Mission Seed grant applications due November 1
Mission Seed Funds are designed to facilitate and encourage United Methodist congregations of the NC Conference in risk-taking ministry and radical hospitality. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Outreach by Nov. 1. For criteria, an application form, and additional information, go to Seed Funds.
One-Day Alpha Training – November 13
There will be an Alpha training Saturday, Nov.13, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m at Woodhaven Baptist Church in Apex (for directions, go to Woodhaven). Presenters for this training will be Jenny Noyes, Alpha Southeast Director and the Rev. Jonathan Jeffries, pastor at Creedmoor UMC. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $25 for pre-registered persons and $35 for walk-ins. At this conference, you will learn how the Alpha Course works, how to lead an Alpha small group, tips on pastoral care, attracting guests, prayer, worship, the weekend away, and more. Go to Alpha Training.
2011 Mission and Service booklets are available
The NC Conference printed publication, “2011 Mission and Service Commitments,” is now available in the district offices and the conference office, or it can be downloaded and printed from Publications.
Funds needed for construction in Haiti
Funds are still being received to purchase building supplies for the new construction at the Ryan Epps Home for Children in Haiti. Bishop Gwinn and the Conference Cabinet will travel to Haiti in November to construct the next phase at the REHC. They will use materials purchased from funds contributed by conference churches and local church members. Each Cabinet member will pay their own expenses and 100% of the raised funds will be used in the construction. Read more.
Consider a partnership in mission in Liberia
The North Carolina Conference Mission Team, made of representation from every district, extends an invitation to be part of the Love for Liberia ministry team. This is a two-year partnering with Liberian United Methodist churches, schools, medical missions, missionaries, pastors, and other brothers and sisters. Read more.
Countdown to Pilgrimage 2011
Pilgrimage, from its inception 15 years ago, has been awe-inspiring. Young people delight in the discovery that they are among friends, lots of them, in their Christian walk. When the arena is full, the sound of praise is strong and moving, the band rocks, the students jump and the whole scene is one of vibrant worship. The celebration of Communion is likely the largest gathering any of the students has ever seen receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus. It leaves a lasting impression of the wideness of God’s mercy and the scope of His embrace. The experience of Pilgrimage is its strongest value. It’s coming soon – Nov. 12 – 14, at the Crown Coliseum, in Fayetteville. Go to Pilgrimage and register.
North Carolina counties trying to recover from floods
Storm-related flooding and other damage occurred in several areas of the North Carolina Conference in October. Work teams and funds are needed to repair the homes and restore damaged lives. Read more.
Faith and Tech Blog offers tips and ideas to enhance ministry
The Communications Committee and the Information Technology Committee of the NC Conference have partnered to provide clergy and laity of the Conference with the new Faith and Tech blog, designed to help church leaders and employees be more comfortable with new technology. The focus is particularly on tools that are free and easy to use. Contributors come from conference committees and others with technology expertise. Please subscribe and feel free to contribute by commenting in the blog. New articles will be posted on Mondays and Thursdays.