connections: Saint Patrick, the missionary
In recognition of Saint Patrick’s Day, Bishop Ward shares the story of Saint Patrick, the missionary sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the people of Ireland, in this week’s connections.
It’s All about Connexting with Conference Communications
Springing forward in 2015 not only means a time change. It also means a change in how, as John Wesley spelled it, we connext to each of you! Beginning April 7, the Communications Office will publish an email piece called Seeds. In Seeds, we’ll share three bite-size digital stories about people in our local churches, in the Conference and in the global church. Our goal is to courageously share the stories that remind us that, no matter what church we belong to, we are all deeply connexted as Methodists! If you’d like to share a story about yourself, please email email@example.com. For a sneak preview of Seeds, visit nccumc.org/seeds.
Saying Goodbye to News Briefs
With the release of Seeds, a new storytelling publication, we will say goodbye to News Briefs April 7. Events and announcements that typically occur in News Briefs will now become part of a new daily publication called Threads. If you are currently subscribed to News Briefs and the NCCUMC updates, you’ll now receive Threads. If you’d like to subscribe to- the Threads, Seeds and other Conference communications, visit nccumc.org/signup.
Not Just for Clergy Anymore
In addition to the changes in what we communicate, Conference Communications is also expanding how we communicate. In the weeks ahead, you’ll be hearing more about connextions we are eager to make to laity (in non-leadership positions) in the local church because we want to hear their stories. Please consider helping us make those connextions by asking folks to sign up for storytelling publications like Seeds and EDG magazine here.
Annual Conference Updates
* Pastors, Annual Conference registration packets will be mailed on or around April 6. The materials will include a lot of very helpful information, including UNCW housing information. Please read over the materials carefully and notify your lay member to Annual Conference that the information is on its way.
* Persons planning to stay at one of the hotels listed on the AC webpage during the week of Annual Conference 2015, please click here and complete the Trolley Use form. This will assist AC planners in planning the Trolley pick-up times at each of the hotels. Please contact the Conference Secretary’s Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
* Bookmark the Annual Conference webpage at https://nccumc.org/secretary/annual-conference/ and check regularly for updates.
Delegation voting on schedule during Annual Conference
As we approach Annual Conference 2015, please remember it’s a voting year. To learn how you can participate in the voting process, visit the Conference Secretary’s site here and scroll down to “Voting Information.”
In accordance with the Book of Discipline, the site also includes 1) Disciplinary Information, 2) NC Annual Conference information, 3) who is eligible to vote, as well as other important information for the voting process. If you are eligible and interested in being elected, please consider filing out a laity or clergy information form. The information form for clergy and/or laity is not required for one to be nominated, but would be helpful in letting others know of one’s interest. The deadline for completion of all voting forms is May 15.
Duke Endowment Rural Church Grant Pre-Applications due
This is just a reminder that pre-applications for grant consideration in August are due Wednesday, March 18. For Rural Church funding priorities and grant application information, visit the Duke Endowment website.
Key Taylor Award nominations
Rural church nominations for consideration of the Key Taylor Award are needed by May 7. Congregations can nominate themselves. For 2015, $1570.00 will be awarded to the recipient church. The award, sponsored through the United Methodist Foundation, is to call attention to the mission work of all rural churches by honoring the specific achievements of one rural church. To nominate a church, respond via email in narrative form on one page to the criteria described at Key Taylor Award to Kathy Duncan (email@example.com) by May 7.
Forum on “All Things New” – the future of the church
Duke Divinity School will host a forum called All Things New on March 27-28. Participants will gather at Tyler’s Taproom (Durham location) on Friday evening, from 7-9 p.m. to hear Rev. Jerry Herships share about his unique ministry, AfterHours Denver. The gathering on Saturday will meet at Duke Divinity School for a day of engaging conversations and ideas. All Things New provides a forum for students, practitioners and persons interested in the future of the church to engage with each other in order to promote and foster friendships and the exchange of ideas among those committed to fresh expressions of the church in the 21st century. To register, go to All Things New.