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Detroit Conference Connection - March 14, 2012

Detroit Conference Connection - March 14, 2012

CONFERENCE NEWS

For the latest news from the Detroit Conference, please visit www.detroitconference.org/news.
 
Global Health in a Hymn Story - Bishop's Day 2012 message
Michigan Area Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton's latest article features his message for the Michigan Area during the Bishop's 2012 events. READ ARTICLE 
 
Mandatory Clergy Sexual Ethics Training is next week … register and download documents 
In preparation for the mandatory Clergy Sexual Ethics Training throughout the Michigan Area on March 19-21, all clergy members that will be attending the training are asked to download the material in advance. CLICK HERE to access the documents, or to register for the event if you have not done so already. (Note: We have reloaded the powerpoint file so that there are multiple slides per page)
 
The office of Michigan Area Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton sent out the following message this week regarding the training:
 
"If you have listed persons on your staff roster as clergy, reverend or pastor, even if they are a direct hire and not under appointment, they are expected to participate in our clergy sexual ethics boundary training. It is not too late for them to register, but if they are unable to attend one of the sessions in March, we have a make-up date in May and they should contact the Bishop’s office to register. Again, any staff person – paid or volunteer – who is given a clergy title or designation by your congregation should register for one of our boundary training event this Spring. Failure to do so will place your church and our Conference at risk. If you have questions about this notice, you may contact your District Superintendent or Bill Dobbs in the Bishop’s office."
 
Burning Questions Blog: Vital Congregations
The Rev. Dr. William Dobbs, clergy assistant to the bishop of the Michigan Area, answers a readers' question regarding the Vital Congregations Initiative in his latest Burning Questions blog. READ POST 
 
50 Days of Prayer for General Conference begins Friday, March 16
The Rev. Tom Albin, co-chair of the Prayer Support Team for General Conference 2012, is calling all United Methodists to prayer. In partnership with The Upper Room, the Prayer Support team is providing “50 Days of Prayer for the General Conference,” a daily prayer resource available free as an e-pub, email subscription or downloadable PDF. The goal is to have the entire United Methodist Church membership praying with the elected delegates and praying for God’s will to be done, in God’s way and in God’s time. The 50 days of prayer begins Friday, March 16. Click here to read Albin's commentary. 
 
Annual Conference Worship Committee seeks mission trip photos
The Worship Committee for the 2012 Annual Conference session would like to request individuals and churches to send us digital pictures that you may have from Mission Trips around the world.  In particular, it is desired to have pictures that show the faces of people around the world and the interactions of our folks with these people.  If you have some pictures that you could send and include in image collages that we will be creating, please send the pictures to Brian Kelley at bkelley@umc-sc.org by the beginning of April.
 
One Great Hour of Sharing: March 18, 2011
One Great Hour of Sharing is this Sunday. Be sure to download the resources for this offering that supports the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) so that it may respond immediately and effectively to emergencies around the world. When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you help to build the strong foundation on which all other UMCOR ministries are built. Because One Great Hour of Sharing covers UMCOR’s administrative costs,100 percent of gifts designated for specific projects is used for those programs. If you cannot celebrate this offering March 18, you can observe this Special Sunday on any day of the year. Give now.
 
B1 Fast brought to you by the Advance
In the first installment of the Board of Christian Education's Creative Toolbox Ideas blog, the Rev. Mary Hagley talks about the B1 Fast program. READ POST 
 
Mission Intern Program Seeks Interns
Does your congregation have exceptional leaders who have gone off to college? One great way to keep them engaged in mission and ministry is to help them become a Mission Intern for the summer of 2012! College-age Young Adults work for 8 weeks and receive a stipend to work with children in poverty across the state of Michigan. They attend trainings that help them grow in their faith and leadership skills as they meet other Young Adults who are seeking to be leaders in the world and church. Visit detroitconference.org/missionintern to find applications. If you have further questions, please e-mail Ang Hart, conference director of youth and young adult ministries, at ahart@detroitconference.org
 
BLOG: Making the CONNECTION
The Rev. Dr. Jerome (Jerry) DeVine writes about making connections in his latest Perspectives on Hope blog. READ POST 

TIDBITS AND OTHER INFORMATION YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW …

Bulletin insert available to raise awareness about UMCOR tornado relief
Use this new bulletin insert to increase awareness about what UMCOR is doing in response to the rash of tornadoes that brought destruction and loss of life to several states, including Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio. You can see more information about UMCOR's work in tornado recovery later in this newsletter.
 
