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Make Change Stick - Be SENT Into This World 

New expressions of church start with being SENT out into the community and the world! On Nov. 11 at Aldersgate UMC in East Brunswick, a one day conference for church leaders will explore exactly that. Click here for details and register today!

Featured workshops include:

Storytellers | Excavate the Good News Through the Power of Story with Danielle Fanfair and Marlon Hall of Folklore Films

Changemaker | Making Change. Making Change Stick with Mark DeVries of Ministry Architects 

Organizer | Planning to Fail with Christian Coon, co-founder of Chicago's Urban Village Church 

Theologian | Acts of/and Imagination with Eric Barreto of Princeton Theological Seminary 

Pastor | Reclaiming Wesley's Model of Relational Discipleship and Community Building with Michelle Matthews of Kingstowne Communion in Alexandria, VA. 


Outreach Teams, Mission Committees, Clergy and PaCE Groups Should Attend

The SENT Conference is a unique opportunity for those interested in new ways to reach people in the community to come together to learn, share and explore. Come to SENT! Click here to register.

A Future With Hope is the outbound mission arm of GNJ, meeting
needs and providing hope for communities throughout New Jersey


Superstorm Sandy Changed Us 

Join congregations across GNJ remembering the anniversary on Sunday October 29 in a day of prayer. Resources are available for your congregation here. Pray for recovery for the estimated 2,500 homeowners that are still on the path to recovery. Pray for thanksgiving for the 12,000 volunteers who dedicated their time and talents to our recovery. 389 congregations in GNJ have participated in recovery. Click here to join us in a day of remembrance.
Disaster Response 

Relief and Recovery Updates 

To date, GNJ has collected over $260,000 for UMCOR disaster relief for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. GNJ United Methodists are encouraged to support the recent hurricane relief and recovery efforts in prayer and in action. Click here to learn more and find out ways you can help.

Esperanza for Puerto Rico (Hope for Puerto Rico) 

GNJ leaders are in conversation with clergy with ties to Puerto Rico, UMCOR, Church and Society and the Methodist Church Bishop from Puerto Rico Hector Ortiz to discern the next steps in supporting recovery. Save the date for service, Esperanza for Puerto Rico, being planned now and more information about how our congregations can engage in the recovery process. If you or your congregation will be ready to help, please register here. We’ll let you know needs as they arrive. 

New ERT Training Class 

The next ERT class, re-certification and initial training, will be held on Nov. 25 at the UMC of Westfield in Westfield, NJ. To learn more and register, contact Carol Brozosky.

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

Celebrating Whiting UMC 

Whiting UMC is the latest church to join the United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey's family. Their congregation deposited, $416,000 with Wespath through the Foundation. If you would like to find out how you can put your money to work for you in alignment with United Methodist values, contact Brian Mickle, Director of Development, for assistance, more information, or questions. 

Pictured above: Rev. Beth Caulfield of Sharptown UMC baptizes new believers at Four Seasons Campground last month alongside Rev. Doug Smith and Rev. Jerry Ruff 

Join the GNJ-Wide Baptism Initiative - Water & Roots  

Churches all across GNJ are rediscovering the power of baptism! Sign up now for free sermon series resources, graphics, promotional material, small group curriculum, and much more! Register today for resources available starting in November. If you or your church is participating in a baptism, share your stories, photos and videos with Josh Kinney.
Next Generation Ministries 

Be a Part of Building GNJ's Next Generation 

Are you gifted at connecting with youth? Are you invested in the next generation of GNJ? Click here to learn about becoming an Engagement Specialist. Next Generations Ministries, GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries, has launched a new website. Click here to learn more, explore the mission, and view staff members.


Benefit From Invaluable Collaboration - Team Vital 

Do you want to save up to 9 months of work in your church's ministry? Collaborate with other congregations through Team Vital in 2018. Now's the time! Plan for future ministry and register by Dec. 1. Click here to learn more. 

2017 Bishop's Days on the Region 

This month, Bishop Schol will visit, listen and share with laity and clergy in the Northern Region on Oct. 26 at Grace UMC in Wycoff.  
All clergy and laity of GNJ are welcome to attend, SPRC chairs are highly encouraged to attend. Click here for dates and details about these meetings and future gatherings in the Central region. 

2017 GNJ Historical Society Annual Meeting 

The GNJ Historical Society will be having its 2017 annual meeting at Dobbins Memorial UMC in Delanco on Oct. 28. Dr. Kevin Newberg, Drew University's assistant professor of Christianity will deliver the keynote. Click here for details.

Local Church History Contest 

The Commission on Archives and History has announced this year's Local Church History contest. Click here to learn more. The deadline for submitting a local church history is Jan. 18, 2018. 

6 Imaginations for Following Jesus Into a Changing World

The book of Acts contains stories meant to provoke and inspire our imaginations about how God might be present among us in vibrant and unexpected ways. Click here to learn more about Eric Barreto's unique workshop on Nov. 11 at Aldersgate UMC in East Brunswick. 
Happening Now: Lay Servant Classes 
Registration is still open for Basic and Advanced Lay Servant classes in several districts. Click here to learn more and click the Fall Basic or Fall Advanced links on the right of the page to see remaining dates and locations based on district and to register. 
All People Conference 
On Friday, October 20, 46 clergy and lay from GNJ will board a bus headed for the All People Conference in Ohio. Bishop Schol will be a featured speaker at the conference which will focus on diversity, inclusion and justice. Travel mercies and prayers for all. Click here for information on the conference.


