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Guest Writer, Rev. Brian Roberts
Cape Atlantic District Superintendent

Dear Friends in the Southern Region,

February is a month that you see a lot of images of hearts….I think of Valentine’s Day that is represented by hearts and candy! My wife Sandra, just started working in a cardiac rehabilitation facility and so I have been learning a lot more about the heart.
How is your heart?  The Bible is full of messages concerning our hearts.
“Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust him.”
-Ephesians 3:16-18

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.”
-Colossians 3:15

Philippians 2:1 asks if “your hearts are tender and compassionate?”

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled…”
-John 14:1
As the celebration of Valentine’s Day is filled with reds, pinks and candy hearts, let us keep in mind that our hearts need God’s love to be full and working well for God’s purpose!
My wife told me the other day that it was Heart Health month as she was gathering recipes for a bulletin board on the topic. I started thinking about how we need to “nourish” our hearts. What do you do to nourish your heart daily?  I get nourishment through reading Scripture, exercising, eating healthy (sometimes), sharing my passion for Christ and making a positive difference in someone’s life.
Having peace, compassion and joy in our hearts will help us to be better leaders and models of what Christ is calling us to all be. My prayer is that your heart will be an example for others on Valentine’s Day and all throughout Heart Health month.

In Christ,
Pastor Brian

Congregational Sharing

Click here to view all the church to church happenings on the Gateway South District! Church events and flyers are updated on a regular basis so you will never miss out. If you would like your church event to be posted on the district events page please email  

Coming up soon..
  • March 8 Grove City College Touring Choir: First UMC in Collingswood
A Message from Rev. Bethke

Dear Friends, 
Currently I am putting together my worship and preaching schedule for the remainder of 2017. I ask that the pastor of the congregation place a request if you would like me to join you in worship, to preach, or to be aware of any events that are happening in the life of your congregation. Please contact the Gateway South Administrative Assistant at

Gateway South Spring Basic Lay Servant Class
Date(s): Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m -9:00 p.m.
Location: Chews UMC,  319 Black Horse Pike, Glendora, NJ  08029
Instructor: Naomi Walker

Deadline to register is Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Click here to register.
Friendly Reminder to Pre-Registered Participants
Southern Region Day of Learning

Date:February 12, 2017
Time: Sign-in starts at 1:45 p.m. and opening worship will begin at 2:15 p.m.
Location: Pitman United Methodist Church, 758 N. Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071

Please note that registration for this event is closed and walk-ins will not be accommodated.
Two-Day Clergy Stewardship Retreat in Cape May
Date: February 22-23, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. registration
Location: Congress Hall, Cape May NJ

Hotel registration is now closed, but commuters can register until February 13. Click here for more information and to register.
Graceful Controversies: Last Day to Register! 
Date: March 4, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: The Mission and Resource Center, 205 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune NJ 07753
Cost: $10.00

Bishop Schol invites all laity and clergy from GNJ into a deeper conversation to develop our hopes and aspirations for the future of The United Methodist Church and send them to the Commission on the Way Forward.

Click here for more information and to register. Deadline to register is February 10.
Webinar Series: Protecting The Greater Good From Violence
Presented by Church Mutual Insurance Company

Handling an Intruder
Date: February 14. 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. CT/ 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar
Cost: Free

Click here for more information, additional dates and to register.
Where Are You in Your Journey?
A Sabbath gathering of contemplation, worship and prayer
Date: February 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
Cost: $5.00

Join in Miller Chapel for a service of worship that weaves together prayer and sharing as a community, a message of hope, inspiring music, and a time of personal reflection and contemplation. Following worship will be a time of fellowship to enjoy a meal together and consider ideas for future gatherings to explore new ways to grow, be fed and support each other. 

Click here to register. RSVP by February 17.
Clergy and Spouse Pre-Retirement Seminar
Date: March 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Mission and Resource Center of Greater NJ, 205 Jumping Brook, Rd., Neptune, NJ 07753
Cost: $10.00 per person (Includes breakfast and lunch)

A Benefits Educator from the Wespath Benefits and Investments will speak on retirement planning for those planning to retire in the next five years.

Click here for more information and to register. 
Outbound: A Day on Evangelism
Keynote speaker, Paul Nixon, author of "Weird Church"
Date: March 25, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bethany Wayne United Methodist Church, 491 Alps Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
Cost: $20 per person or $80 for a group of 5 or more; Korean lunch included

Workshops will include best practices in social media and video, conducting a church communication audit, developing a fresh expression of church and more.

Click here for schedule, workshop information and to register.
Revolutionizing Stewardship Action Planning and Training
Pastors are encouraged to form a team from their congregation to attend a three session training to create a year-round stewardship action plan and Fall 2017 campaign.

TRACK 1: Churches UNDER 250 in average worship attendance
(Must attend all 3 sessions)

Session One: March 25, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Session Two: April 30, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Session Three: June 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

TRACK 2: Churches OVER 250 in average worship attendance
(Must attend all 3 sessions)

Session One: March 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Session Two: May 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Session Three: June 24, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location and cost is TBD. Registration coming soon.
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