Websites related to the Clergy Health Initiative
Following are websites related to the Clergy Health Initiative. They were presented during the Bishop’s Day Apart on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Clergy may want to explore each website for a better understanding of the health initiative:
Registration deadline extended for Christian Educators’ Retreat
The registration deadline for the CEF retreat has been extended to Sept. 30. The 24-hour event, based on the theme, “Let’s Explore: Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” will be led by Belton Joyner on Oct. 12-13 at Camp Agape near Fuquay-Varina. It will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday and end by 3 p.m. on Tuesday. For a more information and a registration form, go to https://nccumc.org/christian-education
Gatherings for Local Pastors and Associate Members coming soon
The Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members has planned informative meetings of encouragement and fellowship with Bishop Al Gwinn. These will be times to have questions answered concerning ministry, and a time of sharing with each other. Bishop Gwinn will hold three meetings: Oct. 17- Roseboro UMC (Fayetteville District); Oct. 31 – Newland UMC (Elizabeth City District); and Nov. 21 – Stonewall UMC (New Bern District). Meetings begin at 10 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m., with a break for refreshments. For additional information, contact Margaret Hockett at email@example.com or 910-791-4092.
Workshop on Effective Small Membership Ministry
Hinton Rural Life Center is hosting the workshop, “The Small Membership Church: Keys to Effective Ministry” featuring Ron and Bonnie Crandall and the yet-to-be named executive secretary of Rural/Urban Networks of GBGM. This event will be Feb. 22-24, 2010. The registration fee for the three-day event is $125 plus room and board. To see a brochure, go to http://www.hintoncenter.org/Keys_Workshop_Brochure.pdf.
Dad’s, Lad’s, and Gal’s –October 2-4
Camp Rockfish is offering a weekend for dads and children to spend quality time together. This weekend provides opportunities for hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, paddle boating, and enjoying evening campfires. Qualified staff will be available to supervise and assist in activities with plenty of free time between scheduled activities. Lodging can be arranged in cabins, treehouses, or yurts, and sites will be available for personal tents or trailers. The cost is $90.00 per family of three, plus $25 for each additional child. For more information call 910-425-3529 or email: info@RockfishOutdoorCenter.org
North Carolina Episcopal-United Methodist Dialogue continues Oct. 19
The next gathering of the North Carolina Episcopal-United Methodist Dialogue will be at Mt. Pleasant UMC near Greensboro at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19. At 7 p.m., Episcopal and United Methodist bishops will lead a service of reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant. Congregations within driving distance of Greensboro may wish to invite their members to be a part of this significant joint service. Persons attending the afternoon session and planning to remain for the evening service can reserve a snack supper by sending a check for $5.00 made payable to “North Carolina Conference,” to the attention of LeeAnne Thornton, P. O. Box 10955, Raleigh, North Carolina 27605. Mt. Pleasant UMC is off I-85 at exit 132. If you have questions, contact Patricia Page: firstname.lastname@example.org or Belton Joyner email@example.com.
Family Fun Days at amusement parks
The NC Conference United Methodist Family Fun Days at Kings Dominion and Carowinds have been extended to the weekends of October. Discount tickets are available to NC Conference UM church groups at a significant savings from the regular price. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kingsdominion.com or www.carowinds.com – select “tickets” then “corporate partner” and the company ID is “fallmfd.” For all tickets redeemed at the parks, a contribution is made to the Conference Youth Service Fund.
Finding Jesus on Facebook
The Conference Safe Sanctuaries Committee is offering a workshop this fall for leaders in local church children and youth ministries addressing issues of cybersafety and ministry. Those who attend the workshop will be given resources to use and share in their local church with parents and other leaders in ministries among children and youth. Each workshop will be held on a Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. There is no cost to attend, however, persons planning to attend should pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 800-849-4433 x252 with the workshop planning to attend and the number of persons and the name of the church. The workshop will be held on the following dates: Oct. 17 at Jarvis Memorial UMC-Greenville, Nov. 7 at Haymount UMC-Fayetteville and Nov. 21 at Soapstone UMC-Raleigh. A flyer with more information about this workshop is available at www.nccumc.org/children/safe-sanctuaries/.
