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September 29 - October 1 | #ignite17

9 Days to IGNITE 2017!

Don't miss Tedashii, Meredith Andrews, DJ Vow and Leanor Ortega Till! These big name talents will take the IGNITE stage next weekend!, leaving youth encouraged, inspired, and fired up for God. Click here for the lineup, breakout sessions and schedule. 

Procrastinators Welcome 

There's still time to join IGNITE 2017! If you didn't plan ahead, it's okay, we've got you covered. Friday, Sept. 28 is your final chance to take advantage of the last IGNITE price break. Don't miss out on this final opportunity to save $$$. Click here to register and save.
Disaster Response 

Sunday school children at Florence UMC help 
make flood buckets for hurricane relief


Hurricane Relief and Recovery Updates 

As hurricane season presses on, GNJ United Methodists are encouraged to support relief and recovery efforts in prayer and in action:
  • Click here to watch and share a video explaining 3 ways you can help make a difference.
  • Donate to UMCOR. You can make checks payable to GNJ Annual Conference and mark in the note that it's designated for Hurricane relief. To date, GNJ has collected nearly $85,000 for UMCOR disaster relief for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Thank you!
  • Make relief and hygiene kits to restock UMCOR's critical supplies.
  • Get trained as an Early Response Team (re-certification and initial training) on Sat. Oct. 21.
  • Share your photos of relief and recover to GNJ so we can share with our connections. Send your photos to Josh Kinney.
Pray for the people in the path of the hurricanes and those in recovery. Pray for families who await word from loved ones in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. Bishop Schol shared his concern and prayers with our clergy who call Puerto Rico home: 

As another hurricane approaches Puerto Rico,
Beverly and I are deeply concerned for you, your families and friends.

We cannot imagine how hard this is for you.
We are praying for you and your loved ones.  

I encourage you to do the things you need to do in the coming weeks
to care for your families and for yourself.
We love you deeply and care about you and your home land.


Peace and Hope,

Bishop John Schol


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


5 Years Since Sandy, GNJ Unites in Prayer 

The people of GNJ know that hurricane recovery takes time. It also takes the resources, prayers and contributions from the United Methodist Connection throughout the country and the world. To mark the 5th anniversary of Sandy, join GNJ United Methodists in a Day of Prayer on Sunday, Oct. 29. Worship resources, videos and ino to be used in your congregation will be posted here. Stay tuned! 

Rediscover Baptism - Register Today 

Join with churches all across GNJ in rediscovering the power of baptism! 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. 
Next Generation Ministries 


Next Gen Moves Forward with New Coordinator 

Next Gen has hired Ryan Clements to lead as the Next Gen Ministries Coordinator. He's a seminary student at Drew Theological School and has been working with Mosaic Ministries in the Northern Shore District. Clements is ready for what's next for GNJ's youth and young adult ministry.  

Gifted at Connecting with Youth?

Next Gen is looking for an Engagement Specialist to develop innovative initiatives for expanding the number of students, parents, youth leaders and volunteers and other key stakeholders participating in Next Gen Ministries in GNJ. Click here to learn more and apply.

2017 Annual Conference Journal Available Online 

The 2017 Annual Conference Journal is available online in digital form. Click here to view. Clergy and lay directories are available through Arena. Lay members without Arena credentials can email Kaitlynn Deal to receive their online copy of the journal. Hard copies will be delivered in October. 


Congregational Development Grants for 2018 

GNJ provides development grants to leaders and congregations that encourage innovative ministry that connects with people in the community, develop lay and clergy leadership for making disciples and transforming the world, and maximize vital congregations. Click here for more information and to download the application form. Applications for 2018 must be received by Oct. 6.

Message From Bishop Schol - Laity and Clergy Gatherings 

Click here to read a message from Bishop Schol regarding the upcoming Bishop's Days on the regions. Sessions will begin next month starting with the Southern region on Oct. 4 and 5. All clergy and laity of GNJ are welcome to attend, SPRC chairs and highly encouraged attend. 

Frank Davis Installation in Capital District 

All are welcome to join the Installation Service for Superintendent Frank Davis of the Capital District on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mark's UMC in Hamilton Square. RSVP to Brian Joyce. Clergy should be robed for the procession. 
Lay Servant Classes Beginning Now - Still Time to Register 
Several districts are starting lay servant classes this weekend. Serve your church through ministries of leading, caring, and communicating. Registration is open for Fall 2017 Basic and Advanced Lay Servant classes. Click here to learn more and register.

