connections: Celebrating the Harvest by remembering new churches
As we embrace this season of homecoming and harvest, Bishop Hope reminds us we too were once new as the church. You can honor those days when your church first came to life by participating in Impact10, an indispensable resource for launching of new faith communities!
Mission Seed Fund Applications Due November 3
Applications for Mission Seed Fund grants are due to the Office of Outreach Ministry no later than Nov. 3. Mission Seed Funds are designed to encourage and facilitate NC Conference United Methodist congregations in risk-taking ministry and radical hospitality. These funds are designed to be supplemental and specific to new outreach programs that offer hands-on ministry and witness beyond the church walls. Funds may be used to support ministry throughout or beyond the geographical boundaries of the NC Conference, providing these programs are outreach ministries through local churches. Program outcomes should be measurable and achievable, and ministry should demonstrate a plan for future sustainability. Seed Fund guidelines and application forms are available on the Outreach Ministry page of the Conference website.
Shopping UMC Market benefits ministries
Shop online? Make a difference when you do! As the holiday shopping season begins, please consider shopping through the UMC Market! Hundreds of top national retailers (Macy’s, Kohls, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Old Navy are only a few) will make a donation to a ministry of your choice when you shop through umcmarket.org. It’s the easiest way to donate to your favorite local ministry or church without giving a penny out of your own pocket. Please visit the UMC Market website or contact Landon Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Footprints at Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center
Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center is excited to be able to offer a missions service program called “Footprints.” Cross-cultural missions are vital to growing God’s Kingdom worldwide, but there are so many opportunities to meet profound needs in our own communities as well. The Footprints program is a short-term trip that can have an amazing long-term impact for all involved, and Camp Rockfish is ready to be a part of meeting those needs through groups who take part in the Footprints program. Groups who choose Footprints as their missional programming for Summer 2015 will spend the week at Camp Rockfish while going out each day for service projects identified through local ministries partners in the surrounding communities. For more information, look for the 2015 program brochures due out in November or call 910-425-3529.
Listening for Grace: Variations on a Theme of Struggle and Hope
Ted Swartz’s newest show, Listening for Grace: Variations on a Theme of Struggle and Hope, is coming to Duke Memorial UMC in Durham on Wed., Nov. 19 at 7pm. In Listening for Grace, Swartz uses his distinctive humor to give voice to fears and hopes when a faith community engages in questions around sexuality and same-sex relationships. It’s about a father’s journey, a church’s struggle and a search for commonality. Learn more about the play and join the conversation at listeningforgrace.com.
Online Book Study on The United Methodist Deacon
Deacons, diaconal ministers, deaconesses, home missioners, and any leaders with a deacon’s heart are invited to participate in a long-term, communal learning experience and discussion about what it means to be a deacon in the United Methodist tradition. This group will be working and discussing a seven-part study of Dr. Margaret Ann Crain’s “The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice.” There will be an online conversation through text chat of one book chapter per session, and the group will have the ability to share thoughts and conversation in a forum or blog-style chat between meetings. Study and discussion will culminate in a physical gathering to hear Dr. Crain speak in person. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn, discover, and discern together what it means (and what it will mean) to be a deacon. To participate, register through the Conference Moodle site.
Be the Bridge (and Mind the Gaps) Retreat
Be the Bridge (and Mind the Gaps) Retreat will be led by Dr. Margaret Ann Crain and held at the Bergland Retreat Center at Camp Rockfish, March 13-14, 2015. The retreat is sponsored by the NCC Order of Deacons and is open to all candidates for ordination as a deacon, provisional deacons, ordained deacons, deaconesses, diaconal ministers and home missioners in the NC Conference. To register, download and mail in the registration form PDF.
Pilgrimage: Sat. Chick-fil-A Lunch Option & Early Registration Deadline
Want Chick-fil-A to have your Saturday lunch ready and waiting for you at the Crown Center? Purchase group lunches from Chick-fil-A and it will be waiting for after the Saturday morning session, prior to your lunch break. Orders must be placed and payments must be received by Saturday, Nov. 1. The meal price is $9 each and includes a Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich, Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Chips and a Chick-fil-A Chocolate Chunk Cookie. The meal does not include a drink. Get the order form on the Pilgrimage website.
Online early group registration is $25 per person (including adult leaders) and must be paid online by credit card via the website or mailed in postmarked, both by Oct. 24. Late registration is $30 per person.
Stop Hunger Now 2014 Registration is almost full. Sessions 1, 2, and 4 are full. There are 20 slots left in Session 3 (2:30-3:30). Register now.
Imagine what $10 could do to help fight malaria in Africa. $10 can save a life by providing 2 full rounds of malaria treatment. Think about it: 4,500 people at Pilgrimage x $10 = $45,000. We challenge everyone to set aside $10 to donate to Imagine No Malaria during Sunday Morning worship.
T-shirts sell out fast, so place a hold on shirts for your youth group. Hold orders not purchased on Friday evening will be placed on the sales table Saturday morning.
InterAct’s Circle of Faith
Join other faith leaders at InterAct’s Circle of Faith who have created an environment within their faith communities that allows for open dialogue and communication about domestic and sexual violence. 1 in 3 women experiences domestic or sexual violence at some point in her life. On Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 8-9:30 a.m., learn more about how InterAct is saving lives, rebuilding lives and securing safer futures through three innovative programs: The Lethality Assessment Program, Efiling of Domestic Violence Protective Orders and the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. The meeting will be held at InterAct’s Family Safety and Empowerment Center at 1012 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh. Invite a guest and register by Monday, Oct. 27 by emailing email@example.com or calling 919-863-9682.
Blankets & Socks Needed
Winter is approaching and with it, comes the opportunity to take care of the homeless population. Marcharkelti McKenzie, a Global Mission Fellow, from the NC Conference now serving in Alabama, is requesting help. In Mobile County, the number of homeless people and families increased by 55.8 percent in 2011. In the next three months, they would like to receive 3,000 blankets and packs of socks for the homeless population. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals or fellowship groups to help by sending blankets and socks to 6215 Overlook Rd, Mobile, AL 36618 by Jan. 31, 2015. For more information, contact McKenzie at 910-373-7913 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sound District: Commemorate 150 Years at AME Zion Church
The United Methodist Church has been invited to celebrate with our brothers and sisters of the AME Zion Church as they commemorate 150 years on Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. at Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church in New Bern. The celebration will begin with a Morning Glory service followed by a parade. Please share this wonderful opportunity with your congregations and come celebrate.