2011 Wesley Heritage Celebration at Methodist University
The 2011 Wesley Heritage Celebration at Methodist University will be Nov. 16. The day includes worship at 11 a.m. and a lecture featuring Dr. Mark Wethington in Hensdale Chapel. For more information, go to Wesley Heritage.
Seeking 2012 Pilgrimage Feedback
Pilgrimage 2011 was a wonderful event and many thanks go out to all who made it possible. Please help the design team as they begin making plans for next year by sending your feedback. Pastors and youth workers, please send this to everyone in your congregations who may wish to respond. The deadline for the survey is Wednesday, Nov. 30. Thank you for continuing to support this ministry and suggestions for next year.
Seats still available in church treasurer/finance training
Seats are still available for the local church treasurer and finance committee training to be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the United Methodist Building in Garner. Local church finance basics will be covered as well as updates from recent legislative changes. Local church treasurers, finance committee members and pastors are encouraged to attend. Space is limited so registration is required. There will be a $10 registration fee charged to help offset the cost of training materials and lunch. To register, please contact the Conference Treasurer’s Office at 800-849-4433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project AGAPE in dire need of support
Project AGAPE Armenia, a joint ministry of churches in the NC and WNC Conferences, continues to serve in ministry with some of the most vulnerable people in the world – refugees and displaced persons in eastern Armenia. Though the ministry remains critical, funding and congregational support for the ministry has declined. Continued ministry beyond June 2012 is in real jeopardy. Interested persons are invited to an AGAPE ministry meeting at the United Methodist Building in Garner, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 7 – 8 p.m. Attendees will have an overview of the ministry’s history, look at current actions, and help strategize about possible future responses. Please RSVP to Kathy Reavis or 800-849-4433 ext 256.
Conference Disaster Response Team needs equipment
There is a great need for an office trailer or classroom-type trailer to be located in the Hyde County area, which can be converted into housing for workteams. Anyone who is willing to donate one for free or for a nominal cost, please contact the Conference Call Center at 888-440-9167. There is also the need for two or three dump trailers, two or three open-material hauling trailers, and any type of electric or non-electric rebuilding tools. Please notify the Conference Call Center, 888-440-9167, to assist with any of these needs.
Summer internships for racial/ethnic minority young adults
Deadline to apply for a 2012 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in Washington, D.C., is Feb. 1. The program is for persons, ages 18-22, who have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change. Sponsored by the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), the summer internship is for young adults representing the five ethnic minority caucuses of The United Methodist Church: Native Americans, Pacific-Islanders, Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans and Asian Americans. Applicants must be full members in The United Methodist Church.
Interns will work in social justice placements in the U.S. capital June through July. They will participate in weekly devotions and topical seminars to supplement their daily work experience. Interns also will visit the United Nations office of GBCS in New York City. An application form can be obtained online at Ethnic Young Adult Internship.
For more information, call Neal Christie, assistant general secretary, General Board of Church & Society, (202) 488-5611, or send an email to Cindy Heilman or Jennifer Gillyard.
Summer camp registration begins Dec. 1
Summer Camp 2012 registration will open Dec. 1, just in time to give the gift of camp for Christmas. Each Camp’s website has information about online registration.
Don Lee http://www.donleecenter.org/
Chestnut Ridge http://www.campchestnutridge.org/
Lake Junaluska’s Appalachian Christmas
Each year, Lake Junaluska brings in seasonal entertainment to ring in the holiday spirit. The weekend kicks off Friday night with a memorable performance by the Junaluska Singers in historic Stuart Auditorium. Saturday morning will showcase some of the best crafters in Western North Carolina at the Christmas Craft Show, and the entertainment continues with an afternoon concert by the Junaluska Singers with special guests, Voices in the Laurel. Saturday evening features legendary Southern Appalachian Mountains musician and famous storyteller, David Holt. Two-night Appalachian Christmas packages start at $174 per person, double occupancy. Tickets are also available for individual purchase. Call 800-222-4930 or visit www.lakejunaluska.com/christmas for more information.
Peace with Justice grant application deadline approaching
Jan. 6 is the deadline to apply for a Peace with Justice grant from the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). Funding for this program is generated through the Peace with Justice Special Sunday offering of The United Methodist Church. One of six Special Sundays in the denomination, Peace with Justice “witnesses to God’s demands for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world.” Grant applicants must be either a United Methodist or other affiliated organization, or an ecumenical group working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization. For more details and an application, go to Peace with Justice grants.
Trail Run planned for Chestnut Ridge
Camp Chestnut Ridge is hosting a Trail Run on Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. Check-in is at 9 a.m. Registration is $25.00 before Nov. 15 and $35.00 after Nov. 15 through the day of the race. Proceeds from the run go to support the Camp’s ministry. Registration links and other information can be found at Trail Run.