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New Communion recommendations.

Small group events for the fall.

Jump start stewardship with the Greater Than series.

Last Survey Until September

Thank you to all who have responded to GNJ's weekly survey, which continues to provide valuable information for the cabinet to make decisions to serve congregations. This latest survey shows that about half of the churches have approved reopening plans, and 85% of the churches who have reopened are concurrently streaming their services. This week's survey, which is the last one until September, is due Thursday at 10:00 a.m.   
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Priorities of GNJ

Deepen Faith

"Since the pandemic hit, I have found myself turning to Psalm 46, holding tight to the image of God being my refuge and strength. I envision myself inside a cave, similar to the one that David hid in when Saul was pursuing him. God’s presence is like a refuge, enveloping me with sustenance and protection during these extraordinary times."

Read more from Rev. Alicia Grey, a newly-appointed pastor at Covenant UMC in Plainfield.

Develop Leadership

Prayer and study are necessary first steps in creating a leadership pathway for your church. Church leaders Ken Willard and Kelly Brown present six ideas for laying a spiritual foundation for a leadership development process in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership's "Leading Ideas" Read article

News and Information

Good News

Morrow Memorial Methodist Church has transformed its usual youth mission trip to Appalachia to one closer to home and more socially distant. Youth and adult members are helping seniors in the community with outdoor repairs through its ‘Neighbor to Neighbor’ mission project For details and more good news from our churches.

Denominational News and Resources


Bishop Schol's Messages

  • Read latest Essential Actions and Updates here, including mail-in ballots, survey, healthcare changes, shared ministry and more


Events and Other News

  • Tomorrow at 6:00 p.m.: Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century's Dr. Michael L. Bowie, Jr. speaks about the future. Register here
  • Aug. 15: Engaging the Community in Racial Justice with Rev. Dr. Latasha Milton, Asbury UMC (Atlantic City) For details

Clergy Information

  • Mail-in Ballots for Rule 26: If you have not received an email from Acting Conference Secretary Rev. Shelley Smith, with instructions for voting, please email conferencesecretary@gnjumc.org. We will verify your credentials and send you voting information. All ballots must be postmarked by July 31 to be considered
  • NEW! Best practices when administering communion Check out
  • Instructions and resources to assist you in completing the charge conference reports by Sept 21 are here
United Methodist Communications has launched an “End Racism” campaign. In sharing these campaign assets we hope you find them useful in your local church efforts to speak to recent events in your community.

Administration

  • Scam Alert: Beware of receiving checks in the mail regarding "cybergrants" and asking for additional financial information For details
  • NEW! Congregations with childcare centers or who are considering childcare centers, please read these important updates
  • For those churches resuming services, there are discounts on masks, PPE supplies & cleaning services Check it out
  • The Board of Pensions and Health Benefits have set 2021 Health insurance rates More details
  • Obituary: Beverly Jones, retired local pastor, passed away on July 15 For details

Laity

  • Mail-in Ballots for Rule 26: Lay Members to Annual Conference and Lay Members at Large should have received an email from Acting Conference Secretary Rev. Shelley Smith, with instructions for voting. If you did not receive, please email conferencesecretary@gnjumc.org. We will verify your credentials and send you voting information. All ballots must be postmarked by July 31 to be considered
  • Instructions and resources to assist you in completing the charge conference reports by Sept 21 are here
  • For laity leading food pantries, additional funding to meet the potential rise in demand is available For details

Mission Partners

IGNITE Team Wants to Hear From You
If you haven't already done so, please complete this updated survey that takes about 5-10 minutes. Your input will help the IGNITE team plan an awesome event in January.
Bringing Hope
  • For NEW information and guidance regarding childcare centers, please read
  • MHANJ Mental Health Cares' hotline, which is available seven days a week in both English and Spanish, is 866-202-HELP (4357) For addtional details
Take Advantage of Valuable Grant Funding
Miracles are in the making!
Kynett UMC, Midvale UMC and Morristown UMC all joined the Gratitude Circle of Giving this month! Your congregation can extend your mission across your community and across the globe by beginning a Miracles and More campaign. Learn more

The Centenary Fund

The Centenary Fund and Preachers Aid Society was established in 1857. The purpose of the fund is to provide maximum assistance in times of need for the support of retired clergy, surviving spouses and dependent children of deceased clergy who have served in GNJ.

Opportunities

Grants

Employment Opportunities

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  • NEW P/T Church Communications Coordinator | First United Methodist Church, Westfield See details
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