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Event Calendar

April 17, 2014 - April 17, 2015

Pastors: Making a Good Move


Tuesday, April 22, 2014 06:30 pm - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 07:30 pm

Designed for pastors who are moving to a new appointment, this event will include ways to say good-bye in the current congregation and say hello to a new place and new people. Tips and advice from several sources for this change that impacts your well-being, your family and friends.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Betsey Heavner

SPRC: Your Role When the Pastor Changes


Thursday, April 24, 2014 06:30 pm - Thursday, April 24, 2014 07:30 pm

Nearly one-third of all United Methodist congregations change pastors each year, but it may have been a while since YOUR congregation changed pastors. This training for Staff Parish Committees and other laity will offer tips and remind you of your responsibilities in this process.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Betsey Heavner
For more information, Betsey Heavner, bheavner@gbod.org

Friday, April 25, 2014 - Sunday, April 27, 2014
(All Day Event)

South Carolina United Methodist Youth Choir Festival
Springmaid Beach Resort at Myrtle Beach, SC
April 25-27, 2014

Information & Registration: www.scfellowship.com/index.php/2014-youth-choir-festival
Contact: Linda Butler, Festival Coordinator, LindaButlr@aol.com

Jubilation 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - Tuesday, April 29, 2014
(All Day Event)

Date: April 27-29, 2014
Location: Meadowview Resort and Conference Center
Kingsport, TN

Sponsor: Asbury, Inc. and Holston Conference Older Adult Ministries
Keynote Speaker: Missy Buchanan
Contact: Karen Wright
E-mail: karenwright@holston.org
Phone: 865-690-4080
Website: http://www.holston.org/events/2014/apr/27/jubilation-2014/
Download Registration Brochure (pdf)

Children’s Ministry: Choosing Curriculum


Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:00 am - Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:00 am

This interactive webinar will focus on some of the important aspects to consider when selecting curriculum, including the theological perspective, the teaching perspective, and the needs of the students. Participants will examine a variety of curriculums and identify the perspectives of each as well as consider resources and costs associated with curriculum decisions.

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 10:00 am, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Melanie Gordon, Leigh Meekins

Claiming a Missionary Mindset!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014 06:30 pm - Tuesday, April 29, 2014 07:30 pm

What does it take to be a missionary in your own community? The Rev. Amy Shanholtzer suggests ways for family churches to build new relationships with not-yet-churched people. Amy serves in West Virginia where nearly 75% of churches have 50 or fewer in worship.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Betsey Heavner, Amy Shanholtzer
For more information: Betsey Heavner, bheavner@gbod.org

United Methodist Planned Giving School (East Ohio)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Thursday, May 1, 2014
(All Day Event)

A two-day Regional Planned Giving School is being sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship and East Ohio United Methodist Foundation. It will be held April 30-May 1, 2014, at the Strongsville United Methodist Church just outside of Cleveland. This is a great learning opportunity for local United Methodist pastors and other leaders promoting planned giving in the church.

Change Requires Something of Us!


Thursday, May 1, 2014 06:30 pm - Thursday, May 1, 2014 07:30 pm

"Do not say 'Why were the former days better than these?' For it is not wisdom that you ask this" (Eccl 7:10). The Rev. Diana Northcutt, Oklahoma director of discipleship ministries for small-membership churches, urges us to sharpen "wisdom" and look to the future. Diana says we must address change to move our churches from physical death to resurrection.

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour Presenters: Betsey Heavner, Diana Northcutt
For more information: Betsey Heavner, bheavner@gbod.org

Pastors Read: #digitalvertigo, Andrew Keen


Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:00 am - Wednesday, May 7, 2014 11:00 am

#digitalvertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us by Andrew Keen

This incisive and critical look at social media and its creators is an excellent book that challenges the reader to think about the implications of our digital life.

Session date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Starting time:10:00 am, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Dawn Chesser, Craig Miller

The Pastors Read series offers discussion among audience members, as well as perspective from the Rev. Craig Miller and the Rev. Dawn Chesser regarding some of the current best sellers.

Developing Your Ministry Plan 4: Worship, Small Groups, and the Next 12 Months


Thursday, May 8, 2014 06:30 pm - Thursday, May 8, 2014 07:30 pm

Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Craig Kennet Miller, Director of Pastoral Leadership at GBOD

Building on the previous three sessions, your team will be guided in a process to identify key steps for your congregational development. The focus will be on small groups and worship as well as thinking about putting your ideas into action.

