Clergy Lunches on Immigration
This year, the NC Council of Churches is continuing its successful statewide series of “Clergy Lunches” on immigration. These events are geared towards busy religious professionals and faith leaders, and provide an overview of immigration issues in the context of a great networking event (and free lunch!). The next lunch will be Tuesday, July 26, 1:30-3:00 p.m. at Duke Divinity School. The speaker will be the Rev. Ismael Ruiz-Millán, Director, Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School and a member of the NC Conference of The United Methodist Church. Persons wishing to attend must RSVP at http://www.nccouncilofchurches.org/2011/06/clergy-lunch-on-immigration-durham/.
Conference Secretary seeks feedback on 2011 Annual Conference
Jerry Bryan, conference secretary, is requesting responses to questions about the 2011 Annual Conference. Lay and clergy members who attended 2011 Annual Conference are asked to click on the link and complete this short survey.
Extravagant Generosity: The Heart of Giving
Pastors, church financial leaders, and stewardship leaders are encouraged to participate in one of the two stewardship workshops to be held in September. Leaders will include persons from the General Board of Discipleship and will feature the new funding program, “Extravagant Generosity: The Heart of Giving” by Michael Reeves, Jennifer Tyler, and Bishop Robert Schnase. Pick the time and place that is most convenient: Monday, Sept. 26 (1 – 6:00 p.m.) at St. James UMC: Greenville or Tuesday, Sept. 27 (1 – 6:00 p.m.) at St. Luke UMC: Sanford. To register, call Katherine Wilder at 919-779-6115 or email: email@example.com. A $10 registration fee is required to help offset the costs of materials and speakers.
Associate Members, Local Pastors, and Lay Speakers gathering
Dr. Terry Teykl will lead us in a Prayer Encounter Seminar on Saturday, Oct 1st, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm at Garner UMC in Garner. We’ll enjoy an uplifting day experiencing the humor and passion of Dr. Teykl as he leads us in this seminar. He has written several books including, Pray the Price, Blueprint for the House of Prayer, Acts 29, Prayed On or Prayed For, and How to Pray After You’ve Kicked the Dog. His website, where you’ll fine more information, is http://www.renewalministries.com/ . For more information and to RSVP for lunch (cost is $5), contact Margaret Hockett at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 910-791-4092.
Bishop Gwinn to lead trip to Holy Land
Travel with Bishop Al Gwinn as he leads a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in January 2012. Depart on Jan. 25 and visit all the holy sites, worship together, experience the teachings of Bishop Gwinn, and walk where Jesus walked. This will be the last opportunity to travel with Bishop Gwinn as the episcopal leader of the NC Conference. Call Harold Salmon, Conference Director of Tour Ministries at 919-377-2950 or go to https://nccumc.org/bishop/2012-holy-land-trip/ for more information.
Duke Convocation: Early Bird Pricing Ends July 31
Don’t miss out! Early bird pricing for Duke Divinity School’s 2011 Convocation & Pastors’ School ends July 31. This year’s event, Drawn into Scripture: Arts and the Life of the Church, promises to be one of the most beautiful and inspiring yet, featuring performance-lectures, worship, hands-on seminars, an arts fair, and the opportunity to experience the hand-lettered and illuminated Saint John’s Bible. Event dates are Oct. 10-11. Register now at http://www.divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/lifelong-learning/cps-2011).
Beneficiary Designation Reminders
It is imperative that participants in pension and insurance plans keep their beneficiary designations current. By ensuring that beneficiary data remains current, plan administrators will be able to distribute participants’ assets according to the individual’s wishes and locate the beneficiaries in the event of the participant’s death. The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBOPHB) has begun a certified letter mailing to participants in GBOPHB-administered retirement plans who have not updated his or her beneficiaries. If you receive this letter, please take the appropriate action as directed by the letter. For GBOPHB beneficiary guidelines, refer to their GBOPHB webpage. Also consider updating beneficiaries on file for your NC Conference pension and insurance plans such as the Ministers’ Transition Fund (MTF) and the Conference Life Insurance. To obtain an MTF beneficiary form, visit the Conference Pension webpage. To obtain a Life Insurance beneficiary form, visit the Conference Insurance webpage. Contact JoAnna C. Ezuka, Pension Program Administrator/Educator, with questions regarding beneficiaries.
Common English Bible now available from Cokesbury at a discount
The print format of the newly completed Common English Bible (http://commonenglishbible.com/ @CommonEngBible—http://twitter.com/#!/CommonEngBible), four years in the making, is now available from Cokesbury. The Common English Bible is the work of 120 biblical scholars from 24 denominations in American, African, Asian, European, and Latino communities. The Common English Bible is a denomination-neutral Bible sponsored by an alliance of five publishers that serve the general market, as well as the Disciples of Christ (Chalice Press), Presbyterian Church (Westminster John Knox Press), Episcopal Church (Church Publishing Inc.), United Church of Christ (Pilgrim Press), and United Methodist Church (Abingdon Press). The text was translated into English directly from the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. A 40% discount is applied to orders made by July 31. Call the Raleigh store at 919-872-8810 or 866-265-2665 or go to http://images.cokesburycommunity.com/Newsletters/20110714CEBInStore.html to place your order.