Center for Missional Outreach News
Webcast: Truth to Power: Eradicating Racism
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
On March 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm, Churches Uniting in Christ presents Truth to Power: Eradicating Racism, a webcast focused on:
- Bringing together those disaffected throughout society with our faith communities and leaders to create a new network
- Creating authentic relationships between churches, civic organizations, and community activists
- Engaging and training in civic education
- Dismantling systems of oppression and surviving systems of oppression
This event will be live streamed at www.cctof.org.
Will you be in the Dallas area? Join the event at Christian Chapel CME Church.
About Churches Uniting in Christ:
In 2002, eleven Christian communions pledged to live more closely together in expressing their unity in Christ and combating racism through Churches Uniting in Christ. In the midst of war, terrorism, disasters, economic collapse, strident political polarization, and increasing wealth disparity, these church bodies are deepening their relationships and extending their common life. They look forward to a greater public witness of reconciling the baptized and seeking unity with justice.
The member churches of CUIC include:
The African Methodist Episcopal Church
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church
The International Council of Community Churches
The Moravian Church (Northern Province)
The Presbyterian Church (USA)
The United Church of Christ
The United Methodist Church
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a partner in mission and dialogue
In February 2015, Bill and Helen Lovelace spoke at Lake Highlands UMC about their ministry in Lithuania.
Missionaries are ordinary people who want to make a difference in the world in God's name. In early February, we had missionaries visiting in the North Texas Conference. Bill Lovelace and Helen Lovelace spoke at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church about their ministry in Lithuania. When missionaries come home every three years, they have three months to visit all of their supporting congregations (plus squeeze in others when possible).
If you would like to foster a relationship with a missionary and have them visit your church, e-mail or call our office at 972-526-5048, and we can help to facilitate that partnership.
If your church already supports a missionary, consider that person as an extension of your church staff by listing him/her in your church bulletin, and prayerfully support the work of God's mission in the world.
Carla Woolridge of People Helping People shows team leaders some Dallas homes to choose from at the February 5, 2015 home selection meeting.
Thanks to all of you who joined us on February 5, 2015 for the home selection meeting, and also to those who couldn't attend but will be involved this year. We are very blessed to have had 15 homes "adopted" to receive complete exterior renovations, bringing our 18-year total to 415 homes.
If you'd like to know more about our annual Amigos Days project, click here.
Put the following dates on your calendar:
2015 Amigos Workdays:
- Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18
- Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25
NTCUMC Amigos Days Coordinator
The United Nations has declared March 22 World Water Day. World Water Day has served to increase awareness of the lack of access to water and the need to conserve water and use it wisely.
The UMC is playing its part in this global social issue as well. UMCOR's Advance #3020600 is dedicated to water and sanitation projects. The projects supported by this Advance number include wells, education, and sanitation initiatives.
Below is the current list of Granting Partners:
- Methodist Church in Cambodia - Community Health & Agriculture Development (CHAD)
- Georgia Committee on Relief
- Gospel Life International Ministries - Pakistan
- Red Bird Mission - USA
- Acción Medica Christiana - Nicaragua
- Bongeh Women Common Initiative Group - Cameroon
- Asociación BPD - Guatemala
- El Porvenir - Nicaragua
- Methodist Development & Relief Services - Ghana
- Shape Lives Foundation - Ghana
- UMCOR Zimbabwe
Click here for resources for World Water Day, including a poster, a sermon and children’s activities.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
If hospitality is your passion, Amigos Days would love to have you on the team for helping with lunches on either or both Saturdays of our work this year: April 18 and/or April 25. We will work with our longtime partners to cater in most of the food, and then we will make plans to provide desserts and some side dishes. We provide this lunch free of charge to all workers and set up the lunches at our host churches.
Have a morning free to come and help? Have an evening free to bake some brownies? Whatever help you can give will be very welcome!
Just contact Ann Meyer to help make these lunches happen with maximum fun and minimum stress!
United Methodist Committee on Relief is 75 Years Old!
The relief and refugee agency of the United Methodist Church is 75 years old!
The Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief was created by the 1940 General Conference. A church-wide Self-Denial Offering in June 1940 raised initial funds for MCOR’s work. China relief efforts received four times more funding than Europe relief efforts between 1940 and 1944. By 1948, funding was flowing to relief and resettlement efforts in Germany.
In 1942, a proposal from MCOR to the Board of Directors suggested that war relief would have to be more than just providing necessities to refugees and displaced populations. MCOR should also be involved in reconstruction, rehabilitation, repatriation of refugees and prisoners of war, restoration of churches and civil operations, and reconciliation—an effort to restore peace and goodwill.
Bishop Herbert Welch, first director of MCOR said, “Our motto is ‘Giving by Christians for the needy, without distinction for race, creed, or color.’ We bear witness to Christ by serving all in the name of Christ.”
Special offering date: March 15, 2015
Some churches take the offering on the suggested 4th Sunday in Lent—March 15 in 2015.
Many churches are creative in their giving:
- self-denial devotion with gifts all through Lent
- a communion rail offering
- a fundraiser
- UMCOR as part of a special Easter (or even Christmas) offering
- UMCOR as part of a Mission Sunday
Whatever best suits your church, please take the One Great Hour of Sharing offering in 2015 to continue to restore peace and goodwill.
For ideas or information, feel free to call Kathryn Strempke at 972-442-5835 or Marji Hill at 972-526-5000 or visit www.umcor.org.
UMVIM Mission Team Leader Training
Saturday, August 1, 2015
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT)
North Texas Conference Ministry Center
500 Maplelawn Drive
Plano, TX 75075
Full Day - Domestic & International:
$20.00 (Includes lunch and all materials)
$10.00 (Includes lunch and all materials)
Half Day - Domestic Training only:
$10.00 (Lunch is not included, class ends at noon)
This class is for people who want to learn how to lead a mission trip.
It consists of three basic parts:
Part 1: Means & Ends
This section covers the means of doing short-term mission, such as budgeting, how to find a project site, how to recruit a team, and how to organize your trip. However, we also cover the ends. This means we discuss the bigger picture of everyone's agenda involved, as well as the values and philosophies of ministry that undergird the decisions we are making as team leaders.
Part 2: Team Dynamics
This section will address issues that arise when a group of people who don't know each other very well travel together to a strange destination to do physically challenging labor on a schedule that someone else chose. What do you do when someone doesn't want to cooperate? Are challenging you as a leader? Constantly complains? Has the wrong attitude? How do you instill the proper attitude and values into the team in order to avoid all this?
Part 3: International Teams
This section covers material specific to international teams, such as passports, visas, airfare, communicating with your hosts, and more.
Deadline for registration is July 27, 2015. This gives us time to copy and prepare the manuals. Have questions about UMVIM Mission Trip Leader Training? Contact Rev. Marji Bashir Hill.
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.