Michigan Area Confirmand's Rally Will Re-Emerge As "Y UMC" Next Year
After much prayer and conversation, the joint CCYMs of the Michigan Area decided late last year that the Confirmand's Rally needed new life and purpose. In order to accomplish this, "Y(outh) UMC" will begin next year! It will be an even for all United Methodist youth across our area, and will focus on why being a United Methodist makes us unique, and what that means for us as we choose our membership. This event will still be a great event for Confirmation classes to attend but we wanted to open it up to all youth as a place to come together and inspire our area as well as being inspired by leaders from both Conferences and our Bishop. "Y UMC" will be held in the Lansing Area on March 8-9 2013. Bring Youth to help create and learn the answer to "Y UMC".
 
General Board of Church and Society reviews Momany's Doing Good
In its latest Faith In Action e-newsletter, the General Board of Church and Society's Bill Mefford, the director of civil and human rights at the GBCS, reviewed Doing Good, the latest title by the Rev. Christopher Momany, chaplain at Adrian College. Click here to read the review. 
 
Michigan Area Holy Land trip - February 2013
Join Bishop Keaton and members of the Detroit and West Michigan conferences for 10 days of Biblical Discovery as the group travels to the Holy Land. Visit the Biblical sites of Capernaum, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee region. Reaffirm your baptism at the Jordan River, share in Holy Communion at the Garden Tomb and fellowship together over lunch on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Daily devotions and worship, optional evening lectures and the richness of traveling in Christian community are all part of this holy pilgrimmage. Depart out of Detroit or Grand Rapids on February 19, 2013. Total cost is estimated at around $3,400. Complete details can be found by clicking here.  Brochures can also be found at each district office. This travel opportunity is open to all clergy and laity in the Michigan area, as well as friends and family beyond our state. Registration is currently underway! Questions can be directed to Reverend Ann Emerson, who serves as Project Coordinator for this experience. She can be reached at annbythelakeshore@comcast.net or 810-334-5799.
 
MyCom - your source for communications tips and tools
The latest issue of MyCom, the e-newsletter of United Methodist Communications, is now available, and contains many great articles and resources for local churches. To view the latest issue, click here. The recent issue contains the following articles:
  • 10 tips for promoting your event on Facebook
  • Beyond the bake sale: cool fundraising ideas for everyone
  • Use Wordpress to Build a Kicking Website for Your Church
  • [Video] 5 tips: Facebook vs. Twitter to grow ministry
  • Team covenants: build trust with other church leaders
  • Fresh ideas and resources to engage email readers
2012 Rx Consultation to take place at Highland UMC
The 2012 Rx Consultation, an event sponsored by the North Central Jurisdiction Volunteers in Mission, will take place on Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, at Highland UMC. The event will feature workshops, plenary sessions and VIM team leader training. For more information, click here
 
Board of Ordained Ministry offers New Beginnings Workshops for churches changing pastors
The conference board of ordained ministry is offering New Beginnings workshops designed to assist churches that are in pastoral transition. There are two workshop opportunities for staff/pastor-parish relations committee members: Saturday, April 28 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Frankenmuth UMC, and Saturday, June 2, from 12:30-3:00 p.m. at Fenton UMC. There will also be two workshops available for pastors, administrative assistants/secretaries, and program staff: Thursday, May 3, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Frankenmuth UMC, and Wednesday, June 6, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Fenton UMC. There is no charge to tend the event. Click here to download a registration form
 
Free music downloads for Lent and Easter
The General Board of Discipleship is offering free music downloads for Lent and Easter, including choral, total, instrumental, hymns, songs, lead sheets, communion settings, and more. Click here to view the free downloads

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012

The 2012 session of the Detroit Annual Conference will take place on Thursday-Sunday, May 17-20, 2012, on the campus of Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. Preparations for the annual gathering are already underway, and this section of the Detroit Conference Connection features news and information regarding the annual conference session. You can also visit www.detroitconference.org/annualconference for the most updated information.
 
