Opportunities — July 23, 2004 {0121}

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Opportunities — July 23, 2004

July 23, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140    mwacht@flumc.org     Orlando  {0121}

An e-Review News Item
By J.A. Buchholz**

Hispanic Family Camp deadline draws near

This year's Hispanic Family Camp begins at 12 p.m. Sept. 4 and ends Sept. 6.

Featured at the event are Bible studies, crafts, conferences for married couples, outdoor activities, pastoral counseling, talent night, worship services and youth events.

The cost is $75 per person for adults and $35 per person for children under 9 years old for applications received before Aug.10. The cost for applications received after Aug. 11 is $85 for adults and $45 for children under 9. The deadline for all applications is Aug. 20. There is no on-site registration.

For more information e-mail the Rev. Edwin Santos, director of the Florida Conference's Hispanic Ministries, at Esantos@flumc.org.

Companions in Christ leader training scheduled

Training for facilitators for Companions in Christ will be Aug. 14 at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa and Aug. 28 at North Naples United Methodist Church in Naples.

Companions in Christ takes participants, no matter where they are on their faith walk, on a journey to the heart of God through 28 weekly sessions. The sessions are experiential in nature as participants share from their daily reflections. During the second half of each session participants engage in spiritual exercises that deepen their relationship with Christ and each other. "Companions" offers nourishment for the spirit, energizing participants for living lives of grace, love and radical availability to Christ.

For more information and to register call 1-800-972-0433 or visit http://www.upperroom.org/companions/onedayevents.asp.

Church starts card ministry to benefit Cuba churches

Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Boca Grande has created a Cuba/Florida Covenant Note Card Ministry.

The ministry is designed to help interested churches raise money for Cuban sister churches. There are 14 note card reproductions of original art by a woman who is a member of a Methodist church in Mayari, Cuba.

The ministry is designed to generate funds for mission projects. Each card sold for $1.00 will earn $.45 for missions.

The Cuba/Florida Covenant connects Florida Conference and Cuban Methodist church members, enabling them to be in ministry to each other. The Covenant was signed in 1997, officially recognizing a relationship between the two conferences that began more than 100 years ago.

For more information about the note card ministry or to view the cards visit http://www.geocities.com.

Society of St. Andrew offers mission project to supplement Vacation Bible School material

The Society of St. Andrew is inviting Vacation Bible School (VBS) students to show their "Love by the Pound" this summer.

"Love by the Pound" is a program designed to compliment Vacation Bible School material by offering a mission emphasis in which students learn about hunger in America and how Jesus expects his followers to do something about it. Through scripture lessons and activity sheets each student will learn how children can make a difference in the fight against hunger.

The goal of the program is to raise at least $50, a nickel at a time, to feed the hungry through the Society of St. Andrew's hunger relief ministry. Each nickel donated to the organization is enough to deliver a pound of salvaged potatoes to hungry people. Reaching the $50 goal will provide about 1,000 pounds or 3,000 servings of salvaged potatoes to feed hungry American children and adults.

Each child who makes a contribution will be given a "Sharing Love by the Pound" sticker, and every VBS that contributes $50 or more will be awarded a "Thousand Pounds of Love" certificate.

Order the free VBS program material at Society of St. Andrew, 3383 Sweet Hollow Road, Big Island, VA 24526; by telephone at 800-333-4597; by e-mail at church@endhunger.org; or visit http://www.endhunger.org/VBS.htm.

United Methodist Youth encouraged to apply for mission trips

United Methodist young people will have an opportunity to participate in mission trips to Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Alaska, Costa Rica and Chile beginning in 2006.

The National Association of United Methodist Scouters and the Office of Civic-Youth Serving Agencies (CYSA)/Scouting of the churchwide Commission on United Methodist Men will sponsor "The Colours of the Church Mission Adventure Series." The trips are for youth connected with Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire USA and 4-H.

The purpose of the trips is to provide youth with opportunities to grow in their faith and understanding of different cultures. The first trips offered will be in the summer of 2006 to Africa University in Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Alaska, Costa Rica and Chile.

Youth interested in the trips must have experience in Boy Scouting, Girl Scouting, 4-H or Camp Fire; be active in their home churches and able to articulate their faith; have leadership ability; be at least 14 years old, but not more than 20 years old by the onset of the trip; and have the permission of their parents and the recommendation of their pastor and CYSA leader or coordinator.

Adults are also needed to serve as co-leaders of the trips. Each of the mission trips will have goals and objectives, and the cost of each will vary, but it is estimated at $1,500 per person. A fee of $100 must accompany the initial application and is refundable at any time up until approval of the application. Team members are encouraged and expected to seek church support as a Volunteer in Mission.

The Colours of the Church mission application form and other information is available online at http://www.umcscouting.org. Information is also available via e-mail from Karen Heim Baugh at umcscoutmission@aol.com.

General Board of Discipleship encourages churches to evaluate their worship practice

The General Board of Discipleships wants churches to examine their worship style from the point of view of the unchurched.

Is United Methodist code language, such as UMW [United Methodist Women] or other acronyms, frequently used? Do visitors know when to stand up or sit down? Where can they find the Doxology?

Churches are asked to review their church practices and language to be sure new people are included. Churches are encouraged to e-mail ideas on user-friendly worship services to horizon@gbod.org.

Contest seeks photos that demonstrate 'Presence of God'

The Baltimore-Washington Conference's UMConnection is sponsoring a photo contest to find a photo that best captures the presence of God.

Is it in the views from a vacation? Is it in the faces of children at Vacation Bible School? In family, work or play?

Winning photographs will be published in the fall 2004 issue of UMConnection, and many of the best pictures will appear in a photo gallery on the Baltimore-Washington Conference's Web site at http://www.bwcumc.org. The first place winner will receive $100, second place will receive $60 and third place will receive $40.

Send a copy of the photo to UMConnection Photo Contest, 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046 or e-mail a 300 dpi jpeg to cphammer@bwcumc.org.

Please include your name, telephone number, e-mail address and the name of your church with the photograph. There is a limit of three entries per person.


*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Buchholz is a staff writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

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