July 31 – Congregations for Children Summit Register for this event today
August 1 – Local Church Audits for 2014 are due See more info→
August 8 – (9:00am until 1:00pm) Fairway District UMW School Supplies Event @ El Camino UMC
August 22 – (9:00am until 5:00pm) LSM Basic Course for Youth @ Jonesboro UMC
August 27 – Save the Date – District Clergy Gathering with Bishop Ward at Place TBD
October 24 – (9:00am until 5:00pm) Fall LSM Courses @ Smyrna UMC
From The Bishop: Congregations for Children Summit Invitation
Dear United Methodist friends,
Grace and peace to you in these summer days.
A very important event for inspiration and training is planned to advance Congregations for Children, our mission in church-school partnerships across the state of North Carolina.
I look forward to being with many of you on Friday, July 31, at 10am, at Garner UMC for the Congregations for Children Summit. Here in North Carolina, we lead the connection in engaging with children in poverty through church-school partnerships, embraced now by the Council of Bishops as a priority focus of United Methodist mission for the next quadrennium, 2017-2020.
I urge you to be present with others from your church. This is a great opportunity to grow from “strength to strength” in ministry with children and their families in our communities. Wherever you are in relation to this priority – visioning toward the possibility, just starting to engage or engaged over time – you will find this day delightful, inspiring and practically helpful. Register for this event today!
Thank you for marking this event on your calendar and inviting several people to ride with you to Garner on July 31!
With gratitude for our partnership in Christ’s ministry,
Hope Morgan Ward
Are they CRAZY or committed???
Cedar Grove UMC (Pastor Leah Skaggs) has just wrapped up a 3-week summer literacy camp for 24 children guided by two retired educators, 10 youth and a host of volunteer adults. Check out the Facebook pictures https://www.facebook.com/cedargroveumc.pittsboro?fref=photo and marvel with delight at the sight of summer enthusiasm. Each of the 24 children made measureable progress in both fluency and comprehension during the time at Cedar Grove UMC vs the more normal “summer reading loss” experienced by children without the benefit of engaging literacy summer activities. Over 200 books were given away. One, who was initially less than pleased with being at camp, actually asked toward the end of camp if he could remain in the building to read rather than participating in the planned recreation time. It was also amazing to think this incredible congregation with 17 in worship on July 5th had served far more during camp. Partnering with Perry Harrison Elementary School, Cedar Grove UMC is making a difference and is a “Congregation for Children.”
Yet, what captivated my mind was a Facebook note with the camp pictures, “Remember VBS in two weeks!” I had to go in person to see and to experience this enthusiastic church family eagerly reaching out to serve their community in such transforming and wonderful ways. As we were greeted by the Duke intern, Robin, I noted that I had come to see if the congregation might be crazy or truly committed Christian disciples…and, she joyfully responded, ”We are proud to be both!”
Local Church Audits for 2014 are Due August 1
All churches are reminded that 2014 audit reports are due on August 1. The Report of the Annual Audit (also known as the Fund Balance Report) can be found by logging in to the Online Data Collection System and clicking the Annual Reports link. Download the Local Church Audit Guide for helpful… Continue Reading→
Lay Servant Ministry Basic Course for Youth
Saturday, August 22 – 9:00am until 5:00pm – Jonesboro UMC, Sanford
Registration closes August 1. Registration Fee: $20.00 (includes snacks and lunch) + you will direct order your required course book at the link provided.
All youth, parents, and youth counselors are invited to attend Lay Servant Ministry (LSM) Training for Youth on Saturday, August 22 (9:00am until 5:00pm) at Jonesboro UMC (407 West Main Street, Sanford – in the Wesley Center). This is an opportunity for young persons, and their adult mentors, to be equipped as leaders in their local church. Rev. Ray Gooch will be leading this engaging time of learning and conversation.
In keeping with Safe Sanctuaries, there must be one church-designated adult for every six youth attending this training. In addition, the responsible adult must bring his or her church’s medical release forms and emergency contact information for their participants.
Questions? Please contact a member of the LSM Training Team: Zack Moser email@example.com, Carrie Carpenter firstname.lastname@example.org, or Amie Stewart email@example.com. More information regarding your pre-class assignment will be provided following registration.
Lay Servant Ministry Fall Classes offered Saturday,
October 24, 2015 – 9:00am until 5:00pm
Smyrna United Methodist Church – 203 Smyrna Church Road, Robbins, NC
Registration closes October 9. Registration Fee: $20.00 (includes snacks and lunch) + you will direct order your required course book at the link provided.
(Instructor will be Rev. David Woodhouse, pastor of Smyrna UMC in Robbins)
Required book: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course by Sandy/Brian Jackson
God calls every Christian to a life of servanthood as a disciple of Jesus Christ. In the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course, Sandy and Brian Jackson discuss processes to help individuals discern and respond to God’s particular call on their lives. They encourage each person to recognize and employ his or her spiritual gifts for the church to become what God intended it to be. This course invites participants to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship. It offers guidelines for optimal communication in leadership and presents numerous types of ministries in which lay servants may assume roles. Throughout the study, thoughtful questions provide excellent opportunities for individual consideration and group discussion.
(Instructor will be Rev. Ray Broadwell, Fairway District Superintendent)
Required book: Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church by Thomas Edward Frank (If you would like this in an eBook you can choose this option: Polity, Practice, and the Mission of the UMC)
This in-depth analysis of the connection between United Methodist polity and theology addresses ways in which historical developments have shaped–and continue to shape–the organization of the church.
This revised edition incorporates the actions of The United Methodist General Conference, 2004. The book discusses continuing reforms of the church’s plan for baptism and church membership, as well as the emergence of deacon’s orders and other changes to ordained ministry procedures. The text is now cross-referenced to the Book of Discipline, 2004, including the revised order of disciplinary chapters and paragraph numbering. Denominational statistics are updated, along with references to recent works on The United Methodist Church and American religious life.
(Instructor will be Rev. Linda Harris, Connectional Ministries of NC Conference)
Required book: Each One a Minister by William J. Carter
Each One a Minister, a revised and expanded edition of Carter’s previous book by the same title, begins with a study of Ephesians. Carter engages the reader in discovering the meaning of church, ministry, and gifts, from the early church up to the present. As a follow-up to the Bible study, readers and study groups look at ways in which God’s gifts are practical as well as spiritual. Four ministry categories, closely connected to the congregational primary task (receive, relate, equip, send), are identified; and Scripture readings, activities, and ways to implement specific ministries are suggested. Designed to encourage individuals to discover God’s call to ministry in their own lives, Each One a Minister leads us toward practical ways to use our gifts in ministries in our congregations and in our communities. For clergy, lay leaders, study groups, and others seeking to identify and use their gifts in meaningful ways.
If you would like to view print or share this version of Links of Faith, you are invited to use this pdf: Links of Faith 07.10.2015
If you would like to read some of the previous Links of Faith editions, you are invited to this page: Fairway District – Links of Faith Archives