A note from the Conference Transition Team
The Conference Transition Team has faithfully been working to complete the task given by the 2011 Annual Conference to bring change to the structure and model for ministry. As a result of the efforts of the team and with consultation with the Cabinet, the team is pleased to share that the following pieces of the transition plan are now in place. (more)
Telling Our Mission Story: Put a Face on Your Apportionments
Many United Methodists hear the word “apportionment” and think only of a burden placed upon the local church, but they have only seen it from one side. What if they could see the countless ways lives are touched, and the how their church has made a difference by participating in our global shared ministries? Find out how you can help tell those stories! Reserve your Webinar seat for Thursday, March 8, 6:30pm CT by clicking Apportionment webinar.
2012 Youth Choir Workshop at Louisburg College
June 11-13 Clinician: Allen Pote Sponsored by the NC Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts and Louisburg College Youth who have completed grades 6 – 12 are invited to attend a youth music workshop directed by Allen Pote. Youth attending will prepare anthems to share at the Wednesday evening worship service at Annual Conference when Bishop Gwinn will share his State of the Church address. The workshop will be held at Louisburg College, June 11-13. The cost of the workshop is $100 and will include room, meals, and transportation from Louisburg to Raleigh for the Annual Conference session. Attendance is limited to the first 100 youth who register. For more information, go to Youth Choir Workshop or email Kathie Wilkinson at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate
Pastors and laity are invited to a day of learning stewardship basics with a denominational leader in the area of financial stewardship. The seminar, entitled “Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate” will be led by Dr. J. Clif Christopher, author and President and Founder of Horizons Stewardship Co. Dr. Christopher is an ordained elder in the Arkansas Annual Conference. The seminar will be Monday, March 19, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Building in Garner. Space is limited so please email Katherine Wilder at: email@example.com to reserve a seat. A registration fee of $10 will be collected to help offset the cost of materials and lunch. Registration deadline is March 16. The seminar is planned to be streamed over the internet live and to be recorded for later on-line viewing. For more information about topics to be discussed, go to stewardship event.
DBOM Celebration in Cary March 17
Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries of NC will hold a St. Patrick’s Day Auction and Hotdog Hoedown at First UMC, Cary. This event will include hot dogs, bluegrass music, a presentation by GCUMM Secretary Gil Hanke and a live and silent auction in support of DBOM. It will be a fun-filled event for the whole family. Admission is free. The evening will begin with fellowship, food, and live music from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Guests may view items for the live auction and bid on silent auction items. A celebration of DBOM will follow and the live auction will begin at 6:45. The goal for this event is to raise $30,000. Persons are invited to make online donations at www.disciplebibleoutreach.org or to donate an item for auction. If you would like to donate an auction item, please call Linda Hodges at 919-466-8523 (firstname.lastname@example.org), the DBOM office at 336-454-5348 or Mark Hicks at 336-689-1443. Guidelines for auction donations can be found at Guidelines. To view a video clip about the event featuring Bishop Gwinn and Mark Hicks, go to DBOM clip.
Connecting to Prayer weekend Feb 25-26
Clergy and lay are encouraged to attend one of the Connecting to Prayer worship services this weekend. The Saturday, Feb. 25 events are planned for St. Mark’s UMC (Raleigh), St. James’ UMC (Greenville) and Haymount UMC (Fayetteville) from 9 -11 a.m. These same events will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 2-4 p.m. at Trinity UMC (Troy), Amity UMC (Chapel Hill), and Pine Valley UMC (Wilmington) on Sunday. Time will also be devoted to this during the Elizabeth City District Lay Rally on Sunday. The Spiritual Life Team (Christian Formation) will provide materials to engage local churches in prayer for General Conference and SEJ Conference. Prayers will also be lifted for the election of bishops and for Gray Southern, the NC Conference delegation’s candidate for the episcopacy.
Unity Dialogue to meet March 22
The Unity Dialogue is an open space for discussion about homosexuality and the community of faith. All are welcome to join this conversation, observing the covenant of the Christian community, listening deeply and speaking the truth in love, seeking understanding. The next Unity Dialogue will be Thursday, March 22, 4-6:30 p.m., at Fairmont UMC in Raleigh. The co-leaders of the Dialogue will recommend a resource for participants, to be read before coming to the gathering; this resource will be the focus of the conversation that day. The Unity Dialogue includes worship with Bishop Gwinn celebrating Holy Communion.
