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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Download the Mission Fund Campaign Manual, 4 week Worship Series and Small Group resources here

In This Issue:

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A Future with Hope Mission Fund Campaign:

Youth & Young Adults:

A Future with Hope:

Administrative Announcements:



Denominational News:

Jobs & Classifieds:

Conference Meeting Schedule - Through August 31, 2013

Drew Theological School Offerings:


RevItUp! For A Lifetime in Ministry Young Clergy Event

October 28-30, 2013
Atlanta, GA

(For Young Clergy aged 25-39)

The General Board of Pension & Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church invites young clergy between the ages of 25-39 to attend the REVITUP! For a Lifetime of Ministry event to be held at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta, GA.  Whether you are new to ministry or established this is an event for you. 
When you attend revitup! For a Lifetime of Ministry you will:
  • Find ways to reduce and manage your seminary and personal debt
  • Gather practical tips for establishing healthy boundaries and dealing with stress
  • Network with other young clergy from across the denomination
  • Earn Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for attending this event
The REVITUP! Event provides core classes which include “The Holy Grail: Finding Balance in Life and Ministry, Clergy Taxes Can be Taxing, Debt Reduction and Management, etc., and elective classes, “Stewardship in the Local Church, Healthy you-Healthy churches, etc. 
For more information pertaining to event location, hotel and registration information as well as Class Descriptions visit: http://www.gbophb.org/events_education/events/revitup2013.asp
To register online please go to: http://www.gbophb.org/events_education/index.asp

Questions may be directed to Alexa Taylor, Pension Coordinator at 732-359-1038 or email at ataylor@gnjumc.org.

Conference UMW Retreat

Saturday September 14th, 2013
Pinelands Retreat Center in Browns Mills, NJ

The day begins at 8:30 with registration and continental breakfast. Program starts at 9 and will end at 4.

The cost for the day is $10 (continental breakfast and lunch included).

The speaker is retired pastor Kem Monk presenting “Prayer as a Lifestyle”. The units are challenged to bring three women from each church. Lets make it happen!!

Registration has been extended to September 1st!

Click here to download the registration form.

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The ABCs of back-to-school outreach

By Barbara Dunlap-Berg, www.umcom.org

Whether you’re part of a congregation of 50 or 5,000, you can reach out to children and families as a new academic year begins.  Click here for a dozen ideas from United Methodist churches across the connection.  

Does your church do something special during back-to-school?  Send your photos and descriptions of what you do to communications@gnjumc.org.

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Resources Available for A Future with Hope Mission Fund Campaign

Looking for the A Future with Hope Mission Fund Campaign manual and resources?  Visit the official Mission Fund Campaign website: www.gnjumc.org/missionfund.  

On the website, you can find the Mission Fund Campaign manual, 4-week worship series and small group guides for Three Simple Questions.

The website (www.gnjumc.org/missionfund) will continue to be updated regularly with new supporting materials and resources to help local churches.  

In the coming weeks, Rich Hendrickson, Carolyn Conover and Rebecca Nichols will be reaching out to local churches to see how they can assist in the planning and preparation for the Fall launch.  

Questions about the Mission Fund Campaign materials can be directed to Rebecca Nichols, Field Coordinator for A Future with Hope Mission Fund Campaign, at rebeccanichols@gnjumc.org.

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  Youth & Young Adults

Ocean City Youth Weekend 2013- Register Your Jr & Sr High Today!

NEW This year! Senior High & Junior High Youth are invited to the 2013 Ocean City Youth Weekend on September 6-8, 2013 in Ocean City, NJ!

Registration Now Open!  Click here to register online.

This Year's Event Features:

  • Comedian Bob Smiley (www.bobsmiley.com)

  • 2-Time Superbowl Winning NFL Player, Lee Rouson (NY Giants and Cleveland Browns)

  • Singer/Songwriter Celia Whitler

  • Workshops, Mission projects and much more!

You can find a list of hotels in the Ocean City area and more information at www.gnjmyp.org.  It's an event you won't want to miss!

Exploration 2013

November 15-17, 2013
Denver, Colorado

EXPLORATION 2013 is a three-day event for young adults age 18-26 to hear, discern, and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. If you have sensed God might be calling you to ordained ministry, wondered what ministry in The United Methodist Church is all about, would like help sifting through issues involved in an ordained vocation, or want to learn more about The United Methodist seminaries and theological schools, this gathering is for you.

Click here for more information.

