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Opportunities — Feb. 6, 2004 {0019a}

Opportunities — Feb. 6, 2004 {0019a}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Opportunities Feb. 6, 2004

Feb. 6, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140    Orlando  {0019a}

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

Church offers child discipline workshop

Dr. Larry Koenig, the author of the Smart Discipline book and program, will present his workshop for parents Feb. 19th from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Brandon.

The national program will provide techniques for disciplining children from pre-school through the teen-age years. Koenig has been featured on "Public Broadcast System" and "National Public Radio" and in "Parents Magazine."

Participants may register online by selecting the "Children's Ministries" icon at http:// Participants must print and complete the registration form and return it with the $10 fee to the church.

Fliers for the event may be downloaded at

Arts at St. Johns celebrates Afro Roots

St. Johns United Methodist Church, Miami's, Arts at St. Johns ministry is presenting "Afro Roots World Music Festival" to showcase the depth of world music talent found in South Florida by introducing new artists, as well as giving established artists additional exposure.

Each Wednesday this month Arts at St. Johns is sponsoring a series of concerts. Artists include Roberto Poveda y Son Electric, a Cuban band leader, Feb. 11; Kailash, an Indian fusion project headed by tabla/harmonium player and another jazz artist, Feb. 18; and the Nag Champayons, a futuristic fusion of Afro-Caribbean and Asian traditional rhythms with modern electronics and experimental rock and jazz, Feb. 25.

For more information visit

 General Board of Church and Society seeks applicants for 2004 Ethnic Young Adult Internship

The General Board of Church and Society is seeking 10 young adults representing Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander heritages to work this summer.

Applicants must have an active interest in social justice, be between the ages of 18 and 22 and have a relationship with a local United Methodist church or campus. Requirements include a resume, two-page essay and two letters of recommendations.

Travel and accommodations are paid by the program, and applicants will receive a $1,500 stipend. The program begins June 6 and ends Aug. 1. The deadline to apply is March 1.

The organization is the public policy and social action body of the United Methodist Church with offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City. Its mission is to motivate, educate and organize Christians for action on social policy issues.

For more information contact the Rev. Neal Christie at 202-488-6511 or

 Music and worship arts scholarships available

The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts offers annual scholarships for students planning careers in church music and/or worship arts.

Each year the organization awards up to five scholarships for higher education. The amount varies, but is usually around $1,000.

Details are available, along with information on other scholarships for similar study, on the General Board of Discipleship worship and music Web site at,764&act=nav_loc.

Applications can be downloaded at The deadline is March 1.

 Gainesville District presents cooperative parish workshop

Churches are encouraged to attend "Models for Ministry, Cooperative Parish Workshop" March 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. and March 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville.

Presenters are from the Rural Life Center in Hayesville, N.C., and include Dr. Delmar Chilton, coordinator of spiritual formation ministries; the Rev. A. Clay Hinton, executive director; the Rev. Marti Hatch, coordinator of volunteer ministries; and Mollie Stewart, coordinator of local church.

Each participating church is asked to pay $35 to cover materials and lunch for five people. Each person above five people is asked to pay $5 for lunch.

The deadline to register is March 19. For more information call 352-376-6353.

 Florida United Methodist Camps and Retreat Center begins scheduling for 2005

The group reservations office for the conference's four camps and retreat center is beginning to set the calendar for next year.

Groups planning an event in 2005 at one of the conference facilities are asked to submit a group application to the reservations office.

Conference groups with or without established dates need to fill out a group application. Conference groups that have established dates with one of the camps and retreat center are able to tentatively schedule bookings up to 10 years out from the current year.

For more information call 800-862-6889.

 UMCom helps churches establish Web ministries

United Methodist Communications (UMCom) in Nashville is providing annual conferences, districts and local churches the opportunity to host its "Web Ministry Seminar...Your Church online: The Web as Ministry."

Churches of any size, location and ministry style can benefit by effectively utilizing the Web as a tool for ministry. The seminar focuses on developing a strategic approach to using the medium, but is not a technical seminar.

In 2003 UMCom trained nearly 1,000 local church leaders in the fundamentals of doing ministry on the Web.

For more information call Chuck Russell, Internet Resource Consultant, at 615-742-5444.

 *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.