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A Time for Change


More than 200 people participated in the three racial justice listening sessions that finished up this past Monday. The diverse audience reinforced the need for change and a call for action toward racial justice following the suffocation of George Floyd by a police officer. GNJ individuals and congregations have participated in rallies and demonstrations, pastors have preached messages and have led conversations about a faithful response for racial justice, inclusion, equity and ending racism. 
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Priorities of GNJ

Deepen Faith

Silence is No Longer Golden, Rev. Kay Dubuisson
In the 40 Days of Prayer: God of Justice, help us to not keep silence in the midst of pain and suffering. Do not let us settle for a false peace, instead help us to work with passion and love until all the world experiences true peace, Amen.

I was having a conversation with a colleague about the recent unrest surrounding police violence and racism in America. During this conversation, I was told that Haitians are silent to the cause of African Americans in America. Immediately, I became defensive. I lashed out with many excuses, while simultaneously trying to process what was, for me, a rude awakening. Read more

Develop Leadership

Susan Beaumont, spiritual coach and author of "How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going," frames 10 questions leaders should ask in this time of ministry. She writes, “The questions are merely an invitation to pay exquisite attention—to notice why we are making the choices we make, and what wants to happen next. The dialogue that these questions provoke can make the difference between merely surviving this season and thriving in the next.” Read more

Grow Vitality | Five Markers

Small Groups

  • Jesus in the City curriculum starts July 22 with "From Marginalization to Mutuality" Read more

Worship

  • Worship Services in 3 Languages for this Sunday, the second week of clergy renewal View and download
  • Check out "Living in a Strange Land:" a bonus series offered by UMC clergy in the Northeastern Jurisdiction
  • Discover Jesus in the City Sermon Series this July and explore life in the city and how to be a follower of Jesus in an urban setting Read more

Giving

  • What Lies Ahead for Stewardship from Discipleship Ministries. Next session is tomorrow at noon Read more
  • Looking for new ways to spur more giving and social media engagement? #IGiveUMC can help Read more

Mission

  • Free Virtual Courses from Mission u coming July 11 and 18 Register here
  • Have you seen the new UMVIM website? Check out upcoming projects, insurance information and other resources in a new user-friendly format.

Making New Disciples

  • Webinars on Equipping Leaders this July from Discipleship Ministries Read more
  • Racial Ethnic Grants: developing disciple-making systems for everyone Read more

News and Information

Good News

GNJ churches are continuing their missions to make new disciples and transform the world in creative, inspiring and motivating ways. This week's good news was seen in Camden, a city rich in history and culture, where two young men from Parkside UMC have started the "Two Black Church Boys" podcast to engage in conversations about racial justice. Read more and click image above to view recent episode.

GNJ in the News

  • View and Share First UMC in Glassboro's Reopening Video that landed in UMNews
  • NJ.com Highlights New Clergy Renewal Worship Services in 3 Languages Read more as well as other UMC services. Continue to stay up to date on all online services throughout GNJ.
  • In case you missed last week:
    • Op-Ed from the New Jersey Coalition of Religious Leaders Read more
    • Africa University Sends Gratitude and Good News Read more


Denominational News

  • MARCHA Calls the Global Church to Eradicate Racism Read more
  • COVID-19 Resources from DisAbility Ministries Read more
  • Communicating Cross-Culturally to help create change from ResourceUMC Read more
  • GBHEM's Women of Color Scholars Program Renamed Read more
  • GCORR's Sermons Preaching Against Racism Check out
  • In case you missed last week:
    • BMCR Statement - A Call to Action Read more


Bishop Schol's Messages


Events and Other News

Clergy Information

Administration

Meet Rob Zuckerman - GNJ's New CFO
Robert Zuckerman, a member of Freehold UMC and GNJ’s new chief financial officer/treasurer started on June 22. He will serve in place of John Cardillo who retires at the end of the month after 14 years of service. Read more
  • NEW Liability Guidance amid COVID-19 from Church Mutual Read more
  • NEW! Received PPP Funding? Now there's a simplified reporting form Read more
  • Stay up to date on Reopening Guidelines Read more
  • Capacity Planning: software recommendations to prepare your congregation to resume gathering safely Read more
  • Social Distancing Signs in preparation for reopening here
  • New Vendors Added for PPE Supplies Read more
  • HealthFlex Exchange is coming for employees on GNJ’s health plans. Find out and be prepared for 2021!

Laity

  • Full Worship Services in 3 Languages for use this Sunday View and download
  • NEW Jesus in the City curriculum for small group leaders starts July 22 Read more
  • Deadline Nears for Clergy Appraisals Read more
  • Free Virtual Courses from Mission u coming July 11 and 18 Register here

Mission Partners

  • IGNITE Summer at Home starts July 6. Includes dynamic content focusing on creativity and transformation in your faith journey Register
  • Summer Youth Leader Cohorts - do youth ministry together For details
  • Pinelands Center Wants to See You this August for Family Camps Read more
  • Making Miracles Everywhere: COVID-19 Relief Fund Receives $15K UMCOR grant to support local food pantries Read more
  • Is Your Church Listed on the Circles of Giving? See how you can make miracles Read more
  • Our Food Pantries continue to change lives Read more
  • Seeking Regional Coordinator (for food distribution) Read more
  • Financial Assistance for people in your congregation & community. See resources from NJVOAD

The Centenary Fund

The Centenary Fund and Preachers Aid Society was established in 1857. The purpose of the fund is to provide maximum assistance in times of need for the support of retired clergy, surviving spouses and dependent children of deceased clergy who have served in GNJ.

Opportunities

Grants

  • Childcare Center Grants due Tuesday Apply
  • Peace with Justice Apply
  • Racial/Ethnic Ministries Apply
  • GNJ COVID-19 Relief Fund Apply

Employment Opportunities

  • AFWH Regional (Food) Coordinator Apply
  • See All Employment Opportunities Apply
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