Center for Missional Outreach News
NTC Deacon Releases Album "Music for Winter"
The Reverend Joe Stobaugh, deacon and Executive Minister of Worship and Arts at Grace Avenue UMC in Frisco, Texas, is preparing to release a new Christmas EP. It will be released physically and digitally on December 4, 2015.
Painting by Evan Jones, Youth Minister at Custer Road UMC in Plano, Texas.
Guest artists include Jon Kang, Scott Adams, Ellie Stobaugh, Marcus Womack, Chuck Bell, DeAndre Johnson, Suzi Byrd, Pete Miller, and Jackson Henry.
A portion of "Music for Winter" proceeds will go towards the Just Save One Campaign for the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF). There will be a release party for the CD at Grace Avenue on Friday, December 4, 2015, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. In addition to selling CD's, having a small live concert and holiday sing-a-long, they will be auctioning off a painting that was commissioned for the album cover, with all of the proceeds going towards the UMGAF. There will be a hot chocolate bar, cookie stations and a station related the the UMGAF. All are invited.
Those interested in purchasing the EP should contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 worldwide. The Global Aids Fund works in partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR’s top priorities in addressing HIV and AIDS around the world are to challenge stigma and eradicate mother-to-child transmission in partnership with the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) in agreement with UNAIDS and WHO policy.
Save the date for UMEIT USA 2016
What is UMEIT?
UMEIT is the United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training ministry of the Council of Bishops' Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR). It is composed of laity and clergy of The UMC who are passionate about the work of ecumenical and interreligious ministry.
UMEIT exists in several forms, including: UMEIT USA, UMEIT Young Adult Network and various UMEIT branches around the world. UMEIT USA holds its annual gathering parallel to the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU). Meeting in a different city every year, UMEIT USA welcomes new participants in its fellowship, worship, study and conversation.
What is NWCU?
NWCU is the National Workshop on Christian Unity, an independent, annual training lead by representatives from several Christian denominations in the U.S. It is an opportunity for believers from various faith traditions to network and learn.
Over the last thirty years, Dr. Fish has donated his time, materials, and money to travel to the Siloe Eye Clinic in Haiti, a place that has cared for thousands of patients with serious illnesses. He has continuously committed to serving the underprivileged, the indigent, and those most in need of care. In so doing, he has placed himself, his family and his colleagues in situations that have been dangerous and in fact, life threatening.
Working alongside Dallas Ophthalmologist Kenneth Foree, M.D. for many years, he has seamlessly enabled the ministry there to continue, even after devastating personal loss. Without Gary’s commitment, the HPUMC mission committee could not have rebuilt and expanded their work in Haiti.
News from the Central Texas Conference of the UMC:
We are now ready for volunteers (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission - UMVIM) in Williamson County to help with the repair and rebuild after flooding. The majority of the work is in the community of Taylor, Texas, which is located east of Round Rock and Hutto.
We are working through the Round Rock Volunteer Center for team registration. You can go to this link to register your team, tell them what days of the week you are available, and enter the dates you are available in the comment section. Our United Methodist Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to work out dates, paperwork, where you stay, etc. Thank you for your willingness to serve!
News from the Oklahoma Conference:
The Oklahoma Conference is requesting teams for flood response. For more information, contact Karen Mangano at email@example.com or call 405-802-0904.
December 1, 2015
Between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST
On December 1, 2015, United Methodists will once again come together to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. And once again, every gift made online through The Advance on December 1, 2015 will be matched up to $1 million.*
UMC #GivingTuesday is part of an international movement to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season. It offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting by supporting organizations that are transforming the world.
Your Gifts Transform Lives
In 2013, December 3 was “Giving Day” in the UMC and North Texans took advantage of the potential to double their gifts and made a total of 289 gifts. The dollar amount given was $175,754.61. That is a huge amount for one day.
That year the gifts, to mention a few, benefitted many around the world, including:
- Missionaries in Cameroon, Panama, South Africa, Paraguay and the U.S.
- Disaster response efforts in the Philippines
- Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti
- A home for disabled adults in Chile
- Lydia Patterson Institute in Texas
- And more in Guatemala, Kenya, Russia, Congo, Bolivia, Mozambique, Bahamas, and the U.S.
Consider how you and your church can put your love into action by giving in ways that transform lives and change the world by giving to a project that is close to your heart.
* Global Ministries will allocate matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 1, 2015, between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CT. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.
Caretakers of God's Creation Conference
April 8 and 9, 2016
At its core, this conference is about people and their interactions with the Creation through food and food production. This conference is designed to help participants to think and pray deeply about food: the way we produce it, the way we consume it, and its importance in our faith.
The theme for this year's national conference is "Sowing Seeds - Where Food and Faith Meet." The conference will be hosted at Decatur First United Methodist Church near Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s focus is on food systems.
Keynote speakers include:
- Norman Wirzba of Duke University
- Jennifer Ayres of Emory University's Candler School of Theology
- Alice Rolls of Georgia Organics
Scholarships are available.
January 15, 2016 is the early-bird deadline.
The people of South Carolina will need your help. There will be years of work ahead of us as they move to relief and then recovery. For now, please keep them in your prayers as they set structures into place to make deployment of specially trained Early Response Teams from outside the state possible.
They have set up a disaster response hotline for you to register your rebuilding teams for future deployment:
- 800-390-4911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To keep up to date on the South Carolina Conference efforts, please visit their website.
Amigos Days is a Dallas project that sends local church teams to areas affected by urban blight, one of the city's major problems. Dallas is a city with crisis-level poverty, a declining median income and a housing stock that is in decay. The city's goal is to reduce blight by 25%, and Amigos Days is helping to make that goal possible.
Edgar has been a terrific and enthusiastic host pastor for the Amigos Oak Cliff Zone for several years. He will bring fresh new leadership and ideas to Amigos Days and will especially increase our presence in the social media universe.
Edgar has served in the North Texas Conference for over 11 years as associate pastor at Casa Linda UMC, senior pastor at Oak Cliff UMC, and was recently appointed as associate pastor to Tyler Street UMC. In his Oak Cliff UMC appointment, he worked closely with Amigos Days for eight years as a host pastor. Rev. Bazan holds a Master of Divinity from SMU's Perkins School of Theology. Most of his ministry has been focused on new church starts in transitioning urban communities. He is married to Dr. Evelyn Garza, and they have two children, Emiliano and Santiago.