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Team Vital Para Congregaciones en Español
Todas las congregaciones hispanas/latinas en GNJ que hablan español son invitadas a participar en el Team Vital, que se llevará a cabo por primera vez en español en la primavera de 2018. Este recurso crucial estará disponible enteramente en español sin necesidad de traducción. Haga clic aquí para registrarse.

Team Vital for Spanish Speaking Congregations 
All Hispanic / Latino congregations in GNJ are invited to participate in Team Vital, which will take place for the first time in Spanish in the Spring of 2018. This crucial resource will be made available entirely in Spanish with no need for translation. Click here to register. 

Questions about Team Vital or how to register? Contact Director of Small Groups, Gina Yeske. 


Registration Open at an Unbeatable Price!

On Feb. 10, 2018 at Monmouth Grace UMC in Eatontown, youth leaders, young adults, and those invested in the next generation are invited to learn how to create space in our churches and gatherings for students to lead and what emerging 21st century leadership looks like. Registration is now open until Feb. 1 at just $5 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets will be $30 for all for walk-ins on the day of. Click here to register and here to learn about the event speakers. 

NJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries

Search Begins for Camping & Retreats Director 

A search has been launched for a New Director of Camps & Retreats as part of the implementation of Next Gen ministries strategic plan. The Director provides vision and direction to staff and volunteers, leading them to be increasingly effective in providing world-class camps, conferences and retreats experiences in alignment with the NextGen strategic priorities and goals. Cassandra Ferrigno, current interim director, will be moving to the position of Director of Operations. Click here for a detailed job description and to learn more about Next Gen ministries. 

Share Ideas, Unlock Imagination - Register Now  
Join other clergy for a monthly gathering and create a purposeful and trusting environment to build relationships, share ideas, engage in conversation and unlock the imagination. Click here to read a PaCE overview and here to explore the 2018 groups. 

Videos, Graphics, Resources Now Available 

More resources have been uploaded to the Water & Roots Baptism site. Click here for worship series videos and access to all the Water & Roots program has to offer. 

Share Your Baptism Photos and Stories 

Has your church scheduled a baptism? We're collecting stories, photos and video footage to share the power of baptism. Email your materials to Josh Kinney. 


Advent: An Urgency to Act 

God gives us many gifts, urgency is one of them and innovation is another. When the two come together, they produce action. Stewardship Director Jana Purkis-Brash explains and shares a personal testimony in the latest Connection Blog. Click here to read.

Stories of Mission and Hope at Camp YDP 

Camp YDP Executive Director Bria Pierre shares about the organization's vision for developing the youth of Paterson, NJ. Click here to watch.

NEJ Immigration Task Force Meets at the MRC 

The Northeastern Jurisdiction's Immigration Task Force held a gathering at the Mission and Resource Center last week to share challenges and strategies. Click here to learn more.

Early Response Team Training Sessions in 2018

Several Early Response Team (ERT) Training sessions for disaster response will be held in January, March, and April of 2018. Click here for event details, dates, and further info. Click here to learn more about GNJ's disaster relief efforts.
Submit Your Church's History 
The Commission on Archives and History has announced this year's Local Church History contest. Click here to learn more. The deadline for submitting a local church history is Jan. 18, 2018. 

Registration Open for Local Pastors Licensing School 

2018 Local Pastors Licensing school dates are Feb. 16-17, April 6-7, May 11-12, June 22-23. All meetings will be held at The Mission and Resource Center. Click here for details and to register. 



Drew University Lowers Tuition by 20% 

Drew University will lower its tuition by 20% next year, making a Drew education more accessible. Learn more about this innovative decision by the Board of Trustees, Drew's roots as a Methodist seminary and additional benefits for Methodist students here.

GNJ Announcements 

2019-2023 Strategic Planning Update 

The first draft of the strategic plan commissioned by the 2017 Annual Conference Session will be posted online for review on Jan. 5, 2018.  As part of the process, the committee is asking for feedback and comments. All United Methodists in Greater New Jersey are invited to participate in an online survey (available Jan. 5) and/or participate in an in person feedback session. Three feedback sessions are being held in January. Click here for dates and locations.

Lay Ministry Recognition 2018 

To nominate a person or group in your church for Lay Ministry Recognition to honor their creativity and innovation in transforming lives and making disciples of Jesus Christ, please click here to submit before March 4. Laity will be recognized on April 28 at the Mission and Resource Center. 

Active Shooter, Church Security & Safety Committee Info

Church Mutual recommends these resources to help plan and increase security at churches. These range from simple steps every church should take to in-depth plans to respond to an active shooter.

2017 Workers' Compensation Payroll Audit Forms 

Be on the lookout for the Customized 2017 Workers' Compensation Payroll Audit Forms which were mailed to every church on Dec. 1 by Church Mutual. Completed audits are due Jan. 15, 2018 and are to be sent directly to Church Mutual. Questions? Call Becky Meyer at the Church Mutual Premium Audit Unit at 800.554.2642, option 4, extension 4697. Questions regarding housing should be directed to Veronika Varga, Administrative Assistant at 732.359.1036. 

Executive Assistant and Other Job Opportunities 

Are you a church administrator or leader looking for your next step? Do you have the relational ability to motivate, event plan, and manage tasks, schedules, and staff? The Connectional Ministries Team is seeking an Executive Assistant to do just that. Click here for a full job description. Click here to view several job opportunities at various churches throughout GNJ. 

UMC News, Events, Info
Advent Social Media Graphics 
If you need some help bringing inspiring images into your social media posts this Advent, look no further. Two sets of images are available, and both feature engaging weekly graphics expressing hope, love, joy and peace. Click here. It's also not too late to promote your church's Christmas event. Click here to find out how. 
Register for Radical Hospitality Webinar 
Is your church looking for ways to reach more people across lines of race, age and class? Are you looking for new ideas and concepts to build a more just and equitable community? Join the Committee on Religion and Race and the United Methodist Church 4 All People for a series of 4 webinars. Click here for info and to register. 
Support Human Relations Day, Jan. 14 
On Jan. 14, 2018, United Methodists will celebrate God’s call to empower those struggling to thrive and equip change agents and others to transform the world. To make it easy to celebrate this Special Sunday, download resources from the Human Relations Day leader and pastor’s kit 
2018 U.M. Army Mission Weeks Announced 
Looking for a local Methodist mission opportunity for your youth group? United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth (U.M. ARMY) has announced their 2018 lineup for summer missions in June and July. Click here to learn more.
BMCR Sunday, Feb. 4
Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) Sunday is Feb. 4. Local congregations and individuals are invited to support raising up prophetic and spiritual leaders who will be advocates for the unique needs of Black members of the UMC. Find out more about how you can take part in this special Sunday's offering here. 
Booklet Offers Resources Way Forward has used 
The United Methodist Council of Bishops offers an 88-page booklet that contains some of the resources the Commission on a Way Forward has used so far in its work. The bishop-appointed commission has the task of trying to move the denomination past its impasse around homosexuality. Click here to access the booklet.


How to Get in The Relay and Digest

Do you have vital information that pertains to all of GNJ for The Digest? Click here to send an email. Do you have a good story idea for The Relay? Contact Josh Kinney. The deadline to send news for the following month's Relay is the 20th of each month. The deadline to send news to the Digest is noon every Tuesday.
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