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Just the other day, the summer was brought back into focus for me when my son Nathan noted that in less than 4 weeks, he will return as a senior to Grove City College. I thought to myself, “What? It couldn’t be!” How fast the lazy, hazy days of summer are zipping by.
I am writing this to you as a summer “rumble strip”. While the days grow shorter and quickly pass us by, have you taken the time to enjoy the wonder of God’s creation in our Southern Region? Do you still have a long summer “bucket list” of things you hope to do and places to go?
Many of us pay too much attention to the battery life on our electronics and forget to look for indicators in our lives that we need to pause and recharge in spirit, mind and body. I want to invite each of you reading this to take your calendar for the month of August and schedule out some time to renew and recharge your life and ministry. It doesn’t need to cost a lot, nor do you need to travel far away. We are blessed across Southern New Jersey to live within miles of the shore, the bay, and Pinelands with plenty of beaches to walk on and waterways to paddle through.
For example, the other evening my wife Sandra and I were intentional and drove to one of our favorite beaches. We walked for over an hour and then stopped by an ice-cream shop to conclude our adventure. “My soul was rejoicing!” We easily could have filled the hours with chores and work that needed to be done and not make the effort to get out for the evening BUT we were both so happy that we did. 
During my travels around the Southern Region, I’ve discovered so many new wonderful places to explore. I am hoping you will take time, be intentional and get out into God’s creation. If you need some ideas, you can look on a map for the Mullica, Delaware and Maurice Rivers which are all great places to kayak. The Pinelands, the boardwalks in Atlantic City and Ocean City, and the promenade in Cape May are all awaiting your trek.
As you get out and about, take a picture of some of the beauty and wonder and share it with me on Facebook or email it to me at I will share these on my Facebook page.

Guest writer, Pastor Brian Roberts
Cape Atlantic District Superintendent, Southern Region

Peace, Myrna

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 regularly 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 event page please email  

Getting Ready For Church Conferences 2016

Date: Tuesday, August 16
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 207 Northfield Ave., Northfield, NJ 08225

This is an evening for pastors and leaders across the Southern Region to gather for fellowship and work on Church Conference forms. It is an opportunity to review the forms for Church Conference, discuss the Super Church Conference format, answer questions and set up each pastor, leader and congregation for a great conference. There will be plenty of room so pre-registration is not needed.

Church Conference Reminder:

Pastors on the district have received emails regarding information for this year's church conferences. Please make sure that you have signed up for a church conference. All paperwork is due by October 3. You will be receiving information about how to submit the paperwork in the near future. If you would like to get a head start on the paper work, you can use the 2015 forms and update them

2016 Laity Leadership Academy

Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Location: The Mission and Resource Center of GNJ, 205 Jumping Brood Rd., Neptune, NJ 07753
Cost: $50 per person
For more information and to register: Click Here

Attention Pastors: Preaching and Worship Workshop

Date: 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
Register: Click Here

Hosted by the Southern Region
THIS IS A GREAT CONTINUING EDUCATION opportunity and has been scheduled on a Saturday to accommodate all pastors (full-time and part-time).The day is designed to end, mid-afternoon so you may have some time to stroll the boardwalk

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gerald Lui most recently taught preaching at Drew School of Theology but moved this summer to a new position where he will be teaching preaching and worship arts at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a United Methodist Elder with a passion for the local church as well as a musician (great love for jazz-his newest book is Music and the Generosity of God), athlete (he completed an Iron Man competition in Cozumel Mexico (one of over 40 countries he has experienced).

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
Register: Click Here
Questions? Please contact Nicole Toast

Practical leadership up close with Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel
Catalyst One Day is a top quality, high energy event in which several congregations have already committed to sending leaders to.  Consider joining the GNJ Southern Region team as they “unpack the nuts and bolts of leadership… answering the practical how-to and what-about questions” that Catalyst One Day is designed to do. Click here to learn more about Catalyst One Day.
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