You may have integrated video technology into your weekly Sunday worship, but have you tried using it for evangelism and outreach? See demonstrations of techniques used by GNJ congregations to use video to reach people outside the church at OUTBOUND. Click here for more information and to register.
The Uncovered Dish
Political Divide and Church Unity
Pastor Chuck Mitchell of Dobbins UMC in Delanco and Pastor Lyssette Perez of the UMC of the Rockaways talk about how faithful Christ-followers are found in both liberal and conservative communities. Listen to ways United Methodists across the political spectrum can move forward together in 2017. Click here to listen.
Meredith Andrews to Fire Up IGNITE 2017
We're thrilled to announce that Dove-Award winning artist Meredith Andrews will be leading worship at the 2017 IGNITE conference in Wildwood, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1. Andrews' love for God, heart for people, and honest, compelling songs resonate powerfully with her audience. Click here to read more about Meredith and here to find out more about IGNITE 2017. Registration opens April 1.
Learn and share creative ideas on how to create a welcoming space for diverse communities to be engaged in spiritual growth, fellowship, education, service, advocacy and mission through United Methodist Women at one of five workshops offered at the 2017 GNJ Annual Conference. Click here to explore the workshops.
Display Table Registration Open
Registration is now open for display table space. We welcome you to represent your ministry and encourage you to use this opportunity to outreach to the GNJ community with informative displays. Spaces will be granted in the order that they are received, however, UMC organizations take priority. Please register by April 15 to ensure your space. Click here for more info and registration.
Focus Group Request Form
If your group or committee would like to schedule a special gathering at the Wildwoods Convention Center, please click here to complete the form. The deadline to reserve a meeting space is April 28.
Extension Ministry Dinner
All clergy in extension ministry are invited to enjoy fellowship and a meal at the Extension Ministry Dinner at Annual Conference: Monday, May 22 at 5:45 p.m. The cost is $28.00 per person. You can register for the dinner when you register for the conference.
A Future With Hope is the outbound mission arm of GNJ, meeting
needs and providing hope for communities throughout New Jersey
Americorps Volunteers Arrive for Month-Long Projects
Volunteers from Americorps arrived at Lacey UMC on a snowy March 10 for an orientation with A Future With Hope. They will be spending the next several weeks working on our various rebuilding projects. We're grateful for their support! Give your church the opportunity to help families over the finish line and into their homes this spring and summer. Click here to volunteer or here to donate to the cause.
United Methodists throughout GNJ are working toward the goal of $12 million to help rebuild homes, save lives and inspire local church mission
2017 Imagine No Malaria Marathon
On Saturday, April 22 from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. the 2017 Imagine No Malaria Marathon will take place at Calvary UMC in Dumont. Open to Jr. & Sr. High youth from all houses of worship, scouts and other organizations. For registration materials or more info send an email or call 201-208-0743. The deadline to register is April 15.
Last weekend, clergy and laity throughout GNJ gathered for a day of "Graceful Conversations" in the midst of "Graceful Controversies." Hopes and aspirations for the future of The United Methodist Church were shared to send forth to The Commission on a Way Forward. Click here for resources, stories, videos and more.
In response to recent immigration concerns, Bishop Schol invites clergy who want to work with their congregations to become a Sanctuary Church or participate in other ministries to work with immigrants and refugees to please complete a form available here.
The GNJ Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry is now accepting applications for the 2017 scholarship opportunities. A letter was mailed to each church and more information can be found here. Deadline: March 31.
The Southern Region is hosting a three part stewardship event led by Scott McKenzie from Horizon Stewardship. There are two training tracks - one targeted to small churches and one to large congregations. Teams of congregational leaders from throughout GNJ are welcome and encouraged to attend. Congregations with an average worship attendance of under 250 should click here to register for Track 1 starting March 25. Congregations with an average worship attendance of over 250 should click here to register for Track 2 starting March 18.
Waves of Grace Women's Retreat
The 2017 Waves of Grace Women's Retreat will be held April 21-22 in Wildwood. This retreat offers women of all ages, races and denominations an opportunity to encounter the grace of God through a time of worship and fellowship. Click here for more info.
Help celebrate Rev. Pat Bruger's life of service at her retirement dinner, held at The Fiesta in Wood-Ridge on April 27. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 6. Reserve your seat today. If you can't attend, you're welcome to honor Rev. Bruger and support CUMAC's mission by sharing a special message. Call 973-742-5518 or click here for details.
Drew University Open Door Event
Do you know someone who is interested in ministry or other graduate studies? The Drew University Open Door event on March 30 from 10:00 a.m. - 8:15 p.m. allows visitors to get a feel for the campus by joining in on classes, engage with faculty and students and gather in worship. Click here for complete schedule and to register. Questions? Please contact Rev. Dr. Kevin D. Miller or call 973-408-3111.
This Week Ahead
March 18 | Track 2: Southern Regional Revolutionizing Stewardship Action Training
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Located at St. John's UMC in Turnersville. Click here for more info.
March 18 | Communities of Hope
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Located at The Mission and Resource Center. Click here for more info.
March 18 | Spring Basic Lay Servant Class: Gateway North District
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Located at Roselle UMC in Roselle. Click here for more info.
Large Church Initiative Conference 2017
The 2017 Large Church Initiative Conference (LCI) will be hosted May 8-10 at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, IL. The conference will equip pastors and church staff to be more effective in ministry and will hear from brilliant keynote speakers. Click here for details and to register.
Self-Guided Courses to Help Your Church
Church leaders are so often in a time crunch. United Methodist Communications has developed a series of self-guided courses to help strengthen your ministry. Each is open for registration at any time. Click here to browse and or register for courses.
Need Help? Website Development Grant Offered United Methodist Communications is also now offering a grant to local United Methodist churches who do not currently have a website or who want to replace their current website with a new WordPress site. Click here for more information and to apply.
United Methodist Men to Gather in July
About 1,000 men are expected to come together for worship projects, service projects and fellowship at the National Gathering of United Methodist Men, July 7-8 in Indianapolis. The event aims to inspire attendees to embrace new possibilities for ministry and discipleship. Click here to read the press release.
Marking the Past and Future of Mission
Plans are underway to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of what is today the worldwide mission agency of The United Methodist Church. The observation will include local and global events and help prepare for the future of mission. Click here to read the story.
Get Ready for UMCOR Sunday
The popular special Sunday observance One Great Hour of Sharing, now called UMCOR Sunday, is March 26. The offering underwrites the United Methodist Committee on Relief's costs of doing business, which ensures that 100% of every gift made to a specific UMCOR project can be spent on that project. Click here to download resources.
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