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Shine Light in GNJ This Christmas 

Watch as a GNJ artist creates a project with lights symbolizing the many families and lives that have been changed thanks to GNJ's mission arm, A Future With Hope, which has rebuilt 250 Sandy damaged houses since 2012. Today, there are an estimated 4,000 families fighting to get back in their homes. This Christmas, there's still light to shine. Click here to volunteer or here to donate.

Registration Now Open for January 11th Clergy Gathering 

There is a mandatory clergy meeting on Jan. 11, 2017 at Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The meeting is open to all clergy but mandatory for clergy in or expecting to be appointed to a congregation, both part and full-time. Click here for more details. Those who have a scheduling conflict that cannot be resolved can attend a makeup date of Feb. 25, 2017 at the Mission and Resource Center in Neptune. Click here to register. Everyone planning to attend is required to register. 
"Tending institutional soul requires nurturing organizational effectiveness and spiritual wholeness as one" - Susan Beaumont 

The Gift of Convocation 

With Christmas only 3 days away, consider purchasing your pastor a registration to the 2017 Bishop's Clergy Convocation, held Jan. 23-25, 2017 at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch. Convocation will feature plenary and small group sessions led by Susan Beaumont and a special presentation by The Music Paradigm. Your pastor will experience life-changing renewal, learning, and fellowship. Click here to find out more. Register before Dec. 30 to avoid late registration fees. No on-site registrations will be accepted. 


Pray Our Way Forward: Phase II

Bishop Schol invites all United Methodists in GNJ to join him in Praying our Way Forward, the Council of Bishops' prayer initiative which will take place from Jan. 1, 2017 - Spring, 2018. Each conference is registered for a week of prayer and GNJ has been assigned the week of Jan. 29, 2017. Click here to register your commitment to prayer as an individual or a congregation. More info and resources for organizing prayer groups within your congregation will be made available after Dec. 15. 

Share Your Hopes for A Way Forward 

All laity and clergy from GNJ are invited into a deeper conversation to develop hopes and aspirations for the future of The United Methodist Church and send them to the Commission on the Way Forward. The gathering called Graceful Controversies will be held on March 4, 2017 for GNJ members to identify how to see the church move forward. All church members and clergy are welcome to participate. For more info and resources, click here.  Registration opens Feb. 10. 

Save The Date for 'Outbound' 

March 25, 2017, Paul Nixon, author of "Weird Church" will be the keynote speaker at OUTBOUND, A Day of Evangelism. This conference focusing on making disciples, is being sponsored by the Northern Regional Team and will feature workshops by prominent evangelists using innovative new ways to reach into the community. Click here for more info. 


IGNITE Leaders Day 

Calling all young adults and youth leaders! An IGNITE Leaders Day will be held Feb. 11, 2017 at Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Preston Centuolo, Kenda Creasy Dean, and GNJ local church leaders will be presenting. $15 includes lunch and resource materials. Click here for more info. 

State and National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 

The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking will host an educational awareness event for State and National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Jan. 11, 2017, at Hope UMC in Voorhees Township. Registration and refreshments are free. Click here for more info and to sign up. 

Join Other Pastors in Being Better Pastors 

Do you feel frustrated? Do you feel alone? Do you feel like you're reinventing the wheel every single week? Well you don't have to. Join a PaCE Group! PaCE Groups are peer-learning groups designed to help pastors be better pastors with other pastors. Click the video above or here for an overview. Registration is now open. Unlock your imagination and sign up now! Deadline: Jan. 15, 2017

GNJ Announcements

2016 Statistical Reports 

2016 Statistical Reports open Jan. 1, 2017. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2017 and the report can be accessed here. Please use username 3360_ _ _ _ (4-digit church number). Password: gnjchurch16. You will be asked to change your password when you log in for the first time. Please keep the username and password available for all users. If you have questions or need help, call your Regional Administrative Assistant or Accounting Supervisor, Danielle Andrews at the Mission and Resource Center at (732)359-1000


2016 Workers' Compensation Payroll Audit Forms 

Look for the customized 2016 Workers' Compensation Payroll Audit Forms which were mailed to every church on Dec. 1 by Church Mutual. The audit covers 2016 payroll for both church and church-controlled nursery school workers. Completed audits are due Jan. 15, 2017 and are to be sent directly to Church Mutual. Click here for important details and contact information. 

