Multi Cultural Celebration

Saturday, October 22, 2011 was the annual Multi Cultural Celebration coordinated by the Multi Ethnic Coordinating Team and hosted by St. John's UMC in Hazlet.  The auditorium was brightly decorated with representing the countries of the world.  Attendees were invited to wear their traditional cultural dress or something representative of their culture, which many did.  Also in attendance to support the event were Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, the Cabinet, Extended Cabinet, and...

New Year's Message from Bishop Schol

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  – Psalm 51:10 Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Happy New Year! As we enter the new year, we have God-sized opportunities before us. Before we lean into 2014, let us pause to give thanks for all God has done in 2013.  Greater New Jersey United Methodists were richly blessed in 2013.  Here are some of the highlights. A Future With Hope Ministry Our Sandy Relief and Recovery Ministry has repaired...

Historic UMC #GivingTuesday is Record-Breaking Day for Mission

United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information 810 12th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37203 Thanks to the generosity of United Methodists around the world, more than 880 projects and missionaries will receive a financial boost to help them meet their mission goals. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries announced that the first-ever UMC #GivingTuesday generated a record $6.5 million online on December 3. Nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries...

GNJ Grant Funding Application Now Available

GNJAC is committed to resource clergy, congregations and lay leaders to support the growth of vital congregations. GNJ will provide grants for clergy salary support, equitable salary support, new church starts, multi-campus ministry, new ministry, congregational development, cooperative parishes, and planning. Grants will be allocated based on demonstrated willingness and preparedness to grow vital congregations. We have made improvements on the grant funding application process. The...

How You Can Help After Typhoon Haiyan

When people hurt, United Methodists help. Typhoon Haiyan caused extensive damage, destroying about 41,000 homes, displacing at least 670,000 people, and affecting a total of 11.3 million people.  Continue to pray for the people affected, the first responders, relief and recovery workers, volunteers and government officials trying to bring aid and relief to so many hurting people.   Message from Bishop Schol: Click here to read a Message from Bishop Schol concerning the...

GNJ's Cynthia Kent Elected to World Council of Churches Central Committee

Three women elected to WCC Central Committee *Reprinted from the United Methodist News Service, Three United Methodists are part of thenewly elected Central Committee of the World Council of Churches but the denomination’s representation on the council’s governing body has dropped from five to three seats. They are Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, ecumenical officer for the United Methodist Council of Bishops; Cynthia Kent, chairwoman of the United Methodist...

Advent resources urge simplifying Christmas

United Methodist Communications has created Advent resources to help United Methodist churches convey a welcoming message during the Christmas season to those who may not have a church home. This year’s resources complement United Methodist Communications’ broader campaign, “That’s Church,” and share a message about cutting through the holiday chaos and simplifying Christmas. The goal is to provide local churches with resources to help them welcome their...

One-Day Volunteer Opportunities Available During Superstorm Sandy Hope Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 5, 2013 Contact: Carolyn Conover Director of Communication (732) 359-1016 One-Day Volunteer Opportunities Available During Superstorm Sandy “Hope Week” A Future with Hope, a leader in the long term recovery effort in NJ, will offer volunteer opportunities during the special week, which will commemorate the first anniversary the storm. (Ocean, NJ) – A Future with Hope will commemorate the one year anniversary...

Hope Week To Rebuild Communities Still Affected by Superstorm Sandy One Year Later

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2013 Contact: Carolyn Conover Director of Communication (732) 359-1016 “Hope Week” To Rebuild Communities Still Affected by Superstorm Sandy One Year Later A Future with Hope, a leader in the long term recovery effort in NJ, will commemorate the anniversary of the storm with a series of events, volunteer opportunities, and services.   (Ocean, NJ) – A Future with Hope is planning a week of...

Help Needed to Provide Dinners for Volunteers

Calling all cooks!!! Have you been hoping to share your great food with others? The Highlands hosting site is looking for meals to be provided for the visiting volunteers. The primary needs are: Sunday night welcome dinners for arriving teams (served at 6pm on average but time can vary) Thursday night “thank you” dinners at 6PM These are great opportunities for potlucks and fellowship, but "drop and go" or monetary donations work too! The total numbers to...