E-mail listservs have been set up for individuals involved in children, youth and safe sanctuaries ministries. To receive information and resources for these areas of ministry by e-mail, individuals can register their email address as follows:
Children’s ministry: http://listserv.nccumc.org/mailman/listinfo/childmincoordinators
Youth Ministry: http://listserv.nccumc.org/mailman/listinfo/youthcoordinators
Safe Sanctuaries: http://listserv.nccumc.org/mailman/listinfo/safesanctuaries
(Please note: Conference Director of Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries Sue Ellen Nicholson recently lost her e-mail address book in a transfer to a new computer so these listservs are the only way leaders (lay and clergy) in local churches can or will receive information related to these areas of ministry).
NC Conference Mission Seed Fund information and application
For those interested in applying for 2010 Mission Seed Funds, an information and training session is scheduled for Sept. 29 at Millbrook UMC (Raleigh), from 7- 8:30 p.m. Though attendance is not mandatory for applying for funds, attendees will receive an overview for 2010 Seed Fund parameters, and will receive bonus points toward funding consideration.
Please RSVP the Office of Mission and Justice ministries, 800-849-4433 ext 256 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcoming the Stranger – Refugee Support and Resettlement Seminar
Trinity UMC, in New Bern, is hosting “Welcoming the Stranger,” a Refugee Resettlement Seminar from 9-11 a.m. on Sept. 26. This gathering will provide an opportunity to hear the stories of those who have had to flee their country, live in refugee camps, and learn to live in the US. Participants will also hear the story of a small rural church that has been transformed by their work with refugees. There is no cost for this event but pre-registration is required by Sept. 20. Call 252-638-2248 or e-mail email@example.com if there are questions.
Feasting With God: a Peace with Justice Retreat
Feasting With God: A Peace with Justice Retreat will be held at Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center in Efland Sept. 26- 27. Participants will explore what it might mean to eat in a manner pleasing to God. Weekend activities include shopping for, cooking, and preserving fresh, local foods with the help of local chefs; celebration and thanksgiving for the season’s harvest; film, discussion groups, worship…and of course, eating healthy, delicious food! The retreat begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 and ends at 1 p.m. Sept. 27.
The registration fee is $55 (includes meals, lodging, and workshop materials). Financial assistance is available. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Contact Chris Burtner firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-338-2820
Registration Open for Financial/Retirement seminar
Register now for the upcoming Financial and Retirement Planning Seminar in the fall. The Middle Years Seminar (recommended for clergy with more than five years of ministry and more than 10 years away from retirement) is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, at Garner UMC in Garner. The topics addressed at this seminar will help prepare clergy for a lifetime of effective ministry. Registration deadline is Oct. 8. Visit the https://nccumc.org/treasurer/pensions/ or contact JoAnna Cafferty in the Treasurer’s Office at 1-800-849-4433 x 225 to obtain a brochure/ registration form. For general pension benefit information, refer to the https://nccumc.org/treasurer/files/MidYrs-Brochure.pdf which was included in this month’s pension billing.
CPI application deadline approaching
Comprehensive Plan of Inclusiveness grant applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on Sept. 30 (if hand-delivered) or postmarked no later than Sept. 30. No faxed applications will be considered and all must have the appropriate signatures. Applications are available at CPI Grant Information. New and innovative ministries will get strong consideration. For further information call Lawrence E. Johnson in the Multicultural office (919-832-9560).
Convocation & Pastors’ School at Duke Divinity School
This year’s Convocation and Pastors’ School event, Oct. 5-7, is titled “The Next Generation: Engaging the Christian Faith in a Global Context.” Learn more about this event, which is generously supported by The Duke Endowment, and register at Duke Convocation.
Managing Conflict, sponsored by the Academy for Leadership Excellence, Sept. 22 at Haymount UMC in Fayetteville.
International Day of Prayer for Peace Sept. 21 http://www.idpvigil.com
EXPLORATION 2009 registration by Sept. 30.
World Communion Sunday is Oct. 4
Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 5-11
National Day of Prayer is Tuesday, Oct. 6
World Mental Health Day is Oct. 10
Websites related to the Clergy Health Initiative