April 10, 2013
(Submitted by Bonnie Marden and Jim McPhee for the Agenda, Worship and Planning Teams)
WHEREAS, in recognition of God’s abundant love and grace in our lives, our Holy Conferencing includes Offerings and In-Gatherings, and
Whereas, these Offerings and In-Gatherings demonstrate the strength of our commitment to local, national and international mission and ministries, and
Whereas, supporting ministry locally and globally embodies our Conference mission statement and enables our United Methodist community to unite in trust and support our vision to boldly proclaim Christ to the world;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the 2013 New England Annual Conference include:
1) An Offering for Scholarships for Clergy formation events after the Episcopal Address,
2) an Ordination Service Offering to support the Imagine No Malaria campaign,
3) a Commissioning Service Offering to support New England JFON ministries,
4) an In-Gathering of blankets, lap robes and prayer shawls during the Saturday Sending Service.
Furthermore, the Conference Council on Youth Ministries challenges each church to bring a check for a minimum of $25.00 for the Penny/Check Challenge to fund youth ministry and the Youth Service Fund. Awards will be presented!
UMCOR Kits collection during Conference in the UMCOR van located in the Chapel parking lot.
For instructions, contact Rosemary McNulty at RMcNulty@neumc.org
"Give a Phone . . . Save a Life" The New England Annual Conference, in partnership with Safe Havens, will gather used cell phones to be reprogrammed for emergency use by victims of domestic violence or recycled to support Safe Havens' work to end domestic violence. Collection Box located in Chapel Foyer.
Nicaragua Planning Committee will collect fabric and sewing goods at Chester’s Place, Lane Student Center and is seeking matching funds for water projects
Eyeglasses donations for Eglise Methodiste d'Haiti (Haitian Methodist Church) will be collected in the Chapel Foyer. (2,000 donated in 2011, 100 in 2012, 2013 Goal: 2,000)
Individuals and congregations are encouraged to respond enthusiastically to invitations to support the Imagine No Malaria campaign, our ministries in Nicaragua and Africa, including the West Angola Conference, during Conference and the coming year. Thank you!