One Great Hour of Sharing – April 3
Gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering assures that when catastrophes strike, The United Methodist Church can jump into action and be one of the first organizations to respond. When churches support OGHS, UMCOR can keep the promise that 100% of every other gift made to specific UMCOR projects can be spent on that project – not on administrative costs. Available resources include special envelopes, bulletin inserts, a poster, a children’s sermon, and other worship ideas. Call (888) 346-3862 to order envelopes and other resources or go to One Great Hour for worship ideas.
Annual Conference website being updated regularly
The Annual Conference website is being updated regularly and persons planning to attend should check it frequently. A map of the R-Line stops (free bus service), a list of downtown restaurants, and an updated agenda have been added recently. To see the current information, go to 2011 Annual Conference.
Key Taylor nominations being accepted
Rural churches active in missions may be interested in being nominated for the Key Taylor Award. The award, which is accompanied by a financial gift, recognizes rural churches which have been faithful in first-mile giving (apportionments) and go beyond by supporting local missions and global missions through the Advance. For more information on the nomination process, go to Key Taylor.
2011 Peace Conference examines causes of poverty
The 2011 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace” features Senator and former presidential candidate George McGovern; David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World; and Bishop Nkula Ntambo of the Katanga Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This year, the conference will focus on seeking economic justice for all of God’s children. Scholarships will be available for full-time college and seminary students. For more information on the Peace Conference and to register, visit Peace Conference.
United Methodist Dollars For Scholars scholarship program
Each year, through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS) program, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) provides $1,000 matching scholarships to United Methodist students who have received a $1,000 scholarship from their local United Methodist church to help them attend a United Methodist-related college, university, or seminary. Awards are made for the fall term of each school year. The deadline to apply is April 4. (An article which stated a different date was incorrect.) To learn more about this program or to fill out an online application, visit: Scholarships.
Mission work continues in Japan despite hardship
UMCOR continues to partner with organizations in Japan to provide assistance to those in need and to receive reports from UM missionaries in the area. UM News Service reporter Linda Bloom shares information from missionaries at Missionaries report. Although March 20 was the date designated by the Council of Bishops for a special offering, churches may receive contributions to the relief effort at any time. Persons wishing to donate can put a check in the local church offering plate marked PACIFIC EMERGENCY, which the church can then remit to the conference treasurer’s office designated for Advance 3021317 “Pacific Emergency.”
REMINDERS from the Conference Secretary
Persons desiring to submit a nominations form for General and Jurisdictional Conferences should go to Nomination form and complete the appropriate form. Completed forms must be received no later than May 2.
The deadline for submitting resolutions to the Conference Secretary’s office is April 15. Please submit your resolutions to the Conference Secretary’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committees, commissions, and agencies wishing to include a report in Pre-Conference publications online must submit it to the Conference Secretary’s office no later than May 2. All reports will be posted online and available for printing. Reports must be submitted in Microsoft Word format and sent to email@example.com. Please contact the Conference Secretary’s Office at 800-849-4433, ext. 222 with any questions