Duke to host on-campus visit day for new degree programs
Duke Divinity School will host an on-campus visit day for its new Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) And youth ministry-focused Master of Arts in Christian Practice (M.A.C.P.) Degree programs on Friday, Feb. 18. These degrees blend short, residential intensive seminars with web-based distance learning, allowing participants to remain in a full-time ministry context or other professional position. The visit day will begin at 3:30 p.m. and registered participants will receive dinner and overnight lodging accommodations. For more information or to sign up for the event, please contact the Office of Admissions by phone (888-GO-2-DUKE) or e-mail: email@example.com.
MTF Payments due January 31
The annual contributions payments to the Ministers’ Transition Fund (MTF) are due to the Treasurer’s Office no later than Jan. 31. According to the plan document (2009 Journal, pg. 223), payments received after Jan. 31 will be returned to the minister. This lack of payment may result in either a delay of when the MTF member may begin to receive dividends or the member may not receive the 2010 dividend, depending on how long the member has been enrolled in the Fund. For more details about the benefits of the Fund and to obtain enrollment information, visit the Pensions page Pensions on the Treasurer’s Office website or call JoAnna Cafferty at 1-800-849-4433, ext. 225.
Note concerning final payments of 2010 apportionments
In order to receive credit for 2010, apportionment and advance specials payments must be received in the Conference Treasurer’s Office by 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19. To ensure time for delivery, mail payments to the Charlotte lockbox no later than Tuesday, Jan. 11. After this date, mail payments directly to NCCUMC Treasurer’s Office, Attn: Diana Hunter, PO Box 1970, Garner, NC 27529. Payments may also be hand delivered or over-nighted to the Methodist Building at 700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner, NC 27529.
Hinton Rural Life Center seeking CEO applicants
Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, seeks a CEO to lead a team of a dozen full-time staff members, oversee a 33-acre campus, manage an operating budget of $1.5 + million, raise funds and represent Hinton Center with the connectional church. Experience in similar positions/ministries is required, as is a Bachelor’s degree. Visit http://www.hintoncenter.org/ for a complete position Prospectus, including how to apply. Position closes Jan. 31.
Global Vision registration deadline January 18
The deadline for high school youth to register for Global Vision – a study seminar in Washington, DC and New York City with the United Methodist Seminar Office of National and International Affairs – is Jan. 18. The registration form is found in the 2011 Youth Events brochure, which is available online at Youth. Spaces are limited. Global Vision takes place March 15-20.
Register for Advanced Academy of Christian Witness
The Commission on Evangelism will be offering the Advanced Academy of Christian Witness on Feb. 3 – 5 at Fort Caswell by the Sea (near Oak Island, NC). The cost is $50.00 per person. Since space is still available, the previous attendance requirement is being waived until enrollment capacity is reached. The guest speaker is Dr. Thom S. Rainer, author of “Simple Church.” Applications are available at Evangelism. For further info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read articles before attending the Unity Dialogue
The Unity Dialogue will meet Thursday, Jan. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Methodist Building in Garner. The dialogue is open to all. It will begin with worship, followed by a discussion focusing on two articles that should be read in advance. The articles are “Between the Boy and the Bridge – A Haunting Question by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (Albert Mohler) and “You Should Be Alive to See It” by the Rev. Troy Plummer (Troy Plummer) which refers to the suicide of Tyler Clementi and raises questions about the ministry and mission of the church in regards to this and similar situations.
Enrollment open for NC Conference Walking Program
Enrollment for The Amazing Pace, an internet-based, pedometer walking program, is now open. Enrollment is free to NC Conference clergy members, regardless of enrollment in the Conference Health Plan. It is also free to NC Conference and local church lay employees enrolled in the Conference Health Plan. read more
Forms online for General/Jurisdictional delegate nominees
Clergy and lay Delegate Nomination Forms for the 2012 General and Jurisdictional Conferences are online. Persons interested in placing their name in nomination should refer to the pages at Delegate Nomination Form. Clergy persons are reminded that only deacons and elders in Full Connection are eligible to be nominated as clergy nominees. All nomination forms are limited to one 8 1/2 X 11″ sheet, one side only. Questions can be directed to the Conference Secretary’s office at 800-849-4433, ext. 222.
Sign up for the Outreach blog updates
The Outreach Team invites everyone, particularly local congregation mission coordinators and mission team members, to become part of the Outreach Ministry blog family. Go to the Outreach website, Outreach, and enter your e-mail address in the “subscribe to Outreach updates” block. The blog is a significant tool for communicating and highlighting local and global mission opportunities, outreach information, and mission resources that are available to local congregations and individuals.
Prayer workshop with Margaret Therkelsen in February
Margaret Therkelsen, author, speaker, and workshop leader, will be at Prospect UMC in Maxton, Feb. 4-6, to lead a weekend workshop on prayer. The weekend will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and conclude with Therkelsen preaching at the Sunday morning worship at Prospect. For more information, call 910-522-0670.
Sabbath Economic Household Practices
The Sabbath Economics study is a scripturally-based, outcome-oriented, interactive, discussion-centered process over eight sessions of 1½ hour durations. This series, steeped in scripture and using the interactive process of Biblical Animation, leads small Christian communities to a more sustainable household economy that cares for the poor, holds gently to creation, and seeks to worship the God. This series is focused on growing disciples to transform the world through our giving, our consumption, our care of God’s creation, our connection with the poor and marginalized, and our living congruently with the life of Jesus. Contact Outreach Ministries at 800-849-4433 ext 256 or email@example.com.
Remembering Haiti – One Year Later
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that occurred Jan. 12, 2010, The United Methodist Church is reminding people that much work remains to be done in Haiti and there are ways they can help. An advertising campaign running now through Jan. 23 includes television ads on CNN and Fox News Channel, online advertising, text messaging, and outdoor billboards in selected cities. The ads invite viewers to go to ReThinkChurch to find out how to get involved. read more
January is Project AGAPE month. To download the AGAPE bulletin insert, please click: AGAPE LOVE
Human Relations Sunday – January 16. For information, go to Human Relations Day.