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2015 Church Conference Season

6/30/2015
2015 Church Conference Season The 2015 church conference season will run six weeks, beginning the last week in September and running through the first weekend in November. There will be two Saturdays and one Sunday afternoon designated for group/cluster conferences. These conferences will be presided over by circuit elders and other designated elders, and will incorporate shared worship and workshop sessions. Thirteen additional church conferences will be held independently with the...

Orange UMC’s Manna Monday Satisfies Many

6/29/2015
 By Jeff Wolfe           jwolfe@gnjumc.org ORANGE  - Audrey Audain got her answer to prayer. It just wasn’t exactly what she thought it would be. Now Audain and the United Methodist Church in Orange is helping answer the prayers of the hungry by providing physical and spiritual food for 150 to 200 people each Monday at the church. They call it Manna Monday and it has been made possible due to a partnership with Table to Table, a nonprofit organization...

Music Camp Tradition Moves to Pinelands

6/29/2015
By Jessica Stenstrom Jessica_stenstrom@yahoo.com With summer camp set to start July 12, Jestie Higgins, Director of GNJ Camping Ministries, is gearing up for another fun-filled season at Pinelands Center at Mt. Misery.  If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time and many camp experiences to choose from, said Higgins. Campers can choose a variety of options including A Taste of Camp, a shorter session perfect for first time campers, Camp-A-Palooza, a sampler of all...

Discount Coupons For Dorney Park Methodist Day - Update

6/26/2015
Rain is expected at Dorney Park tomorrow, Saturday, June 27. The Park will be open all day and you can use the “United Methodist Day at Dorney Park” coupons tomorrow if you choose.  We are pleased to announce that you can also use the “UM Day at Dorney” coupons on Saturday, Aug. 1st. The Park will honor the coupons on Aug. 1st even though they are marked for June 27. Our “UM Family and Youth Music Fest” that was planned for tomorrow has had to...

Conversations Key Part of Human Sexuality Vote

6/23/2015
 By Jeff Wolfe jwolfe@gnjumc.org WILDWOOD – Six pieces of legislation concerning human sexuality were brought before the Annual Conference last month in Wildwood.  Four of the pieces of legislation called for proposed changes to the Book of Discipline.  Two of the pieces called for action within the Greater New Jersey Conference.  All six pieces passed. In advance of the legislation being presented, Bishop John Schol invited the annual conference to revise...

Message from Bishop Schol - Charleston, SC

6/19/2015
  If one part of the body suffers, we all suffer. - 1 Corinthians 12:26 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   The Church, our nation, an entire community and families lost faithful disciples and loving people today in Charleston, South Carolina. We grieve the loss of life, the desecration of a sacred space and the pain because of violence.   The nine people murdered in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were young and old, lay and clergy, elected official and...

United Methodists Send Message to Charleston Neighbors

6/19/2015
United Methodist Communications umcpresscenter.org June 19, 2015 United Methodists send message to Charleston neighbors Nashville, Tenn. — In response to the tragic shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, United Methodist Communications is spreading a message of healing, hope and peace from The United Methodist Church in support of the people of Charleston, S.C. and the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  A full-page color ad will appear in the...

Message from Bishop Schol - Survey results

6/17/2015
Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. -1 Corinthians 10:31   Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   Doing our best for God is a continual aim for Greater New Jersey leadership. One of the ways we assess our effectiveness and commitment to excellence is through evaluation and surveys. Recently conference leadership conducted two surveys to assess our ministry. One survey focused on the direction, administration and resourcing we are developing to fulfill our mission to equip...

2015 Annual Conference Wrap Up Updates

6/3/2015
As a result of inquires for more information on our 15th Annual Conference, we are sharing more information and details about the legislation, elections, and other important updates.   Attendance At the opening of conference, we reported that 2015 was the largest Annual Conference in the history of Greater New Jersey with more than 1,500 in attendance. When we tallied the final numbers more than 1,700 people joined us during the event!   Mission Fund Offering The...

2015 Annual Conference Wrap Up

6/1/2015
A resource to use when sharing Annual Conference highlights. You may post on your web page, share in worship and include in printed material. “Throw your net on the other side of the boat and you will find some.” – John 21:6.   United Methodists in Greater New Jersey went fishing for disciples at the 2015 Annual Conference in Wildwood May 28-30 as more than 1,500 people registered and attended the conference – a record number for Greater New Jersey. We were...

