Youth and young people in mission and ministry
Arriving home from the Philippines, Bishop Ward talks of the many ways youth and young adults in the NC Conference are engaging in ministry and mission, in this week’s Connections.
Musical examines immigration issues in US
All are invited to attend the presentation by Cantico Nuevo Choir of the cantata, “Undocumented Hands” at Luz del Pueblo/White Plains UMCs in Cary at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 14. This is a powerful work that examines current immigration issues in the United States from biblical and contemporary perspectives. The director is Jorge Lockward from Global Praise, GBGM and all the choir members are part of the New York Annual Conference. The admission is free but an offering will be taken to assist with the humanitarian crisis on the southern US border.
Responding to a crisis with compassion
As a response to the current border crisis, the NC Conference has added more drop-off points for delivering socks and underwear for women and children. Dates and drop-off locations have expanded to include the following: Haw River UMC (127 Church Circle Dr. Haw River) July 22-Aug. 1 (Tuesday-Friday only), 9 a.m. to noon; Luz del Pueblo (White Plains UMC Annex, 500 SE Maynard Rd, Cary), Sunday July 27 and Sunday Aug. 3, 8 a.m. to noon; and Sanctuary at Lakewood UMC (2317 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham), Saturday July 26 and Saturday Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Please do not include items not requested, only socks and underwear for children and women (all sizes.) Items will be shipped to the Brownsville/Mexico border. Monetary donations also will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Durham Hispanic Ministries and mailed to Durham Hispanic Ministries, Attn: The Rev. Rosanna Panizo-Valladares, 307 Hammond St., Durham, NC 27704.
Time to enroll in the Disciple-Making Way
If your church is eager and waiting for a program to help them develop intentionality and effectiveness in engaging the community and in making disciples of Jesus Christ, the time has arrived to enroll in the Disciple-Making Way. The schedule and registration are now online for churches desiring to participate in year three of the Disciple-Making Way. Participating churches will develop a plan for ministry and mission that will produce followers of Jesus within and beyond the membership of the church. A new format will be introduced for this season, with four summits that bring together all the churches enrolled, and assigned work in between for local church teams to complete with the assistance of a coach. Registration information is at Disciple-Making Way.
Heart for ministry with farmworkers
Do you see opportunities for ministry with farmworkers in your area? Do you need information about the farmworker and ministry options in order to get started? Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) offers educational materials that may be of interest, and if you want a speaker for your church, you may go to NC Farmworkers for resources, including curriculum, documentaries, fact sheets and video/film presentations. SAF is funded, in part, by a grant from The Duke Endowment.