Connectional Ministries Team Seeks Manager 

Greater New Jersey is a great place to work. We are looking for the right person to join our team in Connectional Ministries. Is that person in our pews? Please share the job description located here and cut and past the job advertisement into to your bulletin and newsletters. Click here. 

SENT Conference Pursues Great Commission 

On Nov. 11, learn from a storyteller, change-maker, organizer, theologian, and pastor on how to be SENT into this world. Click here to learn more about the one day conference and explore workshops, facilitators, a news article, flyer, and church bulletin insert. 

Using Community Organizing to Plant Church

The Uncovered Dish Christian Leadership Podcast features Christian Coon, co-founding and lead pastor of Chicago's Urban Village Church, on how using community organizing techniques helped plant a vibrant, young adult church. Click here to listen or watch. 

Benefit Compilation Album Features GNJ Worship Director

"As Deep As The Sea" is a benefit album composed of United Methodist young people. GNJ's Director of Worship, Eric Drew, is using his music to help hurricane survivors by including his music. Click here to check out and download the album. 

All People Conference for Urban Ministry 

Bishop Schol is joining Rev. Olu Brown, Pastor of Impact Church, and Rev. Junius Dotson, General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries, at the All People Conference, Oct. 21-23 in Columbus, OH. If you are interested in attending please contact Soomin Lee for details. Click here for more info.


Deadlines for UMVIM Haiti Trip 

Deposit deadlines are looming for the GNJ UMVIM trip to Haiti on Jan. 6-13, 2018. First deposit due Sept. 30. Planning to go? Contact Brittany Rusk for more info or to book a presentation so your church can learn more and support the mission. 
This Week Ahead 

Sept. 24 | Rev. Frank Davis Installation Service 
4:00 p.m. | Located at St. Mark's UMC in Hamilton Square, NJ. 
Click here for details.

Sept. 26 | Next Generation Ministry Meeting 
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Located at the Mission and Resource Center. 
Click here for details.

Sept. 27 | Board of Pensions Meeting 
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Located at the Mission and Resource Center. 
Click here for details.

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 | IGNITE 2017 
Located at The Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, NJ. 
Click here for details.

GNJ Announcements 

Take HealthQuotient by Sept. 30

Participants and spouses in HealthFlex, take the HealthQuotient online health by Sept. 30 to avoid paying higher deductibles in 2018. Click here and log in to get started and avoid paying extra on next year's Healthflex deductible. 

GNJ is Seeking the Following Positions: 

Insurance Administrator for the Benefits Team. 
Connectional Ministries Administrative Services Manager for the Connectional Ministries Team (CMT).
Click here for more information and application procedures.


Suggestions From Our Readers 

Email signatures that contain the church you serve, the role you serve (pastor or lay),  reply email and phone number will be great in increasing communication and conversation between churches in GNJ. It’s easy to create an email signature – most email programs have the ability to set them up automatically in the settings options. 

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
Group to Church: Let's Stay Together 
The new group Uniting Methodists Movement is getting under way with the message that different views of same-gender marriage and gay ordination need not be church-dividing. Two of the group’s leaders are members of the Commission on a Way Forward. Click here to read the story. 
Survey Seeks Feedback on Sexual Harassment Issues 
The United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women wants to know what has changed since its 2005 survey of sexual harassment in the church. The deadline to respond to the survey is Oct. 3. Click here for more info. 
Inspiring Resource for Local Congregations 
The United Methodist Now newsletter provides high quality and relevant content highlighting examples of Christian living, inspirational messages, and what it means to be a part of our connection. Take advantage of this tool for your congregation and click here to sign up.
New Advent Outreach Resources Available 
New resources that support local church Advent outreach efforts are now available, carrying the theme “Unwrap the true meaning of Christmas” and complementing The United Methodist Church’s national Advent advertising campaign. Click here to read press release.
Young Adults Global Mission Opportunity  
Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church invites young adults, ages 20-30, to a two year mission as a Global Mission Fellow. Click here to learn more and apply. 
World Communion Sunday Resources 
Download the free World Communion Sunday Pastor and Leader's Kit and order your leaflet/offering envelopes and posters to enhance your celebration. Click here for a video you can share in your church and here for an inspiring story about the impact of your gifts. You're also invited to worship alongside the youth of GNJ on World Communion Sunday at IGNITE in Wildwood. Click here to learn more.  


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