State of pastors’ physical, mental, spiritual health
Wondering about how the Clergy Health Initiative is progressing? All North Carolina UMC pastors are invited to join their colleagues for a presentation of findings from the initiative’s survey and focus groups. Participants will learn the hard facts regarding the state of pastors’ physical, mental and spiritual health, and the factors that impact it. The Clergy Health team also will share what’s on the horizon for the initiative and how pastors can be part of it. Upcoming presentations are on Feb. 8, 10 and 15. To register, visit: http://www.divinity.duke.edu/programs/health.
Resolutions and Committee reports due to Conference Secretary’s Office
Resolutions for 2010 must be submitted to the Conference Secretary’s Office no later than May 10. Reports from the committees, boards, and agencies are due no later than May 1. Reports should be submitted electronically in MS Word format to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Shannon Medlin at 1-800-849-4433, ext. 222 if you have questions.
Ebony Exploration for youth contemplating ministry as a vocation
Lake Junaluska will host its 3rd annual Ebony Youth Christian Vocation Exploration Retreat April 9-11. Go to http://www.lakejunaluska.com/ebony-youth-retreat-release/ for details about the purpose of the event and speakers. To register, contact Dr. Lawrence Johnson at: email@example.com or Dr. Melba McCallum at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statistical Tables Deadline Extended
The deadline for completing statistical tables I, II and III has been extended to Feb. 15. Due to heavy usage during peak operating hours, data entry on the on-line forms is being delayed. Various memory and bandwidth issues are being resolved currently but are not producing the expected results in system performance. We apologize for any delay you are experiencing and any frustration that this delay may cause. If there is additional assistance we can provide, please contact us at 800-849-4433. Updates on the progress of resolving these issues will be posted on the Conference Information Technology blog at www.nccumc.org/it. If you are unable to complete your statistical tables on-line due to these system delays, FAX completed forms to the Conference Statistician at (919) 882-1414 prior to the Feb. 15 deadline and your on-line forms will be updated for you.
Hope for Haiti Benefit Performance
The Hope for Haiti Benefit Performance will be Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Page Auditorium, Duke University. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Haitian market selling coffee, crafts, and artwork in the Narthex of Duke Chapel. The show continues from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. with Haitian dancer Gaspard Louis & company, Reginald Patterson & string quartet, musician Toby Bonar, storytelling from Haiti, and other acts. The suggested minimum donation is $10 (cash only), with all proceeds going to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor and Hearts with Haiti http://www.heartswithhaiti.org. For details, contact Katherine Smith: email@example.com
Conference on “The Captivity of the Church”
The Rev. Dr. Les Longden will speak Feb. 8 at 7:00 p.m. on “The Captivity of the Church” at St. Peter’s UMC:Morehead City. His prepared remarks will be followed by a time for questions and comments from the audience. The event will conclude by 8:30 p.m. Dr. Longden is an Associate Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship at Dubuque Theological Seminary In Iowa. He brings a sharp theological eye to the theory and practice of pastoral ministry and public theology. He has served as the senior pastor of Trinity UMC in Lansing, MI and the pastor and co-pastor of Clearlake UMC in Portland, OR. He edited Albert C. Outler: Ecumenical Theologian and co-edited with Dr. Thomas C. Oden The Wesleyan Theological Heritage.
Youth Lay Speaker Training
Lay Speaker Training for high school students will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Methodist Building in Raleigh from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Linda Harris, conference director of Lay Speaking will lead the training. This is excellent training for youth in church leadership. Applications are due by this Friday, Feb. 5 and may be obtained from the website: www.nccumc.org/youth. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided.
The Confirmation Celebration will be Saturday, March 6 at Methodist University in Fayetteville from 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Confirmation groups and their adult leaders/mentors are invited to attend and explore the membership covenant vows of prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Confirmation groups will give leadership to the event, Bishop Al Gwinn will share with the confirmands and preside at the celebration of Holy Communion. The service project will be Operation Sharehouse with Stop Hunger Now. The cost per person which includes lunch and the contribution to the shipping of the meals with Stop Hunger Now is $15. Groups must pre-register to attend by Feb. 22. Registration form and information about the Confirmation Celebration is available at the website: www.nccumc.org/youth.
Resource Giveaway Extravaganza
In preparation for the move to the new Methodist Building – lots of books, curriculum, Christian education supplies, videos and other resources are available free for the taking from the Methodist Building Assembly Room on Friday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. These resources are coming from previous Conference staff and the Conference Media Center.
Dixon Memorial service is now available to view online
The memorial service for Sam Dixon, held at Edenton Street UMC on Jan. 22 is now available for viewing at http://www.ourchurchvideos.com/nccumc/.
January is Project AGAPE Month
Please remember that January is Project AGAPE month, a time to reflect on and respond to the deep needs of the people of Armenia. Since an offering for Project AGAPE was not taken at Annual Conference, this time of giving is critically important. Armenia remains one of the world’s poorest countries, particularly in the disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Please continue to pray for the deep needs of this ministry and consider an offering on some Sunday in January. A copy of the bulletin insert is available for download at Project AGAPE bulletin insert.
General Board of Church and Society Peace with Justice Day grants due Feb 12
Feb. 12 is the deadline to apply for a Peace with Justice grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). Funding for this program is generated through the Peace with Justice Special Sunday. Peace with Justice Special Sunday of The United Methodist Church. One of six Special Sundays in the denomination, Peace with Justice “witnesses to God’s demands for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world.” Peace with Justice Sunday is May 30. Peace with Justice grants are awarded annually. Grant applicants must be either a United Methodist or other affiliated organization, or an ecumenical group working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization. For more information, please see GBCS Peace with Justice Grants.
MHC Sunday – February 21
Help make a difference in the world…one child at a time. Throughout the month of February, we invite you to participate in MHC Sunday, by inviting a MHC representative to speak to your congregation and help support our services to children, youth and families through a special offering. Your contribution will help clothe, feed and provide for children in our care as well as provide support to our foster and adoptive parents who offer safe and loving homes for children all over North Carolina. For more information on how you can get your church involved, please contact Jennifer Cooper at (919) 754-3625 or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Butch Huffman, NC Conference Missionary
Butch Huffman, retired clergy from the North Carolina Conference, is now serving as a conference missionary, engaging, resourcing, and encouraging local congregations for mission work team participation. He works with local churches to equip them with the “how-tos” of doing local and foreign mission work teams. Support Butch as a missionary by giving to Missionary Butch Huffman, Advance S00192. Gifts can be placed in local church offering plates, noting on the memo: Butch Huffman – Advance #S00192 or mailed to NC Conference/Raleigh Area, The United Methodist Church, PO Box 60053, Charlotte, NC 28260-005. Mark on envelope and check: Butch Huffman, Advance S00192 and include the name of the church and district on the envelope. 100% of all gifts go to Butch as a missionary.
Duke Endowment Scholarship Aid for Confirmation Weekends at Lake Junaluska
The Duke Endowment has given permission to The Intentional Growth Center to provide scholarship aid to churches identified as “North Carolina Rural” for Confirmation Retreat Weekends at 50% of the program fee. To apply, download the brochure, brochure for 2010, which contains the registration form, and the scholarship application, Scholarship Application. Please enclose the program fee of $32 per person. These funds will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until the funds are depleted. For more information, go to Intentional Growth Center.
State of pastors’ physical, mental, spiritual health