Registration almost full for Convocation on Rural Church
Only a few spots remain for pastors of rural churches to register online for the 2011 Convocation on the Rural Church: Down to Earth Faith. The event will be held Aug. 22-24, in Myrtle Beach. Costs for this event are kept to a minimum, ranging from $25-$125 total for two nights lodging, meals, and program materials. Family meal tickets and extended stay options for those choosing private rooms are available for an additional fee. Please make plans to register promptly, as registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and spaces are almost gone!
Partners in Caring has new website
Partners in Caring (“Partners” or PIC) is a benevolent organization in the NC Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. When a member of PIC dies, the organization sends to the family or estate of the deceased a love gift of $5,500. This gift is possible because of the faithfulness of God through contributing local churches, the contributions of beneficiary members, and the careful stewardship of the PIC Board of Trustees and The United Methodist Foundation in The North Carolina Annual Conference. It’s the old “Brotherhood/Sisterhood” organization that goes back to 1939 in the North Carolina Conference. To find out more, go to the new website, http://nccpartners.org/.
African-American Preaching Summit to be at Lake Junaluska
This first-ever African-American Preaching Summit on July 13-15 will bring together African-American pastors to explore effective sermon preparation as practiced by outstanding African-American preachers in The United Methodist Church. Clergy will explore various approaches to the art of preaching that fit the unique context of preaching in African-American congregations. Pastors will learn how effective preaching can revitalize their worship services and attract more people to their churches. Pastors will also discover how outstanding preaching can set the foundation for developing effective disciples for Jesus Christ. Lastly, but in no way least, participants will get to hear some of the best and most powerful preaching around! For more information and to register, go to Preaching Summit.
Gathering of Associate Members, Local Pastors, and Lay Speakers
Be sure to mark your calendars for a Prayer Encounter Seminar with Dr. Terry Teykl on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Garner UMC in Garner. Participants will enjoy an uplifting day experiencing the passion and humor of Dr. Teykl. Every church needs more prayer. Dr. Teykl was called by God to “build God’s church in prayer”, and is devoting his life to that call. Visit the website http://www.renewalministries.com/ for a short video. The cost for this event is $5 for lunch. Participants will gather at 9 a.m.; the event will end at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Margaret Hockett at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 910-791-4092.
Elisabeth von Trapp is available to sing at UM churches
Elisabeth von Trapp is pleased to announce her 2011-2012 United Methodist Church Concert Tour. She would welcome the opportunity to perform at your church. Elisabeth is the granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music.
Singing professionally since childhood, Elisabeth has enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to Washington D.C.ʼs Kennedy Center and hundreds of Performance Halls and churches across the United States. For more information about how to arrange a concert in your area, go to UMC Concert Tour.
For information about Annual Conference 2011, go to Annual Conference 2011.