Opportunities — May 30, 2007 {0680}

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Opportunities — May 30, 2007

May 30, 2007    News media contact: Tita Parham* 
tparham@flumc.org    Orlando {0680}

An e-Review News Item

This series includes:

n Ministry Expo offers opportunities to meet and learn;
n Columnist and author Derek Maul signs new book at Books-a-Million;
n Riverside Retreat offers camping in natural setting;
n Grandparents, grandchildren enjoy camp together;
n IMPACT invites youth to put faith into action.
n Foundation summit teaches churches, individuals about stewardship

n Conference emphasizes seeking justice and ending hunger;
n Mission event empowers people to ‘connect with God’s call;’
n Call goes out for musicians to meet in St. Louis;
n Event to explore Charles Wesley’s work, legacy;
n Interim pastor training offered in Illinois Great Rivers Conference;
n Camp Adventure offers new family camp;
n Volunteer pages, marshals needed at 2008 assembly; 
n Liturgical dance workshop helps persons experience God in new way;
n Clergy encouraged to attend congregational development gathering;
n Conference offers training for older adult leaders;
n Men’s spiritual gathering designed for families;
n Prayer seminar asks attendees to devote themselves to prayer;
n National conference focuses on empowering health ministries;
n Epworth by the Sea celebrates Charles Wesley;
n Methodists can help save lives in Africa with bed nets.


Ministry Expo offers opportunities to meet and learn

By Caryl Kelley**

LAKELAND — The Ministry Expo at the 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event June 6-9 will again be a gathering place for members and visitors to become better acquainted with the mission and ministries of the United Methodist connectional church.

Some of the ministries represented are United Methodist Communications and Igniting Ministry, Healthy Church Academy, camps and retreat ministries, Center for Clergy Excellence, the Georgia Florida United Methodist Credit Union, Beyond 50 Ministries, Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, Society of St. Andrew, The Florida United Methodist Resource Ark, Florida United Methodist Men and several theological seminaries. Representatives from each group or ministry will be at their booths to answer questions.

The Expo also includes representatives from organizations that provide church-related technology, products and services.

The Ministry Expo will be held in the Lakeland Center’s Exhibit Hall. A map of booth locations is posted on the conference Web site at http://www.flumc.org.

Expo hours will be June 5, 2 p.m.-7 p.m.; June 6-7, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; and June 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Columnist and author Derek Maul signs new book at Books-a-Million

By Jeanette Pinkston**

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Award-winning writer Derek Maul will be reading and signing his new book, “Get Real: A Spiritual Journey for Men,” June 9 at Brandon Books-a-Million, located at 839 Brandon Town Center Mall.

Maul will read from “Get Real” at 2:30 p.m.; a signing session follows at 3 p.m. A second reading begins at 7 p.m., with a signing session at 7:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Get Real” is published by Nashville-based Upper Room Books, publishers of “The Upper Room” daily devotional guide.

Maul writes a popular weekly op-ed column for local editions of the Tampa Tribune. His commentary and features have appeared in Newsweek, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Presbyterians Today, Guideposts and many other print and online publications.

“For men even vaguely interested in a deeper spiritual walk, ‘Get Real’ is the right book at the right time,” said Mark Merrill, founder and president of Family First and host of “Family Minute with Mark Merrill,” a daily radio program. “Derek Maul has a heart for real men dealing with the real issues of real life. If you are looking for a great resource that will encourage men and strengthen the family, ‘Get Real’ is right on the money.”

Maul’s meditations regularly appear in “These Days,” and he has contributed to “The Upper Room,” “The Book of Daily Prayer” and “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” as well as several other inspirational publications.

Maul is an active teacher in his local church, where he serves in adult Sunday school, small-group ministry and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group.

To accompany the book, Maul has written a leader’s guide for a 10-week small-group study.

More information about the book or leader’s guide is available by contacting Jill Ridenour, author relations, 877-899-2780, extension 2780, or jridenour@gbod.org.

Riverside Retreat offers camping in natural setting

By Martha Pierce**

LABELLE — This summer the Florida Conference’s Riverside Retreat is offering its first week of onsite summer camp.

The theme “No Matter What” is an exciting format in which children and youth will discover that, no matter what, God loves them and they are not alone. 

The small group format that will form the structure of this year’s camp and future camps onsite focuses on relationships — those between people and those with God.

