The Season of Gratitude
In this week’s Connections, Bishop Ward speaks about gratitude for the daily blessings each person receives from God, the Provider.
Evangelism Training Event Scheduled for January
The NC Conference Commission on Evangelism will host an Advance Academy of Christian Witness at the Courtyard by Marriott in Carolina Beach on Jan. 23-25. The theme for the Academy will be “Evangelism in the Established Church” led by Rev. Tom Berlin and Rev. Mark Miller and the Conference Commission on Evangelism. The Academy is open to all leaders of established churches who have a heart, soul and passion of making disciples of Jesus Christ through healthy congregations and effective leaders. For complete information and a registration form, go to http://nccumcevangelism.org/.
Pastor & Parish Curriculum Now Available
“Pastor and Parish” is a joint effort of the Clergy Health Initiative, the Duke Endowment and Duke Divinity School. Introduced at Annual Conference, Bishop Ward has encouraged local SPRC’s to use this tool to strengthen their work and their covenant life together. The hope was that SPRC’s could begin to use this material this fall but the release date was delayed. It is now available. Combining videos, workbook content, guided discussion and complementary readings, Pastor & Parish is a six-session series for United Methodist staff-parish relations committees that ties the committee’s responsibilities back to their spiritual beginnings. Order the curriculum.
Warning About Possible Phone Scam
Recently, the Conference IT Office has been contacted about phone calls to NCCUMC staff and clergy from companies claiming to be Microsoft partners wanting access to their conference computer. Please do not give anyone access to (or information about) your computer without advance notification from the IT Office. Please visit the link avoid phone scams for more information on avoiding social engineering scams like these. Please contact the IT Office (800-849-4433) with any questions or concerns.
Chuck Asks Churches to Contribute to Typhoon Haiyan Relief
Chuck of the “Church Knows Church” video series took a break from the normal humor of the series to ask churches to contribute to the relief efforts in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
NC Conference “Email” Link is Changing
Have a NC Conference email account? That account is actually a Google account. Soon, after clicking the “Email” link in the header of www.nccumc.org, Gmail’s new log in page will appear instead of the current Google Apps log in page. Learn more about this change on the Email page of the website.
#GivingTuesday is Dec. 3. Donations for GBGM mission projects will be automatically matched. Go to #GivingTuesday to find the eligible projects.
The Methodist Building will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 to observe the Thanksgiving holiday. The building will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.