Bishop Ward discusses GBGM and Missionaries
“316 of them [missionaries who now serve], an easy number to remember, like John 3:16, ‘God so loved the world that God gave God’s only beloved Son, that whosoever believes in Jesus Christ will have everlasting life.’ 316 missionaries now increased by eight, these are your missionaries, sent forth from everywhere to everywhere, witnessing to the love of Jesus Christ in the world.” To hear the whole conversation, go to Connections.
A letter to all United Methodists
Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, President of the Council of Bishops, shared a letter to all United Methodists which follows the Council of Bishops’ first meeting of the quadrennium last week. Read the letter from Bishop Wenner here.
Deadlines announced for young adult interns
Deadlines have been announced to apply for a 2013 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in social justice. The EYA program is for persons, ages 18-22, from United Methodist racial/ethnic minority caucuses and Central Conferences, who have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change. The program is administered by the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). Deadlines to submit applications for internships are Jan. 11 for applicants outside the United States and Feb. 1 for applicants in the United States. GBCS will provide round-trip transportation to and from Washington, D.C.; housing during the internship at George Washington University; commuter stipend for travel to work sites; and $1,500 for each intern for the eight-week period. More details about the internship and application forms, both online and downloadable, are available at 2013 Ethnic Young Adult Internship. The online form is available at EYA Application.
2013 Online Pension Related Forms Due Dec. 10
The 2013 Pension Worksheet and the Contribution to PIP forms on the Online Data Collection System are due to be completed by Monday, Dec. 10. All pastors serving an appointment to a local church, regardless of retired or pension plan enrollment status, must complete the Pension Worksheet online. Any active pastor who wants to contribute their personal monies towards their retirement savings may do so by completing the Contribution to PIP form also online. Reminder: enter the date(s) as 01/01/2013 to ensure that the 2013 contribution election is captured and sent to the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits correctly. For assistance in completing these forms, contact JoAnna Ezuka at 1-800-849-4433 ext 225.
“Mommy and Me Weekend” at Camp Rockfish
Camp Rockfish is excited to announce that Jan. 25-27, 2013 will be the inaugural start to the “Mommy and Me Weekend.” This retreat will be hosted by Joy Moffett and Jennifer Weber, two moms who bring fun, laughter, love, and caring for all who participate. There will be Rockfish activities, worship, games, great food, no cleaning, campfires, ice cream social, and so much more. Registration for this event will begin Dec. 1. Please contact Jennifer Weber at 910-425-3529 extension 21 to register.
Join DBOM for the “Freedom in Christ” dinner
Reservations can still be made by persons planning to attend the “Freedom in Christ” Dinner to celebrate the 13-year-ministry of DBOM. DBOM is a Methodist ministry that creates partnerships between parish and prison to deepen Bible Study for all of Jesus’ disciples inside and outside prison walls. The dinner party will be Friday, Dec. 7 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Christ UMC in Chapel Hill. The dinner will feature testimonies from Disciple Bible participants, music, a silent auction, and the presentation of the Cross and Key Award for the outstanding volunteer of the year. Please contact Cari Willis with your intention to attend the dinner or if you or your congregation can donate an item to the auction. To see other ways that churches can support this event, go to Disciple Bible Outreach.
Conference Insurance Open Enrollment ends Nov. 30
Open Enrollment for the conference insurance plan concludes Nov. 30. Participants can make changes to coverage for an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013. Two health plans will be offered in 2013 (rates the same as 2012). Participants who wish to remain in the same plan during 2013, do not need to take any action. The current BASE or Buy-Up election will carry forward. Those wishing to change plans for 2013, can refer to the instructions in the OE packet. New rules affecting Flexible and Medical Reimbursement Flexible Spending Accounts, Dependent Care Account, and other detailed information can be accessed from the Conference Insurance page. For answers to any questions, please contact Caroline Thornton at 800-849-4433.
Stop Hunger Now offering Advent study resources
Stop Hunger Now, working to end hunger in our lifetimes, offers two new resources. The Gift of Life includes weekly Advent bulletin inserts, devotions, and an Advent Calendar, and is free of charge at Stop Hunger Now: Gift of Life. A “dinner party in a box” contains host instructions, a meal package for six, international recipes, discussions questions, place cards and more, and can be ordered at www.stophungernow.org/dinner.
The Methodist Building in Garner will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. The building will reopen Monday, Nov. 26 at 8 a.m.