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July 16, 2012 / Volume 11, No. 12 View Online

Conference News

Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Information

The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference is just days away. Below you will find helpful notes and links whether you are attending or following from within the conference. E-mail updates will be sent during the conference to those who have subscribed to the list. Should you wish to subscribe, click here and select the first check box and complete the relevant information. Click here for complete details.

AWF Conference Secretary Named

Mrs. Betty West has been named as Conference Secretary for our Alabama-West Florida Conference effective December 1, 2012. Mrs. West is currently the Executive Assistant to the Director of Ministerial Services and will remain in that position while adding this responsibility to her duties. Mrs. West and Dr. Shirley Woodie are currently in conversation regarding the transfer of responsibility beginning in December. Click here for full release.

Coffeehouse on a Mission: Journey Java Connection Offers Art, Theater, Coffee and God

(NW Florida Daily News) - If the Journey Java Connection had that bland corporate sameness of a chain coffeehouse, I"d be a little suspicious. Coffee shops are supposed to be fun, congenial, maybe a little edgy, but certainly not clones of one another. Fortunately, this one"s got that genuine coffeehouse warmth that comes from mismatched furniture, local artists" works on the walls, personable staff, and the aroma of fresh ground coffee and freshly baked cookies. One of Main Street Crestview"s newest businesses, the Journey Java has already established itself among a broad variety of patrons, ranging from downtown merchants, area professionals, kids of all ages, artists, musicians, and those seeking a little meaning out of life. Full article here.

Around the Conference

Q and A with Amanda Moore: A Mobile 3.0 Missional Intern

The 3.0 Missional Internship program is currently in its fourth summer of work in Mobile's inner city communities. The interns are an incredible blessing to those they serve. For many interns themselves, it has been a truly life-changing experience. And for the churches and agencies involved, it has brought new life and helped reestablish and deepen relationships with the community. As a project of the Mobile District, 3.0 has been an opportunity to see our connectional system at its very best. Amanda Moore is one of this year's 3.0 interns and shares with us her experience this summer. Click here for full interview.

Publication Order Deadline

July 31 is the last day to order a clergy director or journal. To order, click here.

We Need Your Feedback

If you have not already done so, please complete the annual conference recap survey so that we may plan for 2013.

Connectional News

July Conference To Elect 11 U.S. Bishops

(UMNS) - The attention of the denomination will be focused beginning July 18 on the jurisdictional conferences, where 11 new U.S. bishops are expected to be elected in three jurisdictions. Like General Conference, the worldwide legislative gathering that met April 24 to May 4 in Tampa, Fla., jurisdictional conferences meet once every four years. Half the delegates will be lay people, and half will be clergy. The Book of Discipline, the denomination"s lawbook, stipulates that each annual conference is entitled to send twice the number of delegates to jurisdictional conferences that it sent to General Conference. There were 606 delegates from U.S. annual conferences at the 2012 General Conference. Full story here.

44 Candidates for the Episcopacy

(UMNS) - There are now 44 candidates for the episcopacy. Learn who they are. Click here for list.

Asbury Theological Seminary Launches Several New Degree Programs

(Wilmore, Ky.) - The Association of Theological Schools has approved several exciting new degree programs at Asbury Theological Seminary. Asbury Seminary submitted four petitions for approval and the Board of Commissioners has approval all of them. The Seminary will soon offer the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) and the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership at its Florida Dunnam Campus. The Board also approved the Seminary"s plan to offer a degree program taught entirely in Spanish. Therefore, The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries in Spanish will be offered at the Florida Dunnam Campus, which serves a growing Hispanic population in Orlando. The Seminary will also offer the Master of Arts in Church Planting at both the Kentucky Campus and the Florida Dunnam Campus. The Seminary wants to extend its sincere appreciation to the faculty, who have worked tirelessly to get these degree plans approved. All new degrees are scheduled to launch in the fall of 2013.

Pinterest-ing Churches

(UMNS) - The number of U.S. adults using social networking sites has nearly doubled since 2008, according to the Pew Research Center. Of those surveyed in late 2010 through the center's Internet and American Life Project, 79 percent said they use the Internet and nearly half said they use at least one social networking site. Many United Methodist churches are paying attention to that trend and using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to reach new people. Now, some are adding Pinterest to the list. "The whole clich", "A picture is worth a thousand words,' ... that's how Pinterest is functioning," said the Rev. Janet Grissett, pastor at Melrose United Methodist Church in Lottsburg, Va. Full story here.


Pastoral Care Tips: Avoid Overlooking People in Need

(UMCOM) - An essential part of ministry is ongoing pastoral care. This responsibility increases during times of economic depression or seasons of increased illness. Inevitably, some people are overlooked. However, a healthy communication system can help church leaders minimize gaps in pastoral care. More here.

How User Friendly is Your Website?

(UMCOM) - A cardinal rule in developing a good website is to remember that it is for the user, not the creator. Sometimes you must sacrifice graphic elements, backgrounds, colors and layouts that strike your fancy in order to achieve a user-friendly website. Here are three ways to make your website more usable and, perhaps, draw a bigger audience. Click here for more.

Job Postings

Administrative Assistant, UM Foundation

Part-time Director of Music Ministries, Brewton UMC

Foster Parent Liaison, UMCH

Chief Development/Communications Officer, UMCH

Children's Minister, Trinity UMC (Opelika, AL)

Director of Children's Music, Ashland Place UMC (Mobile, AL)

Minister of Music, Ozark FUMC

Church Administrator, Gadsden Street UMC (Pensacola, FL)

Nursery Coordinator/Preschool Assistant Director, Navarre UMC

Part-time Choir Director, Trinity UMC (Ft. Walton Beach, FL)

Director of Children's Ministries, Woodbine UMC (Pace, FL)

Director of Student Ministries, Ashland Place UMC (Mobile, AL)

Worship Minister, Woodbine UMC (Pace, FL)

Upcoming Events

Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, July 18-20

Radical Hospitality Retreat, July 23-26

Festival of Wisdom and Grace, July 30-August 2

Extravagant Generosity Stewardship Event, August 1-3

Cooperative School of Christian Mission, August 2-5

Blue Lake United Christian Ashram, August 3-5

The 21st Century SBC21 Convention, August 9-11

The Global Leadership Summit, August 9-10

Summer Camp for Grownups, August 13-16

School of Congregational Development, August 16-19

African-American Women's Leadership Conference, August 23-25

Designing Women's Luncheon, August 25

Lay Speaking Training, September 8

World Communion Sunday, October 7

Wesley Heirs Fall Meeting, October 9-10

Annual Meeting of the Historical Society, October 13

UMW Fall Training and Meeting, October 19-20

Fiscal Office Closes for 2012 Financial Records, January 8, 2013

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