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Church Leadership Gatherings July 30 and Aug. 9
GNJ clergy and laity are invited to learn about the Miracles Everywhere Campaign and the variety of ways you can make the campaign a success in your congregation. Click here to RSVP and find the date and location that works best for your schedule. Bring a team of up to four people. Click here to download the Miracles Everywhere Church Guide.
Campaign Overview
Your congregation is invited to experience a miracle. Miracles Everywhere will raise $3,197,000 for Next Gen ministries to focus on faith formation for youth and young adults, $1,000,000 for A Future With Hope to develop 100 Hope Centers, $500,000 for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, and Cuba and $500,000 for Tanzanian pastors and congregations to make new disciples for the transformation of the world. Click here to learn more. 
Guidebook Resources 
Campaign Guidebooks are available for planning your 2019 Miracles Everywhere campaign to raise funds for Next Gen ministries, Hope Centers, partnerships with Tanzania and Puerto Rico, and hurricane recovery. Click here to download a copy of the guidebook and access graphics and materials for your fall campaign planning. 

"WE CARE" Rally to Feature Harriett Olson UMW President and Javier Viera from Drew 

On Saturday, July 28, the GNJ Board of Church and Society in collaboration with the GNJ Hispanic/Latino Committee will host the “We Care” Prayer Rally at the U.S. Immigration Detention Center in Elizabeth, NJ, in support of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents. Harriett Olson, General Secretary of United Methodist Women (UMW) and Drew Theological School Dean Javier Viera will be among the speakers. Join United Methodists from GNJ and other people of faith as we prayerfully witness to our faith, denounce the mistreatment of immigrants and call for fair immigration reform. Click here for details

Sept. 28-30, Wildwood, NJ
Mr. TalkBox has a Message for IGNITE
In an upcoming interview for The Relay, Mr. Talkbox says he has a simple, inclusive message for IGNITE youth: encouraging them to be who God has called them to be. "Don’t try to be anyone else," he said. "God has made us all unique so we should let our light shine!’” Click here to see the full IGNITE lineup and learn more about Mr. Talkbox. 
Discounted Registration Ends Aug. 31 
Did you know you can register for IGNITE without knowing who will sign up? Reserve spaces for your youth ahead of time and save. The last price break ends on Aug. 31. Don't miss out on the best possible deal! Click to register.
Can't Go to IGNITE? Change a Life Anyway 
You, your church or organization can be a part of changing the life of a young person. Donate to the IGNITE scholarship fund and invest in the spiritual growth and formation of the Next Generation. Click here to learn more and donate. 


Moving Expenses 

The December 2017 tax law changed the way clergy moving expenses are recorded and taxed. Moving expense payments are now considered plan compensation for certain Wespath Benefit Plans. A moving expense submission form is required for local churches to complete in order to advise GNJ of the moving expense payment made out to clergy. Click here for further details of the tax law change, Q&A’s for clergy and plan sponsors, and obtain the moving expense form. 

Church Conference Season Begins 

As GNJ enters into the next season of church conferences, you will find many redesigned resources and instructions available to help you complete your reports and improve overall user experience. To view your district's conference schedule, a checklist of required reports, and detailed info, click here. Arena login info was emailed July 2 to church leadership. Contact your Regional Administrator with any questions. 

Church Health Insurance Rates for 2019 

The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits (CBOPHB) has set the health insurance premium rates for local churches, effective Jan. 1, 2019Click here for more info.

Blueprint for Wellness Open Until July 31

Blueprint for Wellness screenings are available for GNJ employees at local Quest Labs now through July 31. This provides an opportunity to learn about your health, earn $100 PulseCash and up to 120 Wellness points as well as personal data on 30 health factors. Click here to sign up.

Order Annual Conference Journals by Aug. 15

2018 Annual Conference Journals will be available for download on the GNJ website in the Fall. All retired clergy may receive a hard copy for free upon request. Click here. Hard copies are available for a fee of $20. Click here to buy. 

Hit the Road with Team Vital!  

Will you take the 18 month journey toward vitality? Enable your church to evaluate its current position and identify a way to develop relevant, effective plans that will achieve a God-given vision for the future. Click here to learn more. If your congregation is ready to hit the road with team Vital, click here and sign up before Aug. 31. 

Laity, Will You Take a Closer Walk? 

This year's Laity Leadership Academy on Oct. 6 at the Mission and Resource Center in Neptune will feature a track facilitated by Betty Quakenboss, Rev. Erica Munoz and a team from Aldersgate UMC on improving the spiritual tones of our churches, going deeper, and taking a closer walk in faith. Click here to learn more and register for the academy. 

Call for ERTs: Immediate Need in N.J. 

