Partners in Caring assist families of clergy
NC Conference Partners in Caring (PIC) is a way to care for the families of clergy members after they die. Beneficiary families receive $6,000 (effective 7/1/2012) from PIC when their participating clergy person dies. Member clergy contribute $20 (starting 7/1/2012) upon notification by PIC of each death. Membership in PIC is open to all ordained clergy under the age of 60. The initial enrollment fee is $20. The hope is that every pastor in the North Carolina Annual Conference will want to respond to this ministry of compassion and connection. The Board of Trustees of PiC also wishes to bring before the Executive Session of Annual Conference 2012 proposed constitutional changes. Find out more at www.nccpartners.org or contact: Henry Lovelace, firstname.lastname@example.org and join today.
Pre-conference briefing sessions posted online
The pre-Annual Conference briefing sessions are now posted online. You can click and watch them as one whole session or watch them individually as your time permits. Carol Goehring, director of Connectional Ministries, gives an overview on theme and logistics. Emily Innes, conference lay leader, discusses the lay ministries and the laity worship service. Linda Taylor, chair of the Transition Team, explains the new conference district realignment. Christine Dodson, conference treasurer, discusses various financial topics, including conference budget, pensions, incapacity leave, Board of Trustees, and equitable compensation. Go to briefing sessions to view these clips.
Special offerings during Annual Conference
There will be three special offerings received during annual conference. On Wednesday evening, an offering will be received for Imagine No Malaria. On Thursday, the offering will be in honor of Bishop Gwinn and will benefit 1K for 1Kid, a program of the Methodist Home for Children. On Friday evening, the offering will support Conference Lay Ministries. Persons wishing to give to 1K for 1Kid in honor of Bishop Gwinn before Annual Conference can go online now at MHFC.
SEJ youth event to be at St. Simons Island
This year, the SEJ-BMCR Youth Harambee is celebrating fifteen years in ministry June 21-25 at Epworth by the Sea at St. Simons Island, GA. Harambee is a youth conference planned by the Harambee Planning Committee under the guidance of the executive board of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc. The conference is held annually to help youth develop spiritual, leadership and interpersonal skills. In doing so, youth develop relationships, connect with each other and learn how to bridge the gap from generation to generation. For a complete brochure and information, go to https://nccumc.org/multicultural/events/.
Please submit names of college-bound students
Pastors, please submit the names of graduating high school seniors and the schools they will attend, if applicable, to the Online Data Collection System. Providing this information is helpful to campus ministers who are not able to access names and contact information from the schools of higher education in many cases. As you enter the name of the student and the current contact information, use the drop-down box to indicate the school for fall enrollment. When you have completed entering the high school graduates’ names, please also purge the names of those who have graduated from college so that they do not continue to receive information about campus ministries. Thank you for your assistance.
UMM luncheon planned during Annual Conference
Everyone is invited to come to Edenton Street UMC at noon on Friday, June 15 to hear the story of the new mission and vision for the old MERCI Center which is now known as 3MC. The Conference UMM will be serving a grilled chicken lunch prepared by the Millbrook UMM for a $7.50 donation. Transportation will be provided or use the free R-line bus from the Raleigh Convention Center. To register your attendance before June 14, go to special meals and scroll down to the United Methodist Men luncheon.
LifeTouch Photography to do clergy photos at Annual Conference
LifeTouch Photography will be set up at the Raleigh Convention Center (Room 202) during annual conference to take portraits, particularly for clergy serving in the conference for the first time. Anyone, lay or clergy, is welcomed to sit for a photo session. Hours will be posted in later publications but come prepared to be photographed. Clergy photographs will be taken at the 2013 Annual Conference for a new pictorial directory.
Opportunity for retired clergy to retreat at the beach
A retreat for retired pastors and spouses will be held at Fort Caswell at Oak Island, Sept. 26-28. The retreat resource leader will be Dr. F. Belton Joyner, Jr. and the theme is “Singing Our Faith.” For more information about topics to be covered and registration, go to retired clergy.
Clergy Partners luncheon correction
The date listed in last week’s News Briefs for the Clergy Partners’ luncheon was incorrect. The day is Friday and the date is June 15 at Edenton Street UMC. Registration is underway so go to special meals and scroll down to Clergy Partners.