Global Vision Registration Deadline
The deadline for high school youth in grades 10-12 to register for Global Vision is Jan. 13. Global Vision is a study seminar in Washington, DC and New York City with the United Methodist Seminar Office of National and International Affairs. The registration form is found in the 2012 Youth Events brochure which is available online at nccumc.org/youth. Seventeen spaces are still available! Global Vision takes place March 13-18.
Denman nominations being accepted by Commission on Evangelism
The Commission on Evangelism is accepting nominations for the Harry Denman Evangelism Award until Jan. 16. This award is presented to one Clergy, one Laity, and one Youth who have exhibited exceptional outreach and disciple-making for Jesus Christ. Letters of recommendation may be sent to Carol Dean, chair of the Commission, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congregational Care Ministers’ training in February
Several years ago, Church of the Resurrection, developed a program to equip volunteers to be Congregational Care Ministers (CCMs) and trained them to work alongside pastors and staff to minister to and care for the congregation. The church is now providing this training to persons in other churches wishing to implement a similar partnership between lay and clergy. The Congregational Care Minister Seminar will be Feb. 10-11 and some of the many topics to be included will be Crisis: being a non-anxious presence; Visiting the sick, frail and dying; Death & funeral ministry; and Boundaries and self care. Registration is limited. Early bird registration for $150 closes on Jan. 5. The regular registration fee is $200. For more information about this seminar, please visit cor.org/CCM-Seminar. You may also contact Amanda Schenk: email@example.com at 913-544-0707.
Convocation & Pastors’ School Registration Opens
For those looking to plan ahead, registration is now available for the 2012 Convocation & Pastors’ School , Oct. 15-16 at Duke Divinity School. The annual two-day conference offers lectures, worship and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions. This year’s even, “Form/Reform: Cultivating Christian Leaders,” promises to be both timely and practical. Participants will explore the actions that seminaries and clergy can take to inspire and prepare leaders for ministry in today’s environment. Featured speakers include Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard J. Mouw, author Andy Crouch, and theologian Sarah Coakley. The Rev. Prince Rivers will serve as Convocation preacher.
2012 Business Mileage Rate Unchanged
The IRS has announced that the 2012 mileage rate for all business miles will remain at the previous rate of 55.5 cents per mile. The rate was increased for the second half of 2011 by 4.5 cents from the 51 cent rate that was in effect for the first six months of 2011. The IRS normally updates the mileage rates once a year in the fall for the next calendar year but, in recognition of recent gasoline price increases, the IRS made this special adjustment for the final months of 2011. While gasoline is a significant factor in the mileage figure, other items enter into the calculation of mileage rates, such as depreciation and insurance and other fixed and variable costs. The rate for computing deductible medical or moving expenses is 23.5 cents a mile, up from 19 cents for the first six months of 2011. The rate for providing services for charitable organizations is set by statute, not the IRS, and remains at 14 cents a mile.