October 1 – (9:30am to 1:30pm) Fairway District Clergy Day-Apart @ First UMC, Siler City
October 24 – (9:00am until 5:00pm) Fall LSM Courses @ Smyrna UMC, Robbins
October 25 – Superlative Sunday (Cluster Charge Conferences), 3:00-4:30pm @ Lillington UMC
November 1 – Superlative Sunday (Cluster Charge Conferences),
2:30-4:00pm @ Morris Chapel UMC, Sanford;
6:00-7:30pm @ Mount Pleasant UMC, Pittsboro
November 8 – Superlative Sunday (Cluster Charge Conferences),
2:30-4:00pm @ Page Memorial UMC, Aberdeen;
6:00-7:30pm @ Trinity UMC, Troy
November 15 – (3:00pm) Bob Goff @ Saint Francis UMC, Cary
A principal reflecting on his school stated, “We have great students!” In a school of 450 with 77% FRL (free and reduced lunch) and at least 40 homeless students, the principal shared with a UMC that the school had had two weekly classroom volunteers in all of 2014-15. This new school year will be a different story! Fuquay-Varina UMC has made a commitment to come alongside the school. Volunteers are eagerly signing up as classroom helpers, a library assistant and a back-up team to help ensure 125 food backpacks are filled by volunteers rather than classroom educators. An additional team is in motion to ensure teachers receive year-round notes and expressions of appreciation from the community. The F-V UMC Mission Team affirmed, “We are on a mission to transform our community while supporting our local public schools!”
“Congregations for Children” is an adaptable outreach into communities served by United Methodist churches to ensure our students and educators have the resources and encouragement needed for success. Please contact Elaine Lilliston email@example.com to share Fairway District success stories and/or to inquire about “C4C” and how to become involved in supporting local public schools in your community.
The NC Conference is also offering an
Advanced Course for LSM
“C4C Leadership Course” (Congregations for Children)
DATE: Oct 31, 2015 – TIME: 9:00am-3:00pm
PLACE: Methodist Building,Garner NC
NOTE: Course will also include 4 additional hours of webinar and other “out of class” work
COURSE MATERIALS: All course materials will be provided. Please bring a pen or a pencil.
INSTRUCTOR: The primary instructor will be Pat Litzinger, NC Conference’s Leadership Team C4C Point Person. Various guest speakers/instructors may also participate.
LOVE SERVES with New York Times
Best-Selling Author Bob Goff
Sunday, November 15
Saint Francis UMC, Cary
Come be inspired by guest speaker Bob Goff (www.bobgoff.com) on Sunday, November 15, as he challenges us around our 2015 NC Conference SERVE theme. “I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter,” he says. The best-selling author of LOVE DOES (www.bobgoff.com/love-does), Bob is a down-to-earth speaker who encourages everyone to get to the “do” part of life. Choosing to live audaciously, Bob donates profits from Love Does to Restore International, a human rights nonprofit he founded, and to The Mentoring Project.
The free event is November 15 at Saint Francis UMC, Cary. A love offering supports Imagine No Malaria (https://nccumc.org/imaginenomalaria/). Seating for 800 is available on a first-come basis – please carpool. Doors open at 2:00 pm with a book signing starting at 2:15pm, Bob’s presentation at 3pm, and book signing until 4:30 pm. For more information, go to https://nccumc.org/events/love-serves-with-nyt-best-selling-author-bob-goff/.
Lay Servant Ministries Classes
Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 9:00am until 5:00pm
Smyrna UMC – 203 Smyrna Church Road, Robbins, NC
Registration closes October 9. Registration Fee: $20.00 (includes snacks and lunch) and you will need to direct order your required course book at the link provided.
Lay Servant Ministries
(Instructor will be Rev. David Woodhouse, pastor of Smyrna UMC in Robbins)
Required book: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course by Sandy/Brian Jackson
Life Together in the UM Connection (UM Polity)
(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)
Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
(Instructor will be Rev. Linda Harris, Connectional Ministries of NC Conference)
Required book: Each One a Minister by William J. Carter
Methodist Home for Children –
A Winter’s Tale
Looking for a way to have fun and give back to children in need? A Winter’s Tale gala is just that – an elegant evening held annually at the Raleigh Convention Center to raise money in support of Methodist Home for Children.
How can you get involved?
We can use your help finding new event sponsors and soliciting businesses or individuals for the items that go into our popular auctions. You’ll play an important part in the success of MHC’s premier fundraising event and you’ll enjoy a night of dressing up, fine dining, dancing and other entertainment. The next event will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016
A sneak into the plans: A silent auction. Entertainment by jazz ensemble – Moment’s Notice. Debra Morgan, from WRAL, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. Inductions to Guardian Angel Society. Nick Sercy, Hollywood actor and adoptive parent.
For more information, see awinterstale.org.
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