Many opportunities available in conference for volunteers
While the need for volunteers remains high in the areas devastated by Hurricane Irene, an appeal has been issued for skilled laborers in rebuilding efforts in the Sanford District and other areas. Work in areas where tornadoes left destruction in April have moved into the rebuilding stage. “We can place anyone who wants to volunteer in mucking out houses, removing downed trees and other debris removal in areas where Hurricane Irene left destruction and in rebuilding in other areas where the clean-up work has been completed,” said Bud Budzinski, chair of the Conference Disaster Response Committee. Volunteers are asked to call Ann Huffman in the Conference Call Center for opportunities to be examples of the hands and feet of Christ in areas across the conference. Call 1- 888-440-9167 to volunteer. Financial donations are also needed and can be made online at the conference website, https://www.nccumc.org/.
Amazing Pace Walking Program moving forward
Last month, the Amazing Pace Walking program was tripped up by unforeseeable circumstances, resulting in the inability to upload the pedometers to the website. Now the walking program is about to take a leap back on track helping participants move forward with healthy living goals! For details about the next steps for this program, visit the Insurance webpage.
Banquet to celebrate the ministry of DISCIPLE Bible Outreach
On Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5 – 8 p.m., the Cross and Key Banquet for Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries will be held at Edenton Street UMC. The evening will include a nice dinner, a presentation by Christian speaker and comedian, the Rev. Andy Lambert, and a live auction to support the DBOM ministry. The Cross and Key Award for outstanding volunteer service will also be presented. Reservations may be made online on the DBOM website at the following link: Cross and Key.
Meeting to discuss transition of Goldsboro property
A second Town Hall meeting to address the transition of ownership, operation, and management of the warehouses and property at 676 Community Drive, Goldsboro (formerly known as MERCI) will be held at the facility from 10 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, Sept. 24. The meeting may last longer, depending on input, questions and discussion from those attending the meeting. The property will be deeded to a separate non-profit corporation created out of NCC United Methodist Men. An earlier Town Hall meeting was held on Aug. 20. The second meeting is in response to concerns voiced that the first meeting date was not widely known. The meeting is open to anyone who may have input about the transition or are interested in hearing details about the transition. Leaders of the transition group have said the UMM intend to keep disaster response as one operational element at the facility and are pursuing any and all ventures so activity at the facility can be expanded to make disciples throughout the conference.
Opening for a Director of Planned Giving at UM Foundation
The United Methodist Foundation, Inc. is seeking a Director of Planned Giving for its Garner, NC office. This position is a full-time exempt position that reports directly to the UMF Executive Director. The Director of Planned Giving responsibilities include, but are not limited to, increasing permanent gifts and managed assets of the United Methodist Foundation and, ultimately, the local church; promoting endowment and planned giving within the local church; educating clergy and lay leadership of the local church and the Conference on special gift planning; and, providing gift planning consultation and endowment education for prospective donors, donor couples and families. A full job description can be found at https://nccumc.org/employment/. To apply for this position, please submit resume and cover letter via email to email@example.com. Resumes will be accepted through Oct. 15.
Registrations needed for Safe Sanctuary training events
Every pastor under appointment in the NC Conference is expected to attend one of four Safe Sanctuary training workshops. Please register for one of the following: Oct. 3, at Haymount UMC (FA); Oct. 17, at Covenant UMC (GR); Oct. 31 at the Methodist Building (RA). A make-up session is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, at Millbrook UMC. Each session begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at noon. Snacks will be provided, but no meals. To register for one of these events, go to Safe Sanctuary.
Conference offering church treasurer/finance training
Local church treasurer and finance committee training will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the United Methodist Building in Garner. Local church finance basics will be covered as well as updates from recent legislative changes. Local church treasurers, finance committee members and pastors are encouraged to attend. Seats are limited so registration is required. There will be a $10 registration fee charged to help offset the cost of training materials and lunch. To register, please contact the Conference Treasurer’s Office at 800-849-4433 or: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next clergy lunch on immigration scheduled for Oct. 8
The NC Council of Churches is continuing the statewide series of “Clergy Lunches” on immigration. These events are geared towards busy religious professionals and faith leaders, and provide an overview of immigration issues in the context of a great networking event and free lunch. To date, over 500 NC clergy and faith leaders have participated in this series. The next event will be Saturday, Oct. 8 from 12-1:30 p.m. at Shaw Divinity School in Raleigh. To help the facilitators make appropriate lunch arrangements, please register at Immigration lunch.