Volunteer Hosting Site Opens in Highlands, NJ

A volunteer hosting site for Sandy recovery teams opened in Highlands, NJ on July 15, 2013. Hundreds of volunteers renovated the former Highlands United Methodist Church building which was flooded in the storm. The facility will be regularly hosting 50-100 volunteers from around the United States during any given week. The opening of the Highlands site marks an important milestone for A Future with Hope. It is the first site dedicated to hosting volunteers and will serve as a flagship for...

Follow the Flight Home of the Wings of the Morning Grand Caravan

Wings of the Morning Grand Caravan Launches for Congo   Follow the Flight Across the Atlantic   This is It! The new chapter in the life of the United Methodist Aviation Ministries (UMAM) begins!   What started out as a God-sized dream four years ago is now in the final stages of becoming a reality. Believing deeply in the worthiness and effectiveness of the North Katanga Wings of the Morning flight ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a small group of...

Help CUMAC "Stuff the Prius" in the month of June!

CUMAC  is participating in Toyota's Prius Challenge during the month of June and they are challenging their friends and supporters to help them stuff the Prius with food, clothing, coffee cans, plastic bags and other donations. Their own challenge will then be to try and keep mileage as low as possible while transporting. CUMAC is asking for churches throughout the GNJAC to get involved. CUMAC serves the needs of the Paterson area and is dangerously low on food at the moment, which is a...

Bringing Hope to Those Affected by Mental Illness

Often Memorial Day weekend is used as an excuse for parades and parties, a way to officially kick off the summer, and of course a time to commemorate all those who have fallen serving this country. However, for the Calvary United Methodist Church of Dumont, New Jersey, Memorial Day weekend was the perfect time to conclude a month long dedication to mental health awareness. This mental health awareness month was spearheaded by the congregation’s Rev. Elaine Wing and consisted of four...

GBGM Staff & Board Members Join A Future with HOPE in Repair Efforts

It was just about noon on Saturday, April 13th when a charter bus pulled up to Grace United Methodist Church in Union Beach, NJ.  Quickly, an eager group of people made their way off of the bus and gathered outside of the church's social hall.  They were greeted with bright yellow t-shirts by Bishop John Schol and staff members of A Future with HOPE, Inc., Greater New Jersey Annual Conference's Sandy recovery organization.  Staff and Board members of the General Board of Global...

CBS Special: Religion & Spirituality in a Changing Society

If you missed the CBS Special Religion & Spirituality in a Changing Society, featuring interviews with Bishop John Schol and our 2013 Pre-Lenten Gathering Speaker, Lillian Daniel, you can watch it online below. ...

Host an HBO movie-watching party to fight malaria on April 20!

Nashville, Tenn.: Throw a party to save lives. That’s the message The United Methodist Church is sharing in preparation for World Malaria Day, April 25. United Methodist advocates for Imagine No Malaria can raise awareness by hosting screening parties of HBO’s new movie, “Mary and Martha,” starring Oscar® winner Hilary Swank and Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn. The movie follows the journey of two women who meet in Africa and work to raise awareness...

Join the Neighborhood Center of Camden for Celebrations and Service

Join friends of the Neighborhood Center for 2 very special events this May as we celebrate 100 years of history & service to the children and families of Camden! 100th Anniversary Celebrations: Celebrate our 100th Anniversary at Tavistock Country Club on Saturday May 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. with dinner, music, silent auction and lots of fun. Join us also for our 100th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Luncheon at Haddonfield United Methodist Church at noon on Saturday May 18, 2013...

One Day Mission Projects at Pinelands Center

Fast, Cheap and Easy!   This Spring, take your youth group or young adult group away overnight for only $20.00 per person for a work day at The Pinelands Center at Mt Misery.    Arrive early on Saturday morning.  We’ll provide the work projects, all the tools and supplies, lunch, dinner, a campfire after dark, heated cabins with hot showers, and breakfast on Sunday morning.    Your group participates in a one day mission project, painting, repairing,...

Free Prom Dresses For Girls Affected By Superstorm Sandy at UMC of Red Bank

Pictured: Rev. Ed and Joy Gresick, Amy Applegate, Elaine Dawson, and Sheila Leavitt The Blessed Dress Ministry of Grace UMC in the Western PA Annual Conference has come to New Jersey to help make prom dress dreams come true for girls affected by Superstorm Sandy! Rev. Ed Gresick and his wife Joy drove to NJ with 180 prom dresses to give away to girls affected by Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday. The UMW at UMC of Red Bank is hosting the prom dress giveaway, which will span multiple days...
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