Communique 259 – Oct. 22,
Advent devotions with a mission
Finding Christ in the chaos of Christmas can be
daunting. The Society of St. Andrew (Advance #801600) offers an
Advent devotional program that will help you navigate the secular
maze that envelops this holy holiday so that you and your family can
find and put Christ in the center of the season.
scriptures, daily devotions and prayers presented in the Society of
St. Andrew’s Advent booklet, readers discover new ways to bring
Christ to the center of their lives as well as reflect on and share
in the work and mission of the baby in the manger, who is Emmanuel …
“God with us.”
From the differing perspectives of
contributing clergy and laity, this year’s theme, “Finding
CHRISTmas,” focuses on ways to nourish your spirit. The program also
provides an opportunity to feed your hungry neighbors, as directed
Find out more and get resource materials at www.endhunger.org/advent.htm.
Got a Methodist question? Go to Archives and History
The United Methodist Commission on Archives and
History is beefing up its Web site—not only to help answer random
queries, but also to provide quicker access of the denomination’s
historical information to scholars, church bodies and the person in
Read more about this new service at www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=1723955&ct=6112905.
Mission agency reviews impact of economic
While the global economic turmoil will not
immediately affect operations of the mission agency of the United
Methodist Church, the crisis does present new opportunities for the
church to be in mission, its leaders say.
"Now is the time for the church to be the church," said Bishop
Bruce Ough after his election as president of the Board of Global
Ministries. He declared that those on the margins who will suffer
the most "are the very people God has called us to minister to."
This year’s economic meltdown, triggered by a collapse in the
housing market followed by mayhem in the investment and banking
industries, dominated the headlines during the board’s annual
meeting Oct. 13-17 in Stamford.
As a jittery stock market seesawed by hundreds of points each
day, the financial climate was a concern for the mission agency.
Continued decline in investments could "impact the board’s general
operating fund significantly," according to a report delivered by
Global Ministries Treasurer Roland Fernandes.
Get the full story at www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=2429867&ct=6232203&tr=y&auid=4147385.
Blog discusses young children issues
Gordon, director of children’s ministries for the General Board of
Discipleship, has started a blog for people who care for and care
about young children. It offers a variety of topics that will be
useful for individuals and church communities.
The first post continues a conversation with people in children’s
ministries who were looking for ideas for parents of newborns, so it
is much longer than future posts.
Read the blog at http://blogs.gbod.org/younger_children.
Virginia Theological Seminary Summer
Applications are being accepted for the Summer
Collegium, June 24-July 1, a Lilly Endowment project in support of
small congregations. Twenty-five clergy and their spouses/partners
from all Christian denominations will be invited to spend nine days
at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va., focusing on
Body, Mind, and Soul: Celebrating, Strengthening and Sustaining
Clergy Wholeness in Small Congregations.
All expenses for the event, including travel, meals, lodging,
books, pulpit supply and child care at home are paid for by the
Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 15.
For more information and an application packet, go to www.vts.edu/education/collegium or call Marilyn
Johns at 703-461-1760.
New mission head makes poverty fight a priority
Rev. Edward Paup is convinced poverty can be
As the new top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global
Ministries, he expects the mission agency to provide denominational
leadership toward that goal through networking with other
organizations both inside and outside the church.
"We have the responsibility to work toward the kind of world
where poverty can be eliminated," he said.
Learn more at www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=2429867&ct=6221283&tr=y&auid=4142904.
Caregiving clergy need to give self-care,
Riding his bicycle in rural North Carolina, Rev.
Chuck Cook works up a pretty good sweat as he leans into a
17-mile-an-hour breeze. At age 58, Cook works hard to be an
exception in the United Methodist Church, where data from medical
and disability claims indicate the church has a health problem among
its U.S. clergy.
"My schedule just now allows me to focus on fitness," he says.
"Generally, I think it's quite difficult for pastors to engage in
regular physical activity." As a district superintendent overseeing
68 United Methodist pastors, Cook has begun facilitating Weight
Watchers programs for colleagues and support groups for their
physical, emotional and mental health.
Find out more at www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=2433457&ct=6108697.
Black gospel music and worship articles on GBOD
Two new articles by Rev. Derrick-Lewis Noble of the
Impact United Methodist Church of Port Arthur, Texas, have been
posted on the General Board of Discipleship. Noble has published a
number of articles concerning worship and music in the black church
in a web-based magazine for the gospel music industry,
“When in our Music God is Glorified” at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=46838
“The Ever-Changing Package” at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=46839
Kansas Area Children in Poverty seminar
The Children in Poverty seminar that was
scheduled for Oct. 25 at St. Paul’s UMC in Wichita has been
Bishop’s Round-up for Hunger, Nov. 15
Bishop's Round-Up for Hunger is a project of Global Ministries in
the Kansas East Conference.
People are asked to collect:
Bring items to the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence on Nov.
Get more information at www.kansaseast.org/event_detail.asp?PKValue=2221.
Worship, Preaching and Music from the Center, Jan.
The General Board of Discipleship is hosting a
seminar for pastors, musicians and worship leaders Jan. 15-18 in
The event will feature 20 speakers and leaders from The General
Board of Discipleship, The United Methodist Publishing House,
Abingdon Press, The General Board of Global Ministries Global Praise
Division, The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship
Arts, The Upper Room, Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, and more.
Participants will receive 1.5 CEUs.
information and registration, go to www.gbod.org/worship/wmpc, or contact Jeannie
Musterman toll-free at 877-899-2780 ext. 7070 or e-mail email@example.com .
Certified Lay Minister courses
for the Small Membership Churches is offering classes for people who
want to learn more about pastoring a church.
The class schedule includes:
For more information, contact Carl Ellis at 785-827-5541 ext.
1315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.