visit the Media Center website for more information.
New Look for Denomination Website
Learn more about the people of The United Methodist Church and how United Methodists are putting faith into action by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Discover what UMs believe, the statements that guide UM thinking and actions, and how faith and love is put into practice in the world. Get up-to-date news about United Methodists around the world, thought-provoking commentaries, and award-winning photos and videos. Take a tour of www.umc.org today.
UM Foundation Endowment Helps Sick Children
UM Foundation is trustee of an endowment called the “One Who Is Loved Fund.” This endowment provides love gifts (not to exceed $1,000 per year per child) to benefit children under the age of 19 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 recommend children for the “One Who Is Loved” Fund. Requests for consideration should be directed to UM Foundation, 700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner NC 27529. Deadline to apply is March 3. Contributions from others are invited and encouraged to enable this special fund to serve the needs of children in the future.
Keep Members Engaged by Live Streaming Worship Services
Does today’s hectic living make it difficult for members to attend worship services regularly? If you want to keep them linked to the congregation, join the thousands of churches around the country using live streaming. It allows people to watch live video broadcasts of church worship services or special events through their computer, tablet or mobile device. Equally important, live streaming is one of the most cost-effective ways to keep members involved. Through this special offer, churches can enjoy a bonus three months at no additional cost when they sign up for twelve months of live streaming service. Sign up today at www.myUMClive.com. Use discount code Lent, on the “Contact Us” form. Hurry … this offer ends March 15.