December 11, 2013
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Bishop Marcus Matthews has issued a statement following the death of former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Read the full statement here.
The Baltimore-Washington Conference prayer line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 800-936-6893. Sponsored by the United Methodist Men of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
Obituaries of clergy and clergy spouses may be found on the conference website.
LATEST NEWS AND INFORMATION
The Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation will host “Not Your Parent’s Offering Plate,” with special guest speaker and author, Clif Christopher, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at Glen Mar UMC in Ellicott City. Cost is $50 and includes lunch, all materials, and a book; 0.5 CEU credits are available as well. During the training, small group discussions and plenary sessions will lead to the development of stewardship action plans. Seating is strictly limited to 200 people. For more information, visit www.maumflegacy.org.
Advent, Dec. 1-24, resources are available. Advent wreath lighting and sermons from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship and resources for drawing and welcoming visitors to Advent and Christmas services from United Methodist Communications. . . . . . . . ..
Second Mondays Lecture: All are invited to December’s “Second Monday” lecture at Wesley Seminary, Dec. 9 at 7:30 a.m. Light breakfast included. Continuing the theme of exploring complex questions, this month’s question will be “Does God change?” Leading the conversation will be Paul Cho, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible. RSVP for the December lecture by email or at (202) 885-8630 National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims: One year, and 30,000+ more senseless, tragic deaths since the 26 children and teachers perished at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a national vigil will be held at the Washington National Cathedral, Dec. 12, 3:30 – 5 p.m. The vigil is sponsored by the cathedral, the Newtown Foundation and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence. The cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, in Washington. There is ample parking. The event is free, but the organizers would like an RSVP to reserve a seat. Go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-vigil-for-all-victims-of-gun-violence-tickets-9439677329.
The Black Methodists for Church Renewal will hold its annual meeting, “Soul CHRISTmas Celebration,” Friday, Dec. 13, 6-9 p.m., at Queen’s Chapel UMC, 7410 Old Muirkirk Road in Beltsville. Pastor Rudy Rasmus, author and humanitarian from St. John’s UMC in Houston, will be the keynote speaker. This event is the opening of the Northeastern Jurisdiction 2013 BMCR annual meeting, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 14. For registrations, contact Darlynn McCrae, firstname.lastname@example.org 443-254-2083. For information, contact the coordinator, Rev. Dred Scott, 443-629-8772 or email@example.com.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, will be a one-year anniversary observance in Baltimore of the Newtown tragedy. Join Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and members of the community to honor and remember the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School, as well as the thousands of Americans lost to gun violence every year. The short program will culminate ina bell-ringing to remember the victims. Gather at 9 a.m. on the front steps of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway in Baltimore. For information or to RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Observing anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre: The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has prepared a bulletin insert to assist congregations in conducting a worship observance of the anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., gun-violence tragedy that occurred Dec. 14, 2012, and took the lives of 26 children and adults. Congregations may want to use the bulletin inserts at services on Dec. 15. The bulletin insert lists the names and ages of the victims and includes a prayer, and an excerpt from the United Methodist Resolution “Gun Violence” that states violence to children and youths is a primary concern for United Methodists.The bulletin insert is free and can be downloaded in .pdf format (Adobe Acrobat) from the GBCS website. To download the bulletin insert, you need to register online at Remembering Newtown’s Victims. Address of the download will be sent to you in the confirmation of your registering to use it. For more information, Bill Mefford can be contacted via email at email@example.com.
Leadership Day announced: The Central Maryland and Greater Washington districts will hold the 2014 Washington Region Leadership Day on the theme “Enthusiastic Leadership” Saturday, January 25, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Blake High School, 300 Norwood Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905. The training day will feature 30 workshops/tracks and compelling worship, led by D.S. Joe Daniels. Cost is $35 per person with group discounts for 12 or more. Daycare available at Ashton UMC, nearby. No walk-ins accepted. Registration ends Jan. 8. Space is limited. Be sure to register early. Go to http://www.bwcumc.org/leadershipdays2014/washingtonregion.
The Western Region Leadership Day will be held Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at Otterbein UMC, 108 E. Franklin St. in Hagerstown. Fourteen different classes will be available, including training for SPRC, trustees, stewardship, healing ministry, missions & Social concerns, finance committee, youth ministry and more. Registration is $20 electronically, $30 by paper. Deadline to register is Jan. 15. Go to www.bwcumc.org/leadershipdays2014/westregion.
New and improved 2014 Interpreter magazine free: Interpreter magazine is a practical (fresh resources), relevant (news and information) and inspirational (real people sharing their faith journey) publication for United Methodists. Each year UMCommunications publishes six issues of Interpreter, geared primarily for pastors and church leaders. Now it will be a magazine for all active United Methodists. Want to see the last September/October issue as an example? Click here. Sign up for your free digital subscription to Interpreter, enroll here. Additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org toll-free at 888-346-3862.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014, MAY 29-31
UPDATE - Church vans/busses needed for Annual Conference. In an effort to reduce the number of cars driving to (and parking at) Annual Conference next May in Baltimore, the Conference Arrangements Committee is looking for churches willing to lend their vans/busses to serve as shuttles between satellite parking and the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The vehicles would be needed on Thursday, May 29, to go from parking lot to hotel; and on Saturday, May 31, for moving people from the hotel to the parking lot. The Arrangements Committee’s Transportation Sub-Committee needs to know if your church can help. Interested? Contact the Rev. Gary Sieglein at email@example.com, or call 304-229-2351.
Wanted: volunteers to serve as Pages and Tellers at Annual Conference. You must be a member of the Conference to serve. Young adults are especially welcome. Contact Lillie Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Deadline: April 2014.
