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Communications Chief Exec to Retire Next Year

8/27/2014
Communications Chief Exec to Retire Next Year - Commission to lead search and transition process Nashville, Tenn.: The Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications, announced today his plans to retire in the next 9-10 months. Rev. Hollon will reach the mandatory retirement age for elective and appointive staff of United Methodist general agencies. Although the mandatory retirement age for clergy is not until age 72, there is a provision for mandatory retirement at 70,...

Calls for Prayer and Action to Aid Atlantic City Unemployed

8/27/2014
By Jeff Wolfe The United Methodist’s Church’s stance against gambling has been clear for centuries. Their mission to help those in need, no matter their circumstance, has been clear as well.   Those two issues are intersecting with more than 6,000 people in the Atlantic City area facing unemployment with the closing of the Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza casinos.   Greater New Jersey United Methodist Conference Bishop John Schol made it clear that although he is...

A Message from Bishop Schol About Atlantic City

8/25/2014
The following letter was sent to the United Methodist Churches in the Atlantic City area. I invite you to read it this weekend to your congregation or to share it through other means with the congregation. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, For the past several decades I have protested the legalization of gambling. I believe gambling preys on the most vulnerable. This past week I was in Atlantic City to pray and walk with casino workers and religious leaders as 6,000 jobs will be lost...

New Speakers for IGNITE anounced!

7/23/2014
Preston Centuolo - a dynamic, national youth speaker who has shared at other Conferences like The Rock (MD), Hillsongs, Creation, Youth for Christ, etc. He is a fantastic story-teller who connects with youth and helps them see beyond their obstacles and challenges that they might seize their own unique purpose. Zach Hunter - featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Christianity Today, etc., he is a young person himself (!) - someone who, at he age of 12, launched an anti-slavery movement...

Council of Bishops Urge Compassion & Prayer for Border Crisis

7/17/2014
In response to the rise in unaccompanied migrant children crossing the U.S. border, the executive committee of the Council of Bishops has called on United Methodists across the connection to “pray, reflect and engage in acts of compassion.” According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have been traveling through Mexico and arriving at the Southwest U.S. border in recent months, specifically in the Rio Grande Valley. About 75 percent...

2014 GNJAC Scholarship Recipients

7/14/2014
Rev. Warren Brandt Francis Asbury Award     Jacqueline C. Barnes Conference Trust Scholarship Jacqueline is presently attending Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is an active member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Montclair, NJ.       Bianca M. Birney Conference Trust Scholarship Bianca is a graduate of Cumberland Regional High School in Seabrook, NJ. She will be attending Cumberland County College in Vineland, NJ in...

UMVIM - Volunteers In Mission Team Leadership Training

7/14/2014
When: 10/11/2014 Time: Starts 9:00am - 4:00am Where: St. John's United Methodist Church, Hazlet, NJ   What is UMVIM? United Methodist Volunteers In Mission exists to promote, encourage, and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love In Action” through short-term mission service in the Unit-ed States and abroad. It provides opportunities for service by developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders. We continually nurture our...

FREE Media Center VHS Tapes!

7/9/2014
We are in the process of modernizing the Media Center and have hundreds of VHS tapes available for FREE for our churches. The tapes cover a wide variety of topics, including women’s studies, spiritual growth and children and youth. Click here to view the attached list and if you see something you like, we’ll send it to you.  Email: media@gnjumc.org ...

Alpine Community United Methodist Church

7/3/2014
A group from the Alpine Community United Methodist Church, a congregation worshiping 12 people, has notified the conference that they have left the United Methodist Church and have claimed right to the property. This group is being led by David Reeves, who is now the pastor and chair of the newly formed board of trustees. Mr. Reeves is a former United Methodist local pastor whose license was not renewed in 2005. The church is located in the Alpine community of New Jersey, approximately eight...

