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Opportunities (March 15, 2004)

Opportunities (March 15, 2004)

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Opportunities -- March 15, 2004

March 15, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140    Orlando  {0040}

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

Free workshop explores 'Seasons of the Spirit'

A free workshop from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 27 at the United Methodist Conference Center in Lakeland will introduce participants to the "Seasons of the Spirit" curriculum.

It is a new lectionary-based resource created by publishers and denominational partners. The workshop will provide participants with lectionary-based, ecumenical resources that empower all ages to be transformed in Christ as they explore the meaning and mystery in the Bible; celebrate in worship, sacraments, education and service; engage in ministries of love, justice and witness; and live in inclusive communities of faith shaped and led by the Holy Spirit.

To learn more about the curriculum visit the "Seasons of the Spirit" Web site at

Interested individuals should register for the workshop by e-mailing their name, church name and address, daytime phone number, the workshop's location and date [Florida United Methodist Conference Center, March 27], and the number of people attending to or call 1-800-328-0200.

Course examines General Conference

A self-paced online course offered by United Methodist Communications provides a detailed history of general conference.

"Exploring General Conference: What, Why, How" begins March 17 and ends April 28. The cost is $12.

This course looks at all aspects of General Conference, the denomination's top decision-making body, and includes a brief section on the upcoming 2004 General Conference. Through a multi-media "virtual" classroom experience that intermingles printed content, audio and video clips, quizzes, animated learning aids, and a threaded discussion board, the course captures the spectrum of activity and purpose of General Conference.

Participants will learn how delegates are selected and follow animated characters that show the process of a petition moving toward law. It is recommended for anyone planning to attend General Conference for the first time, including delegates and communicators, and for United Methodists who would like to learn more about how the denomination makes decisions about who we are as United Methodists. The course is offered entirely on the Internet so participants must have Internet connection and a basic understanding of navigation.

For more information visit

Book helps churches minister to older adults

"The Graying of the Church" is a leader's guide for older adult ministry in the United Methodist Church.

Author Richard H. Gentzler Jr. based the book on research indicating leaders of older adult ministries want help identifying new ministry models, ways to motivate older adults and general resource information.

Gentzler is the director of the Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville.

To read more about the book visit For more information contact Gentzler at 877-899-2780, extension 7173, or

Book stresses importance of disciple-making communities

The book, "," is the basic text for the new lay speaking advanced course by Craig Kennet Miller.

Miller is the director of evangelism through New Congregational Development at the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship in Nashville.

Topics covered include creating a faith community, discipleship systems, the realities of call and leadership, 21st century structures, and opportunities for ministry.

Using the experience of the New Testament church at Ephesus as a guide, Miller challenges new and existing churches to rekindle a passion for ministry in the midst of a rapidly changing world.

A DVD for training leaders covering concepts from the book is included in the resource. Led by Miller, the DVD features five 15- to 20-minute presentations.

To read more about the book visit For more information contact Miller at 877-899-2780, extension 7081, or

Community Arts and Culture and the Arts at St. Johns
holds second annual Women and Culture Festival

The Women and Culture Festival is March 27 at St. John's United Methodist Church in Miami.

It will feature an author, dancers, music, performance art, photography and fashion. Tickets are $10 and $7 for seniors and students, respectively.

For more information visit


*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.