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Global Young Peoples Convocation and Legislative Assembly

Tagaytay, Luzon, The Philippines
July 16 – 20, 2014

Join youth, young adults, and adult workers from around the world for the third Global young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly in Tagaytay, Luzon, The Philippines July 16 – 20, 2014 at the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center. Tackling issues, celebrating oneness in Christ, learning from each other, and experiencing the UMC in the Philippines will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for participants.

Click here for more information.

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Soul Tending Retreat for Youth Workers

November 1-2, 2013
Grove Hall 
Ocean Grove, NJ
Friday 7p.m. - Saturday 3 p.m.

A retreat designed to renew, restore and re-energize you as you continue to work with the young people in your local church. Youth Ministry is a tough job, and you need to know that you are supported and loved. What you do matters!!! Come for a night away from it all without the youth!!! A time to relax, get pampered, share in fellowship and support with other youth workers from around the Annual Conference.

Click here for more information.

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Help Need to Provide Dinners for Volunteers

Calling all cooks!!! Have you been hoping to share your great food with others? The Highlands hosting site is looking for meals to be provided for the visiting volunteers.

The primary needs are:

  • Sunday night welcome dinners for arriving teams (served at 6pm on average but time can vary)
  • Thursday night “thank you” dinners at 6PM

These are great opportunities for potlucks and fellowship, but "drop and go" or monetary donations work too! The total numbers to cook for fluctuates, but we recommend being prepared to serve 20-30 people.

Click here to sign-up for a dinner through volunteerspot.com or call Joyce Johnson, Regional Volunteer Coordinator, at 908-309-1072. Help is especially needed after August 15th! The calendar is wide open with plenty of opportunities for you to help!!! Sign-up today!

The Highlands Hosting Site is located at 181 Bay Ave in Highlands, NJ.  

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Cleaning and Maintenance Men/Women Needed

A Future with Hope is seeking help to maintain and clean the new Highlands Hosting site on a weekly basis. If you are interested in volunteering your time two or three days a week to help with general repairs as needed and/or cleaning the hosting site, please contact Beverly Schol at bschol@afuturewithhope.org.

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Supplies Needed for Volunteer Hosting Site

The following items are needed to help supply our new Highlands volunteer hosting site.  Can you or your church help?  Gift cards for Target or Walmart are also needed to help purchase these types of supplies.

  • Toilet paper
  • Boxes tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Large cans of Lysol spray
  • Kitchen trash bags
  • Bathroom trash bags
  • Large trash bags
  • Cases Bottled water
  • Gift Cards to Target or Walmart

For more information contact Beverly Schol, A Future with Hope Regional Manager, at bschol@afuturewithhope.org.

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A Future with Hope on Social Media

A Future with HOPE, Inc. is now on Facebook and Twitter!  "Like" our Facebook page to get updates, connect with others and see pictures of the great recovery efforts happening!

Don't have a Facebook account?  You can still follow along by visiting:  www.facebook.com/AFutureWithHope

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Administrative Services

Local Church Conference Forms Available Online

Local Church Conference forms are now available online here: http://www.gnjumc.org/pages/detail/356.

In response to your feedback, several Church Conference & Pastoral Support forms/reports (Word/Excel fill-in format) have been modified and consolidated. Forms are avaialbe in Word or Excel fill-in format. The Church Conference & Pastoral Support forms are available in PDF format for those who need to download them and fill them out by hand.

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HealthFlex Participants – Complete the HQ for the lower 2014 deductible! 

August 1 – September 30 - Complete the Health Quotient (HQ) for lowest deductible!

July 31, 2013 is the last day for the Blueprint for Wellness.

August 1 through September 30, 2013 complete the HQ (Health Quotient). THE DEDUCTIBLE WILL BE RAISED TO $750 single/$1,500 family FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT COMPLETE THE HQ.*  BOTH the participant and eligible spouse must complete the HQ to receive the lower deductible.  Active Plan PPO Participants and participating spouses taking the HQ during this timeframe will enjoy the plan level deductible of $500 single/$1,000 family deductible.  Log in to the HealthFlex/WebMD area of the General Board website www.gbophb.org and click on Health Quotient on the left side of the screen. 

If you completed the HQ earlier in the year, you must complete it again between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 for the lower deductible.

