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Dear Friends,

The pictures above represent some of the many faces of 9/11 for me. They have been on our refrigerator for a long time. There is my youngest brother who was killed as the first plane went through the World Trade Towers. In one picture he is holding my nephew, in the other he is finishing up a bike ride to raise money for Anchor House which provides a safe haven for teens in the Trenton area. There is 8-year-old Amina who became an adult long before she should have stopped running and playing with her friends. I met her in Kabul, Afghanistan where she shared about the day when her whole family except her was killed in a coalition force bombing. Then there is Arifa, holding her new born son Mohamed. He was named after her older son who had died fighting the Taliban. Arifa welcomed us into her home and village just outside of Kabul. 

It is hard to believe it has been fifteen years since September 11, 2001. A beautiful Fall Tuesday that quickly changed into death and destruction, a day that produced many more pictures like mine. In the days after 9/11 there was shock, grief, and anger. There were loud calls for revenge, and my Muslim friends were considered suspects by many. In the midst of that I remember being deeply thankful for the foundations that was nurtured in me by the church. To be able to be defined not by the acts of terror, but by the love of God in Jesus Christ.

Fifteen years later, the violence and hatred in our world continues to escalate and more faces join my collage every day. May we not be timid in sharing the love we know in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The world desperately needs our witness. The world is longing for our voice, sometimes not even aware, recognizing only when they hear our voices speaking the word of God’s love. 

Friends, will you join me in setting aside our fears and reluctance to be that voice? We have been called together by the love of God, and we are defined by that love which is greater than anything else. In that truth we have more than enough. May our voices be raised so collages such as mine are no longer made, because there is no need. As the people of God, we can do this!


Church Opportunities and Resources

Church Happenings

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. You can also visit the Southern Regional Informational page to view events that are going on throughout the region. If you would like your church event to be posted on the district events page please email  
Taking the stage at IGNITE 2016 is multiple-award winning, critically acclaimed powerhouse vocalist, Blanca Callahan. Click here to read an exclusive GNJ Q&A interview with Blanca.

Register today for IGNITE!

Southern Region Prayers

  • Healing for Rev. Pastor Linwood Sharp
  • Prayers for Rev. John Robbins who lost his wife Eleanor on August 16, 2016
  • Prayers for the family of Rev. Clyde Bradway who recently passed away
  • Prayers for the Wildwood United Methodist Congregation as they hold final service on September 11 in the Willdwood Crest Sanctuary. Please pray with and for these dear saints in a bitter sweet time as North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest has merged to form one dynamic congregation to serve the greater Wildwoods area. 
Leadership Podcast: By Carey Nieuwhof
Click here to listen to free episodes on iTunes about leadership, change and personal growth that can help you lead like never before in your church. To learn more about Carey Nieuwhof, click here.
Together, We Do More: Pastor and Leaders Kit
Click here to view the collection of resources from the denomination that you can download including booklets, social media, sermon illustrations and offering talks to help empower your church members to live generously. Click here to watch a short introductory video on additional resources to help empower your members to do more together.
Bishop's Day: Laity Session
Date: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Sicklerville UMC
Bishop's Day: Clergy Session
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. John's UMC in Turnersville

Sign Up Today: Preach with Precision, Passion and Purpose

Preaching and Worship Workshop
: Saturday, September 24
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Location: St. Peter's United Methodist Church, 501 E 8th St, Ocean City, NJ 08226
Cost: $10 and includes lunch
For more information and to register: Click Here
Church Conference Schedule
Church conference schedule for Gateway South District can be viewed online by clicking here. All church paper work needs to be completed online by October 3.
Staff Parish Relations Committees: Resources

As you meet with staff-parish relations committees this fall, keep in mind some one-page resources that many have found helpful.

You can find these free downloads and many other resources on the Lewis Center for Church Leadership website.

Discovering God's Future For Your Church
Conference and Live Stream from Washington, DC
Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Learn a step-by-step process for discerning God's vision for your church. Click here to learn more and register or download flyer to share.

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