Center for Missional Outreach News
Saturday, September 12, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CDT)
Registration Fee: $10.00
Participants learn the basics of disaster response, including how to stabilize and secure homes safely, and how to work effectively with survivors and others on the team. This standardized class is required for the UMCOR identification badge. Lunch will be provided at no cost to the attendees by the hosting church.
UMCOR trains Early Response Teams, which are then deployed by the team leader in times of need nearby and in other regions. These training programs and many more enable United Methodists in the U.S. to bring hope to those who are suffering.
An advance background check is required for all participants.
If you have a current (2 years or less) background check: Assuming it’s on file at your local church, then you don’t need another one. Simply use the form found here, have your church fill it out, and bring it to the training.
If you don’t have a current background check, then the Conference uses a program called “Ministry Safe”" for this. Please contact the person who administers the program in your local church and they will give you instructions on how to get a background check.
When your background check is done, print the “UMCOR Background Check Form” and have it filled out by your background check administrator. Bring it with you to the training.
Questions? Contact Marji Hill at 800-815-6690 or email@example.com.
Deadline to register is Wednesday, September 9, 2015.
When it comes to raising the standard of care for children in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Ellen Palmer truly knows no limit. The 80-something great-grandmother with a Ph.D. in nursing plans to ride her bicycle on August 29 at Hotter’N Hell Hundred (HHH) in Wichita Falls, Texas. Her ride will raise awareness and much needed dollars for Grace Children’s Hospital which has locations in both countries, and is the flagship ministry of U.S.-based International Child Care (ICC).
Ellen has served Haiti and Dominican Republic on health teams since 1976, and is a current member of the ICC board of directors. She officially took her mission to the streets when she helped organize the first "Race for Grace" cycling team in 2006. This year, she will be joined by approximately 65 riders, many of whom are fellow parishioners at the First United Methodist Church in McKinney, Texas, where her late husband, Jim, was pastor until he passed in 2011. As a group, the team has raised more $50,000 for Grace Children’s since its inception.
It is no coincidence that Ellen gravitated to HHH as a fundraising venue, as her roots in Wichita Falls, Texas, run deep. She and Jim, who was pastor of the Floral Heights United Methodist Church in Wichita from 1976 to 1990, raised their family in what was then a small, dusty town barely on the Texas map. They watched as the HHH event grew into one of the largest cycling rallies in the nation, boasting more than 12,000 riders in 2014. Along the way, HHH became an integral part of Ellen’s volunteer nursing service spanning more than 30 years, coinciding with her time as an emergency room nurse at Wichita General Hospital. During the early days of HHH, she could be found serving in the medical tents, rendering aid to cyclists for everything from blisters and sunburns to heat exhaustion.
Over time, she herself began riding in HHH with her children and grandchildren, forming something of a family tradition. This year her grandson, Micah Palmer, who also is actively fundraising, will be at her side as a member of the "Race for Grace" team. Visit Micah's fundraising page to learn more about his support for Grace—and his grandmother.
Ellen says that the idea to create a fundraiser around the HHH event was simply a matter of connecting the dots. "'Race for Grace" has given me the opportunity to tell others about the healthcare needs of children in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. And, it has also given my church community an opportunity to be part of a project that serves others, which goes well beyond just raising funds," she explains.
As the team continues to grow, so does the momentum. "Each year it is exciting to spread awareness about the desperate healthcare conditions in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. I personally travel there several times every year and I see, firsthand, the impact the donor dollars are having for the children and their families."
Ellen invites you to join her for the 2015 “Race for Grace” bicycle ride at HHH in August. Just visit “Join Team Race for Grace” to learn how you can participate.
In June 2015, at the North Texas Annual Conference session, Bishop Michael McKee announced the launch of an exciting new initiative for North Texas: One + One. Bishop McKee is asking United Methodist congregations across North Texas to commit to developing partnerships with public schools. These partnerships will go beyond financial support—One + One asks United Methodists to create long-lasting relationships with children in order to create change in our neighborhoods.
