Close-out period for 2011 apportionment payments
In order to receive credit for 2011, apportionment and advance specials payments must be received in the Conference Treasurer’s Office by 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Sunday Special Offerings must be received by Dec. 30, in order to be applied to 2011. Payments for the special offerings received after Dec. 30 will be applied to 2012. In order to be received on time, apportionment payments should be mailed to the Charlotte Lockbox no later than Tuesday, Jan. 10. After Tuesday, Jan.10, mail payments directly to: NCCUMC Treasurer’s Office, Attn: Diana Hunter, 700 Waterfield Ridge Pl., Garner, NC 27529. Payments may also be hand delivered or sent by overnight mail to the Methodist Building using the same address.
New Year, New Start to Healthy Living
A new year is the perfect time to start a new journey towards healthy living. The Amazing Pace walking program is here to support participants in their resolutions to keep fit, lower stress and eat right. The first journey of 2012 has started and will continue through March 31. Enrollment is open 24/7 year-round and this year enrollment is free to all clergy spouses and qualified health plan insurees! Qualified participants can earn up to $250 again this year. Visit the Insurance Office for program details and registration.
Cokesbury VBS Preview Event – Saturday, Feb. 4
Cokesbury will be holding a VBS Preview event Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m.- noon at the United Methodist Building in Garner. A Christian educator will give a ten-minute overview of each of the VBS programs and then there will be time for questions to the presenters. All our VBS materials will be on sale Jan. 23 – Feb. 12, so we can offer those attending up to 20% off their VBS materials and $3.95 shipping rate. You do not need to register to attend. For questions or more information, you may contact Lou Jennings at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepare your congregation for Human Relations Sunday
Human Relations Sunday 2012 will be Jan. 15 or any Sunday in January that works best for your congregation. This offering Sunday is one of six special Sundays created by General Conference to engage local churches in justice and mercy ministries, hunger and homelessness ministries, scholarship and higher education witness, relief and recovery assistance, and peace and unity projects. There are many resources available for highlighting the work possible through the Human Relations Sunday offering. Go to Human Relations Sunday to find video clips, worship liturgies, children’s sermons, bulletin inserts, and posters.
Native American Leadership Retreat
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center and the Southeastern Jurisdictional Association for Native American Ministries (SEJANAM) presents the Native American Leadership Retreat, “Dispelling Myths and Stereotypes: From Green Corn Ceremony to Communion” Feb. 17-19. Led by Freeman Owle, this weekend offers comparative Bible Study to traditional Native American ceremonies and includes Native American worship resources and an INFUSE youth track. Visit Native American Retreat or call 828-454-6697 for more information.
Youth Service Fund grant applications
Youth Service Fund (YSF) is a mission fund exclusively of United Methodist Youth. YSF is money raised by youth, spent by youth to benefit youth. Ministries and programs that benefit young people and would not be considered typical local church youth ministry activities may apply for a Youth Service Fund grant. The YSF grant application deadline is Jan. 13. A limited number of in-conference grants are awarded. A reasonable grant request range is $100 to $2000. Applications for typical youth ministry activities such as mission trips will not be considered. Grants will be awarded in early 2012.
African-American Clergy Leadership Retreat
Lake Junaluska presents “Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth,” the 2012 African-American Clergy Leadership Retreat, April 16-18. This 3-day retreat will introduce pastors to proven innovative ideas and best practices that Impact UMC (!mpact) has used to create one of the fastest growing African-American churches in the UMC. Participants will receive key church development and redevelopment principles from members of Impact’s lead team, based on Impact’s book, “Zero to 80: Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth.” Visit African-American Clergy or call 800-222-4930 to register.
Free training webinars for church leaders
GBOD is providing several opportunities of training. To register for any of these events, go to www.gbod.org/committee_resources.
“Goal-Setting for Vital Congregations” Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m. CST: A guide for setting realistic numerical goals for your congregation on the website umvitalcongregations.org
“10 Commandments for Church Websites” Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. CST: A website is the new front door to your church. Patrick Steil, Webmaster for the North Texas Conference and owner of ChurchBuzz.org, will share ten commandments that can transform a website into the best outreach and communications tool that has ever been possible.
“Healthy Church Leaders – Key Factors” Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. CST: SPRC has a key role for health of body, mind and soul for pastors and church leaders. GBPHB’s Center for Health shares key factors for a healthy ministry environment.
Training for new church leaders is also available. One-hour recorded modules are available for the Church Council, Trustees, Nominating Committees, Finance leaders, and S/PPRC. Individuals can watch at home or church groups can view the modules when they meet. Pastors and laity in congregations are encouraged to learn their jobs with these modules posted at www.gbod.org/committee_resources.
Caring for Creation early registration deadline Feb. 15
Lake Junaluska presents Caring for Creation 2012 on March 15-18, featuring Dr. Bill McKibben of Middlebury College, author of a dozen books on the environment, founder of 350.org., lecturer, and United Methodist Sunday School. Along with over 30 other environmental leaders, McKibben will explore ways individuals and churches can become more environmentally conscious and active. Visit Caring for Creation or call 800-222-4930 to register.