Fan The Flame, small membership church revitalization event
Fan the Flame will be held April 20-22 at Windsor UMC in the rural community of Ammon (Wilmington district.) The event is designed to inform and inspire small membership churches in the process of being renewed and revitalized. Areas to be covered are “The Dynamics and Culture of the Small Membership Church,” “Effective Preaching,” “Excellence in Worship,” “Missional Outreach,” “Spiritual Formation and Discipleship” (includes Sunday school and Bible school ideas), “Practical Evangelism and Faith Sharing,” and “Healing and Wholeness.” For more details, go to Fan the Flame.
One Great Hour of Sharing: March 18
One Great Hour of Sharing is just weeks away. Now is the time to order free offering resources to use on this special Sunday. One Great Hour of Sharing provides the money to pay UMCOR’s overhead costs to make life-changing programs possible. To see more about the work of UMCOR and work made possible through the OGHS offering, go to One Great Hour of Sharing online. Bulletin inserts, posters, worship resources, stories and videos are all available for download or order at www.umcgiving.org/OGHS and www.umcor.org. If circumstances make it such that your church cannot celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing and receive the offering on March 18, please observe this special Sunday on any other Sunday that is convenient.
Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry – April 14
The fourth annual Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry will be held Saturday April 14 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Fairmont UMC in Raleigh. The theme of the conference is “Do No Harm” taken from John Wesley’s Three Simple Rules. It will focus on the constitutional amendment that bans same-gender marriage that will be on the May 8 ballot. Registration is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Students may attend for $15. The registration fee will cover both breakfast and lunch. If interested, please make a check payable to MFSA-NC and mail it to MFSA-NC c/o Henry Jarrett, P.O. Box 18311, Raleigh NC 27619-8311. Please indicate if you have special dietary concerns or desire a vegetarian meal for lunch. Contact Henry Jarrett at: email@example.com or call 919-606-5674 with questions.
How welcoming is your church?
There’s always room for improvement. In Welcoming Ministry 100, participants will learn how to lead their church in cultivating a dynamic ministry of welcoming. This four-part, online course can be completed in six weeks. Participants will work at their own pace. In this course, discover what it means to be a welcoming, hospitable congregation; how to identify and enlist congregants for the church’s welcoming ministry; ways to assess what your church does well in regard to welcoming, as well as areas for possible improvement; and how to reach out to the local community. For more information or to register, go to Welcoming Church.
It’s time to “Change the World”
United Methodists are gearing up for the third annual Change the World event on May 19-20 to build community locally in service projects and fight malaria globally with Imagine No Malaria to end preventable deaths from malaria in Africa. Local service projects vary and include raising funds for worthy causes, feeding the hungry, planting gardens, and advocating for peace and justice. United Methodist Communications has created several Change the World resources to help churches with project ideas, information on how to advertise free events, and a sermon series. Register your event by April 16 to receive a free marketing kit that includes a lawn banner, sermon series DVD, and t-shirt. To locate an event in your area, go to http://rethinkchurch.org/get-involved. Join the conversation online on Facebook, or on Twitter using the hashtags #CTW2012 and #rethinkchurch.
Reports for Annual Conference
In an effort to conserve funds and be good stewards of resources, and to utilize the most up-to-date technology available, the Annual Conference Planning Committee is asking members to go online to find the materials that will be helpful regarding the 2012 Annual Conference. Persons can print the material as needed. Information will be added in a timely manner when available. Committees and agencies should submit pre-conference reports by April 13. All reports will be posted online and be available for printing. Please submit reports in Microsoft Word format and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bullard-Templeton Lecture at Methodist University
Smithsonian astronomer and Harvard University professor Dr. Owen Gingerich will speak at Methodist University, Monday, March 26 for the annual Bullard-Templeton Lecture. The lecture series brings one distinguished speaker to campus each year to explore the relationship between science and religion. Gingerich’s lecture, “Are We Alone in the Cosmos?” will be held at 11 a.m. in Yarborough Auditorium of Clark Hall on the Methodist University campus. Attendance is free and open to the public. An internationally-known speaker, Gingerich is the research professor of astronomy and of the history of science at Harvard University. For more information about the Bullard-Templeton Lecture, please contact Dr. Lloyd Bailey at 919-489-8731 or e-mail: Lloyd@duke.edu.