Annual Conference registration to begin March 19
Registration for the 2012 Detroit Annual Conference session will begin on Monday, March 19. The registration process will be done using the conference's online registration system, and payment may be received by credit card through PayPal or by check. More information will be released prior to the opening of the registration process. To ensure a smooth registration process, ALL local churches are strongly encouraged to make sure they have updated their lay member(s) for the annual conference session through the conference's Church Dashboard system at www.detroitconference.org/churchdashboard.
 
Annual Conference session special collections
Click here to view all of the special collection opportunities that will occur during the 2012 annual conference session. Offerings will go to Haiti, Liberia, and more.
 
VIM Volunteer of the Year nominations sought
Each year during the annual conference session the Board of Global Ministries' Volunteer-in-Mission Committee has the opportunity to recognize someone as VIM Volunteer of the Year for accomplishments in the previous year. You may nominate someone by sending a one page summary of the volunteer's accomplishments, highlighting volunteer work during 2011. If you know such a person, please submit a nomination to John Walls at vim.jewalls@yahoo.com or mail to 2111 21st Street, Wyandotte, MI 48192. The award will be presented at the Board of Global Ministries Dinner during the conference weekend.
 
Requests for speaking at conference session due by April 10
Formal speaking time at this year’s annual meeting of the Detroit Annual Conference again will be very limited as the Program Committee is working diligently to provide meaningful and effective programming for the Conference.  Committees, task forces, groups and other ministries are asked to submit historical reports to be included in the annual journal that record their work from the previous year.  Additionally, some presentations are required by the Discipline and others are critical to the mission and ministry of the Annual Conference. Please contact Diane Brown, Chair Committee on Reference and Daily Procedure, at dianebr@umich.edu by April 10 to request consideration of an allocation of time during a plenary session.  Please include some detail about what you wish to present, how long you anticipate you will need, what additional media will be employed besides the spoken voice as well as an explanation of your compelling need to present on stage. 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 2012

The 2012 session of General Conference will take place from April 24-May 4, 2012, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. This section features news and updates related to the General Conference session. To keep updated on all the news and information regarding General Conference, visit gc2012.umc.org
 
Detroit Conference delegation
The Detroit Conference will be represented by eight delegates - four clergy and four laypersons. The clergy delegates are: The Rev. Joy Barrett, the Rev. Melanie Carey, the Rev. Dr. Charles Boayue, and the Rev. Ed Rowe. The lay delegates are: Jackie Euper, Angela Hart, Wayne Bank, and Paul Thomas. The elected alternates are as follows: Clergy - Rev. Dr. Sherry Parker, Rev. Dr. James Tuttle; Laity - Linda Schramm, Diane Brown.
 
Is your petition headed to General Conference?
Did you submit a petition to the 2012 General Conference session? If so, please send your petition information to Paul Thomas, director of communications, so we can track it and report on its progress.

APPOINTMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Michigan Area Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton has announced the following appointments for the Detroit Conference:
  • Anna Moon to North Lake UMC (Ann Arbor District), effective July 1, 2012. This is her first appointment.
  • Robert D. Schoenals to Lincoln Park: First UMC (Detroit Renaissance District), effective July 1, 2012. He is presently serving West Bloomfield UMC (Detroit Renaissance District).
  • Gerald M. Sever to Vernon UMC (Crossroads), effective July 1, 2012. He will be serving in retired status.
  • Rahim O. Shabazz to Poseyville and Saginaw: West Michigan Ave. UMCs (Saginaw Bay District), effective July 1, 2012. He is presently serving River Rouge: John Wesley UMC (Detroit Renaissance District).
To view appointment updates, please visit www.detroitconference.org/appointments

DEATH NOTICES

The following death notices were received by the Conference Office this week. To view all of the death notices, please visit www.detroitconference.org/obituaries.
  • Mrs. Diane Barteld, wife of Rev. Ralph T. Barteld [Retired Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died on Thursday, March 8, 2012. 
  • Rev. Donald H. Francis [Retired Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died on Saturday, March 10, 2012. 
  • Mrs. Margaret Montney, mother of Rev. James B. Montney [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died on Thursday, March 8, 2012. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

To view the conference calendar and submit events, please visit www.detroitconference.org/events. For events happening in local churches across the conference, please visit http://www.detroitconference.org/events/index?mode=church. Local churches may submit events through the Church Dashboard at www.detroitconference.org/churchdashboard.
 
