Mothers’ Day offering to benefit the UM Retirement Homes
Sunday, May 8 is the designated date for the Mothers’ Day offering to support the Benevolent Care Annual Fund for the United Methodist Retirement Homes. Printable supporting resources are available by going to http://www.umrh.org/mdo.html.
Golf Tournament to benefit Stop Hunger Now
There will be a golf tournament to support Stop Hunger Now on May 26 at Cutter Creek Golf Club in Snow Hill. The event is especially important as the SHN office/meals warehouse in Snow Hill incurred damage during the April 16 tornadoes. Tournament sponsors hope to have 20-25 teams in this tournament to help support this ministry and are also needing Hole Sponsors. Attached are the poster and team entry form. Please email Tim Chase: firstname.lastname@example.org, (Hookerton UMC) as soon as possible if your church can help.
Trail Hike registration deadline May 23
The registration deadline for the Appalachian Trail Hike for high school youth is May 23. The Trail Hike will leave from Millbrook UMC in Raleigh on Saturday, June 25 and will return Saturday, July 2. The week includes hiking and camping along approximately 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The registration form may be found in the 2011 Youth Events Brochure.
Scholarships offered for the 5-Day Academy
The NC 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation will be held at the Trinity Center in Salter Path, Sept. 25-30. The retreat is co-sponsored by the NC Conference and The Upper Room. One of the goals of the Academy team is to have more pastors experience this time of study, rest, worship and community. Recognizing that costs might be a factor for some pastors, 10 scholarships have been made available to North Carolina Methodist pastors. Each scholarship will be a $200 reduction in the $750 registration cost, which is an all-inclusive fee for a week on the NC coast. To see the brochure, go to Five Day Academy. To apply for a scholarship, the person: 1) should be a UM pastor in North Carolina; 2) must write a brief paragraph about why they would like to attend and how this will benefit their ministry; and 3) must confirm that if they receive the scholarship, they will attend the retreat and can pay the balance of the registration. In the event that more than 10 persons apply for scholarships, the decision of the Academy Leadership team is final. To apply for a scholarship, e-mail Tom Campbell at: email@example.com. Those awarded scholarships will be notified by June 1.
NC Conference date for Native American Ministries Sunday – May 22
Native American Ministries Sunday will be celebrated on May 22 in the NC Conference. This date is different from the one designated by the General Church but works better with other events on the NC conference calendar. Be sure to order NAM resources to promote the offering which supports Native American ministries and helps United Methodist Native American seminarians become church leaders.
Is your church participating in Change the World weekend?
Change the World weekend is May 14-15. If your church will be participating in service/ministry/mission projects that weekend, the conference would love to have photos and stories. Send electronic photos (with resolution of at least 300 dpi and no date stamps) and stories of what the churches did to: firstname.lastname@example.org. How many lives will be impacted in your community by your church’s participation in Change the World?
Annual Conference briefing session scheduled for May 22
The Annual Conference Briefing Session for lay and clergy members will be held Sunday, May 22, from 3-5 p.m. The session will be a video presentation that will be streamed online so it can be watched on computers connected to the Internet. Many districts will have a central location where persons can go and view the presentations. For an updated list of locations, go to Briefing Session.
Offering requested for support of tornado victims
A special offering is being requested in local churches as soon a possible for NC Storm Response. One hundred percent of the offering will be used for relief and support of victims of the April 16 tornadoes in North Carolina. The check should be designated for NC Storm Response – Advance #S-00176. Online contributions can be made at donate now.