connections: Journey to the Cross
In this week’s connections, Bishop Ward encourages us to follow Jesus with our hearts, rather than our heads, as we enter into the last days of Lent.
Extended registration for the Clergy Benefits Seminar
Registration for the Clergy Benefits Seminar has been extended through Wednesday, March 25. Complete the online registration form or contact JoAnna Ezuka at 1-800-849-4433 ext 225 to join this exciting event where attendees will build confidence in understanding their benefit plans and learn how to maximize those benefits for their and their families’ financial and physical well-being.
Opportunity for discounted software
Does your church or place of ministry need software? The conference Information Technology Office is working with an organization called Techsoup to provide deeply discounted software licenses for all of our local churches and related organizations. TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a clear focus: connecting your church/organization with tech products and services, plus learning resources to make informed decisions about technology. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, churches can access donated and discounted products and services from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. We have an opportunity to register many of our churches and related organizations at one time. If you would like for the conference IT Office to help you enroll in this service, please fill out the registration form by clicking here. We will gather all of your responses and submit them to Techsoup in one batch. You can find out more about Techsoup by visiting their website at http://www.techsoup.org.
A Wesleyan Approach to Leadership
Pfeiffer University is offering a two-day event April 21-22 exploring “practical divinity,” a hallmark of United Methodist theology, principles of the Wesleyan movement to deployment of leadership, and empowering partnership between church staff, clergy, and laity to cast a healthy vision for the future of the church, and Wesleyan understanding of grace as a resource for leadership. Primary leader for this event will be Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary in Virginia. Continuing education credit will be available. To register, go to Pfeiffer Responds.
Duke Youth Academy is accepting applications
The Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation (DYA) empowers the young people of your church to think theologically and practice the Christian faith with playfulness, creativity, and longevity. High school students attend a week-long residency on the campus of Duke University (June 14-20, 2015) and participate in a year of mentorship, learning, and leading a Christian practice in their church. Applications will be considered through the end of March. Learn more and apply.
UM Fun Days at Carowinds and Kings Dominion
Enjoy fun and fellowship with family or friends during United Methodist Family Fun Days at Kings Dominion and Carowinds in May 2015. Tickets are available for United Methodists at the significantly discounted cost of $34 per person ages 3 and up for those dates. To order tickets for Kings Dominion, go to www.kingsdominion.com and enter promo code NCMETHODIST in the upper right-hand corner. To order Carowinds tickets, go to www.carowinds.com and enter promo code METHODIST in the upper right-hand corner. For each ticket redeemed, a $1 contribution is made to Conference Youth Service Fund (YSF). To see a list of UM Fun Day dates, go to UM Fun Days.
Pastors, musicians, and worship leaders: Renew
OASIS Church Music Conference will provide inspiring and uplifting worship, spiritual renewal, and breakout sessions for pastors, worship leaders, choir directors, children’s music directors, accompanists, and handbell leaders. Come and experience great ideas and insight into the integration of preaching, music, and liturgy for effective worship planning. The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke Chapel and an associate professor of the practice of homiletics at Duke Divinity School and Pepper Choplin, prolific sacred music composer, are among the esteemed clinicians this year. Renew, replenish, and restore for the Journey at Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC) on July 13-15. Early discount registration ends May 15. For more information, go to OASIS.
Grant opportunity available through UM Communications
United Methodist Communications’ Rethink Church initiative offers partnership grants for media and marketing to United Methodist church clusters (three or more United Methodist churches or entities, like a Wesley Foundation), districts and conferences who will engage with their community in outreach ministry events. Rethink Church Community Events are as unique and diverse as the people who organize them. United Methodist Communications is very excited to help churches that join together to reach out to communities in need. To see a FAQ page about Rethink Church grants, go to ReThink Church grants.