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The UMC of Red Bank continues to feed the hungry through the Backpack Crew, an organization founded in 2013.

Relief Fund Brings Hope, Opportunity

More than $183,000 of the Miracles Everywhere Campaign’s COVID-19 Relief Fund has been distributed to congregations and Hope Centers to fund new food ministries, support salaries and cover utilities. Applications for funding are being accepted on a rolling basis. Thank you to congregations who are bolstering the fund with generous pledges to help those churches who did not receive PPE funding.
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Message from Drew Burrus, husband of Rev. Myrna Bethke

I want to thank all of you for your concerns, good wishes, and prayers for Myrna as she works to recover from her stroke, and for us, her family, as we await doctors’ reports and her return to us. I wish we could keep everyone updated individually, but given the number of people Myrna has touched during her life and ministry, that isn’t possible. Know that she continues to make progress, if often slowly, and know that your continued prayers can’t but help to keep that progress ongoing. From the family, with deep appreciation.

Priorities of GNJ

Deepen Faith

Even the Hair on Your Head, Rev. Glenn Conaway
If there is one thing that people have truly missed since we have been in this more than 100-day statewide restrictions because of the pandemic, it has been getting a haircut. Which got me to thinking of what Jesus said that “even the hairs of your head are all counted.” Read more

Develop Leadership

The General Board of Church and Society provides a Tool Kit and how-to documents for advocacy, where leaders will find biblical and United Methodist grounding for civic engagement as well as strategies for individuals and groups to pursue the common good. Check out the how-to prompts for Formulating Your Story that can assist leaders in communicating their faith, journey and hope for a better a future.

Grow Vitality | Five Markers

Small Groups

  • Small Groups hit the big city July 22 Read more
  • NEW Living in a Strange Land sermon series has Small Groups Read more


  • Living in a Strange Land: a bonus sermon series to help with the new normal Read more
  • Jesus in the City Sermon Series opens today Read more


  • Annual Campaigns, Generosity Online & Anti-Racist Stewardship Read more


  • Finding Peace in An Anxious World from Mission u this July Register here

Making New Disciples

  • Racial Ethnic Grants: to strengthen the ethnic local church Read more

News and Information

Good News

GNJ churches are continuing their missions to make new disciples and transform the world in creative, inspiring and motivating ways. This week's good news was seen in Bloomfield, NJ, where Park UMC is continuing a racial justice and equity series via Zoom. On July 2 at 7:00 p.m. the third segment will present three actionable steps to take as individuals and as a faith community in our relationships, life in the local community and in the larger society and world. More details

Denominational News/Resources

  • Q&A from UMNews about General Conference Read more
  • COVID-19 Resources from DisAbility Ministries Read more
  • Communicating Cross-Culturally with ResourceUMC: "I understand that I will never understand." Read more
  • Current-Felder Recognized as Longtime Advocate for Women of Color Scholars Read more
  • Anti-Racism Sermons from GCORR Check out
  • Resources for discussing racism with kids Read more

Events and Other News

  • NEW GCORR Conversation About Race is July 17 Read more
  • Drew Student Nikki Hoskins Earns Prestigious Ph.D. Award Read more

Clergy Information


  • Renew Tax Exempt Status with your municipality Read more
  • Check out simplified reporting form for PPP Funding Read more
  • Planning Reopening? Stay informed with these resources and guidelines
  • HealthFlex Exchange is coming in 2021 Find out more and be prepared
Rob Zuckerman - GNJ's New CFO
Robert Zuckerman, a member of Freehold UMC and GNJ’s new chief financial officer/treasurer, started on June 22. He will serve in place of John Cardillo who retired after 14 years of service. Read more


  • Jesus in the City curriculum for small group leaders starts July 22 Read more
  • Free Virtual Courses from Mission u coming July 11 and 18 Register here
  • How to Be an Ally: Anti-Racism Action and Reaction. Join the conversation July 17 Read more
  • 41% of GNJ churches don’t plan to reopen until Fall. Check out last week’s survey results
  • Clergy Appraisals due July 15  Learn more

Mission Partners

  • IGNITE Summer at Home is right around the corner Register today
  • Youth Leader Cohorts Start July 7 with "Delighted: What Teenagers Are Teaching the Church about Joy" For details
  • Pack Your Bags this August and head to Pinelands Center for Family Camps Read more
  • Books for Kids About Racism Read more
  • Over $183,000 in COVID-19 Relief Funds Distributed! Text “Miracles Everywhere” to 77977 to Give Now! Read more
  • Wespath Joins Call to Dismantle Systemic Racism Read statement
  • Annual Campaigns, Generosity Online Course & Anti-Racist Stewardship Read more
  • Individuals can invest in the future of their local church with a Donor Advised Fund Find out 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.



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