Center for Missional Outreach News
Equipping Disciples to Serve in Jesus’ Name and Change the World
Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified people face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocation God has given them, especially youth and young adults. For ethnic students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college, or for those people of color who haven’t historically had access to resources that make higher education possible, the road toward education has often been unwieldy.
Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
Your gift to World Communion Sunday on October 4, 2015 will help to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve.
Resources on World Communion Sunday:
Together, we empower local spiritual development and educate Native American seminary students to serve God faithfully.
Supporting the Ministry of Christ Among Native People
Most Americans today recognize that the history following the arrival of the large canoes bore little resemblance to the one all Christians identify as Creator. That’s why the people of The United Methodist Church, Native and non-Native, are creating a new history. Through Native American Ministries Sunday, we’re able to equip and empower Native American pastors, congregations and seminary students to do what only they can do: authentically worship and serve Jesus.
When you give generously on Native American Ministries Day on April 19, 2015, you equip seminary students who will honor and celebrate Native American culture in their ministries. And you empower congregations that are finding fresh new ways to minister to their communities with the love of Christ.
Resources on Native American Ministries Sunday:
Nurturing Gifted Christian Leaders
There are UMC young people – who might not have the resources to attend a school of their choice, or any school at all – who want to answer the call to serve the people who God loves in Jesus' name.
The special offering for United Methodist Student Day on November 29, 2015 calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. When you give generously to United Methodist Student Day, you provide scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants.
Resources on United Methodist Student Day:
Together, we spread the gospel of peace and encourage cooperation locally, in the U.S. and globally.
Making Possible the Proclamation of Christ’s Peace
Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image, The United Methodist Church is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice. The special offering on May 31, 2015 for Peace with Justice Sunday makes our critical kingdom work in the world possible.
Your gift to Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. Together, all of us can make a difference by sowing seeds—and yielding fruit!—of peace.
Resources on Peace With Justice Sunday:
Saturday, March 21, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)
Advanced: All Day - $10.00
Advanced: Morning Only - $8.00
Advanced: Afternoon Only - $8.00
Basic: All Day - $10.00
Two classes will be offered. One is the Basic class and the others are for recertification.
Basic Class - this will be all day
This class will qualify you to serve on your local church's or district's Early Response Trained team. Local churches that are creating a team for the first time will learn how to best equip themselves for this ministry.
The training will teach volunteers how to safely help after a disaster with clean-up and debris removal. The goal is to make homes safe, sanitary and secure.
Teams are invited to serve at the request of the United Methodist disaster response coordinator for the effected conference, but they are organized and sent from the local church. If you are unsure if your local church or district has an existing team, please call our office.
Advanced Class - for Recertification
This class will re-qualify you to serve on your local church or district Early Response Team. A prerequisite for the Advanced class is the Basic ERT class. Three options are provided.
- All day. If you choose to attend all day, you will get all four Advanced UMCOR classes.
- Morning only. If you choose to attend only the morning session, you will be taking these two classes:
- ERT200 OSM, On-site Management, will give a volunteer the tools to help establish a temporary response center at a local church (or other facility as designated by the community) for the purpose of coordinating the work of the ERT’s and thus bringing the response quickly to a community.
- ERT200TL, Team Leadership, will explore more of what that function involves. This class is applicable to the assistant team leader as well.
- Afternoon only. If you choose to only attend the afternoon session, then you will be taking these two classes:
- Participants in this class, Cleaning Out Flooded Homes (ERT200CO), more commonly referred to as “mucking out”, will learn about current best practices and safety procedures for cleaning out, stabilizing and sanitizing water damaged homes.
- Participants in this class, Site Assessment (ERT200SA), will learn how to assess the physical damage to a disaster-affected residence in order to plan and prepare for the Early Response Team to safely access and secure the property from further damage.
An advance background check is required for all participants. If you have a current background check on file at your local church, then you don't need another one. We will send you a form for them to fill out and bring with you to the training.