Be sure to print out the HQ report (left side of HQ home page) after you have completed the HQ and bring or send it to your doctor.  The report is a comprehensive picture of the state of your health and offers suggestions on how to improve areas of your health that need it.  Health Coaching is available (not required!) at no cost to you to help you meet your wellness goals.

*Retirees with Medicare as their primary insurance are not required to take the HQ, and will have no change in deductible if it is not completed.  You can, and should however, take it just for the health of it.  Bring the downloadable HQ report to your doctor along with the results of your Blueprint for Wellness!

Please contact Barbara Gruezke, Insurance Coordinator, (732) 359-1037 or insurance@gnjumc.org if you have any questions about the screenings.

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Insurance Notice Regarding Inspection of Boilers

Effective April 1, 2013 Mercer Insurance Company, a Member of United Fire Group, has partnered with Mutual Boiler Re to complete the boiler inspections and state filings for all customers. Boiler and pressure vessel inspections will no longer be completed by Hartford Steam and Boiler(HSB). Inspections will be conducted by FM Global inspectors. Mutual Boiler Re is a wholly owned subsidiary of FM Global. FM Global is an accredited, authorized inspection agency in all jurisdictions in the United States and Canada.

See the Special Notices link on left side of the Insurance page of the Conference website for contact and procedural information on setting up a boiler inspection with Mutual Boiler Re.

Please make sure the appropriate parties at your church are aware of this change for all future boiler inspections. Should you have any questions or need further assistance in having your boiler inspected please contact the Greater NJ Annual Conference of the UMC Insurance Program Administrator/Agent at:
Sovereign Insurance Group
Tiffany Lupo, Account Manager
Telephone: 800-222-4478 ext 3389
Email: TiffanyL@sovinsurance.com

Click here to read the notice sent to churches informing them of this change.

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Clergy Benefits Academy- Register Today


November 18-20, 2013

Galloway, NJ 08205

The General Board of Pension & Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church invites active clergy and spouses to attend the Clergy Benefits Academy which will be held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel in Galloway, NJ! 

By attending, you will:

  • Learn how to care for your financial, emotional and physical well-being with age-focused coursework
  • Gain knowledge and information necessary to make confident decisions about your own personal situation
  • Have an opportunity to participate in one-on-one consultations and get answers to your personal questions from a knowledgeable General Board staff member
  • Earn continuing education units (CEUs)

Download the Clergy Benefits Academy Brochure: [PDF]

To register online please go to: http://www.gbophb.org/events_education/index.asp

For more information pertaining to event location, hotel and registration information as well as Class Descriptions visit: http://www.gbophb.org/events_education/events/CBA2013.asp

Any questions may be directed to Alexa Taylor, Pension Coordinator at 732-359-1038 or email at ataylor@gnjumc.org.

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UMCOR Early Response Team Training


Are you interested in serving YOUR NEIGHBOR during the early stages of a disaster? The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines that enable a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community. 

ERT Basic Class:
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013 Delaware Bay District, Gloucester County
Where: Richwood United Methodist Church Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (please arrive early for registration)
Cost: $25 per person, payable at the door. Checks can be made payable to GNJAC. Cost covers training manuals, refreshments, lunch.

Please click here to register on-line.

Questions about the program? You may contact the Disaster ERT Coordinator, UMCOR Authorized Instructor - Carol Brozosky, at carol@ehsprogress.com

Click here for more information about ERT Training and the Disaster Response Ministry of GNJAC.

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UMCOM Launches Website Hosting for Local Churches

The General Board of Global Ministries has been offering free web hosting to churches for more than 12 years. What began as an effort to help churches gain a foothold in cyberspace with a basic webpage has grown to the point that they can no longer support the current website needs of many churches. And so, the agency, in the spirit of shared services, has partnered with United Methodist Communications to offer a vastly enhanced system that will be managed and controlled by United Methodist Communications. The current hosting service will come to an end on September 30, 2013.
On July 1, 2013, United Methodist Communications officially launched a new website-management solution. Through this partnership, United Methodist churches will continue to experience a reliable and affordable platform for effective web ministry.
These new state-of-the-art solutions are built on the world-leading power of WordPress. Various affordable plans will be available providing features such as:
  • United Methodist Church-branded site design templates;
  • Google Apps accounts for email and online document collaboration;
  • United Methodist-sponsored content; and
  • Instant, automatic site setup.

Visit www.umcchurches.org to find out more!