For more information on Annual Conference 2014, visit http://www.bwcumc.org/events/annual_conference_2014.
LOCAL CHURCH EVENTS
Montgomery UMC will present its fifth annual "Come To Bethlehem" drive-through on Saturday, Dec. 14 (inclement weather date is Dec. 15), between 5:30 and 9 p.m. The church's parking lot is transformed into scenes where over 90 church members are costumed in period clothing and joyfully reenact the Christmas story from the moment Gabriel comes to Mary until the Wise Men visit the Holy Family at the manger. Visitors do not leave their cars but drive by each scene as they interact with the people of Bethlehem and follow Mary and Joseph along their travels. Live animals, special lighting and music add to the realism of the tour. A searchlight beams over the event drawing curious local travelers to this one-night event.
SOSA Alternative Christmas cards: More than 45 million Americas suffer in poverty. This Christmas you can give them hope by the simple act of honoring your loved ones with a gift donation to feed the hungry to the Society of St. Andrew, which is taking orders for an Alternative Christmas Card. Each $12 is a gift donation, in honor of those to whom the cards are sen t, to the SoSA program and provides about 600 servings of fresh, nutritious food to America's hungry families. Details and Order Form. SOSA is a conference Advance Special.
Shop through the Lewis Center: As you shop at Amazon or Cokesbury this season, enter the shopping sites through the Lewis Center homepage, www.churchleadership.com and the Lewis Center will receive a portion of every purchase. No cost to you. Enter the shopping sites from the links whenever you make a purchase: Shop Amazon.com Shop Cokesbury.com
Perfect gift: a Cokesbury.com Gift Card or e-Gift Card. Card will be mailed to address you identify. $3.95 for 5-7-day shipping, M-F. Delivered by e-mail in one business day. Gift cards can be ordered and redeemed online 24/7 at www.Cokesbury.com or through the Customer Contact Center at 800-672-1789, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central time.
FOCUS ON YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS
Application for the 2014 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in social justice placements in the U.S. capital are open. Sponsored by the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) and the denomination's Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group, the EYA program is for young adults, ages 18-22, from United Methodist racial/ethnic minority caucuses and Central Conferences, who have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change. Interns participate in weekly devotions and topical seminars to supplement their daily work experience and will also visit GBCS’s United Nations office in New York City. The internship is May 29-Aug. 2. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 1. To learn more: http://umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action/2014-young-adult-summer-internship-deadlines.
ROCK will be held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Ocean City. Go to www.bwcumc.org/events/rock/rock-registration to register and for more information. 2014 ROCK Pricing Main Hall Upper Room. Price (Nov. 1-31) is $60/person; $50/person. Late Registration fees after Dec. 1. ROCK will be held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Ocean City. Go to www.bwcumc.org/events/rock/rock-registration to register and for more information. 2014 ROCK Pricing Main Hall Upper Room. Price is $60/person; $50/person. Late Registration fees after Dec. 1.
Plan now to attend the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Leadership Training Seminar, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Conference Mission Center. Paul “Nick” Nicholas, coordinator for the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission for the Northeastern Jurisdiction, will be the trainer. The training will start at 9:30 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m. Online registration will open in early November; cost will be $15. Contact BWC VIM Coordinator, Dennis Schulze, email@example.com, (443) 324-7861, or Nancy McCarthy with registration questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 12th Young Clergy Leadership Forum, sponsored by the General Board of Church & Society, will be Jan. 26-29, at its headquarters in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill. GBCS will host 75 participants, age 35 or younger. BWC is encouraged to send two young clergy: Elders or Deacons, provisional or ordained. Registration deadline is Jan. 10. Registration fee of $175 per participant covers room, meals and program expenses while in Washington, D.C. Those who register by Dec. 25 can save $50 on the fee. Register online at Young Clergy Leadership Forum.For more information, contact the Rev. Clayton Childers, director of Conference Relations at 202-488-5642 or email@example.com
The 2014 United Methodist Large Church Initiative, designed to serve churches with 1,000 or more members and/or with an average attendance of 350 or more in worship, will convene April 28-30, 2014, at Mt. Pisgah UMC in John’s Creek, GA. To learn more and register, go to http://www.lci2014.
The Lewis Center on Church Leadership is offering an enhanced version of “Keeping Our Sacred Trust,” an online course on preventing sexual abuse and clergy misconduct in the church. The cost is $49 and includes .5 CEU. Individuals may enroll online or judicatories may set up group enrollment. Learn more at www.keepingoursacredtrust.org or contact Joe Arnold at 202-885-8560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 19th quadrennial Assembly of United Methodist Women will be held April 25-27, 2014, at the Kentucky Convention Center in Louisville, under the theme, "Make It Happen." A video invitation, suitable to use in your UMW circle or meeting, is available at www.Assembly2014.org. For more information, call 212-870-3849, or e-mail email@example.com.
Wesley Pilgrimage in England - The General Boards of Discipleship and Higher Education & Ministry are offering United Methodist clergy and lay leaders an opportunity to “immerse yourself in the Christ-centered leadership of John and Charles Wesley” next summer, July 14-24, 2014. Watch the video for information and inspiration.
Teams still needed for Sandy relief: Volunteers needed for Sandy relief: United Methodists are continuing to contribute both money and volunteer time to the denomination’s relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Long-term recovery volunteer teams for Sandy can now register for work through the New York Conference: five sites open; and Greater New Jersey Conference: nine sites open. Register online. Other opportunities are also available. To learn more: Read story and post comment.
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