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Last Chance to Register for OUTBOUND 

Registration for OUTBOUND: A Day on Evangelism closes tomorrow, 3/23. Don't miss out on this exclusive event that will equip leaders and churches in reaching millennials, social media and video practices, and new ministry expressions. Click here for schedule, speakers, workshops, videos, and to register. 

Reggie Dabbs to Speak at IGNITE 2017 

With a mission to reach today's students, motivational speaker Reggie Dabbs will be bringing a message of hope to the 2017 IGNITE conference in Wildwood, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1. Endorsed by students, teachers, principals and pastors, Dabbs is a proud member of The Youth Alliance headquartered in Vineland. Click here to read more about Reggie and here to find out more about IGNITE 2017. Registration opens April 1. 

Registration Open 

Registration for the 2017 GNJ Annual Conference is now open. Come rejoice with us as we gather at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood from May 21-23. Click here for more information, schedule, and registration form. 

Cultural Competence Teaching Moment by Erin Hawkins

Erin M. Hawkins will be leading a teaching session at the 2017 Annual Conference on Cultural Competence. Hawkins is the General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race. Click here to learn more.   

Display Table Registration Open 

Registration is now open for display table space. We welcome you to represent your ministry and encourage you to use this opportunity to outreach to the GNJ community with informative displays. Spaces will be granted in the order that they are received, however, UMC organizations take priority. Please register by April 15 to ensure your space. Click here for more info and registration. 

Focus Group Request Form 

If your group or committee would like to schedule a special gathering at the Wildwoods Convention Center, please click here to complete the form. The deadline to reserve a meeting space is April 28. 

Extension Ministry Dinner 

All clergy in extension ministry are invited to enjoy fellowship and a meal at the Extension Ministry Dinner at Annual Conference: Monday, May 22 at 5:45 p.m. The cost is $28.00 per person. You can register for the dinner when you register for the conference. 
A Future With Hope is the outbound mission arm of GNJ, meeting
needs and providing hope for communities throughout New Jersey

Hope Center Developer Sought 

A Future With Hope is hiring a Hope Center Developer for the South/Central New Jersey area who will provide logistical, programmatic and administrative management for Communities of Hope and Hope Centers. Click here for a job description and details. Please send resume and cover letter to Kaitlynn Deal. 
United Methodists throughout GNJ are working toward the goal of $12 million to help rebuild homes, save lives and inspire local church mission

2017 Imagine No Malaria Marathon 

On Saturday, April 29 from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. the 2017 Imagine No Malaria Marathon will take place at Calvary UMC in Dumont. Open to Jr. & Sr. High youth from all houses of worship, scouts and other organizations. For registration materials or more info send an email or call 201-208-0743. The deadline to register is April 15.


The Connection: Youth Ministry is Easy, Right? 

There's a lot of noise out there when it comes to youth ministry resources. Trey Wince, Director of New Disciples, asks a group of youth ministry gurus for their best resource ideas to lead GNJ youth and churches to something better in the latest edition of The Connection blog. Click here to read.

Africa University Thanks GNJ 

In 2016, United Methodists gave $2,196,008 to Africa University, one of our shared ministry funds. By giving 100% of our shared ministry again this year, GNJ did our part for the connection. A thank-you banner from Africa University will be displayed at the 2017 Annual Conference, encouraging continued support for the fund. Click here for details. 

Political Divide and Church Unity

Pastor Chuck Mitchell of Dobbins UMC in Delanco and Pastor Lyssette Perez of the UMC of the Rockaways talk about how faithful Christ-followers are found in both liberal and conservative communities. Listen to ways United Methodists across the political spectrum can move forward together in 2017. Click here to listen. 

Excellence in Communication 
Churches within GNJ are doing outstanding work in the area of communication. Sharing resources through the connection makes us stronger. GNJ churches are creating high quality communication materials to help make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world. To take a look at Haddonfield UMC’s annual report, click here. To submit your own work for sharing, please send an email to Brittney Reilly. 

Listening and Conversation Unites GNJ 

Last weekend, clergy and laity throughout GNJ gathered for a day of "Graceful Conversations" in the midst of "Graceful Controversies." Hopes and aspirations for the future of The United Methodist Church were shared to send forth to The Commission on a Way Forward. Click here for resources, stories, videos and more. 

Sanctuary Movement 

In response to recent immigration concerns, Bishop Schol invites clergy who want to work with their congregations to become a Sanctuary Church or participate in other ministries to work with immigrants and refugees to please complete a form available here. 

Immigration Resources Learning Opportunity 

A Learning for Action webinar on the Educational Rights of Immigrant Children will be held on March 30 at 7 p.m. Click here for more info and to RSVP. 