March 17 - Marquette District Bishop's Day - Ishpeming: Wesley UMC
March 18 - One Great Hour of Sharing 
March 19 - Michigan Area Sexual Ethics Training - Birmingham: First UMC 
March 20 - Michigan Area Sexual Ethics Training - Gaylord: First UMC 
March 21 - Michigan Area Sexual Ethics Training - Cornerstone Church 
March 31 - Keep Making Peace - East Lansing University UMC
April 6 - Good Friday (Conference office closed)
April 21 - Crossroads District Bishop's Day - Genesse Valley Center
April 22 - Native American Ministries Sunday
April 24-May 4 - 2012 General Conference session - Tampa, Fla.
April 28 - New Beginnings for Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee members - Frankenmuth UMC

CONNECTIONAL NEWS

Change the World – May 19-20, 2012
Be among the first to register for Change the World 2012 and receive a free lawn banner!
When you register your local church for Change the World 2012 (May 19-20) you will receive a reusable lawn banner, sermon series DVD and Change the World T-shirt. Supplies are limited, so register by April 16!
 
Build Community Locally…Fight Malaria Globally
United Methodist congregations throughout the world are hosting community projects that invite newcomers to be a part of the mission and message of the church. These projects include community gardens, housing repair, fun runs (to raise money for Imagine No Malaria) and much more.
 
Change the World is an opportunity to receive visitors!
It’s simple. Go beyond the walls of your sanctuary to meet people where they are…then invite them to visit your local church. The free sermon series included at registration (written by Dr. Kwasi Kena, Director of Evangelism Ministries at General Board of Discipleship) is meant to follow your community project and provides a perfect way to welcome newcomers.
 
United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men offer leadership!
With a shared focus on mission, United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women can provide excellent local leadership for Change the World projects – building upon existing programs that touch the community for Christ. Check with local units to see how they can assist.
 
The Call to Action report reminds us that vital congregations have “disciples engaged in mission.”  Dive deep this year with Change the World. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect mission-minded disciples with the global impact of our worldwide connection.
 
Go to www.umcom.org/changetheworld to learn more and register!
 
 
UMCOR News and Notes
This information was pulled from the latest UMCOR Hotline, the weekly e-newsletter of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. To view the newsletter as a webpage, or to subscribe, please click here
 
NEWS: TORNADO RECOVERY
Whenever she stepped out of her house in West Liberty, KY, Lori Keeton could always count on a view of the West Liberty United Methodist Church, its steeple gracing the town's horizon against a backdrop of mountains. That view changed forever for Keeton and hundreds of others on March 2, when tornadoes destroyed not only the church, but also flattened houses and businesses in Kentucky and several other southern and Midwestern states. Read more.
 
The Rev. Tom Hazelwood, executive in charge of US Disaster Response for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), met with conference personnel, church communities, and survivors like Keeton in Kentucky and Indiana this week to express UMCOR’s solidarity and to view damages and needs firsthand.
 
UMCOR has provided immediate emergency support to six annual conferences as they assess needs and plan for next steps. For the time being, there is no need for outside volunteer teams in the disaster area, but there may be opportunities to assist in the future.
 
Your gifts to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 will provide the best help to tornado survivors. When you give, please select “Tornadoes 2012” to designate your funds for this purpose. GIVE NOW 
 
As the spring storm season advances, your gifts of cleaning buckets also will be much appreciated by storm survivors. To learn more, click here.
 
PRAYER REQUESTS: TORNADO SURVIVORS & SOUTH SUDAN
Continue to lift up families across the United States who were affected by a rash of tornadoes at the end of February and beginning of March. While the affected towns have faded from the news headlines, survivors are still in the early days of recovery.
 
Pray for people in Zimbabwe who struggle daily to put food on the table. UMCOR’s field office there is seeking this month to develop new agriculture and livelihood programs to help Zimbabweans meet food security needs.
 
MEDIA: ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING VIDEO
One Great Hour of Sharing is this Sunday, March 18. Use the new UMCOR video to tell the story of why this offering is the backbone of UMCOR. It allows the organization to serve others on your behalf, as a tangible witness to God’s steadfast love for them.
 
 
Five ways to make disciples by the GBOD
Every month the General Board of Discipleship sends justfive5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Here’s this month’s list!
 
