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Segregation in N.J. Schools 
UMC Social Principles and the Book of Resolution call us to act for education equality. Educate yourself on the issues by watching Judge Gary Stein's 2017 address to the GNJ Annual Conference session and reading Bishop Schol's op-ed in The Asbury Park Press. Click here to learn more.

Clergy Coaching Registration Open 

Clergy can sign up for a season of coaching from May 21 to June 1. Coaching is a resource that helps clergy lead a congregation towards greater vitality. A coach walks beside clergy to assist in achieving leadership goals and action plans. Click here to learn more and register. 

 
 
Volunteers Sought for Prayer Team, Ushers and Pages 
Volunteers are sought to work with the prayer ministry during Annual conference. This includes praying with people as well as assisting at our 5 prayer stations. A wonderful opportunity for visitors and seminary students. Please contact Gina Yeske. 
If you are interested in volunteering as an usher, page or teller at Annual Conference, please email Rev. Peter Jamieson for more info. 


Special Interest Group Events 
  • Race and United Methodism - Join the GNJ Board of Church and Society, the Commission on Religion and Race, the Committee on Local Church Ethnic Concerns, and Black Methodists for Church Renewal for dinner event about race in the UMC on Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. Click here to register before May 6. 
  • Drew Breakfast Buffet - Drew Theological School will be hosting a buffet breakfast on Monday, May 21 at 7:00 a.m. in Ballroom A. Contact Craig Dunn. 
  • Evangelical Network for Renewal and GrowthMonday, May 21 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Contact Creed Pogue.
  • Hispanic Plan Committee Breakfast - Tuesday, May 22 from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Contact Teresita Matos-Post.
Pre-Conference Journal, Legislation & FAQ's

The pre-conference journal can also be viewed and downloaded here. Do you have a question about the 2018 Annual Conference legislation? Click here for more info and to submit a question. 
 

Wellness Screening Openings on Tuesday! 
Blueprint for Wellness screenings will be offered at Annual Conference. Click here to register before May 7.
 

Join us for 40 Days of Prayer  

Click here to sign up and receive your 40 day of prayer daily devotion in preparation for Annual Conference. 
 

Miracles Everywhere Sermon Series 

Click here to check out the GNJ 'Miracles Everywhere' sermon series. 

GNJ NEWS

Miracles of Generosity - The Connection Blog

Miracles of generosity are happening across GNJ. In the latest installment of The Connection blog, Jana Purkis-Brash and Brian Mickle of The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey share hopes and expectations. Click here to read. 
 

Is Video Your Medium? 

GNJ has a unique opportunity for a video storyteller to join the communications team. Our Media Productions Manager will work alongside communication professionals dedicated to equipping leaders to make disciples for the transformation of the world. Email Carolyn Conover for more info or click here for the job description and application.
 

Seeking Freelance Graphic Designers 

Are you a skilled graphic designer who is interested in expanding your portfolio and earning some extra cash? GNJ is seeking freelance graphic designers for a variety of projects. If you're interested, please email your portfolio to Brittney Reilly.

Purchasing Opportunities for Local Churches 
GNJ’s Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) has vetted a number of national and local products and services that it recommends to local churches for their possible contracting/purchasing. Click here to learn more. 
 

Mission U - A Family Retreat in Ministry 

Mission U, an annual education opportunity offering studies for effective mission ministry in local churches, co-sponsored and coordinated by GNJ UMW, is hosting two one day events, July 14 at Georgian Court University in Lakewood and July 21 at Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick and a 3 day event option. July 13-15 at Georgian Court University. Topics include: embracing wholeness, covenant relationships, stewardship, mission and more. Click here for details and to register.

 

UMVIM Leadership Training May 19
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) will be hosting a leadership training session on May 19 at First UMC, Glassboro. Lunch will be provided. Click here to register.


"Most amazing weekend I've had... It is truly wonderful to see so many children accepting Jesus into their lives and being a light in the darkness of this works" - Angela Moore 
Sept. 28 - 30, Wildwood, NJ 
 
One Month to Register Before Prices Go Up 
Get the most for your money in May! Register your youth now for the 2018 IGNITE World Changers conference and get the best possible price! The first price break ends on June 1. Click here for details.
 
Young Adults - Join the Squad 
Are you or someone you know a young adult, 18-25? Want to volunteer and grow in faith and fellowship? Seize the chance to do exactly that. Join the 2018 IGNITE Squad. Click here to learn more and join! 


GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries
 
Limited Space Left for Middle School Camp 
Spaces in the Middle School Camp with Barefoot Republic are filling fast. If you are interested in signing up your middle schooler or youth group call Ryan Clements, Next Gen Coordinator at (732)-859-1033 today and get started, or register on line here.
 
Nominations Accepted for High School Boot Camp
Do you know a high school Christian leader in your church that may be ready to take the next step in their discipleship journey? We are looking for a select group of leaders to join the High School Leadership Boot camp at Pinelands Center this summer. Nominate a youth in your congregation by sending an email to Ryan Clements. We'll follow up with an invitation to the camp and help facilitate the registration and logistics.

Love Your Neighbor Youth Retreat 
First UMC of Toms River, Hopewell UMC, and Princeton UMC are hosting a "Love Your Neighbor Youth Retreat" on May 25-27 at Pinelands Center, for youth, grades 6-12. Click here for details and to register for an amazing weekend retreat.

UMC News, Events, Info
 
Council of Bishops Take Three Actions 
The United Methodist Council of Bishops are meeting in Chicago from April 29 to May 4 to certify constitutional amendments and finalize their recommendations to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. Click here to learn more. 
 
Recognizing 50 Years of Fighting Racial Injustice & Inequity 
The General Commission on Religion & Race (GCORR) begins a year-long roll out of initiatives, programs and coverage that marks 50 years since its inception in 1968 and continues the work of bridge building within The United Methodist Church. Click here to watch a video or here to download free resources. 
 
Young Preachers Festival 
The Young Preachers Festival, June 27 - 28, is part of a movement to raise up the next generation of young preachers for the UMC. Click here to learn more.

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