Children’s camps for rising third- to fifth-graders will be July 8-11 and July 11-14. This shorter stay gives younger campers an introductory experience to camping. Some of the outdoor activities include archery, kite flying, swimming and hiking.

Camp for junior and senior high youth runs July 8-14. Activities will include small group Bible studies, environmental education, hiking, swimming, archery, fishing, kite flying and crafts. The week also includes a field trip to ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), a non-profit, interdenominational Christian organization located on a demonstration farm in North Fort Myers.

The cost for children’s camp is $175 per child; youth camp is $260 per youth.

Individuals interested in registering or needing more information may contact the camp office at 863-675-0334 or Martha Pierce, director of Riverside Retreat, at 863-675-0334 or mpierceriverside@yahoo.com.

Grandparents, grandchildren enjoy camp together

By Caryl Kelley

LAKELAND — This summer there will be an opportunity for grandparents to spend quality time with their grandchildren surrounded by nature and a Christian atmosphere at the Life Enrichment Center (LEC) in Fruitland Park.

This three-day, overnight camp will be July 16-19. It is designed to give young children, ages 5-12, and their grandparent(s) an opportunity to stay at the LEC in either the motel-style rooms or the RV park and enjoy age-appropriate camp activities developed and led by volunteers and summer camp staff.

Both grandchildren and their grandparents will enjoy swimming, Bible stories, games, arts and crafts, nature lore, and other activities.

The cost for the camp is $135 per person for LEC housing and $105 for RV park housing, including three meals a day in the dining room with other families.

A brochure with a registration form and a bulletin insert are available at http://www.flumc.org/grandparents_camp/grandparents_07.pdf and http://www.flumc.org/grandparents_camp/grandparents_camp.pdf, respectively.

More information about Florida United Methodist camps is available at http://www.flumcamps.org.

IMPACT invites youth to put faith into action

By Caryl Kelley

LONGWOOD — Youth are invited to spend time this summer making an impact in people’s lives through IMPACT Ministries of Central Florida, a short-term mission experience that introduces students to missions in a safe and cost effective way.

IMPACT’s director, Chad Garmon, founded the organization in 1998 after seeing a need to give youth an opportunity to work in their communities.

Garmon had worked with people in a variety of settings and situations, but never in his own hometown. The main reason for this, he realized, was the absence of any type of home repair program for youth. With that thought IMPACT was born.

IMPACT’s main propose is to give youth an avenue to work with other youth from around the country helping Central Florida’s poorest residents — primarily elderly and disabled individuals and families — with minor home repair.

IMPACT also provides daily devotions and evening worship.

Scholarships for individuals and groups are available for the 2007 summer program. Youth must have a financial need and be middle- and high-school aged. Volunteers/chaperones must be provided at a ratio of one adult for every five youth. Individual and group scholarships are available for half-week and full-week attendance.

More information, including a scholarship application, is available at http://www.impactflorida.org or by contacting Chad Garmon, director, at 407-571-2108, extension 108, or chad@impactflorida.org.

Foundation summit teaches churches, individuals about stewardship

By Suzanne McGovern**

LAKELAND — The Florida United Methodist Foundation will hold its first Stewardship Summit, “Making Stewardship a Two-way Conversation,” Sept. 15 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando.

All Florida Conference clergy and laity are invited to attend.

The summit will offer breakout sessions on local church finance, reporting and accountability; changing demographics and their impact on stewardship; and planned giving. 

Dr. Pamela York Klainer, nationally-known speaker, author, workplace consultant and professor of divinity, will be the keynote speaker.

Bishop Timothy Whitaker will lead opening worship.  Breakout sessions will be lead by Klainer, Conference Treasurer Milton “Mickey” Wilson, Foundation President Tom Marston and Foundation Vice Presidents John Peterson and Tom Wilkinson.

Klainer will participate in a question and answer dialogue in which attendees are invited to talk about what is going right and what is going wrong with stewardship at their local church.

Klainer holds a doctoral degree from the University of Rochester and has taught pastoral administration at the doctoral level at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, where she developed and has taught a certificate in stewardship studies program. She has also conducted workshops and served as a speaker for The Ecumenical Stewardship Center, The Episcopal Conference on Stewardship, the South West Washington Synod and the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy.

