connections: Bishop Ward & Imagine No Malaria on My Carolina Today
This week, Bishop Ward was interviewed on My Carolina Today explaining the United Methodist commitment to Imagine No Malaria.
Peace-making in Palestine/Israel
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward extends an invitation to follow-up gatherings on Peace-Making in Palestine/Israel. Janet Lahr Lewis, recently retired United Methodist missionary who served as United Methodist Liaison in the Middle East, and Ata Manasra, village economic project coordinator, will speak about peace-making, the loss of Palestinian land, and the United Methodist-supported ministry project at Wadi Fouqin, West Bank, Palestine. This conversation will be live-streamed on the nccumc.org website. Lunch will be served to attendees who pre-register for lunch. Attendees are asked to bring a $5 donation for lunch. To register for the lunch event, please email Kathy Duncan, firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 13.
Global Ministries to Match Giving Tuesday Gifts
On Dec 2, you can extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday. Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 2 between 12am and 11:59pm EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds. See more.
Firm Foundations: 1 Year after Phillipines Typhoon
Last Saturday, Nov. 8, marked exactly one year since Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, devastated large stretches of the Philippines, and much successful recovery has been achieved throughout that year. UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, has been committed to help the rebuilding of houses and village resources in the municipality of Tanauan in Leyte Province. And just as importantly, UMCOR has helped badly hit populations to look to the future with hope.
Donations to UMCOR Sager-Brown Are Symbol of Hope
For every dollar donated through last year’s UMC #GivingTuesday campaign to the UMCOR Sager-Brown Depot in Baldwin, La., (Advance Project #901440), a life was touched. Health, school, bedding, cleaning buckets and other relief-supply kits are donated by United Methodist churches throughout the world and shipped to UMCOR Sager-Brown’s headquarters in Baldwin or to a network of United Methodist relief-supply depots across the United States.According to Kathy Kraiza, executive director of the material resources ministry of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the donations meant “we were probably able to touch 10,000 lives in one way or another”.
Lake Junaluska December Events
Lake Junaluska Program Ministries presents a new Advent Bible Study Retreat led by Rev. Tim McConnell, Assoc. Pastor of Long’s Chapel UMC. The “Road to Bethlehem”, Dec. 7-10, at Lake Junaluska will use Adam Hamilton’s The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem.
Appalachian Christmas is Dec. 12-14 and features a Fri. evening performance of Handel’s Messiah. On Sat., enjoy a traditional Craft Fair, followed by a special Christmas performance by The Cockman Family. Saturday evening, concludes with a concert of classic Christmas carols by the Lake Junaluska Singers.
Documentary on Faith and Prisons
The EthicsDaily.com documentary, “Through the Door“, on faith and prisons, is now available. The documentary highlights the faith community’s engagement with prisons. It will also raise awareness of what some faith communities are doing on the prison front by highlighting stories in: Nashville, Tenn.; Richmond, Va.; Huntsville, Texas; Carlisle, Ind.; Atlanta, Ga.; and more. See more.
The Academy for Leadership Excellence offers the “Large Church Pastors’ Retreat”, 5pm Feb. 9 through 12pm Feb. 11 at Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC. Registration for this event opens on Dec. 18.
The workshop Leading During Anxious Times, Mar. 3, 2015, 9am-3pm, at 228 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC offers and explores different ways for leaders to see and understand leadership. Family systems and the theologian Martin Buber’s I-Thou work are key lenses as we look at the theology, theory and best practices for leaders.