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Register for the Lay Leadership Academy

Presented by the Laity Council of the GNJAC

September 13 - 14, 2013

"Empowering Laity to Lead"

Grove Hall Retreat Center
15 Pilgrim Pathway , Ocean Grove, NJ
Friday 5:30 PM - Saturday 4 PM

August 23, 2013

Register online by clicking here or print and mail the registration form included on the brochure below.

Download Brochure/Registration Form: [PDF]

The academy will support laity who would like to take a more active leadership role in the local church, district and conference; and is designed to actively recruit and empower laity as Christian leaders for the church and the world.

Plenary Speaker: M. Garlinda Burton

Young Adult Track: Rev. Erica Munoz

Adult Track: Rosa Williams, Mark Halverson, Marilyn D. Kinelski, Jack Scharf, Millie Grey, & Rev. Michael Bill

Questions? Please contact Rosa Williams at rosamw@optonline.net

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For additional events, visit www.gnjumc.org/events.  Events can  be viewed by three types: ConferenceDistrict, and Church.  The Calendar is defaulted to view the Conference events.  To view District events, click on District.  To view Local Church events, click on Church.

United Methodist Night at the Philadelphia Phillies

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Philadelphia Phillies & the L A Dodgers
Game Time 7:00 pm

To order tickets call:
Scott McDade @ 215-218-5434
or smcdade@phillies.com

Please mention our conference when ordering tickets: Greater New Jersey Annual Conference

Order early, don’t wait.

Rick Walker, Greater NJ United Methodist Men president

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Order of St. Luke Retreat

The Order of St. Luke will retreat September 30-October 1at the Oceannaire in Ocean City, NJ. We will conclude our reading Saved by Sacrificeand begin Life Together and Prayer Book of the Bible by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Please purchase Vol. 5, published by Fortress Press as it is the most accurate translation. Plan to purchase it now for your summer reading. Want to know more about the OSL? Contact Jeanette Block at revblock@aol.com or Fran Ballinger at franbmag@gmail.com.

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  Denominational News

UMNS Weekly Digest

August 2, 2013 - Click here

This is a digest of news features provided by United Methodist Communications. It includes summaries of United Methodist News Service stories and additional briefs from around the United Methodist connection. Full versions of the stories with photographs and related features can be found at http://umns.umc.org

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Chuck Knows Church Video

40 | Chuck Knows Church -- Licensed Local Pastors

When does a pastor need a license? And why? Chuck talks again with some of his fellow "Chucks" as he explains this week's episode!

Watch it at www.chuckknowschurch.com

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 Job Opportunities & Classifieds

There are many opportunities for employment, free items and postings for items needed at local churches and across the connection. Visit www.gnjumc.org/classifieds to view all of the local church opportunities.  There are always new postings so be sure to check back often! Below are job postings across the United Methodist connection.

Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Seeks Executive Director

For details about this job, click here.

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Conference Meeting Schedule

Commission on Religion and Race Conference Call
Date: Thursday, August 8
Time: 7pm
Place: Conference Call

Laity Council Conference Call
Date: Thursday, August 15
Time: 8:30pm
Place: Conference Call

Meetings are posted 2 weeks in advance.  Additional meetings can be found on the Conference Calendar.

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  Drew Theological School Offerings

Drew University offers many Theological Lifelong Learning opportunities throughout the year. Visit their website for more detailed information about each program: http://www.drew.edu/theological/lifelong-learning. For questions or to register, contact Nancy Vanderveen at nvanderveen@drew.edu.

2013 – 2014 Lifelong Learning Programs
Register Today!!

Classes without Quizzes:
Classes without Quizzes offers seminarians, clergy, and laity the opportunity to explore vital topics that provide relevant and practical information to assist them in their ministries. Workshops take place on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The first program is:

September 27, 2013 – “Church Finances”
Rev. Dr. Neill Tolboom, Senior Pastor, Morristown, NJ United Methodist Church

For a complete schedule and to register, visit: 

Seminary Saturdays:
The Seminary Saturdays program at Drew offers churches and individuals the opportunity to explore a variety of theological, biblical, and spiritual topics. Seminars are held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., starting with:

September 14, 2013:
“The Dead Sea Scrolls: How are They Relevant Today?”
Dr. Carl Savage, Associate Professor in the Practice of Professional Leadership and Biblical Studies, and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

“Spirituality of Discernment”  (A Book Launch Event)
Michael Christensen, International Director, Shalom Initiative, and Pastor of Epworth UMC, Berkeley CA

For a complete schedule and to register, visit: 


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