1 - Encourage young people to connect with God. devozine, the teen devotional published by the Upper Room, has launched a new website (www.devozine.com). Designed to optimally resize to whatever screen is used, the new site features more user-generated content and makes social sharing to Facebook and Twitter even easier. Both the site and the magazine guide young people through spiritual practices, offer insight into issues youth face today and foster faithfully creative community.
 
2 - Stay connected with what’s happening in church planting. Learn about and participate in our efforts to reach more people with the good news of Christ through new church starts. Choose from GBOD’s New Church Starts’ topical e-newsletters to receive the latest information for church planters, conference leaders, partner churches and new church coaches. To sign up, go to http://bit.ly/w42hU1.
 
3 - Prepare lay leaders to succeed in their roles. A free, one-hour webinar from GBOD’s Leadership Ministries will answer the question, “What does a lay leader do?” Responsibilities vary, and this webinar will share examples and experiences from congregations of all sizes and clarity from the Book of Discipline to make this role more effective in your congregation. To sign up for the webinar on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. CDT, go to http://bit.ly/yjMyUG.
 
4 - Check out scholarships available for UM youth. The Richard S. Smith Scholarship, designated for racial/ethnic minority youth, and the David W. Self Scholarship are available for first-year undergraduate United Methodist students in the United States. The Young People’s Ministries International Scholarship is available for UM young people between the ages of 16-30 attending an institution within their own country. Applications, due by June 1, can be found at http://globalyoungpeople.org/grants-scholarship/.
 
5 - Help children learn more about United Methodist history and heritage. Free studies from GBOD’s Leadership Ministries on “Our United Methodist History” are designed to help preschoolers and elementary aged children learn and celebrate the rich and vibrant history of our denomination. The activities use minimal supplies, and the easy instructions feature illustrations to help you through activities. Download the study for either age group at http://bit.ly/AEIpV2.

P.S. View and download the first three films in GBOD’s five-part series, Dreaming of Vital Congregations, online at www.GBOD.org/Dreaming.
 
 
The Latest News From the United Methodist News Service
Should bishops have a full-time president?
Church leaders debate a proposal to have a bishop who leads the council and the Call to Action without the usual residential responsibilities.
 
Radiation fear lingers after Japan quake
As Japanese Christians work at cleanup and monitoring, concerns mount beyond ‘exclusion zone’ surrounding nuclear plant.
 
Restructure draws finance agency warning
GCFA board says agency consolidation could put denomination at greater liability risk, jeopardize tax-exempt status for some.
 
Agency QA: Religion and Race
Series looks at how agencies carry out mission. “If the commission did not exist, the church would be at risk of losing its racial conscience.”
 
Agency QA: Archives and History
Series looks at how agencies carry out mission. “Through archival records…balanced accountability of our actions is maintained.”
 
Japan’s Christians active in quake relief
One year later, assistance to those affected by Japan’s March 11, 2011, “triple disaster” continues, with new opportunities for volunteer teams.
 
Pastors write 'Hunger Games' Bible study
Though no religious theme is intended, popular book series includes many Christian parallels.
 
Connectional Table splits on petition
Proposal to redistribute $60 million sparks debate even though the proposal originated with the 60-member body.
 
UMW reps outline rural women’s struggles
For these nine women, U.N. meeting offers chance to share experiences, learn from others.
 
Our Social Principles alive in 1965 march
On the anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday,’ re-enactors trace the Selma-to-Montgomery march of 1965 and a participant recalls contrasts.

CLASSIFIEDS/JOB OPPORTUNITIES

To view and submit classifieds, please visit www.detroitconference.org/classifieds. Local churches may enter a classified through the Church Dashboard at www.detroitconference.org/churchdashboard.
 
There are currently five job openings posted.

VOLUNTEER-IN-MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

Visit www.detroitconference.org/volunteeropportunities to view and submit mission trips originating from the churches of the Detroit Conference. All local churches taking VIM trips are encouraged to enter their trips on the conference website.

About the Detroit Conference Connection

The Detroit Conference Connection is the weekly e-newsletter of the Detroit Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Subscribe to the Detroit Conference Connection. Every local church is encouraged to have their leaders subscribe to the Connection so that they can receive the latest news from the conference and general church. To subscribe to the Connection, please visit www.detroitconference.org/site/stayconnected. To submit news items for the Detroit Conference Connection, please send stories to Paul Thomas, Director of Communications

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