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Year-End Statistical Report Training 

Year-end statistical reports training will include NEW information for the quadrennium. Accuracy in year-end reporting not only reduces errors but can save your church thousands of dollars. The training is open to clergy and laity. Pastors, finance committees, stewardship teams, treasurers, financial secretaries, and auditing committees are highly encouraged to attend. Conference Treasurer John Cardillo and his team will discuss important issues regarding year-end reports and will be available to answer any questions you may have. Click here for details and here to register. 

Wednesday, Dec. 6 
Session 1: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Session 2: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Aldersgate UMC, East Brunswick

Thursday, Dec. 7 
Session 1: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Session 2: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Malaga UMC, Malaga

Tuesday, Dec. 11 
Session 1: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Session 2: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Totowa UMC, Totowa 

Final Two Weeks to Register for Team Vital 2018 This Spring

Collaborate with other congregations through Team Vital in 2018.Save up to 9 months of work in your church's ministry. Now's the time! Plan for future ministry and register by Dec. 1. Click here to learn more.

Hope Starts With You - This Sunday, Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing 

United Methodists in GNJ have many close ties to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. Working with the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico we are developing special resourcing and support for those in need after Hurricane Maria. Join us for a day of Thanksgiving on Nov. 19 and engage your congregation in contributing much needed supplies. 
Click here for information of the Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing on Nov. 19 and a supply list and drop off information.
Click here to register to be included on our Esperanza Team, a group of churches who will be updated regularly on needs as they arrive. 

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to help with setting up the drop off location, receiving, classifying, packing and loading donations, and providing general hospitality. Two-hour time slots are available all three days of the drive. Groups/Individuals can sign up for multiple time slots.
Click here to volunteer. Contact Rev. Samuel Arroyo for questions and more information on volunteer opportunities.

Support Recovery Efforts

- The next ERT class, re-certification and initial training, will be held on Nov. 25 at the UMC of Westfield in Westfield, NJ. To learn more and register, contact Carol Brozosky.
- Disaster Response Teams are forming for Texas. Any ERTs and other volunteers interested in joining or leading the Nov. teams can contact UMVIM Coordinator Brittany Rusk for specific details. 

A Future With Hope is the outbound mission arm of GNJ, meeting
needs and providing hope for communities throughout New Jersey


We Have a Future for A Future With Hope 

With strong leadership and outstanding results, A Future With Hope has become a leader in long term recovery and nonprofit building in Greater New Jersey. In 2018 as we begin to transition from recovery work to Communities of Hope training, Hope Centers and housing initiatives, John Cardillo has been named the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit organization, A Future With Hope. A Future With Hope's Board of Trustees made a request to the Council on Finance and Administration for John Cardillo to fulfill this role during this season of transition. Both the Board and CF&A were unanimous in their selection of this appointment.  John will continue in his role as Treasurer with GNJ and will oversee A Future With Hope staff for six months during the transition after which time it may be extended for up to another six months.
Water & Roots 

Pictured above: Pool baptism at Bethany UMC's English ministry "The River" in Wayne, NJ. 

Dive Into The Waters of Baptism 

Rediscovering the power of Baptism starts now! Resource materials will be made available to all who sign up here. Materials include sermon series resources, graphics, promotional material, small group curriculum, and much more! If you or your church is participating in a baptism, share your stories, photos and videos with Josh Kinney.

Are You Called to Serve the Church's Next Generation? 

Are you gifted at connecting with youth? Are you invested in the next generation of GNJ? Click here to learn about becoming an Engagement Specialist. Next Generation Ministries, GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries, has launched a new website. Click here to learn more, explore the mission, and view staff members.


At Home in Christ and Community 
Over the course of her ministry, Director of Stewardship Jana Purkis-Brash has officiated many baptisms. However, one in particular stands out. Click here to read the latest installment of The Connection blog and find out how one woman found Christ and community. 
IGNITE's 'Rise Against Hunger' Meals Shipped
The 280,368 meals packed with Rise Against Hunger at IGNITE 2017 have been shipped to Zambia through Family Legacy Missions. Congratulations to GNJ youth for the huge accomplishment.
Tony Campolo Plenary Session Video 
Dr. Tony Campolo of Eastern University came and provided an inspiring plenary session at the Super Church Conference of the Central Region on Oct. 28. Click here to watch and share. 
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 or here to register. 

Conversation About Race - Wisdom Circle 

On Dec. 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC in Ewing, laity and clergy from cross-racial, cross-cultural sites will come together to engage in conversation regarding their blessings and challenges. The Wisdom Circle provides an opportunity for those in these sites to meet, fellowship and learn. Click here to learn more and register. 

Back to Basic's Luncheon Fundraiser 

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1-4 p.m. CAMP YDP in Paterson will be hosting a special fundraising event for the future. Tickets are $50 per person and ad space is available in the event journal. For more info or to purchase tickets/ ad space, contact Bria Pierre at (973)790-0887. 

GNJ Announcements 

2018 FSA Salary Reduction Increase 

The IRS announced that the 2018 maximum salary reduction has been increased to $2,650. The 2018 Clergy Compensation Form and Instructions have been updated and are now available here. 

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. 

Immigration and Refugee Ministry Resources 

GNJ is committed to equip and resource local congregations to engage in ministries of mercy and justice that support the immigrant community. Click here for resources and tool-kits.

Let the Mission and Resource Center Serve You 

Let the Mission and Resource Center serve you. Click here to fill out the Conference Meeting Room request form and reserve space for your congregation, agency, or committee

UMC News, Events, Info
Your Passion, God's Mission 
We’re two weeks away from UMC #GivingTuesday, one of United Methodism’s annual outpourings of generosity. What are you passionate about? Education? Church development? Health? Disaster response and relief? Economic development? Clean water and sanitation? Click here to learn more and find out ways you can take part in Giving Tuesday. 

UMC Bishops Call for Respectful Conversation 

United Methodist Church bishops are calling on members of the denomination to engage in respectful conversations amidst growing conflict over political, religious and justice issues in many places in our world. Click here to read the press release. 

Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. Seeks Executive Director

Lake Junaluska, a conference and retreat center located in the mountains of western North Carolina is seeking a new Executive Director. Click here to learn more and read the full job description. 
Big Grant for Missional Internships 
Young people in the QuadW Missional Internship program live and work together in low-income areas, building in time for prayer and Bible study. The United Methodist-affiliated program is set to expand, thanks to a $2.6 million foundation grant. Click here to learn more.
Young Leaders Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 
Join other United Methodist young people from around the world on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Ages 18-35 are encouraged to apply. The deadline is Dec. 1. Click here to learn more. 
Respond to the Global Migration Crisis 
There are 65 million people displaced in the world today, more than at any other time since WWII. The UMC’s response to this crisis is Global Migration Sunday on Dec. 3, a day of prayer and generosity that will raise awareness and funds to aid migrants and refugees. Learn more about this important Sunday via a free webinar on Nov. 8. Click here to register
Free Church Resources 
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has provided clergy, church staff and volunteers with practical tools to renew the church. With a free account, users can download anything they need. Click here.


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