Camden Toy Drive

 The Camden Churches  Christmas Toy Drive  Toys for Camden Children The Camden Urban Ministry Initiative wishes to thank the Gateway South District for its generous support over the past few years, in supplying Christmas gifts for hundreds of Camden City children. We do recognize the existence of urgent and critical issues around which we all are focusing our resources such as; Sandy Storm Relief, A Future with Hope Mission Fund, Stop Hunger Now and efforts made...

Message from Bishop John Schol about Dr. Salia

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   When people hurt, United Methodists help. I have been using this phrase because as a life-long United Methodist I have witnessed it over and over again. The full impact never fully registered for me until I heard the story of Dr. Martin Salia, a United Methodist and the chief medical officer and surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in one of the poorest sections of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Dr. Salia contracted Ebola and died...

Advent Outreach Event Set for Train Stations

By Jeff Wolfe Part of the mission of the church is to meet people where they are. With nearly one half-million passengers riding trains throughout New Jersey each weekday, the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey has decided to meet people on their journey during the Advent season. As a part of the All Aboard for Advent Campaign, pastors and lay leaders who live near train stations throughout the Greater New Jersey area are being called to bring communion to...

Speaker Announced for the Multi-Cultural Celebration

Rev. Nora Colmenares Born and raised in Venezuela, she currently lives in New York where she serves as Assistant General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries in the area of congregational development and racial ethnic ministries. Nora focused her graduate studies on Theology, New Testament and on the area of Society, Personality and Culture. She is an ordained Deacon in the UMC and a member of the North Georgia Conference and has worked as college...

Next Goal for Tanzania Is Conference Center

The husband and wife missionary team of Rev. Mutwale Ntambo Wa Mushidi and Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine helped establish the United Methodist Church in Tanzania in 1992. Now the two missionaries for the General Board of Global Ministries want to see the church thrive in the East Africa country. The Greater New Jersey and the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conferences are the two conferences in the U.S. supporting Mushidi and Alphonsine in their call. Mushidi says his primary function "is to...

Multi-Cultural Celebration

By Judy Colorado Team Leader, The Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee Diversity is one of the key elements of our strategic plan. To celebrate our diversity and cultural heritage, all are invited to worship and fellowship during a multi-cultural celebration sponsored by the Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2000 Florence Avenue, Hazlet, N.J. To align the focus to the conference strategic goals, Rev. Nora...

Council of Bishops' Update

Christ gave gifts for some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. - Ephesians 4:11-12   Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   I have just returned from the Council of Bishops’ meeting in Oklahoma City where I shared great hope and prayerful concern with the 133 United Methodist Bishops from around the world. The Council of Bishops...

All Aboard for Advent

With a goal of meeting people in the mission field, we are embarking on a campaign to bring communion to commuters in Greater New Jersey during Advent. As a part of the All Aboard for Advent campaign, clergy and church leaders that reside near NJ Transit and PATCO train stations, are encouraged to bring communion to our train stations each week during Advent. The United Methodist Church isn’t defined simply by a building, but by people who have the willingness to step out of their...

Nomination Process for General & Jurisdictional Delegates Announced

Greater New Jersey will be electing delegates for the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church during the Annual Conference in Wildwood on May 28-30, 2015. The nomination process will be open from December 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015. The 2016 General Conference will be held in Portland, Ore., May 10-20, 2016 and the Northeast Jurisdictional Conference will be held July 13-16, 2016 in Lancaster, PA. The General Conference of the United Methodist Church...

Friendship's Potato Run Stabilizes CUMAC

By Victoria Diaz CUMAC Community Engagement Coordinator When your food pantry is going through a food shortage, fear starts to kick in around the building. What happens if we run out of food? Will we need to turn someone away? What if our clients are forced to go hungry this week? Though CUMAC has been faced with this situation time and again, supporters always seem to be nearby, ready to extend a helping hand and deliver resources when they are needed the most. We have been very fortunate...

