IGNITE 2017 is finally here, and it will change lives. Students and leaders will not only hear from the best in Christian entertainment but will have opportunities to go deeper in faith through workshops focusing on student leadership, self esteem, social justice, and packaging meals for Rise Against Hunger for an incredibly memorable and impactful experience. Click here to see the full schedule and here for workshop details.
Disaster Response The photo above is Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria. It is the hometown of Rev. Hector Burgos, Director of Connectional Ministries. Many GNJ clergy and laity have family and friends in Puerto Rico and we pray for their safety and recovery.
Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria's destruction in Puerto Rico particularly impacts GNJ clergy and laity, many of whom have not been able to reach loved ones. We're continuing to collect funds to support victims. If you would like to donate to Puerto Rico relief please mark your donations for Puerto Rico Disaster Response and we'll make sure it's designated appropriately. Click here for details.
Hurricane Relief and Recovery Updates
GNJ United Methodists are encouraged to support the recent hurricane relief and recovery efforts in prayer and in action:
Donate to UMCOR. You can make checks payable to GNJ Annual Conference and mark in the note that it's designated for Hurricane relief. To date, GNJ has collected nearly $156,000 for UMCOR disaster relief for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Thank you!
Help the Texas Conference "muck out" homes and other recovery work here.
Get trained as an Early Response Team (re-certification and initial training) on Sat. Oct. 21. space is limited, sign up now.
Share your photos of relief and recover to GNJ so we can share with our connections. Send your photos to Josh Kinney.
A Future With Hope is the outbound mission arm of GNJ, meeting
needs and providing hope for communities throughout New Jersey
Uniting in Prayer 5 Years Later
The people of GNJ know that hurricane recovery takes time. It also takes the resources, prayers and contributions from the United Methodist connection throughout the country and the world. To mark the 5th anniversary of Sandy, join GNJ United Methodists in a Day of Prayer on Sunday, Oct. 29. Worship resources, videos and liturgy to be used in your congregation will be posted next week. Stay tuned!
Rediscover Baptism - Register Today
Join with churches all across GNJ in rediscovering the power of baptism! Sign up now for free sermon series resources, graphics, promotional material, small group curriculum, and much more! Click here to register for resources which will be made available in November.
If you or your church is participating in a baptism, share your stories, photos and videos with Josh Kinney.
Next Generation Ministries
Gifted at Connecting with Youth?
Next Gen is looking for an Engagement Specialist to develop innovative initiatives for expanding the number of students, parents, youth leaders and volunteers and other key stakeholders participating in Next Gen Ministries in GNJ. Click here to learn more and apply.
2017 Annual Conference Journal Available Online
The 2017 Annual Conference Journal is available online in digital form. Click here to view. Clergy and lay directories are available through Arena. Lay members without Arena credentials can email Kaitlynn Deal to receive their online copy of the journal. Hard copies will be delivered in October.
Film-making and Storytelling
Danielle Fanfair and Marlon Hall of Folklore Films uses film-making as a tool to tell powerful stories in their home city of Houston. They share with The Uncovered Dish podcast as they gear up for the upcoming SENT Conference on Nov. 11. Click here to listen or watch.
What IGNITE did to my... TIME
The Connection blog returns with Director of Mission, Nicole Caldwell-Gross sharing how answering three important questions shifted her priorities and perspective regarding leading a workshop at IGNITE 2017. Click here to read.
2017 Bishop's Days on the Region
Gatherings will begin next month starting with the Southern region on Oct. 4 and 5. All clergy and laity of GNJ are welcome to attend, SPRC chairs and highly encouraged attend. Click here for dates and details.
GNJ's United Methodist Women (UMW) Fall meeting will be held Oct. 21 at the Mission and Resource Center. Click here for more info and register by Oct. 7.
First Deposit Deadline for UMVIM Haiti Trip
Deposit deadlines are looming for the GNJ UMVIM trip to Haiti on Jan. 6-13, 2018. First deposit due Sept. 30. Planning to go? Contact Brittany Rusk for more info or to book a presentation so your church can learn more and support the mission.
Congregational Development Grants for 2018
GNJ provides development grants to leaders and congregations that encourage innovative ministry that connects with people in the community, develop lay and clergy leadership for making disciples and transforming the world, and maximize vital congregations. Click here for more information and to download the application form. Applications for 2018 must be received by Oct. 6.
Take HealthQuotient by Saturday
Participants and spouses in HealthFlex, take the HealthQuotient online health by Sept. 30 to avoid paying higher deductibles in 2018. Click here and log in to get started and avoid paying extra on next year's Healthflex deductible.
Connectional Ministries Team Seeks Manager
Greater New Jersey is a great place to work. We are looking for the right person to join our team in Connectional Ministries. Is that person in our pews? Please share the job description located here and cut and past the job advertisement into to your bulletin and newsletters. Click here.
Anti-Poverty Network and Race & Religion Commission
Reforms are needed in order to bring NJ closer to social and economic equality, according to a new report by the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ. Rev. Vanessa Wilson, Chair of the GNJ Commission on Religion and Race is a member of the steering committee. Click here to read the story.
Peace on the Korean Peninsula Forum
The General Board of Church and Society invites you to attend the Peace on the Korean Peninsula Forum in Washington, D.C., to learn about the unrest and tension on the Korean Peninsula and what people of faith can do. Click here to learn more and register by Oct. 27.
Standing with Puerto Rico After Hurricanes
United Methodists were praying and standing in solidarity with Puerto Ricans as they awaited word about the effects of Hurricane Maria. Click here to read the story.
Way Forward Sketches Ideas to Share with Bishops
The Commission on a Way Forward, meeting behind closed doors in Berlin, is sketching possibilities for The United Methodist Church’s future that it will present to the denomination’s bishops in November. Click here to read the story.
UMVIM Awareness Sunday
The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is inviting United Methodist churches and annual conferences to participate in United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday on a date of their choosing. Click here to read the press release.
Grant Application Deadline Oct. 4
The deadline for applications for the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race Action Fund grant program, designed for empowerment of diversity, inclusion and racial justice work inside and outside the church, has been extended to Oct. 4.Click here for more info.
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.