If you don't have a current background check, then please contact the person who handles this in your church for instructions on how to use the Ministry Safe website.
For information, visit Ministry Safe online.
When your background check is done, please contact us and we will send you a form to be filled out by your local church Please bring this with you to the training.
Questions? Contact Marji Bishir at 800-815-6690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Resources on One Great Hour of Sharing:
The Zip Code Connection is hard at work in South Dallas/Fair Park (75215 et. al.) and Red River County (75426 et. al.). We are in partnership with many church and community organizations and work in ministry with our neighbors in the two communities to help them become vibrant thriving communities which will be good places to live, work, do business, raise children, and worship.
Thanks to the generous donations made to the Bishop’s Lenten Fund in 2014 and to grants from the Texas Methodist Foundation and the Lennox Family Foundation in Red River County, we have been able to add two new staff members to the Connection:
Rev. George Battle III has transitioned from his work at the Dallas Bethlehem Center to become the Connections Director for South Dallas/Fair Park. He can be reached at 972-489-9467 or GeorgeB@ntcumc.org.
Lynn Parsons continues as the Director for the Zip Code Connection and she can be reached at 214-931-6254 or Lynn@ntcumc.org. You can find more information about the work at www.zipcodeconnection.org.
First United Methodist Church of Frisco has a pillow ministry that helps patients suffering from cancer. The pillows are distributed at the American Cancer Society office located at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas.
Recently, retired missionary Jerri Savuto was pleased to receive a pillow from them, and was doubly pleased when she realized that local Methodists had made it. She describes her experience in her own words:
"I recently visited an American Cancer Society office located at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas, to choose a free wig, as the chemotherapy treatments I am undergoing to treat cancer have caused me to lose my hair. While there, the lovely woman who took care of my daughter and I asked if I had a port (a small medical appliance inserted beneath my skin near my chest that holds a catheter connected to a vein to make chemotherapy treatments easier and more comfortable). She asked if I could use a small pillow to place over my port while wearing a seat belt. Before I could say anything, my daughter stated that I always held the seat belt out, away from my chest, and it would be great.
"I was given the opportunity to choose one I liked. I was thrilled. The staff woman also told me about heart-shaped pillows that woman with breast cancer use. I asked if I could see and try one as I have a collapsed lung and have trouble sleeping on my left side (the side I normally did sleep on). I tried the pillow and it was perfect for helping me to get comfortable. I again chose which one I wanted (chili peppers!).
"When I got the pillows home and my daughter, granddaughter and I were unpacking them we noticed a note on them. The note stated that the pillows were made by the United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church Frisco in Frisco, Texas. I was so pleased and excited as I felt that connection and knew what those pillows mean to so many women. And the port pillow works even better than my neck pillow for recliner naps!
"I am so grateful to the women who sew and create these pillows in cheerful colors and patterns, and I cannot adequately express how much I am using them and how they have helped me in the car and sleeping in bed and on the recliner. What a wonderful ministry."
Clairann Dula, the lay leader who organizes the Frisco church to make the pillows, says she helped to set up the Cancer Resource Center in Plano, and heard about the pillow idea from the Cancer Resource Center at the Dallas Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Clairann volunteers weekly at the Plano hospital and delivers the pillows then. As a cancer survivor, she explains, "I realize that this was God's plan for me, and through His guidance I have ended up in this worthwhile ministry."
At FUMC Frisco, about 8 or 10 women help with this ministry and they make approximately 250-300 pillows yearly.
Says Clairann, "We have made around 2,000 pillows. We always put our pillows in clear plastic bags and tie them with a pretty ribbon, enclosing a note that reads: This pillow was made by the women of Frisco First United Methodist Church, include the address, then add, We hope that you will use this pillow with God's blessings and in good health."
Clairann's advice to any church that would like to start a ministry like this would be to "find a doctor or hospital willing to receive the pillows for patients."
For more information, such as patterns, please contact the Center for Missional Outreach at 972-526-5048 or email@example.com.
Jerri Savuto is a retired missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and currently lives in McKinney, Texas.