Dubbed the “money shrink” by “Money” magazine, Klainer is the author of “How Much is Enough,” which examines the relationship between money, success and happiness. Her essay, “Money — The Last Taboo,” is included in “Living with Money,” a video course produced by the Episcopal Media Center in conjunction with Morehouse Publishing Group. She currently is working on a new book about legacy and how to leave your unique imprint in the world.

The cost of the one-day seminar is $50 and includes lunch, refreshments and materials.

Interested individuals may register online at http://www.fumf.org/. More information is also available by calling 866-363-9673, extension 103 (toll-free).


Conference emphasizes seeking justice and ending hunger

By Bread for the World staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thousands of people of faith will gather June 9-12 to launch a renewed movement to end hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.

“Sewing Seeds — Growing A Movement” is organized by Bread for the World, Bread for the World Institute and the Alliance to End Hunger in partnership with denominations and religious organizations across the United States. The conference will be held at American University in Washington, D.C. It is designed for all those who want to connect with others, renew their faith, build a movement and change the world.

Bread for the World’s yearly membership fee is $25. This entitles a member to the discounted registration fee for the conference. Registration is $250 for members and $275 for non-members. Housing is on the American University campus on a first-come, first-served basis. Housing costs are $63 per person, per night, double occupancy.

This year’s gathering will include a presidential engagement where participants will have the opportunity to interact with candidates directly, hearing how they would use the highest office in our nation to help reduce hunger and poverty.

More information on conference speakers, sessions, scholarships and other items is available at http://www.bread.org/gathering2007.

Mission event empowers people to ‘connect with God’s call’

By Landon Taylor**

DECATUR, Ga. — Individuals passionate about working in missions are invited to attend the Southeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) event “Connect” June 27-29 in Lake Junaluska, N.C. 

Themed “Learn, go, serve,” Connect features the Revs. Jorge Acevedo of the Florida Conference, Omar Alvarado of El Ayudante, Clint Rabb of Mission Volunteers and Denise Honeycutt of the Virginia Conference as its keynote speakers. The Zambian Vocal Group will also participate. 

Workshops will be offered on a wide variety of mission topics, including but not limited to, families in mission, cultural sensitivity, hurricane disaster response and the global water crisis.  Participants will also have a chance to visit with international and domestic project leaders, who will share first-hand information about work in their countries and states.

Families are encouraged to bring children and grandchildren with them. YUMVIM (Young United Methodist Volunteers In Mission) is offering a program designed specifically for kids, including hands-on projects, music, worship and plays.

Projects With a Purpose will provide time to network with international and disaster-related projects and give participants the opportunity to find information on mission trips or sign up to participate in an exploratory trip to a country or area.

More information is available at http://www.umvim.org or by calling 404-377-7424.

Call goes out for musicians to meet in St. Louis

By Jeni Lee**

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Leaders of music, preaching and worship arts are invited to remember and reclaim the call of God at the Biennial National Convocation of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts July 16-19 in St. Louis, Mo.

Speakers and leaders include resources in the areas of dance, congregational singing, preaching, visuals for worship, choral music, organ music, age-level music, handbells, contemporary worship and more. Participants will also experience multi-sensory worship, concerts, music reading sessions, dynamic worship spaces in St. Louis and fellowship with those gathered.

It is hoped participants will reclaim the call of Jesus and receive new energy for the ministries of music, preaching and worship arts

Registrations are now being accepted, and details about convocation leadership and scheduled classes are posted at http://www.fummwaconvo.org.

Additional information is available at http://www.fummwaconvo.org or by e-mailing Jeni Lee at jlee2142@charter.net.

Event to explore Charles Wesley’s work, legacy

By Melissa Lauber**

COLUMBIA, Md. (UMNS) — While history may have cast him in the shadow of his brother John, it was Charles Wesley who set Methodism to music and gave the church a song to sing.

The writer of an estimated 9,000 poems, Charles Wesley's works and legacy will be explored during his 300th birthday celebration July 20-22 in Chevy Chase, Md.

Participants will sing some of the 41 Wesley-penned hymns that are in today’s “United Methodist Hymnal,” including: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” and “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.”

They also will explore the character and faith of this man who lived from 1707 to 1788 and called together a group of like-minded men to form the Holy Club at Oxford University in London, laying the foundation for what grew to become the Methodist Church.