On June 10, Willingboro experienced six inches of rain which flooded residents and resulted in 55 homes with damage, with eight of those sustaining “major damage." Please respond to Max Fisher, Capital District ERT Coordinator, with your availability over the next six weeks. You can text or call Max at (609) 634-0665 or send an email. 
How Your Church can Volunteer in Puerto Rico 
Does your church or organization want to get involved with helping the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico take on hurricane relief work? Click here to learn how to get started and find out ways you can be a part of the miracle of recovery. 

Get Your Church in the News

Clergy in new appointments are receiving drafted press releases and photos to send to local media outlets. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your church in the news. If you have any questions or do not receive your press release by the end of the week, please email Josh Kinney, Editorial Manager. 

Newly Registered Historic Sites in GNJ 

The General Commission on Archives & History has processed GNJ's most recently approved sites submitted to their offices and added them to the list of official Historic Sites of The United Methodist Church.  They are Evangelical UMC in Clarksboro, Kingwood UMC in Stockton and Emanuel UMC, Union City. 
Find out more about the commission here.

Seeking Church Histories 

GNJ Commission on Archives and History seeks church histories for the annual Local Church History Contest. All church histories must be submitted by Jan. 16, 2019. Church Histories may be submitted under one of three categories. For further info contact vice-chair Don DeGroat or call 570-646-9298.
Director of Development 
Applications for the position of Director of Development for the United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey are being sought. The position will further the mission and ministry of GNJ by organizing and leading fundraising campaigns, cultivating and raising large gifts, and planning, and encouraging congregational investment in the Stewardship Foundation. See the position description and application here

NJVOAD Seeks Program Coordinator 

The New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD) is hiring a half-time Program Coordinator (one-year position) to develop an AmeriCorps Service project. For more info about the organization, click here. To learn more about the job, contact Kelly Higgs

Job Opportunities for Puerto Rico Evacuees 

United Methodist Communities are looking for candidates with experience in care-giving and/or health care or those who are willing to be trained to support Puerto Rican evacuees. Interested? Contact Cindy Jacques (732) 922-9802 x2105.  

Season Beach Passes for GNJ Clergy 

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in Ocean Grove is providing 2018 season beach passes for GNJ clergy. Click here to download the application form and enjoy your time at the beach! 

Tickets on Sale for Lecrae & Andy Mineo Concert 

Lecrae and Andy Mineo, the hottest Christian Hip Hop artists of our time will be performing live at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove on July 28. This is a great youth group or young adult outing. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here. 

GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries
Civil Rights Pilgrimage Applications due July 30
A diverse group of high school students will spend a year in small group study and special field trips scheduled for school vacations to get a deeper  understanding of racial justice in our country and in our lives. Click here to find out more and apply by July 30. The Joshua Generation is generously funded by a grant and free to all student participants.  
Share Your VBS Photos 
Submit your VBS photos for publication in The Relay and GNJ social media. Be sure to include your church's name and a brief description. All pictures need to have signed parental consent forms. Click here for more info on VBS safety planning and here to learn more about safe sanctuaries. Click here to send photos before Aug. 25. 
Sunday School Conference Call Aug. 15 
Are you seeking new ideas for your Sunday school or VBS? Join a conference call on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7:00 p.m. and join Children's Ministry leaders from across GNJ who will be sharing their fall kick-off ideas. Contact Gina Yeske, Director of Small Groups, for more info. 

UMC News, Updates, Info 
New Social Media Webinars  
The United Methodist Communications Public Information Team is hosting two upcoming webinars to support local churches as they strive to embrace social media and its uses for outreach and ministry. Both webinars, July 26 and Sept. 12, are free and appropriate for users at all experience levels; the events will feature experts answering questions and sharing information about strategies, tips, best practices and more. Have questions? Click here to send an email or here to learn more at the webinar on July 26.
United to Love: Rally for Love, Peace & Justice 
On Sunday, August 12, United Methodists, along with other faith leaders, activists, entertainers, politicians, and organizations across lines of difference, will unite to love, and condemn all manifestations and acts of hate at a rally in Washington, D.C. Click here to learn more and register.
Grants, Scholarships and Internships 
The Council of Bishops is now accepting applications for local initiative grants, is offering a Young Adult Network cohort, is seeking a 2019 scholarship recipient to attend Bossey, the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute, and scholarships to attend the Parliament of the World's Religions. To find out more about these opportunities, deadlines, and contact info, click here.
Church Racial/Ethnic Ministries Grant 
Applications for Discipleship Ministries grants up to $10,000 to help local United Methodist churches build ministries that strengthen and support racial and ethnic church concerns are due on Sept. 1. Click here to learn more and apply.



How to Get in The Relay and Digest

Do you have vital information that pertains to all of GNJ for The Digest? Click here to send an email. Do you have a good story idea for The Relay? Contact Josh Kinney. The deadline to send news for the following month's Relay is the 20th of each month. The deadline to send news to the Digest is noon every Tuesday.
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