Denville Ready For Big Leap Into Small Groups

By Jeff Wolfe Dale and John Simms hadn’t really planned on starting a small group ministry at Denville United Methodist Church. They also didn’t plan on a 1.7 ton tree falling on their house during Hurricane Sandy either. As a result, they created a bond with fellow worshippers who helped them cleanup and repair their damaged home. Now the Simms fully believe the entire congregation could benefit from having stronger personal connections. So, they went to their...

A Message from the Bishop on the Second Anniversary of Super Storm Sandy

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. - Isaiah 43:2 Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Two years ago today, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. It changed the landscape, communities and lives forever. It was the second worst storm in U.S. history, affecting more than one million households. Today there are still thousands of homes yet to be repaired. What we have learned through this disaster is that when we go through deep waters, our hope is in knowing God goes...

Hope Chain Commemorates 2nd Anniversary of Sandy

By Carolyn Conover ATLANTIC CITY - Hope was delivered to Atlantic City on Saturday October 25th through a chain of people which linked the Venice Park United Methodist Church to a family’s home being rebuilt by A Future With Hope. Approximately 150 participants stood side by side and passed items symbolizing recovery from church to home through the community in a visible demonstration of how it takes partners from all walks of life to aid in recovery,...

Burgos To Lead Churches To Vibrant Worship Experiences

By Jeff Wolfe Rev. Hector A. Burgos wasn’t sure if he had what it took to be a worship leader when he was a 15-year-old. It turns out he had the one quality that mattered the most. “My pastor knew about my passion for worship and music,” he said. “I used to play keyboards and sing in youth gatherings, but I had no formal education in music. I remember the day my pastor invited me to lead the praise band, he said I had everything that is needed for...

Youths Fired Up After First Ignite Weekend in Wildwood

By Jeff Wolfe WILDWOOD – They came from far and near and in large groups and small groups. But a large majority of the 750 youths and their leaders that attended the Ignite Youth Conference last weekend left with a sense that they were all one in spirit. “The programs were really great, but what was really cool was having a bunch of other kids our age to worship with,” said Josh Bae, who attends the youth group at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in...

Greater New Jersey Celebrates World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday was observed in a variety of ways around Greater New Jersey on Oct. 5. In Wildwood, Bishop John Schol led about 750 youth and youth leaders in communion at the IGNITE Youth Conference. Bishop Schol made note of the significance of the day, the importance and meaning of communion and how the wave of communions were gradually taking place across different time zones. In Atlantic City, Asbury UMC hosted communion taken by different denominations. In an afternoon service ...

GNJ Lights It Up

  You are the light of the world. –Matthew 5:14   Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   This past weekend the Greater New Jersey Conference shined the...

Special Session 2014

By Jeff Wolfe It took a lot of time, a lot of planning, and a lot of challenges along the way, but the Board of Trustees is finally realizing its vision for a new conference center. At a special session of the Annual Conference at the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium on Sept. 27, legislation was passed to expand the budget for the new center. The new estimate has the conference center costing about $4.7 million, though members of the Board of Trustees believe that to be a...

Simpson Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Addition

Nancy McGaw recalls the day when someone from Simpson church knocked on her grandmother’s door. Now, she will also remember the day when the church in Old Bridge broke ground for construction of a new educational and fellowship addition to its building. McGaw told a moving story of when a neighbor knocked on her grandmother’s door more than 50 years ago and asked the family to join them in worship. That one act by a faithful disciple resulted in four generations of her family...

Join Parkside UMC As It Celebrates It's Centennial

“100 Years Walking in Faith, and the Journey Continues…” Parkside United Methodist Church celebrates 100 years of service in the City of Camden, NJ. One hundred years of dedication to the Lord in ministry spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. Parkside United Methodist Church had its very humble beginning in July 1914. In response to the desire of Camden City’s Parkside area residents a Methodist Sunday School was formed in a rented room of the...
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