John Wesley, the acknowledged founder of Methodism, was “a man of angles and straight lines. Charles was a man of curves, parabolas and ellipses,” said S.T. Kimbrough Jr., the founding president of the Charles Wesley Society.

The tercentenary celebration is being held in conjunction with the sixth historical convocation of The United Methodist Church. The event will include the annual meetings of the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church, the Charles Wesley Society, the Southeastern Jurisdiction Historical Society and the General Commission on Archives and History.

Individuals are asked to register by June 10 at http://www.gcah.org.

Interim pastor training offered in Illinois Great Rivers Conference

By Rev. John R. Hartleroad**

SPRINGFIELD, Ill — The Intentional Growth Center has trained more than 300 United Methodist pastors in all five jurisdictions of the United Methodist Church to provide consistent, intentional leadership in churches that have needed a pastor to provide transitional interim ministry.

Many of these seminars have been conducted at Lake Junaluska, with other sites around the nation increasingly being utilized. Now there is an opportunity to have a seminar in the North Central Jurisdiction beginning this summer.

A seminar is a three-phase experience spanning about six months of time. Phase I is a four-day residential event where the concept, technique and tools of intentional interim ministry are introduced. This first phase is scheduled July 24-27 in Springfield, Ill.

Phase II is a time when the pastor experiments with these insights in a mentored relationship with seminar leaders, producing two case studies.

Phase III is another gathered time when case studies are shared and the things learned in Phase I and the experiences of Phase II are further integrated. This model is a highly productive experience for pastors who make themselves available for this specialized ministry.

Clergy who participate in this training must first be recommended by their cabinet.
The cost, site and registration information for the training may be obtained by contacting the Rev. John Hartleroad at 217-529-3820 or jhartleroad@igrc.org.

Camp Adventure offers new family camp

By Southeastern Jurisdiction Staff

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Families can enjoy a weekend together July 26-29 as they share times of worship and adventure in the Smoky Mountains.

The Rev. Jack and Ruth Porter are coordinating a new offering at Camp Adventure designed especially for families.

Accommodations for Camp Adventure vary from apartments and rustic cabins to RV or tent campsites. Attendees should register early because sites are limited. Family groups can choose to participate in the day’s activities, such as hiking, picnics or day trips to nearby parks or historic sites.

Families can also go tubing through Bryson City Go rafting, “gem hunt” near Franklin, ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railway out of Dillsboro, or visit the nearby Arboretum of North Carolina, Folk Art Center or Nature Center, among many other daytime opportunities. Each morning campers gather for devotions, and in the evening campers come together for sharing.

Program information is available by calling 828-452-2881, extension 795. Program registration is done separately from housing. Online registration is at http://www.sejumc.org under the events link. The program fee is $40 per family for early registration before June 15 and $50 per family after June 15. Housing information is available by call 800-222-4930.

Volunteer pages, marshals needed at 2008 assembly

By United Methodist News Service

Volunteers are being sought to serve as marshals or pages at the The United Methodist Church’s 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

About 150 volunteers are needed to serve delegates, officials and visitors to the denomination’s top legislative body, conference planners say. The General Conference depends on volunteers — especially marshals and pages — for everything from assisting disabled delegates to distributing documents.

Marshals and pages travel to and work at the conference at their own expense.

Volunteers may apply online at the General Conference Web site by going to http://gc2008.umc.org and clicking the Online Marshals/Pages Application button.

Applications must be submitted by July 31, and applicants will be notified of their status by Sept. 30.

The General Conference, which gathers every four years, will meet April 23-May 2, 2008.

Liturgical dance workshop helps persons experience God in new way

By Southeastern Jurisdiction Staff

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — The 6th Annual Sacred/Liturgical Dance Workshop PLUS will be held July 30-Aug. 2 at the Kern Building, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, NC.

It is an opportunity for participants to help members of their congregations experience God in a new way, either as a dancer or in worship. It is designed to help participants grow in their understanding of the ministry of sacred dance and criteria for dance in worship, learn a minimum of four dances, explore resources for dance ministry and participate in two of several workshops offered — signing, ballet and types of dances.

The workshop is open to adults and middle and high school students. A continuing education unit (CEU) of 2.0 is given for full-time participation. Child care is available for ages 1 to 11.

There will also be a workshop for rising fourth- through sixth-grade students Aug. 3-5. This event is designed to enrich students’ understanding of worship, teach basic liturgical dance movements and provide an opportunity to lead in corporate worship. The event begins Friday afternoon and ends Sunday as the group participates in worship leadership in Stuart Auditorium.

