Contribute to the ministry of the UM Retirement Homes in May
The Mother’s Day Offering supports the United Methodist Retirement Homes Benevolent Care Fund. This fund provides financial and personal resources for residents who can no longer fully pay their way. In many cases these residents have no other means of support and often no family. Local church support on Mother’s Day will greatly enhance the lives of others. Envelopes for the offering were provided to pastors, directly, by mailing, or through district superintendents. Call (919) 384-3005 or (919) 394-3006 for further assistance.
To print a bulletin insert, go to Clergy Resources.
Conference Asian Ministry Celebration to be May 30
The Conference Asian Ministry Team is sponsoring an Asian Ministry Celebration on May 30 at Agape Korean UMC in Cary. The day will include praise and worship, games, cultural performances, and free Asian food samples. Agape Korean UMC is located at 1427 Walnut Street in Cary. All persons are invited to come be a part of this celebration.
Trail Hike Registration Deadline
The registration deadline for the Appalachian Trail Hike for high school youth is May 22. The Trail Hike leaves from the Methodist Building in Raleigh on Saturday, June 20 and returns Saturday, June 27. The week includes hiking and camping along approximately 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The registration form may be found in the 2009 Youth Events brochure which is available for download from the “Events” page of the website: Youth.
The Source available online
The Source – a training event for leaders of youth and young adult ministries, previously scheduled for various dates and locations across the US will now be available online. Check the website: GBOD Young People for more information.
Join the discussion concerning the new UM Hymnal
Join with nearly 1400 United Methodists of all ages, music and worship styles, and congregations in an online discussion of the new United Methodist Hymnal project that’s taking place on Facebook. If you’ve not joined Facebook or accessed the group pages recently, you’ve been missing out on what has turned into a dynamic, active, informative, interesting, and lively discussion of many topics related to developing the new hymnal.
To access the group you must first join Facebook: go to Facebook and follow the simple prompts. To find the group, enter New United Methodist Hymnal (only those four words, no quotes) into the search box in the upper right corner of your Facebook home page and click the little magnifying glass icon next to the Search box. On the group page, click Join Group.
August 31 deadlines for Youth programs
Youth and youth groups wishing to participate in leadership of Pilgrimage have until Aug. 31 to sign up. Youth wishing to apply for the house band may request the application by email from Sue Ellen Nicholson – applications are due Aug. 31 and an audition (date to be determined) will be required. Youth groups desiring to offer an act of worship such as dance, drama, etc. must send the description of that offering with the adult contact information by August 31.
Youth seeking to offer a testimony must submit the testimony in writing with the recommendation of a pastor/youth leader by Aug. 31. Any youth groups making a DVD to be shown at Pilgrimage must submit that also by Aug. 31.
The deadline for the Award of Excellence in Youth Ministry application is Au. 31. The application is available at Youth or by calling the Office of Youth Ministries at the Methodist Building.
Methodist Review launches as online journal
“Methodist Review: A Journal of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies” was launched May 1 as an open access, peer-reviewed electronic academic journal at Methodist Review. Methodist Review publishes scholarly articles in all areas and eras of Wesleyan and Methodist studies, including biblical, theological, ethical, philosophical, practical, historical, biographical, and social-scientific topics and methodologies.
The journal is partly a successor to and partly a transformation of “Quarterly Review: A Journal of Theological Resources for Ministry” (QR), which was published jointly by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry and The United Methodist Publishing House from 1980 to 2005.
Peace with Justice Sunday is June 7
At its spring meeting, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society awarded $52,805 in grants with funds from the Peace with Justice Sunday offering received in 2008. Sixty-five ministries requested funding for 2009. The agency’s board of directors selected 28 to receive grants, including “Hands and Hearts for Care,” in the Wilmington District. This project received $4,000 for a new ministry designed to bring awareness of and support to the many persons in that district dealing with HIV/AIDS.
Peace with Justice Sunday is June 7 this year, and is one of the six denomination-wide Special Sundays with offering. Established by the 1988 General Conference, Peace with Justice Sunday supports programs that advocate peace and justice throughout the world.
Half of the Special Sunday offering stays in the annual conference to fund local Peace with Justice programs. The other half goes to the Board of Church and Society to help fund U.S. and global work in social action, public-policy education and advocacy.
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