Bishop Middleton Named Interim Leader in New York

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Retired Bishop Jane Allen Middleton will be the interim bishop for the New York Annual (regional) Conference, from Jan. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016. Bishop Warner Brown, president of the Council of Bishops, announced that the Executive Committee of the council has approved the assignment, recommended by the Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops. Retired Bishop Neil Irons will continue to serve as interim until Dec. 31. Irons has been interim bishop since Bishop...

Bishop Schol Featured in

By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer POSTED: August 27, 2014 ATLANTIC CITY - When gambling was being proposed for Atlantic City 38 years ago, most religious denominations opposed casinos. They viewed gambling as a vice that could destroy families and communities. Now, many of the same churches are standing firmly by the casino workers, a number of whom fill their pews on Sundays, who are expected to lose their jobs in massive numbers, starting Labor Day weekend with the closure of the...

Special Session Will Consider Additional Conference Center Costs

By Jeff Wolfe The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey has scheduled a special session of the annual conference from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove to help decide the next step for its plans to build a new conference center in Neptune. The estimated cost for the new building is approximately $700,000 more than originally projected. At a meeting with the Board of Trustees in August, the leaders of the conference decided to request a special session...

Installations for Sunday September 7th 2014

Gina Hendrickson and Brian Roberts will be the first two of six new GNJUMC District Superintendents officially installed at special services, beginning this weekend. The new district superintendents were appointed earlier this year and started in those positions on July 1. Hendrickson took over as the DS in the Northern Shore District and Roberts in the Cape-Atlantic District. Roberts’ installation service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Central United Methodist Church in Linwood....

A Message from Bishop Schol about the Passing of Bishop McLee.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, It is with deep sadness that I share with you that Bishop Martin McLee died after a period of illness on September 6, 2014. Bishop McLee was a faithful pastor, district superintendent...

Atlantic City Prayer Room

Rev. William Williams, of Asbury UMC, and Rev. Cliff Still, of Hamilton Memorial UMC, have shared an invitation from The Fellowship of Churches for pastors to help with a prayer room at a seminar for unemployed casino workers in Atlantic City. About 6,000 workers have lost, or will be losing, their jobs in the wake of the Revel and Showboat casinos shutting down over Labor Day weekend and Trump Plaza scheduled to close in mid-September. The seminar, taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through...

Communications Chief Exec to Retire Next Year

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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!

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: ...

Alpine Community United Methodist Church

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


Stop Hunger Now Mission Project

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. 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

  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

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

  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...
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