Bishop Ward: Disaster Recovery in eastern NC
Bishop Ward shares her thoughts on the conference hurricane disaster recovery endeavors in eastern North Carolina in this week’s edition of Connections.
One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday, March 10, is quickly approaching. Donations UMCOR receives through this offering make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects donors designate, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs. UMCOR doesn’t receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without the OGHS offerings, UMCOR would not be able to function. Bulletin inserts, posters, children’s sermons, and other resources are available for free online.
Conference seeking nominations for committee vacancies
The Conference Committee on Nominations invites persons to consider serving the North Carolina Conference on ministry committees, boards, and agencies. To review the list of vacancies and to submit a nomination, please visit https://nccumc.org/treasurer/nominations/.
Faith Connections on Mental Illness event
The mission of Faith Connections on Mental Illness is to work with all faith communities to welcome, include, support, educate, and advocate for individuals and families who are living with mental illnesses. Faith Connections is presenting a day-long workshop, “Faith, Mental Illness, and The Journey Toward Wholeness,” to help faith communities engage, encourage, and serve persons who suffer from mental illness and those who care for them. Clergy, lay leaders, individuals, and professionals are encouraged to attend. The event will be held on Friday, March 8 at St. Thomas More in Chapel Hill. Register online at wakeahec.org. Visit Faith Connections to learn more about this organization.
Webinars for Local Church Leaders
** Working Together for Healthy Clergy Feb. 28
SPRC, pastors and others share responsibility for increasing the health of leaders for vital, effective congregations. This training will cover specific strategies and a covenant process for building clergy health. This is offered by GBOD, GBHEM and GBPHB’s Center for Health. Start time: 6:30 pm, CST Duration: 1 hr For more information: contact Betsey Heavner: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615.340.7295
** Including Children with Special Needs Mar. 14
So often we are unsure of how to include children who learn differently. Join us as we discuss developmentally appropriate ways to include children with special needs in the life of the church as part of their faith formation. Start time: 10:00 am, CDT. Duration: 1 hr For more information: contact Melanie Gordon: email@example.com or call 615.340.1762
** Moving Your Church Toward VITALITY Mar. 14
Six major themes and several implications from the Toward Vitality Research Project will be shared. This project was designed to learn how churches changed so that they could successfully reach new people, younger people and move diverse people. Start time: 6:30 pm, CDT. Duration: 1 hr For more information: contact Betsey Heavner: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615.340.7295
** The Pastor’s Moving – the SPRC Role Apr. 11
When the pastor moves to a new appointment, the P/SPRC helps both the pastor and the congregation stay focused on ministry! Be clear about the role of the pastor, District Superintendent, Bishop and congregation. Learn practical steps for saying good-by and welcoming a new pastor. Start time: 6:30 pm, CDT. Duration: 1 hr For more information: contact Betsey Heavner: email@example.com or call 615.340.7295