This edition of the NewsCONNECTION is being sent today as we prayerfully remember those lives lost on September 11, 2001.
In Remembrance of 9/11
Click here to read a message from Bishop Paul L. Leeland and the Council of Bishops. We hope these words will be helpful to you in your Sunday worship services and throughout the weekend as we reflect on this anniversary.
Alice Lee: An Alabama Treasure
(Huntsville Times) - Click here to read an op-ed about the 100th birthday of Ms. Alice Lee. In the article written by Wayne Flynt, he expresses, "Like other Americans I will mourn on Sept. 11 the tragedy of those who lost their lives that day. But I will also rejoice at what the terrorists could not destroy: an astoundingly talented, deeply Christian, winsome, public, successful, professional woman of gentle spirit and fierce determination who pioneered so many paths that are now the common experience of tens of thousands of Alabama women."
Golden Cross Fund Needs Your Help
As the year progresses and the economy remains uncertain, more and more requests are being sent to the Golden Cross Fund. This fund helps United Methodist lay persons and clergy alike in our conference who have undue or excessive medical expenses and are unable to pay these bills. Golden Cross receives no funds from apportionments and relies solely on designated offerings from local congregations. Please consider making a donation to the Golden Cross Fund of the AWF Conference. For more information, contact Julie Terrell, RN, at 850.478.9489.
Alabama Rural Ministry Summer Recap
Click here to read how ARM has made a difference within the AWF Conference by hosting summer work teams and partnering with Wesley Foundations.
Know Your District Superintendent!
Each edition, we will feature a District Superintendent as a way to "Know Your DS." Click here to get to know Dr. Cory Smith, Baypines District Superintendent.
Fiscal Year End Approaching
The deadline to have apportionments paid for the Fiscal Year 2011 will be January 9, 2012, 10am. After December 25th, the most recommended method for making apportionment payments will be directly making a deposit at a local Regions Bank into the conference account to ensure payments are made on time. For the account number or questions, contact the Fiscal Office at 888.873.2137. After a deposit has been made, fax a copy of your remittance form with the breakdown of how the funds are to be applied to 334.274.1052. It is not recommended to mail payments close to the deadline.
New York Cop-Turned-Chaplain Recalls 9/11
(UMNS) - Click here to read a reflection from Rev. Chuck Ferrara. He is a retired NYPD lieutenant and now serves as senior pastor of New Life Community Church, United Methodist, in New Fairfield, Conn.
Pastor Seeks Peace Despite 9/11 Hurt
(UMNS) - When the death of Osama bin Laden was announced in May, the Rev. Myrna Bethke was awakened by a late-night call from a New Zealand media outlet seeking her reaction. As the sister of one of the 2,977 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and an advocate for reconciliation, she often has been sought by the media. Click here for article.
From October 10th through the 19th, there will be a 10-day online event that will mobilize passionate people to stand up and be counted for causes they believe in, called 10-Fold. Each day will feature a different United Methodist ministry supported by Global Ministries and UMCOR. Visit 10-Fold.org daily and register your interest. With one click, you can trigger a $1.00 donation each day of 10-Fold, up $10,000 for each project.
With several natural disasters ongoing in our country, please consider an UMCOR donation to help those in need. Click here to donate, you may specify hurricane or wildfire. To learn more about how these funds are used, click here.
General Conference Petition Submissions
Petitions for consideration by the 2012 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary through September 27, 2011. According to church law, "Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference " ". Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are available on the General Conference website at gc2012.umc.org.
Free Kindle Download of Historic Book of Daily Devotions
September 11 marks the 10th anniversary of the re-publication of Strength for Service to God and Country, a 1942 book of daily devotions written for World War II troops. In honor of the 10-year anniversary of September 11th and the men and women who serve our country, a free Kindle version of this historic book of daily devotions is available. Visit the Amazon Kindle Store before September 15 to download your copy. To help continue to put these books in the hands of our military and service personnel, please consider making a donation at www.StrengthforService.org.
Trends to Note in Background Screening for Churches
(UM Insurance) - Over the past couple of years, we have seen an increase in the types of services being sought by churches, including screening of all volunteers who drive motor vehicles for church purposes; protective orders; verification of address history, and social security verification. For full article, click here.
World Communion Sunday is October 2
Your participation in this Special Sunday is vital to developing United Methodist leaders in the United States and around the world. Your gifts provide scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students who might not be able to pursue higher education without your support. To download free resources, click here. To see a video about World Communion Sunday, click here.
UMW Annual Day
The AWF United Methodist Women (UMW) will gather for the 39th Annual and 1st Annual Young Girl Day on October 22, 8:30 am at Blue Lake. The theme will be "All Things Made New". Kathy Booker, President of SEJ Core Planning Team, will be the guest speaker. This event is for any UMW member, or other interested ladies. For more information, click here.
AWF Historical Society Annual Meeting
The AWF Historical Society Announces its annual meeting with Blue Lake Camp, October 28-29. The theme will be "Blue Lake Camp - 60 Years and Growing Still." This year the group is partnering with the staff at Blue Lake in presenting the beginnings, development, and future of this great church camp that serves our conference by helping develop children, youth and adult leaders. For more information, click here.
Employment Practices Seminar, September 15
At the Water's Edge, September 19
Lewis Center Free Webinar, "Help Churches Expand Income Sources," September 22
Keeping Our Roots, Spreading Our Wings, September 25
Extreme Experience Vision Camp, September 25-28
Catapult, September 26-28
Tracing Footsteps from the Past, September 26-29
Energize 2011 for Jr. and Sr. High Students at Blue Lake, September 30-October 2
World Communion Sunday, October 2
Huntingdon College Homecoming and Family Day, October 7-8
Bible Extreme Makeover at Epworth by the Sea, October 10-13
Wesley Heirs Fall Retreat, October 11-12
Laity Sunday, October 16
Gammon Theological Seminary Founders Day, October 18-19
Change the World Conference at Ginghamsburg UMC, October 19-21
Encounter Weekend Marriage Seminar in Pensacola Beach, FL, October 21-23
Choir Music Weekend at Lake Junaluska, October 21-23
You Were Born For This, October 23-26
A Christian Story for a New Generation Conference, October 27-28
Exploration 2011, An Event For Those Exploring A Call Into the Ministry, November 11-13
Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, November 13-15
United Methodist Student Day, November 27
Infuse Youth Ski Retreats at Lake Junaluska, Winter 2012
Warmth in Winter at Epworth by the Sea, January 16-18