The leader for both workshops is Beth Teegarden, a staff member at Brentwood United Methodist Church.

Housing and meal packages have been arranged at the Junaluska Apartments or Lakeside Lodge. Packages include a room and nine meals for Dance PLUS and room and six meals for the youth workshop.

Packages for Dance PLUS are: single room $276, double room $207 each and triple room $183 each. Youth weekend packages are: single room $184, double room $138 each, triple room $122 each. A common area fee of $1 per person, per day is applied to final bill.

More housing information is available by calling 800-222-4930. Registration for workshops is done separately from housing.

Program Fees for Dance PLUS are $65 before July 1 and $85 after July 1. The CEU fee is an added $5. Program fees for youth workshop are $50 before July 1 and $65 after July 1. Attendees staying off campus pay a $5 per person/per day commuter fee.

Online registration can be done at http://www.sejumc.org. More program information is available by calling 1828-452-2881, extension 795.

Clergy encouraged to attend congregational development gathering

By the Rev. Dr. Jeff Stiggins**

LAKELAND — A conference that brings together some of the best resources in new church development and congregational transformation is being held Aug. 2-7 at Church of the Resurrection in Kansas.

The United Methodist School of Congregational Development is an annual event aimed at helping annual conferences and congregations “grow the church” through new congregational starts and the strengthening of existing congregations. The General Board of Discipleship and General Board of Global Ministries are the event’s sponsors.

Plenary presentations include: “Creating Evangelistically Effective Congregations” by Bishop Scott Jones of the Kansas West and Kansas East Annual Conferences; “Leading the 21st Century Church” by the Rev. Adam Hamilton, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection; “Vision and Call,” by the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas; “Remembering Your Call,” by Bishop HEE-SOO Jung Bishop of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference; “A New Kind of Church,” by the Rev. Steven Blair, FirstLight: A United Methodist Faith Community, Gardner, Kan.; “Being Missional,” by Martha Orphe, director of Louisiana Mission Zone; and “Generation Me,” by Jean Twenge, author of “Generation Me” and associate professor of psychology at College of Sciences San Diego State University.

Additionally, more than 20 development tracks will be offered on all phases of church planting, from basics to post launch, turning around existing churches, strengthening small churches, developing ethnic churches and reaching beyond the church’s walls. Workshop titles include “Developing a multi-site congregation,” “Unconventional Methodism: A Joint Conversation on Reshaping the Church” and “GOD at the CROSSroads in the CITY: Discerning New Dimensions for Urban Ministry.” The Worship Leadership track is for worship leaders and teams and offers tools to create worship experiences that tap into all the arts — music, drama, liturgy and multi-media — and are experiential for worshippers.
Participants will meet four times during the event in these in-depth tracks. 
The cost is $425 per person, which includes six meals (dinner Thursday, lunches Friday through Monday and dinner Monday) onsite at The Church of the Resurrection. Participants are responsible for lodging in area hotels and additional meals.
An online brochure and hotel information are available at http://www.scdumc.org. Those needing brochures mailed to them may contact Deborah Carvin at dcarvin@gbod.org. Registration information is available by contacting LeShawn Brown at LeBrown@gbgm-umc.org. Additional questions may be directed to Craig Miller at cmiller@gbod.org or Sam Dixon at sdixon@gbgm-umc.org.
Florida Conference clergy considering attending this event are asked to contact the Rev. Dr. Jeff Stiggins at jstiggins@flumc.org to coordinate the possibility of sharing expenses.

Conference offers training for older adult leaders

By Cintia Listenbee**

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Older adults are an active part of the church. Approximately 4 million United Methodists are older adults.

With that statistic in mind, individuals and churches located in the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) are invited to participate in the Wisdom and Grace Conference Aug. 6-9.

Sponsored by the SEJ Association of Older Adults, the conference will offer a professional track for people working with older adult ministries in their congregations.

Bishop William Willimon of the North Alabama Annual Conference will be the conference preacher. He said older adults are gifted members of the church.

“God expects us to serve God’s mission in Jesus Christ, at whatever age we find ourselves. Senior citizens have been given many gifts by God, and this is a great time in life to serve Jesus. I think this conference will be a great time to rejuvenate in a beautiful part of God’s creation,” he said.