A Future with Hope - Summer Concert in the Park

6/23/2014
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Stop Hunger Now Mission Project

6/18/2014
The meals we packed this year for Stop Hunger Now including the more than 40,000 packed last month at Annual Conference have been shipped to Haiti! They will support the holistic work of Salesian Missions in Haiti. www.salesianmissions.org The Salesian work Lakay/Lakou is a three step program in Cite Soleil, Haiti, to socially and economically rehabilitate street children. Cite Soleil is one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Haiti, and armed gangs are in control of most of the area...

2014 Cooperative School of Christian Mission

6/18/2014
  This annual education opportunity is the ticket to effective mission ministry for local churches across the Greater New Jersey Conference. The Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Greater New Jersey Conference United Methodist Women co-sponsor and present these schools. The Cooperative School of Christian Missions is for all, invited are women, men, young adults, youth, children, pastors, and friends! Make it a family retreat! To...

Prayer Leaves

6/18/2014
This year's Annual Conference, we asked attendees to write a prayer request on a handmade paper leaf. The prayers were then hung on a small tree to create a beautiful display within the prayer room. The amount of prayers received was amazing and inspiring. Last week during our Monday morning worship, the GNJ staff was asked to take a prayer leaf and continue to pray for the requests. We are incorporating the leaves into our worship series and your prayers have inspired prayers of our...

Act of Repentance

6/5/2014
  Small red cloths wrapped with sage and tobacco were passed along the rows of pastors, laypeople and others at the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 28. The contents of the cloths represented things that God made. These cloths also symbolized unity between the Natives Americans and the United Methodist Church. During the first official day of Annnual Conference, Greater New Jersey United Methodists and the Lenape Native Americans...

Brightshots Photo Project #gnjac14

6/4/2014
Thank you to all who took part in our first ever 2014 Brightshots Photo Project. During Annual Conference we asked attendees to particpate in sharing their photos via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #gnjac14.  Your photos represented the bright spots of your experiences during Annual Conference. Thank you for allowing GNJ to document Brighshots through your lens and smart phone. Together we are showing the world our bright spots through ministry!     ...

2014 Episcopal Address

5/30/2014
The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey Episcopal Address May 29, 2014 John R. Schol, Bishop Isaiah said, “Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” (Isaiah 61:1). Today I give thanks to God for you and how God’s light is shining through you. You have shined in, out and on through your ministry. God’s light is growing the vitality of our congregations and shining brightly through our spiritual leaders. Across...

GNJUMC Ground Breaking Ceremony

5/24/2014
Ground Breaking Ceremony for United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey on Jumping Brook Road, Neptune On Thursday, May 22nd, Bishop John Schol and the leaders of the United Methodist Church in Greater New Jersey, together with public officials from Neptune Township and Monmouth County, broke the ground for a new conference center on Jumping Brook Road in Neptune.   The conference office administration provides support for the more than 580 United Methodist Churches and 50,000...

Annual Conference Volunteer Opportunity

5/22/2014
A Future With Hope will host a unique volunteer opportunity at this year’s Annual Conference in Wildwood next week. The Sandy reconstruction non-profit, formed by the people of the United Methodist Church, will construct three wooden playhouses for the children of Hurricane Sandy survivors. Conference attendees, including youth and clergy, will participate in the playhouse build. The three houses will be assembled and painted on Wednesday morning. One will be displayed in the convention...

Mission Fund Campaign Provides Opportunity to Reclaim Space

5/21/2014
How do you commit to the God-size A Future with Hope Mission Fund Campaign when your church is already struggling? The UMC at Mount Tabor lost a large percentage of income when the preschool renting part of the building suddenly closed their doors. Instead of panic, the church turned to dreaming. Perhaps it was time to claim the entire building space for ministry but as ideas came forward, we found ourselves faced with financial impossibilities. We were down nearly a quarter of our budget,...

Remember those who served our country...

5/21/2014
The Commission on Archives and History would like to remind local churches and interested individuals that Memorial Day is approaching and it is the best time to remember those who served our country in the military during war and peace. In January 1917, the United States entered World War 1 which eventually saw 2.5 million Americans in active service. Around 9 million individuals would die by war’s end. In that same year the New Jersey Annual Conference presented a Veteran’s...
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