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“Generosity Rising”
Guest Writer Brian Roberts, Cape Atlantic District Superintendent

I had to pull over. I was amazed and momentarily transfixed! Tuesday evening, I left the Team Vital 6-month “check in” meeting at New Hope UMC in Millville and started home. As I turned onto a road heading east, there it was, HUGE and orange: a most beautiful harvest moon, looking the size of a dinner plate rising over the tree line. Pulling over into a parking lot, I spent several moments thanking God for the artistry of creation and the gift of watching the “SUPER MOON” rising.
It was a “Super Moon” because the moon was the closest to earth in its orbit so far this fall. It won’t get this close again until 2034. The reason the moon was so large as it rose was due to its proximity to Earth.
(Note: Nov. 13 & 14 the moon will rise and appear even larger)
During this 2016-2017 ministry and program year, we in the Southern Region are working on “Generosity Rising.” We’re focused on Stewardship and Generosity. This is an issue raised by many congregations across our region and throughout GNJ. Rev. Myrna Bethke and I have been working with Hector Burgos, Director of Connectional Ministries, to partner with Horizon Stewardship and Scott McKenzie, Ph.D. in developing an effective plan for supporting congregations, so Generosity and Stewardship rise in beautiful and surprising ways.
For willing and ready congregations, we will work with you to support growing closer to God and each other, and help you find ways to share stories of lives being transformed. We want to develop a contagious ministry that makes a difference. For those of you who have been a part of the Super Church Conferences, you may have already witnessed the Stewardship video produced by our excellent GNJ Communications Team. (A link will be out in this weekly e-newsletter the first week in Nov.)
In our Wesleyan Theology, the way we look at the world through our experience of faith all starts with God! God created the world and each of us “on purpose and for God’s purpose.” God has reached out and acted and continues to act in Jesus Christ for the world. As we engage the world and work together in connectional ministry, we may see the abundance of God loom larger and rise in our lives as we intentionally draw closer in our orbit to the One who has created, redeems and sustains.
The wonder and beauty of the moon that I witnessed rising last evening was so BIG and amazing because it was so close. At times we can get caught up in meeting budgets and paying bills that we forget our resources for ministry are a byproduct of our life together as a community of faith; United in Christ, methodically making a difference in God’s world. Our prayer and efforts with you in these coming months is to move closer to God in ways that grow us to participate in rising generosity. 
Something is stirring, and in this harvest season we want you to experience “Generosity Rising.”
Check out this book as we launch a revolution across the district in the Southern Region.
“Generosity Rising: Lead a Stewardship Revolution in Your Church” by Scott McKenzie.


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  

Harvest Festival: Chews UMC
Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Chews United Methodist Church, 319 Black Horse Pike, Glendora NJ 08029
Cost: Free for all
Children's activities, games and prizes, face painting, pumpkins, baked goods, food and craft vendors and root beer garden.
Click here for flyer.

Gateway South District 2016 Fall Advanced Lay Servant Registration:
Dates: Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m and Saturday, November 19 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Closing with a prayer service at 1:00 p.m.)/
Location: Chews United Methodist Church, 319 Black Horse Pike, Glendora NJ 08029
Cost: $50
Various Clergy will be assisting in the teaching of the classes. You must attend ALL the dates listed above to re-certify or become a Certified Lay Servant.
Click here to register.
Basic Lay Servant Renewal Course: Gateway South District
Renewal must be done every three years to maintain a basic status. There will be a fee of $15 for material and supplies.
Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Chews United Methodist Church, 319 Black Horse Pike, Glendora NJ 08029
Questions? Please contact Naomi Walker, Gateway South District Director at 856-939-2152 or email.
GNJ Financial Management Training Video
A new training video has been created by the Greater New Jersey Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) designed for laity involved in financial management of our churches. This will help to ensure that you have the resources for accurate and complete financial records. Click here to watch the video or download the transcript. Questions? Contact John Cardillo, Conference Treasurer or Jack Scharf, CF&A Chair of Shared Services.
Watering the Seed: Grant-Writing to Start or Sustain a Local Ministry
Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.)
Location: Korean United Methodist Church, 1995 Marlton East Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Click here to register. Learn the basics of effective grant writing in a fun and collaborative workshop. Click here to share event flyer.

Catalyst One Day Event
Sponsored by the Southern Region Team of GNJ

Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Location: Lancaster County Bible College, 2392 Mount Joy Rd. Manheim, PA 17545
Cost: 1-9 persons are $119 each and 10 or more persons are $99 each
For more information and to register: Click Here
Questions? Please contact Nicole Toast
Doxology: A Day of Learning
Keynote Speaker: Kurtis Parks
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always be what you've always been"

Date: November 12
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Calvary Korean UMC, 572 Ryders Ln., East Brunswick NJ 08816
Cost: $25 per individual registration or $100 for an entire group of four or more (lunch included).
For more information and to register, please click here.
Click here to watch a short video to learn more about Doxology.
Thanksgiving Food Collection
The Neighborhood Center in Camden is seeking food donations for this year's Thanksgiving meal serve which serves over 3,000 children and adults. Click here for a full list of their much needed food items that will help feed our neighbors this Thanksgiving. All donations must be dropped off by Monday, November 21 at the Neighborhood Center located at 278 Kaighn Avenue, Camden NJ. For more information on how your church congregation can get involved, please contact Val at (856) 356-1674 or email.
UMC Giving Tuesday
Join thousands of United Methodists on November 29 to support the work of more than 800 Advance projects and more than 300 missionaries around the world on UMC #GivingTuesday. As a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ, your participation is vital to living out God's mission through The United Methodist Church. Click here for downloadable resources and more information about #GivingTuesday.
2017 Spring Team Vital: Registration Now Open!
Leaders have the opportunity to create a strategic ministry plan using the five markers of vitality. Each church receives individual technical support, monthly consulting and other resourcing opportunities from the conference. Click here to see a list of churches who are already participating in Team Vital. Watch the new Team Vital promo video here and fill out an application today!
Southern Region: Year-End Statistical Report Training
Date: Thursday, December 8 
Session 1: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Session 2: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 284 Cedar Road, Mullica Hill NJ 08062
Click here to register.
Southern Region: Bishop's Day Laity Session
Date: Wednesday, December 14
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: United Methodist Church of Mantua, 201 Mantua Blvd. Mantua, NJ 08051
"Soul Tending" 2017 Bishop's Clergy Convocation
Date: January 23-25, 2017
Location: Ocean Place Resort, Long Branch NJ
Come for renewal, learning and fellowship. Registration will open November 1. 
"Lone Nut to Revolutionary Leader: unleashing generosity in your congregation"
A Clergy retreat led by Horizons Stewardship
Date: February 22-23, 2017
Location: Congress Hall, Cape May NJ
Registration will open next week.
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