Connectings: Bishop Ward New Year Covenant
Read the New Year Covenant and Martin Luther King Jr. day messages from Bishop Ward.
Young Adults invited to apply for Mission Program
Young adults may now apply for the 2013 class of Mission Interns and US-2s. Feb. 15 is the deadline to submit application materials for these long-term mission assignments through the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. Mission Interns commit to 25 months of service that include 20 months of international service, followed by two and a half months of integration and interpretation in their home country. US-2s will continue to commit to two years of service in the United States. Criteria for applicants include: between the ages of 20 and 30,have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent life experience feel called to address the root causes of injustice, want hands-on experience living in Christian community, feel called to serve with, not to or for others and are open to new settings and perspectives. Organizations interested in being a placement site are encouraged to apply before March 24. Please share this information with any young people whom you think might be interested. For more information and an application, please email the young adult mission service office. The full press release includes program details and is available on the Global Ministries website http://www.umcmission.org/.
Confirmation Retreat Weekends at Lake Junaluska
March 8-10; March 15-17; April 5-7; April 12-14; April 19-21; November 8-10 Youth preparing for confirmation are about to make an exciting commitment to their local church. How can they keep their promise? How do they stay committed to this promise after they are confirmed? The goal at Intentional Growth Center’s Confirmation retreats at Lake Junaluska is to help confirmands in their spiritual life. To see the dates and the leadership for each of the Confirmation Retreat weekends, go to www.lakejunaluska.com/confirmation.
Caring for God’s Creation April 4-7 Lake Junaluska
Life in the world today is challenged by how we care for the gift of this Earth given by God. Caring for Creation helps members of faith communities learn how to better care for the Earth. Caring for God’s Creation is an experience for laity and clergy addressing how the faith community can promote justice for Earth and all living things. Come to beautiful Lake Junaluska and discover the faith communities’ role in environmental care! www.lakejunaluska.com/caring-for-creation.
Seeking participants for Duke’s Pastores Caminantes program
The Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School is recruiting a second cohort of pastors for the Pastores Caminantes program. All pastors who are passionate about ministering for and with the Hispanic/Latino community in North Carolina are encouraged to apply. This group of 12 sojourners meets periodically for spiritual formation from a Hispanic/Latino Methodist perspective. Thanks to a generous grant by The Duke Endowment, the cost of this program is only $100.00. CEUs will be granted after the completion of the program. For more information, or to apply, visit the website: http://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/hispanic-house/caminantes. Deadline for applications is Feb. 15.
UM Publishing House announces store closing dates
The United Methodist Publishing House has announced the closing dates for free-standing retail stores. The Raleigh Cokesbury store on North Market Dr. will close April 27. The Cokesbury store located at Duke Divinity School will close April 26. The closing date for the Greensboro store and the Lake Junaluska store is April 13. The United Methodist Publishing House announced Nov. 5 that it is closing all the Cokesbury retail stores to focus on it’s online presence, to be named CokesburyNext. To access CokesburyNext, go to http://cokesburynext.com.
Daddy Daughter Dance at Chestnut Ridge
Camp Chestnut Ridge is hosting a Daddy Daughter Dance on Sunday Feb. 10 at the Morris Center. Registration is open until Feb. 8. Cost is $20.00 per father/daughter couple and $5.00 each additional daughter. There will be music for all generations, dancing, games, door prizes, and refreshments. Come make some sweet memories to last a lifetime! To register call 919-304-2178 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, go to Daddy-Daughter Dance.
Academy of Christian Witness for Clergy
The Academy of Christian Witness concentrates on many different aspects of evangelism. It is a power-packed 48 hours of worship, instruction, reflection, and sabbath.The Commission on Evangelism is offering an Academy for clergy of the NC Conference Apr. 30 – May 2 at Camp Rockfish. Click here for the application:
Registration open for Clergy Benefits Seminar
Clergy and spouses in their active years of ministry are encouraged to attend the Clergy Benefits Seminar! At this seminar, attendees gain confidence in their understanding of the benefits and resources that support them in achieving financial, physical and emotional well-being. For more info or to register online, visit the registration page. Contact JoAnna Ezuka at 1-800-849-4433 ext 225 for more information.
Other Dates to Remember:
Bishop Ward to meet with district clergy; For dates, time, and places and to register no later than Jan. 18, go to https://docs.google.com/a/nccumc.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGdYdnU5NXBvN3o0VDFMb3dpbWJ1aGc6MQ
Faith Summit on Child Poverty, Jan. 24, Union Baptist Church: Durham; co-sponsored by the Methodist Federation for Social Action/The Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry. Register here.
Ministers’ Transition Fund Payments due in Treasurer’s Office by Jan. 31; For more details about the benefits of this Fund and to obtain an enrollment application, visit the Pensions Page on the Treasurer’s Office Web site or call JoAnna Ezuka (1-800-849-4433 ext. 225) for more information.
UMB closed: The United Methodist Building will be closed on Monday, January 21st for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.