Appointment Information

Each Sunday by 1:00 p.m., GNJ posts new clergy appointments on the website. Click here to learn more about the clergy appointment process, check out resources here.  
GNJ Announcements

Memorial Service for Bishop Felton May 

The Council of Bishops has secured a block of rooms at Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, D.C. for those coming to attend Bishop Felton May's memorial service on April 1. Please contact the hotel directly and reserve a room under the block, "Council of Bishops."

Peace with Justice Grants 

The Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey believes that vital congregations are congregations deeply rooted in mercy and justice ministries. Christian discipleship is centered in living out the love and grace of God that we have experienced. The Board also wishes to support the General Board of Church and Society objectives for Peace with Justice grants. Click here for more info. 

Scholarship Opportunities 

The GNJ Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry is now accepting applications for the 2017 scholarship opportunities. A letter was mailed to each church and more information can be found here. Deadline: March 31. 


Church Mutual Scholarships 

You might be eligible to apply for a $5,000 scholarship through Church Mutual. 50 scholarships will be awarded. Click here for complete eligibility details and info. Applications will be accepted through April 15. Click here for details.

Waves of Grace Women's Retreat 

The 2017 Waves of Grace Women's Retreat will be held April 21-22 in Wildwood. This retreat offers women of all ages, races and denominations an opportunity to encounter the grace of God through a time of worship and fellowship. Click here for more info. 

Resources for Vitality 

Did you know the GNJ website has resources for laity and clergy leaders around the 5 markers of vitality? Links appear on the site's home page or you can click here to view the complete section. 

Employment Opportunities

GNJ is currently hiring for the following two positions: Director of Stewardship and Regional Administrative Assistant. Click here for more information and application procedures. Pinelands Center is also seeking kitchen and housekeeping staff willing to work flexible hours. For more info call 609-893-3354 or click here to email resume. 

Interpretation Equipment Available 

GNJ has interpretation equipment available for agencies, committees and other groups so your next event or service can be interpreted in up to four languages. Click here to request use of this equipment.

Reserve Space at the Mission and Resource Center 

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. 

Rev. Pat Bruger's Retirement Celebration 

Help celebrate Rev. Pat Bruger's life of service at her retirement dinner, held at The Fiesta in Wood-Ridge on April 27. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 6. Reserve your seat today. If you can't attend, you're welcome to honor Rev. Bruger and support CUMAC's mission by sharing a special message. Call 973-742-5518 or click here for details. 

Drew University Open Door Event 

Do you know someone who is interested in ministry or other graduate studies? The Drew University Open Door event on March 30 from 10:00 a.m. - 8:15 p.m. allows visitors to get a feel for the campus by joining in on classes, engage with faculty and students and gather in worship. Click here for complete schedule and to register. Questions? Please contact Rev. Dr. Kevin D. Miller or call 973-408-3111.

This Week Ahead
March 23 | Registration for OUTBOUND closes 
12:00 a.m. | Click here for more info.

March 25 | OUTBOUND: A Day on Evangelism 
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Located at Bethany Wayne UMC in Wayne.
Click here for details. 

March 25 | Spring Basic Lay Servant Class: Raritan Valley District 
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Located at New Dover UMC in Edison. 
Click here for details. 

March 25 | Track 1: Southern Region Revolutionizing Stewardship Action Training
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Located at First UMC in Millville. 
Click here for details. 
UMC News

Judicial Council in Newark 

An oral hearing on a petition questioning whether a gay pastor can serve as bishop in The United Methodist Church will open the spring meeting of Judicial Council, the denomination's top court. The hearing - set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the Hilton Hotel at the Newark Penn Station in Newark - is the only portion of the council's April 25-28 meeting that is open to the public. Click here to read more. 

Compassion and Justice for Immigrants, Refugees 

The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race issued a statement calling on United Methodists to welcome immigrants and refugees. The statement also asks that churches consider becoming a sanctuary church or in some other way address the needs of immigrants and refugees. United Methodists should also, the statement says, do what they can to quell fear and hate speech. Click here to read the statement. 

Leadership and Fundraising Class

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry is offering an online class on leadership and fundraising, May 23 - 25. Click here to learn class details, view a video, and register. 

Large Church Initiative Conference 2017 

The 2017 Large Church Initiative Conference (LCI) will be hosted May 8-10 at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, IL. The conference will equip pastors and church staff to be more effective in ministry and will hear from brilliant keynote speakers. Click here for details and to register. 

Get Ready for UMCOR Sunday 

The popular special Sunday observance One Great Hour of Sharing, now called UMCOR Sunday, is March 26. The offering underwrites the United Methodist Committee on Relief's costs of doing business, which ensures that 100% of every gift made to a specific UMCOR project can be spent on that project. Click here to download resources. 


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