April 12 (3pm) – Skeeter Run for Imagine No Malaria at Foothills Outdoors Center, Robbins
May 16 (10am to 12noon) – Jason Brown @ Sunrise UMC, Holly Springs
May 21 – Fairway District UMM Golf Tournament @ Whispering Pines Golf Club, Whispering Pines
June 10-13 – NC Annual Conference @ Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington
June 22-29 – Fairway District Mission Team to El Salvador
Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 3:00pm
Foothills Outdoors Center
305 Branson Circle, Robbins, NC (beside the fire department)
Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the US in the 1950’s. However, in Sub -Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds. But there is hope! Imagine No Malaria is part of a global partnership and together with our partners, our generation can beat malaria once and for all. The Fairway District Skeeter Run/Walk 5K is part of that partnership to help wipe out Malaria.
For more information or to sign up: http://fairwaydistrictnc.org/fairway-district-skeeter-runwalk-5k/
Change The World Weekend Saturday May 16th 10am until 12noon
Come join with children, youth, and adults in the NC Conference to hear Jason Brown’s testimony. This professional football player heard God’s call on his life, and came to Louisburg, NC to begin the First Fruits Farm. He and his wife, Tay Brown, learned to farm from watching YouTube videos! The harvested produce goes to the Society of St. Andrew, Interfaith Food Shuttle, and the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. They’ve already given over 110,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and cucumbers to the hungry in our state. Read more here – http://www.wisdomforlife.org/first-fruits-farm.html
His story was highlighted on CBS News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOL2zTgweMs&feature=youtu.be
We’ll hear from Jason, ask questions, and then join together to package rice and beans for the Holly Springs Food Cupboard. Offerings will be accepted towards the First Fruits Farm. If you would like to attend, please contact Amie Stewart at 919-200-3217 or email@example.com. All are welcome, but space is limited so please reply soon.
The Fairway District UMM Spring Golf Tournament – Thursday, May 21
Whispering Woods Golf Club in Whispering Pines
All proceeds from this tournament will go to the 2015 Scholarship Fund. The entry fee is $65 which includes: green fee, cart, 2 mulligans and a buffet lunch. The top 3 teams will receive cash prizes and there will be merchandise prizes for the closest to the pin winners on each par 3. We would be happy to have sponsors to offset the costs of these prizes.
Last year we had 10 teams in our tournament and raised $600 for the Scholarship Fund. Our goal this year is to have at least 12 teams and to raise $1000 for the Scholarship Fund. We need your help to make this happen. Please lift this tournament up to the golfers in your group and encourage them to participate. For more information and to download registration forms, go to http://fairwaydistrictnc.org/fairway-district-umm-spring-golf-tournament-may-21/.
Summer’s Coming. . .Keep Them Reading
Last spring, Holland UMC youth collected over 25,000 books which were distributed in 8 local elementary schools. The administrators and children were beyond THRILLED to receive the books! As plans are made for VBS, consider the importance of encouraging children and youth to continue to read throughout the summer. “Gently used book exchanges” and/or “free books” to take home during or following VBS may be the encouragement children/youth need to retain important life skills.
Discover an overview about becoming a Congregation for Children on the Fairway District web site http://fairwaydistrictnc.org/congregations-for-children-c4c/c4c-resources/ or by contacting Elaine Lilliston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food for Sierra Leone – Annual Conference 2015 Mission Project
In the past several years, we have asked for donations of birthing kits or school kits to be taken to Annual Conference and distributed thereafter. This year, we are asking that Churches help prepare food buckets before Annual Conference. These 5 gallon buckets will be packed onto a container and the container will be blessed by Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and Bishop John Yambasu, who will be visiting our Annual Conference in June from the Sierra Leone Annual Conference. These food buckets will be a welcomed gift for the people of Sierra Leone who are fighting the effects of the Ebola virus. Because of the quarantines which were necessary to contain the virus, many people have become desperately in need of basic food supplies. Particularly impacted are children who have become orphaned due to the Ebola virus outbreak—and countless others who have been ostracized in their communities because of the disease.
It is well within our capabilities to load an entire container of these food buckets and send them as a gift in honor of Bishop Yambasu—who has helped to lead his country’s fight against the problems brought by the Ebola virus. Bishop Yambasu and his colleagues in the Sierra Leone Annual Conference will distribute the food on the ground as they determine specific needs.
Here are the logistics necessary to prepare the shipment:
- Churches can begin to collect food for the food buckets at any time. The items that are needed are as follows: 1 bag of sugar (4 or 5 lbs); 1 bag rice (5 lbs); 1 bag dried beans (2 lbs); 1 package of powdered milk (10 oz or less); 1 box of oatmeal (18 oz or less); 1 bottle of cooking oil (48 oz or less); 2 cans of meat (ham, chicken, or tuna).
- Collected food can then be either:
- Boxes/bags of food can be collected of the different items—and pre-sorted by type of food.
- Or… Churches may pack food in 5 gallon buckets—with all of the items listed above. Should Churches choose to do this option, please contact Bill Haddock beforehand.
- All collected food—either in the buckets or in boxes/bags—should be taken to the Ministry Center at 3MC (the small warehouse). The food can be taken to the warehouse on Monday through Saturday, May 11-16, 2015. May 16 is a part of Change the World Weekend and the warehouse will be in need of volunteers to fill buckets, palletize them, and arrange them for shipment. Volunteers should arrive at the warehouse at 9 am that day.
You can download a packing list and flyer here. Thank you in advance for your help in this project. Should you have questions, contact the Rev. Dr. Bill Haddock at email@example.com or 910.262.3831.
Asking Children to Imagine Mission and Service
In recognition of the 75 years of UMCOR, the Conference is requesting children in the conference to create and submit artwork showing mission work done throughout the conference or what they think it means to serve others. Children are invited to share a picture they draw, paint, color, or any other medium they choose so that every person present at the 2015 Annual Conference (around 2000 persons) can receive a hand-drawn picture from a child to take home. Pastors, Sunday School teachers, and others who minister with children are asked to collect artwork on any type of paper, 8 ½” x 11″ size, and send to NC Conference – UMC, c/o Rev. Carol Goehring, 700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner, NC 27529 by May 15.
Ray Broadwell, District Superintendent
Lou Ann Allred, Assistant to the District Superintendent
The Fairway District
North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church
700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner, North Carolina 27529
919.779.9435 or 888.661.4941 or FairwayDistrict@nccumc.org
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