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Disaster Response 

Pictured above: Flood buckets at Chatham UMC packed by generous volunteers, ready to send to UMCOR to provide relief to hurricane ravaged areas. 

Relief and Recovery Updates 

To date, GNJ has collected over $242,000 for UMCOR disaster relief for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Yesterday, Sam Perez, a member of Bishop Janes UMC delivered a check from GNJ for $50,000 directly to Bishop Hector Ortiz in Puerto Rico for relief efforts. Thank you! Click here to read the United Methodist News story on GNJ's work in Puerto Rico. 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. 

Our Troubled World: A Message from Bishop Schol 

From disastrous storms, earthquakes, mudslides, wildfires, war in Syria and Bangladesh, and the massacre in Las Vegas, Bishop Schol has a message for our troubled world. Click here to read. 

GNJ ERT Training at Capacity 

Stay tuned for more training to be scheduled this fall and winter. 

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


5th Anniversary Day of Prayer Resources Now Available 

In Greater New Jersey, we know what disaster feels like as we continue to work on recovery five years after Superstorm Sandy. To mark the 5th anniversary of the storm, join GNJ United Methodists in a Day of Prayer on Sunday, Oct. 29. Click here for worship resources, videos and liturgy you can use in your congregation. 

Lives Transformed at IGNITE 2017 

Last weekend, over 1,300 students and youth leaders from throughout GNJ came out for the 2017 IGNITE youth conference in Wildwood. Click here to watch a wrap-up video and read more about how lives were changed from students. 

Join The Movement 

Churches across GNJ are joining the movement to rediscover the power of baptism. More than 75 churches have registered for materials -- sign up now for free sermon series resources, graphics, promotional material, small group curriculum, and much more! Click here to register for resources which will be made available in November. If you or your church is participating in a baptism, share your stories, photos and videos with Josh Kinney. 
Next Generation Ministries 

Next Gen Takes the Next Step with New Website 

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, view staff members, and see job opportunities.


Folklore Films on the Uncovered Dish Podcast 

Danielle Fanfair and Marlon Hall of Folklore Films uses film-making as a tool to tell powerful stories in their home city of Houston. They share with The Uncovered Dish podcast as they gear up for the upcoming SENT Conference on Nov. 11. Click here to listen or watch. 


How IGNITE Changed Time... New Connection Blog Post 

The Connection blog returns with Director of Mission, Nicole Caldwell-Gross sharing how answering three important questions shifted her priorities and perspective regarding leading a workshop at IGNITE 2017. Click here to read. 

2017 Bishop's Days on the Region 

This week, Bishop Schol will visit and share with laity and clergy in the Southern Region.
Laity - Tonight (Wednesday) at Sicklerville UMC
Clergy - Tomorrow (Thursday) at Turnersville UMC
All clergy and laity of GNJ are welcome to attend, SPRC chairs and highly encouraged to attend. Click here for dates and details about future gatherings in the Northern and Central regions. 
Lay Servant Classes Happening Now 
Registration is still open for classes in the Northern Shore, Capital, Cape Atlantic and Gateway North districts. Click here to learn more and register.

Register for GNJ UMW Fall Meeting 

GNJ's United Methodist Women (UMW) Fall meeting will be held Oct. 21 at the Mission and Resource Center. Click here for more info and register by Oct. 7. 

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 Called to Move the Mission Forward? 

We believe there is someone in our pews who can help us move our mission forward in Connectional Ministries. This unique position is part executive assistant and part department manager. Please share the job description located here and cut and past the job advertisement into to your bulletin and newsletters. Click here. 

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. 4 | Bishop's Day on the Southern Region: Laity Session 
7:00 p.m. | Located at Sicklerville UMC in Sicklerville, NJ. 
Click here for details.

Oct. 5 | Bishop's Day on the Southern Region: Clergy Session 
9:00 a.m. | Located at St. John's UMC in Turnersville, NJ.  
Click here for details.

Oct. 7 | Registration Deadline for GNJ UMW Fall Meeting 
Click here for details

Oct. 10 | ARMS Fall Meeting
10:00 a.m. | Located at Green Village UMC in Green Village, NJ. 
Click here for details.

Oct. 11 | CFPAS Board Meeting 
3:00 p.m. | Located at The Mission and Resource Center. 
Click here for details.

UMC News
Serving Others in Times of Tragedy 
As we process our horror and grief after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, we may want to find ways to heal by serving others. Writer Joe Iovino reminds us that a great guide for finding ways to minister to our neighbors is found in Matthew 25:31-46. Jesus tells the helpers that they served him by serving those in the greatest need. Click here to read.
Leadership Conference and Live Stream 
Early-bird registration ends Oct. 9 for the "More Church Leaders | Strong Church Leaders" Conference and Live Stream on Nov. 4. Learn strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams. Click here to learn more and register. 
Laity Sunday - Oct. 15
On Laity Sunday, Oct. 15, United Methodists celebrate the calling, laity as well as clergy, to go and make disciples. We are called to be the church together in a world so desperately in need of hope. Resources for this Sunday can be found here. 

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, Ohio, 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.
Shining a Light on Global Migration Crisis 
On Dec. 3, United Methodist churches are encouraged to participate in a day of prayer and special offering to support displaced people around the world. Click here to read the story. 
Aid for Young People's Work on Racial Justice 
Applications are now available for grants to help United Methodist young people with a passion for racial justice to initiate projects that can influence their church, community and world. The application deadline is Oct. 15Click here to apply.


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