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Hope Rises 5 Years Later 

Join congregations across GNJ remembering the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy this Sunday, Oct. 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. Click here to watch a video invitation from Bishop Schol. 

Long Term Recovery Round Table with Mary Pat Christie 

Bobbie Ridgely and Lou Strugala from A Future With Hope joined partners in long term disaster recovery from Ocean County LTRG, New Jersey Community Capital, SBP, Camp Evans, the Affordable Housing Alliance, Housing Recovery and Resources Center and Mary Pat Christie representing the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the storm and the recovery work funded by the HHNJRF. Click here to up to date information on the work of A Future With Hope.

Relational Discipleship and Community Building 

Learn how to enmesh yourself in the community in courageous, creative, and collaborative ways to be SENT out into 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!

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.
Disaster Response 

Esperanza for Puerto Rico (Hope for Puerto Rico) 

United Methodists in GNJ have many close ties to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. Working with the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico we are developing special resourcing and support for those in need after Hurricane Maria. Join us for a day of Thanksgiving on Nov. 19 and engage your congregation in contributed much needed supplies. 
Click here for information of the Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing on Nov. 19 and a supply list and drop off information.
Click here to register to be included on our Esperanza Team, a group of churches who will be updated regularly on needs as they arrive. Look for updates in The Digest, social media, email, and on GNJ's website.

Support Recovery Efforts

- 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.

- 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.

- Disaster Response Teams are now forming for Texas next month. Any ERTs and other volunteers interested in joining or leading the Nov. teams can contact UMVIM Coordinator Brittany Rusk for specific details. 

Pictured above: Over the summer, Rev. Derrick Doherty of Middletown UMC baptized young adult Conner Scott in the Atlantic Ocean 

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.

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.


He Called Me By Name: A Blog on Baptism 

Rites of passage, traditions, and more importantly, sacraments can be the moments that turn the page in people’s lives. Trey Wince, Director of New Disciples shares a moment that changed his life forever and explores the Water & Roots Baptism initiative. Click here to read.

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. 


Pictured above: GNJ staff and Wespath representatives gathered at the 2017 AUMCPBO on Oct. 25 at Ocean Place in Long Branch. 

GNJ Hosts AUMCPBO Annual Meeting

GNJ hosted the annual Association of United Methodist Conference Pension and Benefits Officers (AUMCPBO) annual meeting today, Oct. 25 at Ocean Place in Long Branch, bringing together Conference Benefits Officers, Treasurers, Chairs of Boards of Pension and Health Benefits, and Conference staff to share information regarding conferences benefits plans and how they're funded. Bishop Schol addressed the meeting. Click here for info on GNJ's pensions and health benefits. 

Embracing #SeeAllThePeople Disciple-Making Initiative 

Bishop Schol supports the #SeeAllThePeople initiative which calls churches to be in relationship with their communities as a way to fully embody the spirit of the Wesleyan tradition. Click here to read. 
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. 

Licensing School Dates for Local Pastors 

2018 Local Pastors Licensing school dates are Feb. 16-17, April 6-7, May 11-12, June 22-23. All meetings will be held at The Mission and Resource Center. Stay tuned for updates. 
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. 


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.

Nov. 4 Harvest Festival 

Join us on Nov. 4 from 2 - 7 p.m. for Pinelands Annual Harvest Festival, featuring pie eating contest, hayrides, games and activities, movies, make your own caramel apples, and a basket weaving presentation. Click here for details and to download printable flyers.

Cultivating Achievement, Mapping Out Possibilities 

On Saturday, Dec. 9, CAMP YDP in Paterson will be hosting a special fundraising event for the future. Tickets are $50 per person and ad space is available in the event journal. For more info or to purchase tickets/ ad space, contact Bria Pierre at (973)790-0887. 

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.

Immigration and Refugee Ministry Resources 

GNJ is committed to equip and resource local congregations to engage in ministries of mercy and justice that support the immigrant community. Click here for resources and tool-kits.

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. 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.

Oct. 28 | 2017 GNJ Historical Society Annual Meeting 
9:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Located at Dobbins Memorial UMC in Delacno, NJ.
Click here for details.

UMC News 

Summit Addresses Racism 

More than 100 people from across the Northeastern Jurisdiction came together to learn how to re-imagine, redefine, re-position and, most importantly, respond to issues around race. Click here to read the story.

Survey on Missionaries 

United Methodist Communications and Global Ministries are seeking United Methodist opinions on missionaries and their work. Your feedback will help shape programs and the way agencies communicate about missionaries. This survey should take about 10 minutes. Click here to take survey. 

Episcopalians, United Methodists Plan Approval of Full Communion Proposal 

The Episcopal Church-United Methodist Dialogue Committee met in Washington, D.C., to continue its work on establishing a full communion relationship between the two denominations Click here to read the story.

UMC Events
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.


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