One + One was inspired by the early Methodists who taught children to read in Sunday School. Today, the North Texas Conference plans to go into schools to support the teachers, principals, parents and, most importantly, the children of our communities. The goal is for 10 percent of the average worship attendance of every United Methodist church in North Texas to be in public schools this coming school year. This means more than 5,000 people creating meaningful relationships with our children: one child, one mentor, one hour, each week.
Pastors will be receiving more information via email from Bishop McKee. Anyone interested in leading the One + One program is invited to reach out to their pastor today. Of course, if churches already have a school program in place, they are encouraged to participate, for not only will they forever change the life of a child, but their own lives will also be changed.
Learn more about One + One:
Eastern Europe and the Balkans Summit 2015
Creating relationships with long-term impact through 50/50 partnerships.
November 13-14, 2015
Bishop Patrick Streiff
Patrick Ph. Streiff was elected bishop of the United Methodist Church in Central and Southern Europe in 2005. His area covers twelve countries in Europe (Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland) and two countries in Africa (Algeria, Tunisia). Besides his service in this very diverse Episcopal Area, Patrick Ph. Streiff is chairperson of the “Geneva Consultation” for theological education and leadership development in French-speaking Methodism (especially in Africa) and of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. In addition he is a member of the Connectional Table, of the Study Committee on the Worldwide Nature of the United Methodist Church, of the Task Force of Theological Education and Leadership Formation and of the Task Force “God’s Renewed Creation: A Call to Hope and Action.”
Rev. Patrick Friday
Patrick is the Director of In Mission Together (IMT) for Global Ministries. He leads a team of partnership coordinators that facilitate missional engagement within the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. They provide training in best practices for mobilization, multiplication and movement strategies Patrick is passionate about lay mobilization, Wesleyan class meetings and bi-vocational ministry. He has over twenty years of experience in pastoral leadership, missionary service, church planting and partnership development. He lived in the Baltic States and Russia for eight of those years as a congregational developer and leadership trainer
Mr. Urs Schweizer
Urs has been the Assistant to the Bishop of the UMC in Central and Southern Europe for over 20 years. He is a member of the In Mission Together Steering Committee, and he helps coordinate the Eastern Europe and the Balkans Mission Coordinators. He also brings great insight from the European point of view.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Joint Mission Coordinator and Advocates Meeting
7:00 p.m. | Reception and Early Registration
Friday, November 13, 2015
7:30 a.m. | Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions
• Rev. Billy Echols-Richter, Grace Avenue UMC, Frisco, TX
• Bishop Patrick Streiff, Central Conference, Central and Southern Europe
• Dick Arnold, In Mission Together Partnership Coordinator, Eastern Europe and the Balkans
9:00 a.m. | Worship Service (webcast with European Partners)
10:15 a.m. | Break
10:30 a.m. | United Methodism in Eastern Europe and Balkans - Development and Perspectives
• Bishop Patrick Streiff and Mission Coordinator
12:15 p.m. | Music and Devotions
12:30 p.m. | Lunch
1:30 p.m. | Implementation Panel - Moving from Needs-Based Dependency to Asset-Based Sustainability
2:30 p.m. | Lessons Learned as a Partner Church (Q & A)
3:30 p.m. | Break
4:00 p.m. | Healthy Missional Engagement: Long-Term Impact
4:45 p.m. | Breakout Sessions:
• 50/50 Partnership Covenant - Experiences, Challenges, Successes
• Generating Greater Involvement Within Your Congregation
• Using Social Media for Partnership Communication
• Crafts and Games of Eastern Europe and the Balkans
5:45 p.m. | Music and Devotions
6:00 p.m. | Dinner
• Welcome - Bishop Michael McKee
7:30 p.m. | U.S. and European Music Presentations
8:30 p.m. | Benediction - Bishop Michael McKee
Saturday, November 14, 2015
7:00 a.m. | Registration Opens
7:00 a.m. | Coffee and Fellowship
7:30 a.m. | Worship and Communion (webcast with European Partners)
8:15 a.m. | Collaboration Session (Interactive webcast with European Partners)
9:30 a.m. | Break
10:00 a.m. | "Glocal" Partnerships for Community Transformation
10:30 a.m. | Immersion Experience (a.k.a. Poverty Simulation)
12:00 p.m. | Singing and Devotion
12:15 p.m. | Lunch and Debriefing
1:00 p.m. | When Helping Hurts - 50/50 Mission Partnership for Long-Term Impact
1:30 p.m. | ZOE - Case Study in Empowerment - Gaston Warner
2:00 p.m. | Break
2:15 p.m. | Mobilization, Multiplication, Movement
3:00 p.m. | The Wesleyan Way
3:30 p.m. | Implementation: 50/50 in Your Church, Your Community and Beyond
4:00 p.m. | Closing Music, Devotion and Benediction
Questions about the event? Please contact:
Questions about IMT partnerships in Eastern Europe & the Balkans? Please contact:
For more information about mission in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, please see:
Join the call to reflect on the Emanuel AME shooting: Monday, June 22, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. EST
We will reflect on this tragedy and discuss what our churches can do to create change!