Church History Award Nominations 

The GNJ Commission on Archives and History is now taking nominations for its three awards: The Robert B. Steelman Methodist History Award for best overall church history, Ethnicity History Award for a non-English speaking, culturally diverse or native congregation, and a Digital Church History Award. All histories must be submitted by Jan. 6, 2017. Click here for more info. Need resources from GNJ archival holdings? Contact Walt Jones. Submissions must be sent digitally or by mail to Mark Shenise, GCAH, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, NJ 07940. 


Can Group Purchasing Help Your Church? 

GNJ's Committee on Finance and Administration is exploring group purchasing for local churches. Click here to fill out their brief survey to help them set priorities. 

Education Society Scholarships 

Are you pursuing an education in ministry? The Education Society of The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey offers scholarships and loans for those agreeing to serve at least five years as a member of GNJ. Application process begins next month. For more info, email Jo D. Malessa or call (856)786-0293. 

Calling All Writers and Photographers 

Are you interested in writing for The Relay or serving as a staff photographer? GNJ seeks freelance contributors to be a part of the newspaper in 2017. This is a unique opportunity for young adults, college students, or just writers who want to explore what's happening in GNJ and get their work published. Your byline is waiting! Click here to email a resume and writing/photo sample


GNJ Career Opportunities

Now accepting applications for the senior leadership position of the United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of GNJ to raise funds to expand our vision and our reach to transform lives, communities and the world. Find out more and apply here. GNJ is also seeking to fill the position of Administrative Assistant for the Regional Manager. Find out more and apply here.

United Methodists throughout GNJ are working toward the goal of $12 million to help rebuild homes, save lives and inspire local church mission. Learn how you and your congregation can join the campaign.

Study Suggests New Approach to Combat Malaria 

Disruption of hormone signaling in mosquitoes may reduce their ability to transmit the parasite that causes malaria, according to a new study. The findings suggest a potential new approach to combat the spread of the disease. Click here to read more. 

Strategic Partnerships

The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater Mew Jersey serves the financial and investment needs of Greater New Jersey, its local churches and its agencies

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

John Wesley held the fundamental belief of social justice that is now the cornerstone of United Methodists worldwide. This philosophy extends to investing our funds for the betterment of the world and not investing in corporations, whose activities run counter to our social principles. Click here to read the General Church's statement on Investment Ethics. 

Wespath Ethical Exclusions 

Based on the Church's statements on SRI has developed a list of excluded companies, which is reviewed and updated monthly. In general, Wespath excludes investments in companies earning significant revenues (10+%) from gambling or from the manufacture, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages, tobacco-related products, pornography, weapons, or the management or operation of prison facilities. Click here to download a list of the currently excluded companies. 


CUMAC is dedicated to feeding people and changing lives, working to alleviate hunger and its root causes in Paterson, NJ 


Employment Opportunities 

CUMAC seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization through a critical transition, deepening and expanding its commitment to Paterson, NJ. The Executive Director will provide leadership and direction for all aspects of the organization. To view the full position description and find information on how to apply, please click here. Additionally, CUMAC seeks a Program Director to join their staff to critically analyze and evaluate programs to ensure success in achieving objectives and goals. Click here for more information. A full-time Driver and Warehouse Assistant are also being sought. Click here to learn more and apply. 

Compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life

UM Communities Seeks Your Input 

United Methodist Communities is looking for your input as they continually work to strengthen their relationship with laity and clergy leaders in our churches. Bishop Schol encourages GNJ clergy and laity to please take a few moments to complete a brief survey so they can build on collaborating with GNJ congregations and clergy. Click here to take part in the brief survey.

From all of us at the Mission and Resource Center, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. We're grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your ministries. This will be our last Digest of 2016. We will resume publication on Jan. 4, 2017. May God bless you and your friends and families in celebration of Christ's birth. 

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