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Deadline for Legislation & Reports Tomorrow 
The last chance to submit legislation reports for the 2018 Annual Conference in Wildwood, May 20-22, is tomorrow, Feb. 15Click here to submit. 
Francis Asbury & Denman Award Deadline Tomorrow
The Francis Asbury and Denman Evangelism Award deadlines are tomorrow, Feb. 15. Click here for the Francis Asbury Award and here for the Denman Award. 

GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries
Register Now for Middle School Summer Camp 
Register now for Next Gen Middle School summer camp in partnership with Barefoot Republic, July 30 - Aug. 4. Click here for info, schedule, and downloadable brochure. 

Brochures Available for High School Summer Camp

Brochures are now available for this summer's Next Gen High School Summer Camp at Pinelands Center. Download, print, and share with youth and leaders. Click here and stay tuned for registration details.  

Ethnic Young Adult Summer Internship 

The Global Board of Church and Society is now accepting applications for their 2018 Summer Ethnic Young Adult program, an eight-week program for young justice-seekers interested in faith, advocacy and social change Application due March 1. Click here for more info.

Only $10 Until Feb. 22 
'Take The Lead' is only $10 per person until Feb. 22, and $20 per person thereafter. Laity are invited to bring their pastors for a resource day on March 3 at Bethany Wayne UMC. Click here to register and check out the new promo video! 
Experiential Learning and Application 
After a full morning of plenary and workshops, join Director of New Disciples Trey Wince in how to apply what you learned to your specific context. Click here for details, schedule, workshops, and a downloadable flyer. 
Water & Roots 

Pictured about: Rev. Iraida Ruiz de Porras of Christ UMC in Lakewood baptizes Steven (left) and Ryan (right) on Reaffirmation Sunday, Jan. 28. 

How are you living out Water & Roots? 

Many GNJ churches reaffirmed their baptisms on Reaffirmation Sunday. Does your church have a baptism scheduled for this Spring or Summer? Click here for resources to help you live out Water & Roots in 2018. Thank you to all who submitted photos. We're now looking for great photos of people getting baptized. Please share your pictures by sending them to Josh Kinney at jkinney@gnjumc.org 

Serving the financial stewardship and investment needs of GNJ, its local churches and its agencies to grow, manage and utilize funds for increased ministry, discipleship, and world transformation 

Have You Updated? 

Many churches have new people in leadership roles. If you haven't already, please contact The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey to update records regarding investment signers or church info. Click here to learn more. 

Learn How to Get Your Message Across 
The national United Methodist Association of Communicators are coming to our region on March 7 at Haddonfield UMC for a Communications School. Experts will teach pastors, laity, and people who want to get their message across. Click here for details. 
GNJ Immigration Task Force for Dreamers 
A special task force created by the GNJ Board of Church and Society is advocating for Congressional legislation for the DACA Program (Differed Action for Childhood Arrival).  If you’d like to engage your congregation Click here for more info and resources.

Ashes: Overcoming Bullying - it Starts with Us 
Jesus said, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." In the latest installment of The Connection blog, Director of Development Brian Mickle talks about overcoming bullying. Click here to read. 

Who is Making a Difference in Your Congregation? 

Is there a person in your congregation who is making a difference and changing lives in your church or community? Now is your chance to nominate them for Lay Ministry Recognition. Click here to submit your nominations before March 4.
Podcast: Planting Churches vs. Going Multi-site
'The Uncovered Dish' GNJ's Christian Leadership podcast is making (sound) waves across the denomination. Pastor Olu Brown of Impact Church in Atlanta joins host James Lee in the latest episode on planting new churches vs. going multi-site. Click here to listen. 
Uncovered Dish Podcast Seeks Female Co-Host
The Uncovered Dish Christian Leadership Podcast of GNJ is searching for a new female co-host! If you're interested, please contact James Lee, Director of Visual Arts at jlee@gnjumc.org 
Want to Learn More About Podcasting? 
Do you enjoy listening to GNJ's Uncovered Dish Christian Leadership Podcast? Want to learn more about what podcasting entails? Check out the upcoming Communications School on March 7 at Haddonfield UMC. Click here.

2018 Scholarship Opportunities 

Click here for the complete list of 2018 Greater New Jersey Scholarships from the GNJ Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The application deadline is March 31. 

GNJ Announcements 


Planning to Retire? 

GNJ's Board of Pension and Health Benefits is presenting a Pre-retirement Seminar for pastors and their spouses on March 1 at the Mission and Resource Center. Click here for details and to register. 

Church Mutual 2018 Religious Scholars Program 

Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation is offering 50 scholarships of $5,000 each to advanced religious scholars. Click here to learn more. 

UMC News, Events, Info


Lent Resources 

Click here for creative lent resourcing ideas for encouraging your congregation to grow in their faith during this season leading up to Easter. 

2018 Lenten Message from Council of Bishops 

Click here to read the 2018 Lenten Message from the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church. 

Details Shared on Way Forward Models 

An international group of United Methodist leaders heard more details on three possible models for how the church ministers with LGBTQ individuals. Three participants in the Commission on a Way Forward briefed four denominational leadership bodies holding a joint meeting in this western African country. Click here to read the story. 

Racial Ethnic Grants 

The General Board of Global Ministries invites you to apply for grants that will be awarded in Spring 2018. The deadline is Feb. 23. These grants have assisted nonprofits, churches, annual conferences, and other community organizers in the areas of leadership and congregational development, ministry with the poor and health ministries. Click here for more info. 
Church Should do More to Fight Racism 
The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell writes that fairness should motivate The United Methodist Church to do more to fight racism in the church and the world. Click here to read commentary. 

UMCOR Sunday - March 11

UMCOR Sunday is a church-wide special Sunday providing United Methodists the opportunity to help our sisters and brothers around the world in times of need. Click here to read about how giving changes lives and here to download the UMCOR Sunday Pastor and Leader's Kit.

Alabama West-Florida Conference Seeks Treasurer
The Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church is currently recruiting for the position of Conference Treasurer and Director of Administration. The deadline for receiving applications is March 11. Click here for details. 


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