Call-in number is (800) 920-7487; passcode is 76723736.
I know we all wish these tragedies would stop, but they won't stop until we make
On Thursday, as I reflected on the horrific killing of nine people studying Scripture together in church, my sadness turned to anger.
I am tired of the systemic racism that pervades our society and is all too often ignored or swept under the rug.
I am frustrated that gun violence continues virtually unabated in the United States.
And I am tired that those of us in the church who are tired of all this haven't come together to make tangible change.
On Monday, June 22, at 4:00 p.m. EST, change will begin. I hope you will join us for this important conference call:
Call-in number is (800) 920-7487; passcode is 76723736.
We will pray together, reflect together and then talk together about how we can respond together.
On Thursday, the General Board of Church & Society released this statement: “Agency deplores shootings, unrelenting racism of killings in Charleston, S.C.” I encourage you to share it with others.
I strongly urge your Sunday School class, United Methodist Women’s circle or Wesley Foundation to use the Bible study we have on gun violence: “Kingdom Dreams, Violent Realities.”
We need to change the culture and to infuse some much needed theological reflection on this issue.
Let’s pray, reflect, and respond. Let’s make
Director of Civil & Human Rights
The Zip Code Connection continues its focus on making connections—within the communities it serves and between churches in the NTC and those communities.
South Dallas/Fair Park Connections Director Rev. George Battle III continues his work to strengthen the connections among members of the faith community in South Dallas. Twenty-five “core” churches are now working together on projects like shared Vacation Bible Schools, Breakfast and Books To Go, a summer breakfast and tutoring project in partnership with the Dallas Bethlehem Center, and coordination of church back-to-school events.
Red River County Connections Director Melinda Watters reports that two NTC churches – St. John the Apostle UMC (Arlington) and Wesley UMC (Greenville) – have chosen to bring summer missions teams to work in Red River County, and Cuthand UMC (Red River County) is engaged in serving their own community. Melinda is helping them make the connections and build the relationships with our neighbors that demonstrate the spirit of ministry “with.”
Is your church planning a big service day?
Do you want community volunteers to join your efforts?
RETHINKCHURCH can help!
United Methodist Communications’ RETHINKCHURCH initiative offers event grants for media and marketing to United Methodist churches that plan to engage with their community in service.
As of summer 2015, we are now extending the grant program to include large-scale events held by a single church or two-church partnerships!
Questions? Contact us via email or by phone at 877-281-6535.
2nd Community participants attend a meeting
The Bishop Oden Award was developed so that the North Texas Conference could recognize churches, individuals, or groups who had engaged in best practices for ecumenism and/or interreligious relations. It was named for Bishop William B. Oden who demonstrated his commitment to ecumenism throughout his long career.
The 2nd Community evolved from the 2nd Monday Series, a program created in 2009 to offer 10 annual interfaith lectures. Their vision is to create a multi-faith community for sharing faith stories “freely and fearlessly,” and ultimately, be respectful and understanding of the beliefs and practices of others and, in so doing, to enrich one's own faith perspective.