Bible study leader Marjorie L. Kimbrough said older adults are mature persons who can use their talents to help others.

“Many older adults finally have the time to devote to ministry in the church. They are teachers, financial experts, health-care workers, homemakers and business executives who bring their life experiences to the church,” she said. “They have the opportunity to mentor young Christians and serve in the many capacities that they did not have time for during their years of secular employment.”

“No matter what our age, we need to study to show ourselves approved unto God,” Kimbrough added. “The conference provides us with all we need to study and to seek God’s approval as we fulfill our ministry to others.”

The SEJ Association of Older Adults seeks to enrich the lives of older adults and affirm their gifts, graces and wisdom born of experiences that older adults bring to ministry within the church world.

A conference brochure and more information on housing and online registration is available at http://www.sejumc.org/ministries_lay.aspx?id=158. More information may also be obtained by contacting Cintia Listenbee at cfurtado@sejumc.org.

Men’s spiritual gathering designed for families

By Caryl Kelley

LAKELAND — Southeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist Men are invited to attend the quadrennial gathering Aug. 10-12 to recharge their batteries, deepen their dedication to discipleship and get into the Word so they can go into the world as fishers of men.

Special activities have also been planned with their families in mind.

The site for the jurisdictional gathering of men from 14 annual conferences across nine states is the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, N.C.

The theme of the weekend is “Getting into the Word — Going into the World!” Speakers include Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey of the Western North Carolina Conference; Rev. David Adams, General Secretary of the General Commission on United Methodist Men; Rev. Dr. Richard Winn, Ben Hill United Methodist Church, Atlanta; Bishop Marion Edwards, LaGrange College; and Paul Saik, conference music leader.

The gathering is for men, but many vacation activities have been planned for family members, with special events for all ages. There will be a women’s Bible study, a Biltmore House Tour, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Scenic Train Ride, The Nantahala Outdoor Center Whitewater River Rafting and Blue Ridge shopping excursion. There will also be special activities for youth at the conference grounds, such as swimming, tennis and mini-golf.

More information about the weekend is available at http://SEJUMM.RegisterME.cc. Included are links to information about registration, the agenda, speakers, family activities, lodging information, directions and a printable flier that can be distributed at churches.

Registration can be done online or by calling Mack Parker, conference chairperson, at 919-255-3353. The cost for the conference is $40 per family if registration is received by June 10, $55 if received June 11-Aug. 5 and $75 if received Aug. 6-10 or onsite. Housing is separate and should be arranged through Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center at 800-222-4930.

Prayer seminar asks attendees to devote themselves to prayer

By Caryl Kelley

LAKELAND — The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) is sponsoring a “Becoming a People of Prayer” seminar Sept. 21-22 at Brentwood United Methodist Church, Brentwood, Tenn.

Workshops are divided into three tracks, allowing attendees to explore prayer in several different settings.

The Ministry track covers how to organize and mobilize people for prayer. Workshops included are Prayer Partners, Training for Prayer Ministry Teams, and Inner Healing and Deliverance. The Congregational track focuses on prayer in the context of corporate worship: Prayer Stations and Labyrinth, Praying in the Hispanic Tradition, and Careful and Prayerful. The Individual track discusses personal prayer practices, including Praying the Psalms, Praying Through Life’s Transitions, Prayer Life of a Spiritual Leader and Talking With God.

Those attending the conference have an opportunity to go to three workshops during the event, with optional pre-conference prayer experience choices Friday morning.

Conference plenary leaders include Suzette Caldwell, Marjorie Thompson, Terry Teykl and Taylor Burton-Edwards.

The registration cost for the pre-conference and conference is $154; the conference only is $129. Costs include both lunch and dinner on Saturday and a copy of The Upper Room worship book. Individuals may register online at http://www.GBOD.org/PeopleofPrayer by Aug. 21. Full workshop descriptions, workshop times, plenary leaders’ information and a schedule are all also included on the Web site.

National conference focuses on empowering health ministries

By Jim Truitt**

NEW YORK, N.Y. — “Empowering Ministries of Health: Starting, Implementing and Advancing” will be the focus of the third annual National Congregational Health Ministries Conference Sept. 23-26 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kan.

The conference is designed for parish nurses/faith community nurses, clergy, health and wellness chairpersons, health educators and other health ministers.

