Generous Giving as a Lenten Discipline
Bishop Ward encourages churches to recognize One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday on March 30 (the fourth Sunday of Lent) as a way to join hands with United Methodists across the world and be one in ministry with persons who have experienced disaster. Receipts from the OGHS offering cover the administrative costs for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
First Quarter 2014 Critical Drivers
The data entry page for the first quarter Critical Drivers information will be made available on the Online Data Collection System beginning April 1. Please log-in and enter your church’s first quarter information to ensure it is included in the reports submitted to the Cabinet on Monday, April 7. Click here for more information on the timeline for entering Critical Drivers data.
Bishop’s Forum Set for April 2
The Bishop’s Forum on April 2 will focus on the Church’s teaching concerning homosexuality and its response to changing attitudes regarding gay marriage. Paul Stallsworth and Laurie Hays Coffman will be the main presenters. The forum will also consider the resolution passed at the 2013 Annual Conference. The forum will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Please email reservations for lunch ($5 donation) to Robin Harry firstname.lastname@example.org by March 27.
Greensboro College Celebrates 175th Anniversary
Greensboro College will celebrate its 175th anniversary with a party next month. The college’s 175th Anniversary Gala will run 6:30 -10 p.m. on April 5 on the front campus and inside the Main Building. The event caps off the college’s annual Alumni Weekend festivities and the year-long celebration of the college’s founding in 1838. Tickets for the gala are $45 and can be bought online. Click for more information about other Alumni Weekend events. Many of these are free and open to the public.
Festival of Wisdom and Grace
July 28-31 Lake Junaluska
The Festival of Wisdom and Grace at Lake Junaluska will feature Bishop Jonathan Holston (South Carolina Conference) as the conference preacher. The 2014 theme is “Living Ordinary Time with EEEE’s– Enthusiasm, Encouragement, Engagement, and Empowerment.” The Festival will include worship, workshops, professional training and fellowship. It is designed for older adults, as well as for persons working with older adults in their congregations. Registration is available at Wisdom and Grace.
Bullard-Templeton Lecture at Methodist University
The Methodist University Department of Philosophy and Religion will hold the 14th annual Bullard-Templeton Lecture, featuring Mark Whittle, in Clark Hall at 11 a.m. on April 21. Whittle is a professor at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, where he joined the Astronomy Department in 1986. His lecture, “Modern Cosmology and the Problem of Ultimate Origin,” will explore how the University came into being, what modern science has to say, and where the laws of physics originated. The lectures are offered free to the public and designed to explore the relationship between science and religion. For more information, contact Dr. Lloyd Bailey at (910) 630-7118.
Last Chance to Buy Discounted Music
The Music Resources Sale at Cokesbury has been extended through March 31. The sale includes the UM Hymnal and the Faith We Sing and Worship and Song hymnal supplements. There are discounts ranging from 20-45% on books and accessories.