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Opportunities (April 7, 2004)

Opportunities (April 7, 2004)

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Opportunities -- April 7, 2004

April 7, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140    Orlando  {0054}

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

Council of Bishops asks annual conferences to pray for General Conference

The Council of Bishops is issuing a call to prayer and fasting for the 2004 General Conference April 27-May 7.

The focus is to ask God to work through General Conference to guide The United Methodist Church in becoming more effective in its mission and ministry of making disciples of Jesus Christ.

For more information visit and click on the link titled "About General Conference 2004." At the bottom of the page there is an item called "2004 General Conference Prayer Ministries." That link provides information about the call to prayer.

United Methodist Men and Society of St. Andrew ask General Conference delegates to fast

The General Commission on United Methodist Men and the Society of St. Andrew are asking General Conference delegates to show the power of United Methodist compassion by providing relief to the poor of Pittsburgh.

All delegates are asked to fast one meal during the first week of General Conference and contribute what would have been the cost of that meal.

A suggested amount is $10. The Society of St. Andrew will use that money to help feed needy people in Pittsburgh.
Money will be collected Tuesday and Wednesday of the conference's first week at the United Methodist Men's display area, located just outside the plenary hall at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The funds will be tabulated and delivered to the Society of St. Andrew. The organization will deliver potatoes for distribution to the poor of Pittsburgh through the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. United Methodist Men and others will help in the distribution of the potatoes. Every nickel donated will deliver one pound of potatoes, and the food will be displayed at the conference center toward the end of the first week.
The Society of St. Andrew is a nationwide, Christian nonprofit ministry and Advance Number 801600. It salvages fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste and donates it to agencies to feed the hungry. Annually, the Society of St. Andrew saves 30 million to 40 million pounds of food that would have been discarded. The food is donated to agencies across the country, providing 90 million to 120 million donated servings of nutritious food to the nation's hungry at a cost of about one cent per serving.

People not attending General Conference who would like to participate in the fast may do so by sending their donation to General Conference Fast, Society of St. Andrew, 3383 Sweet Hollow Road, Big Island, VA 24526.
For more information about the Society of St.Andrew visit

 Free employment listing service offered to churches

The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) is offering a free service that allows local congregations to list their vacant staff positions in music, worship and worship arts.

The listing is located on the GBOD worship and music Web site at,20,757&act=nav_loc. A list of Helps for Churches Hiring Musicians and Musicians Searching for Church Positions may is at,20.
United Methodist churches that have positions available to post to the list may send them by e-mail to For more information contact Dean McIntyre, director of GBOD music resources, at 877-899-2780, extension 7073, or visit

 UMVIM provides way to communicate with volunteers around the world

The Southeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (SEJ UMVIM) has set up a Web chat room through which interested people can communicate in real time using the Internet with mission leaders stationed around the world.

Dr. Phil Plunk, medical coordinator of the Salud y Paz clinics in Guatemala, will be the first guest April 26 at 8 p.m. He will be available for an hour and a half to answer questions about volunteer medical services in Guatemala. People will be able to log on and participate in the conversation.

To participate users should go to the SEJ UMVIM Web site at and click on the "Volunteer Services" tab and the "WebChat" link at the indicated time.

For more information contact or 404-377-7424.

 Conference Resource Center has new resource on VHS and DVD

The Florida Conference Resource Center now offers "The Savior Next Door" on VHS and DVD. It's a resource based on Max Lucado's book by the same name.

Lucado strives to clear away the clichŽs and confusion about Jesus and help participants better understand Jesus' life and ministry.

The series has eight lessons of about 18 to 20 minutes each on two videotapes or one DVD. A leader's guide is included.

The Florida Conference Resource Center has more than 1,000 videotapes available for churches and individuals.

Items may be checked out for a few days or as long as one month, and there is a $5 user fee for all resources.

For more information contact Conference Resource Coordinator Caryl Kelley at 800-282-8011, extension 115, or


*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.