Symposium on Community-based and Community-linked Health Programs
A symposium on community-based and community-linked health programs will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Greene County Health Care, Inc. Administrative offices (7 Professional Dr., Snow Hill, NC.) The purpose of the event is to provide training related to school based health centers to communities and interested school based partners as a part of the Train the Trainer Grant. School based/school linked health centers provide comprehensive preventative services to children ages 10-19 who are enrolled in public schools (health risk screenings, physical examinations, counseling for medical issues or risk factors), medical services, nutrition, mental health) or alternate health models (screening for health risk, referral and follow up). These models are community based and the community determines which type of programs meets the needs of their communities. More information and registration is online at http://cpeprograms.ecu.edu/CourseStatus.awp?~~DCS021210
Prayers requested for upcoming FORUM
Prayers are requested for the upcoming FORUM (Fill My Cup, Lord) event, Feb. 23-25, at Edenton Street UMC. FORUM is a national children’s workers event sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship. Intercessory prayer is requested for the presenters, the planners, particpants, and the weather. Pray for the Spirit to move and empower those who work with the children of our church all over the country. For more information about registering for a single day or the whole FORUM event, go to http://www.gbod.org/ministries/children/forum10/registration.asp.
MHC Sunday is February 21
Each year, congregations throughout the NC Conference are invited to take a special offering for the children and families served by Methodist Home for Children (MHC). MHC Sunday was instituted to help local churches support the mission of this important agency. Each local UMW chapter has received their materials from their district presidents and those materials should be already in place in your churches. MHC works to build strong families, protect children who are hurting, and help heal the scars of abuse, neglect, and family disruption. Its mission is to build upon the social, physical, emotional, and spiritual strengths of children, youth and families and to affirm their worth. MHC serves more than 1,400 children and families each year through an array of community-based services, including residential group homes, therapeutic foster care, and family counseling. Please consider inviting an MHC representative to speak at your church during a Sunday service between the February and March 2010. You can contact Jennifer Cooper at: email@example.com or call 1-888-305-4321, ext. 305. To download a bulletin insert, visit the Methodist Connections Page at www.mhfc.org/who/family/methodist.aspx
Statistical information data 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 has been delayed. Various memory and bandwidth issues are being resolved currently but are not producing the expected results in system performance. If you continue to have problems, please call 1-800-849-4433. If you are unable to complete your statistical tables on-line due to system delays, you may fax the completed forms to the Conference Statistician at (919) 882-1414 prior to the Feb. 15 deadline and your on-line forms will be updated.
Support Camping ministry on Feb. 28
Camping ministry is an extension of the NC United Methodist churches and includes Camps Chestnut Ridge, Don Lee, and Rockfish. All the camps eagerly anticipate partnering with you in getting your congregation outside and engaged in spiritual formation. To celebrate this partnership and the exciting programs available at the camps, Feb. 28 has been designated as Camp Sunday. Camp Sunday is the opportunity to schedule a minute or two within the church service for a camper, camper parent, camp staff or even the pastor to talk about their own camp story…how it changed their lives…how they drew closer to Jesus at camp…how they achieved something beyond their perceived capabilities….how they met friends that will remain with them in their spiritual walk for a lifetime. There are materials available at http://www.ncumcamps.org/ to help make this experience successful in the churches.
Deadline for registering for Confirmation Celebration approaching
The deadline for pre-registering groups for the Confirmation Celebration is Feb. 22. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 6 at Methodist University from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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. Registration forms and information about the Confirmation Celebration is available at the website: www.nccumc.org/youth.
2nd Annual Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry to be in April
The 2nd Annual Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry will be on Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, Raleigh, NC. This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Conference chapter of Methodist Federation For Social Action (MFSA.). Bishop Charlene Kammerer of Virginia will be the keynote speaker. The title of the conference is “Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other ” taken from Martin Luther. The focus of the conference is on those who haven spoken prophetically and paid a price. The cost is $25 and that does include breakfest and lunch and $15 for students. For more information, contact Henry Jarrett at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 606-5674.
Haiti Relief Donations Qualify for Immediate Tax Relief
People who give to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti can claim these donations on the tax return they are completing this season, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Taxpayers who itemize deductions on their 2009 return qualify for this special tax relief provision, enacted Jan. 22. Only cash contributions made to these charities after Jan. 11, 2010, and before March 1, 2010, are eligible. This includes contributions made by text message, check, credit card or debit card. The new law only applies to cash (as opposed to property) contributions. The contributions must be made specifically for the relief of victims in areas affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. Taxpayers have the option of deducting these contributions on either their 2009 or 2010 returns, but not both.