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Disaster Response 

Hope Starts With You 

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 contributing 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. 

Team Vital 

Join Colleagues, Plan for the Future 

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.
Water & Roots 

Rediscovering Baptism Starts Now 

Rediscovering the power of Baptism starts now! Resource materials will be made available to all who sign up here. Materials include sermon series resources, graphics, promotional material, small group curriculum, and much more! If you or your church is participating in a baptism, share your stories, photos and videos with Josh Kinney.

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

5 Years Later, Hope Presses On 

GNJ commemorated the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy with a conference-wide Day of Prayer of Oct. 29. At St. Andrew UMC in Toms River, Bishop John Schol, Governor Chris Christie and his cabinet, and 14 mayors from around the state took part in a worship service to reflect, pray for those still recovering, and to call leaders to finish the work that’s begun. Click here to read the story in The Asbury Park Press or here to read the report from UMCOM. Click here or above to watch the video. 

Are You Called to Serve the Church'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.


The Powerful Stories of Baptism 

The pews are filled with visitors, the parking spots are all taken and there is a buzz in the air... something special is happening. It’s a baptism! Director of Small Groups, Gina Yeske shares in the latest installment of The Connection blog. Click here to read.


Historic Native American Methodist Church Designated

The St. John UMC (Fordville) in Cumberland County,marked the church’s official designation as an Historic Native American Methodist Church on Oct. 29. It is the only church to receive such designation in the State of NJ and is the 5th oldest Native American Methodist Church in the Nation. Click here to learn more.

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. 

Nov. 4 Harvest Festival 

Join us on Nov. 4 from 2 - 7 p.m. for Pinelands Annual Harvest Festival, featuring a 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.

Back to Basic's Luncheon Fundraiser 

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1-4 p.m. 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 

Open Enrollment Starts Today 

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. 

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.


Beware of Spam Emails 

As a reminder, please never open a link in a GNJ email that does not contain our full signature. If an email appears questionable to you, forward the email to the alleged sender to confirm its validity. 

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

UMC News, Events, Info

Respond to the Global Migration Crisis 
There are 65 million people displaced in the world today, more than at any other time since WWII. The UMC’s response to this crisis is Global Migration Sunday on Dec. 3, a day of prayer and generosity that will raise awareness and funds to aid migrants and refugees. Learn more about this important Sunday via a free webinar on Nov. 8. Click here to 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.

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. Click here.

Advent Resources Available 

Order materials to support your outreach efforts now and you’ll receive $400 off your order! Resources include donor hangers, invitation cards, selfie stand, outdoor banners, postcards and more. Click here. 


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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