2015 Annual Conference Survey

6/1/2015
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, We had a blessed annual conference session and I am grateful for how everyone worked together. There was a spirit of Christian conferencing and an openness to the movement of the Holy Spirit. We have important ministry to follow up on and we will continue to update you on our progress. We want to continue to improve our annual conference experience for you and others who attend. We have included a survey link at the end of this letter to learn from...

North Hudson Community New Path For 6 Churches

5/20/2015
 By Jeff Wolfe jwolfe@gnjumc.org The communities of Union City, Weehawken, West New York, North Bergen and Jersey City share the common threads of being next to or very near the Hudson River, sitting in the shadow of New York City and home to six United Methodist churches. Those churches, spread throughout those cities, are binding together in what is called the North Hudson Community Development. This format, which will officially begin July 1, will involve having two full-time...

Toms River Church Discovers Egg Hunt Equals Outreach

5/18/2015
By Jeff Wolfe jwolfe@gnjumc.org Rev. Mark Fieger has seen a lot in his 25 years as pastor at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Toms River but he didn’t expect to see more than 600 people show up on the church grounds for what was billed as the 10,000 Easter Egg Hunt on the last Saturday in March. It was a first-time event for the church which made a lot of first-time contact with families who said after the event they were interested in attending St. Andrew. “It was just...

Discount Coupons For Dorney Park Methodist Day

5/15/2015
Methodist Day at Dorney Park and WIldwater Kingdom is June 27 and thanks to this special promotion United Methodists can buy discounted tickets and also help the conference financially. Tickets are $33, $21 off the regular price, and for each ticket purchased, $3 will be donated to Greater New Jersey. The event is being organized by the United Methodist Men from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Click here to download and print GNJ coupons....

Rockaways Shares Love with Bilingual Service

5/14/2015
 By Jeff Wolfe jwolfe@gnjumc.org  When Lysette Perez became the senior pastor at the United Methodist Church of The Rockaways nearly two and a half years ago, she not only paid attention to those attending the church, she took notice of who wasn’t there. “When I looked around at the Hispanic community, I found that it was growing and I thought that this might be a good opportunity,” Perez said. “The statistics of the community and the program of outreach for...

UMC of Absecon Goes Back To Tracks For Lent

5/13/2015
By Jeff Wolfe jwolfe@gnjumc.org Members of the United Methodist Church of Absecon gave away some goody bags, and to at least some, a bit of good news to passengers at the Absecon train station during the Lenten season. They felt good about participating in the conference’s All Aboard for Advent campaign before Christmas in December as three new people attended a Christmas Eve service as a direct result of the outreach. So, several Absecon members returned to the NJ transit train...

Pastor Making Musical Change In Haiti

5/11/2015
By Jeff Wolfe jwolfe@gnjumc.org ASBURY PARK - Rev. Sony Augustin loves his native Haiti and loves music. However, the pastor at First UMC in Asbury Park sometimes doesn’t like the music he hears during two yearly visits to his homeland. So Augustin has decided to do something to try and change the sound that at least some Haitians regularly make and hear. He has started collecting musical instruments so they can be sent to schools in Haiti. Augustin’s Haiti music instrument...

United Methodist Council of Bishops Issues Pastoral Letter on Racism

5/8/2015
BERLIN:  The Council of Bishops issued a pastoral letter on racism to the 12.8 million people of The United Methodist Church affirming the sacredness of all lives and renewing their commitment to work for an anti-racist, pro-humanity church. The action came at the end of the Council’s weeklong meeting in Berlin after prayerful reflection and discussion about the topic. Earlier in the week, President of the Council Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. had also issued a letter calling for...

A Message from Bishop Schol

5/8/2015
Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won't be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. -2 Timothy 2:15, The Message   Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   I have just returned from the Council of Bishops’ meeting in Berlin, Germany and I wanted to update you on the meeting as well as important steps in our own ministry and our upcoming annual conference session.   Annual Conference Each year, lay and clergy representing our congregations...

Council of Bishops Affirms Missional Direction for Next Quadrenniumm

5/7/2015
Berlin: The Council of Bishops, meeting in Berlin, affirmed a vision for a missional direction for the next quadrennium which includes partnering with schools to help end poverty, starting new faith communities, building a culture of call, reaching children with life-saving interventions, and equipping congregations with disciple-making processes to continue making new disciples and increasing the number of vital congregations. “Your leadership has led to great success and has changed...
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