Charlie Brown Is A Future With Hope's 10,000th Volunteer

By Jeff Wolfe This Charlie Brown really is a good man.  His volunteer work was celebrated in mid-July as he was the 10,000th person who volunteered to help in Sandy recovery efforts with A Future With Hope since the storm hit in 2012.  Charlie Brown and his group Servants Inc., out of York, Pa., have been regular volunteers in Sandy recovery. Yet Brown knows the work is far from finished.  “People ask me ‘why are you still working on Sandy...

Grace Korean’s Yun Uses Peace Skills as D.C. Intern

 By Jeff Wolfe Erika Yun doesn’t know exactly what the rest of her post-collegiate life will hold. She does know she has a chance of a lifetime this summer. Yun, who attends Grace Korean UMC in Westwood, N.J., was one of 10 people, ages 18 to 23, selected to work in the Ethnic Minority Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship program of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). The interns are working in nonprofit and nongovernmental social...

12-year-old's faith helps the homeless

By Jeff Wolfe Savanna Schaekel didn’t mind sharing her soccer ball with a homeless child. What she did mind was seeing that the child had no other toys to play with. That homeless child and others were among the families staying at Mantua United Methodist Church, the Schaekel family’s home church, as part of the Family Promise Network.  When Schaekel was at choir practice one evening, one of the children staying at the church wanted to play with a soccer...

Medford UMC's Pellegrino Paddles For A Cause

By Jeff Wolfe   When Margo Pellegrino is on one of her paddling excursions to bring attention to the need to take care of our waterways, she’s often alone, yet, not lonely. That’s because Pellegrino, who attends Medford United Methodist Church in New Jersey, understands there’s a bigger and more powerful presence involved in her clean water mission. “These journeys all have a spiritual aspect,” Pellegrino said. “You talk about...

2015 GNJ Scholarship Recipients Announced

Listed below are the 2015 United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey scholarship recipients. Rev. Donald R. Gebhard - Francis Asbury Award   Anudeep J. Alberts - Ethel Snyder Book – Inez R. Irons Scholarship Anudeep is presently attending Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. He is an active member of Christ United Methodist Church in Jersey City, NJ. Anuroop J. Alberts - Conference Trust Scholarship Anuroop is a graduate of William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City,...

Three Bishops and Cabinets Help A Future With Hope

 By Chris Carter A Future With Hope has facilitated and inspired more than 9,000 volunteers coming from more than 38 states to help with Sandy Recovery. Some of those volunteers are leaders from other conferences in the country. Western Pennsylvania Conference Bishop Thomas Bickerton became the third bishop, along with their cabinets, to volunteer, last month. Every volunteer team is important as the three year anniversary of the storm nears and more than...

Pinelands Center Cancels Camps for 2015

Pinelands Center at Mt. Misery has cancelled the 2015 camping season because of low camper registration. The decision follows the recommendation of the Director of Camping Ministries and is based on concern for the quality of experience of campers. As of June 30, 52 children ranging in age from 6 to 17 were registered for the 4 weeks of programming. We were also still short on volunteer counselors. The week long camping experience would not be viable or valuable for such a small number of...

2015 Church Conference Season

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

 By Jeff Wolfe  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...

Discount Coupons For Dorney Park Methodist Day - Update

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

 By Jeff Wolfe 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

  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

United Methodist Communications 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

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

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

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

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

 By Jeff Wolfe 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

By Jeff Wolfe 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

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....
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