Four tracks will be offered. Workshops include: “Starting — Laying the Foundation, Creating the Map, and Building a Good Team,” “Implementing — Balancing and Coping with Life, Passages Through Life, Change/Loss, and Experiencing Healing Modalities,” “Advancing — Getting the Word Out, Assessing and Progressing, and Healing Circle,” “Self-care Covenant” — participants will hear presentations about health in body, mind and spirit and make covenants to improve their own health.

The General Board of Global Ministries and General Board of Pension and Health Benefits are the event’s sponsors.

More information is available by contacting Patricia Magyar at 212-870-3683 or
pmagyar@gbgm-umc.org or Renee Smith-Edmondson at 847-869-4550 or

Epworth by the Sea celebrates Charles Wesley

By Donna Chisholm**

ST. SIMON’S ISLAND, Ga. — Epworth by the Sea retreat center will resonate with the music of Charles Wesley during the “Celebrating Charles Wesley: A Festival of History, Poetry and Music” Sept. 27-29.

The event’s keynoter will be Dr. Richard Heitzenrater of Duke University Divinity School. Heitzenrater is best known for “breaking the code” of Wesley’s personal diaries.

Internationally known baritone Dr. S.T. Kimbrough Jr. will present a one-person musical drama, “Sweet Singer,” as well as lead poetry workshops and participate in a dialogue and book signing with Heitzenrater. 

Dr. Milburn Price, recently retired chair of the School of Performing Arts, at Samford University, will direct the festival workshops and choir for the Celebration Event. 

Dr. Michael McGhee, assistant professor of music and college organist at Wesleyan College will be the organist. “Testament of Praise,” arranged by Joseph Martin, will be performed Friday evening.

Christ Church and Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island were integral parts of Wesley history in Georgia. In his diary Charles Wesley wrote: “Tuesday, March, 9th, 1736, about three in the afternoon I first set foot on Saint Simons Island; and immediately my spirit revived.”

Tours to both sites will be available. The Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum is on the campus of Epworth and will also have special exhibits for the event.

Information about accommodations and registration is available at http://www.epworthbythesea.org.

Methodists can help save lives in Africa with bed nets

By General Board of Global Ministries Staff

NEW YORK — The people of The United Methodist Church have joined the United Nations Foundation, National Basketball Association (NBA) Cares, “Sports Illustrated” and others in supporting “Nothing But Nets,” a global effort to end malaria — a leading killer of children in Africa each year. 

Every year more than a million children die from this disease and nearly 500 million people are affected, with 90 percent of deaths occurring in Africa. Children who survive often experience health complications.

Malaria is a preventable disease. By answering Jesus’ call to “minister to the least of these who are members of our family,” the disease can be beaten and future generations can be saved. Bed nets can give a child the opportunity to be healthy.

United Methodists can help by letting others know about the need and by purchasing a bed net. A donation of $10 can save a life by buying a bed net to protect children and adults while they sleep.
Everything needed to introduce churches to the Nothing But Nets campaign is found at http://www.umc.org/nets, including information about malaria and the Nothing But Nets campaign.

Churches or individuals can donate online or purchase a Nothing But Nets Game Plan Kit that helps the church organize a fund-raising campaign that will save countless lives. The Game Plan kit costs $15 and includes a DVD with resources (video, guidelines, posters, sermon starters and more) a Buzzkill T-shirt and a poster. The resources in the Game Plan Kit will help get youth and adults excited about being involved in this life-saving project.


*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Chisholm is on staff at Epworth by the Sea.
   Hartleroad is assistant to the bishop of the Illinois Area of The United Methodist Church, in Springfield, Ill.
   Kelley is subscription manager, photographer and contributing writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
   Lee is a member of the 2007 National Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts Convocation Design Team.
   Lauber is associate editor of the UMConnection newspaper in the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
   Listenbee is communications specialist for the Southeastern Jurisdiction in Lake Junaluska, N.C.
   McGovern is associate vice president of planned giving –communications for the Florida United Methodist Foundation.
   Pierce is director of the Florida Conference’s Riverside Retreat in LaBelle.
   Pinkston is director of media relations for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn.
   Stiggins is director of the Florida Conference’s Office of Congregational Transformation.
   Taylor is communications director of the Southeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.
   Truitt is chairman of the General Board of Global Ministries Health and Welfare Leadership Team in New York.

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