Church Conference: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Our annual church conference is poised to be a transformational event! At the new “Super Conference” two practical seminars with practical tools for church growth will be offered and we will finalize our missional budget and goals. The event will be held on Saturday, October 29th at 9:00 am at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited to attend and no advance registration is required.
General Conference: May 10 - 20, 2016
The top legislative body of the United Methodist Church, the General Conference, will meet in Portland Oregon from May 10th through May 20th. Six leaders from our Greater New Jersey Annual Conference will join with delegates from all over the world to pray over our denomination and to chart our ministry course for the next four years. We are praying that all decisions and policies that are made will honor God, be grounded in Scripture, and help us to more effectively carry the love and truth of Jesus to every part of our world.
Annual Conference: May 22 - 24, 2016
The Annual Conference is a yearly session for clergy and lay members to worship, learn about programs and conduct the business of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. Pastor Jeff will represent our church at the gathering along with Russell Fuscia, our lay delegate, and Linda Fuscia, our alternate ley delegate. During the Annual Conference session, members of the conference will hear reports of past and ongoing work; adopt future goals, programs and budgets; ordain clergy members as deacons and elders; and vote to endorse Episcopal candidates. Our theme this year is, Imagine: Enough Light to See the Hope of God’s Call.” All are welcome to the May 22-24 event at the convention center in Wildwood.
Church Conference: October 14, 2015
Everyone is invited to attend our annual church meeting on Wednesday, October 14th at 8:00 pm in the church sanctuary. After receiving nominations for the 2016 ministry year and approving the budget and financial report, our superintendent, Rev. Myrna Bethke will help us to clarify our outreach goals for 2016. If approved by the church conference, the following four key goals will guide our ministries for the next 12 months.
- To involve six new junior and senior high youth in at least one mission project during 2016 by intentionally building relationships with youth of our church in order to nurture a heart for missions within them.
- To have a total of 18 new individuals or families attend the Harvest Fest, the Advent Dinner, and the Living Last Supper during the 2015 – 2016 ministry season by transforming each worship experiences into a community event and by exploiting media capabilities such as press releases, direct mailings to targeted areas, signage, and currently existing mailing lists.
- To make a personal contact with every new person who attends the Living Last Supper, Baptisms, Easter Sunday, Youth Sunday, the Chicken and Corn Cookout, Rally Day, Harvest Fest, the Advent Dinner, and Christmas Eve Services during 2016 by deploying a nurture team to serve as greeters, to mingle with visitors, to distribute appropriate bridge-building literature, and to supply and operate prayer and information stations when appropriate.
- To increase the average attendance in each Sunday School class or study by two individuals between September 13, 2015 and May 22, 1016 by challenging every adult and child to make a prayer list of friends who do not attend Sunday School and to invite at least one friend on that list to attend Sunday School with them at least one time during the Sunday School year, and by conducting a welcome visit to the home of each family who visits our Sunday School.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”