Compassionately serving senior citizens at facilities across New Jersey

United Methodist Communities 2017 Annual Report 

The fiscal year 2017 annual report of United Methodist Communities, the senior housing ministry of GNJ, is now available for the first time in digital and flip-book formats. Click here to view. 


Theology in the Streets Event - Oct. 30

The 2017 Tipple-Vosburgh lecture series, featuring keynote by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II focuses on integrating theory and practice to give churches, organizations and individuals the confidence and courage to transform society and help others embrace all humanity. Click here to learn more and register for Theology in the Streets on Oct. 30. 

GNJ Announcements 

Are You an Organizational Superstar? 

Are you a church administrator or leader looking for your next step? Do you have the relational ability to motivate, event plan, and manage tasks, schedules, and staff? The Connectional Ministries Team is seeking an Executive Assistant to do just that. Click here for a full job description.

United Methodist Personal Investment Plan 

The United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (UMPIP) plan provides a retirement savings plan for eligible clergy and employees of The United Methodist Church and affiliated organizations. Click here to find out more details regarding eligibility, election changes for 2018, and downloadable resources. 

Open Enrollment Starts Nov. 1 

HealthFlex Annual Election (Active Plan) United Healthcare Annual Election (Retiree Plan) and Guardian Dental Open Enrollment begins Nov. 1 – 16. Elections made during this time will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. For more information click here. 


Let the Mission and Resource Center Serve You 

Let the Mission and Resource Center serve you. Click here to fill out the Conference Meeting Room request form and reserve space for your congregation, agency, or committee

This Week Ahead
Oct. 21 | Laity Board Meeting 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Located at The Mission and Resource Center 
Click here for details.
UM Women - Annual Fall Meeting and Installation of Officers 
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Located at The Mission and Resource Center 
Click here for details.

Oct. 24 | ARMS Fall Meeting 
10:30 a.m. | Located at St. Peter's UMC in Ocean City, NJ. 
Click here for details.

Oct. 25 | Board of Ordained Ministry Executive Committee Meeting 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Located at The Mission and Resource Center 
Click here for details.

Oct. 26 | Bishop's Day on the Northern Region
Clergy Session: 9:00 a.m. | Laity Session: 7:00 p.m. | Located at Grace UMC in Wyckoff, NJ. Click here for details.

UMC Resources 
Does Your Church Make a Good First Impression? 
A newcomer’s first impression doesn’t come from your building or from a greeter. Research shows that your first impressions come from your website. Click here to learn more.
Embrace Love Graphics Available 
The church can offer comfort after acts of violence, racism and hate through the powerful message of God’s love. New “Embrace Love” social media graphics are available to support your church’s efforts to extend words of peace and hope to your community. Click here to download.
Global Migration Sunday Website Launches 
Everything you need to prepare for Global Migration Sunday on Dec. 3 is now available via a new website. Click here to explore the site, read migration stories, learn facts, and download resources. 
Celebrate United Methodist Student Day  
Think about the young people in your congregation as you prepare to celebrate United Methodist Student Day on Nov. 26. Download the United Methodist Student Day pastor’s kit for tools to celebrate including social media images, e-books, videos, and more. 
Glosario Metodista Unido (UM Glossary) 
Spanish speaking congregations are encouraged to visit an online glossary designed to help better understand facts and terms relating to The United Methodist Church. Click here to read more.

UMC News
Day of Wesleyan Renewal 
The Northeast Jurisdiction Evangelical Connection and Evangelical Network are sponsoring a special event on Nov. 4 entitled A Day of Wesleyan Renewal. The event will be held at Crosspoint UMC in Harrisburg, PA. Click here to learn more and register. 

Leadership Conference and Live Stream 
The "More Church Leaders | Strong Church Leaders" Conference and Live Stream on Nov. 4. will teach strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams. Click here to learn more and register. 

RevitUp! Young Clergy Event 

Wespath is hosting a revitup! for a Lifetime in Ministry educational event for young clergy ages 39 and under Nov. 13-15 in Pensacola Beach, FL. The event serves to strengthen personal, financial and leadership skills to sustain a lifetime in ministry. Scholarship opportunities and childcare are available. Click here for details and to register.
Registration Opens for UMW Assembly 2018 
The United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 will mark the official celebration of the organization’s 150th anniversary, returning to Columbus, OH, where the first assembly was held in 1942. Registration for the May 18-20, 2018 event is now open. Click here to read the press release.
Book of Discipline Survey 
The General Conference of The United Methodist Church is attempting to revise the Book of Discipline to be a truly global document. The working group has produced a draft and is seeking feedback. Click here to view draft and here to watch a detailed video. To complete the survey, click here.
Many Voices, One Faith 
United Methodists are coming together in a new forum, “Many voices, one faith,” to share theological perspectives on topics of interest in the denomination. Click here to read. 


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