connections: One Great Hour of Sharing
Bishop Ward and Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, chair of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), reflect on the life-changing ministry of UMCOR in this week’s connections. Most congregations will celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing on the fourth Sunday of Lent (March 15), but churches are encouraged to choose other dates that work for them. Resources are available here.
Conflict Transformation Ministries seeking ministers
The office of Conflict Transformation Ministries of the NC Conference is seeking applicants to serve as ministers on Conflict Transformation Teams. These teams will be trained and equipped to aid congregations in navigating conflict with faith, hope, and love. Applicants should feel called to ministries of peacemaking and reconciliation, and be gifted in teaching, healing, discernment, and/or faith. Experience in mediation, teaching adults, and/or facilitating small groups or group processes is a plus, but not required. Training will take place on March 20-21 and April 24-25 at Layden Memorial UMC in Raleigh. Conflict Transformation Ministers are expected to attend both training sessions. To learn more, please contact the Rev. Molly Shivers at email@example.com or the Rev. David Hollowell at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will also find an application at www.nccumc.org/bishop/conflict.
Reminders about Annual Conference
Pastors, if there are any changes or additions to your lay members before April 1, please contact Shannon Medlin, email@example.com in the Conference Secretary’s Office. All lay members have been pulled from the on-line data collection.
In recognition of the 75 years of UMCOR, the Conference is requesting children in the conference to create and submit artwork showing mission work done throughout the conference or what they think it means to serve others. Children are invited to share a picture they draw, paint, color, or any other medium so that every person present at the 2015 Annual Conference (around 2000 persons) can receive a hand-drawn picture to take home. Artwork on any type of paper, 8 1/2 x 11″ size should be sent to NC Conference – UMC, c/o Rev. Carol Goehring, 700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner, NC 27529 by May 15.
The deadline for submitting resolutions for the 2015 Annual Conference is May 11. Please
submit all resolutions to the Conference Secretary’s Office in MSWord format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, please remember to check out the Annual Conference webpage for the most up-to-date AC information. Please share the link with the lay members to Annual Conference as well.
Bread for the World Convention
Saturday, March 28 Highland UMC, Raleigh
WRAL news anchor and Episcopal Deacon David Crabtree will be the master of ceremonies, and University of North Carolina Law Professor Gene Nichol will be the keynote speaker, with many other great presenters. The theme for the event is “Uniting Our Voices to End Hunger.” Please plan to send a delegation from your house of worship or civic group to participate in this great gathering. Registration fee is $25. Click here to register for the convention. For more information, e-mail Tony Simeone.
Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry
The next Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry-Love Your Neighbor will take place at Epworth UMC in Durham on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The discussion will center on welcoming LGBTQ brothers and sisters into the full life and ministry of The United Methodist Church. Advance registration is $25 and at-the-door registration is $30. The student rate is $10. Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Frank Schaefer; the preacher will be the Rev. Gil Caldwell and the Rev. Jimmy Creech will be leading a theological workshop.