Children’s Minstry:  Weekday Preschool Guidelines


Monday, May 12, 2014 10:00 am - Monday, May 12, 2014 11:00 am

The purpose of the Guidelines in Weekday Preschool Ministry Programs in United Methodist Congregations is to connect and support Early Childhood programs within The United Methodist Church and to maintain high educational and ethical standards that are consistent across United Methodist Weekday Preschool Ministry Programs. As a denomination, we believe that churches should follow some process of self-study for their childcare programs on a regular basis. This webinar will take participants through the guidelines and looks at ways to ensure quality education in a caring Christian environment.

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014
Time: 10:00 am, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Melanie Gordon, Lynne Paredes, Gayle Callis

Stewardship: What’s New in the Toolbox? Annual Campaign Helps for You!


Thursday, May 15, 2014 06:30 pm - Thursday, May 15, 2014 07:30 pm

Will your church be planning an annual campaign this year? If so, have you looked at some of the new resources that are available? If not, there are some simple ideas that you might want to try that could increase giving in 2015!

Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:30 p.m., Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Ken Sloane, GBOD

Single Adult Christian Retreat

Navigating the Journey: Transformed by Grace

Friday, May 23, 2014 - Sunday, May 25, 2014
(All Day Event)

Navigating the Journey: Transformed by Grace
May 23-May 25, 2014

Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
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If you are a single adult or a leader of single adults, check out this event to be held May 23-25, 2014. The Single Adult Christian Retreat: Navigating the Journey: Transformed by Grace, will be held at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. The Leadership Symposium is May 22-23.

Safe Sanctuaries for Camps and Retreats – Part Two


Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:00 am - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:00 am

This is the second in very important two-part series on implementing Safe Sanctuaries abuse prevention policies and procedures within camp and retreat experiences and settings. This training is for local church leaders who do camps and retreats as well as leaders serving at Camp and Retreat Centers. Providing a safe environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults who participate along with the training of leaders who provide the camps and retreats is a fundamental act of love. This webinar highlights key content areas for developing prudent abuse prevention policies and procedures.

Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Time: 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Melanie Gordon, Kevin Witt

Children’s Ministry: Created By God


Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:00 am - Thursday, May 29, 2014 11:00 am

This interactive webinar will equip participants for either coordinating or leading Created by God experiences that teach 'tweens about bodies, growth and development, relationships, reproduction, and God's role and desire for this process. We will discuss how parents and tweens practicing family communication skills can begin to operate from common vocabulary, understanding, and experience, and we will examine how this practice makes a healthy space for asking questions.

Participants should expect to WRITE THE WORDS out loud.

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 10:00 am, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Melanie Gordon, James Ritchie

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Saturday, May 31, 2014
(All Day Event)

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Location: Kingswood United Methodist Church
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Sponsor: Northern Illinois Older Adult Council
Seminar Topics:
The Importance of Older Adults in the Church
Do We Recognize, Honor, and Utilize Older Adults?
Abuse of Older Adults

Contact: George Bush
E-mail: gbushdos@gmail.com
Phone: 630-666-8042
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nicolderadultministries

Church Music Summer Session

Friday, June 20, 2014 08:00 am - Friday, June 27, 2014 07:00 pm

Chruch Music Summer Session
Perkins School of Theology at SMU, Dallas, TX
June 20-27, 2014
Contact: Dr. Michael Hawn, mhawn@smu.edu

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - Friday, June 27, 2014
(All Day Event)

Music & Worship Arts Week
June 22-27, 2014
Lake Junaluska, NC
Information, Registration, Website: http://www.MusicArtsWeek.org

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - Saturday, July 12, 2014
(All Day Event)

Florida Chapter’s 58th Annual Church Music Workshop
July 6-12, 2014
Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park (Leesburg), FL
Contact: Robert (BJ) Jackson, RJacksonBJ@aol.com
Website: http://www.floridafellowship.org

Monday, July 7, 2014 - Friday, July 11, 2014
(All Day Event)

North Alabama Music And Arts Week
July 7-11, 2014
Shandon UMC, Columbia, SC
Contact: Eddie Huss, ehuss@shandon-umc.org Website: http://www.umfellowship.org/events/event_details.asp?id=368471


Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Thursday, July 17, 2014
(All Day Event)

July 13-17, 2014
Lake Junaluska, NC
SOULfeast is The Upper Room’s spiritual formation event for children, youth, and adults who seek deepening spirituality across a spectrum of experiences that nourish the soul.

Monday, July 14, 2014 - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
(All Day Event)

Oasis Music and Worship Conference
July 14-16, 2014
Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC

Festival of Wisdom and Grace Conference

Monday, July 28, 2014 - Thursday, July 31, 2014
(All Day Event)

Date: July 28-31, 2014
Location: Lake Junaluska, NC

Sponsor: Southeastern Jurisdiction Association of Older Adults
Registration Contact: Jenny Turner, Registrar
E-mail: jturner@lakejunaluska.com
Phone: 828-454-6731
Event Contact: Jennifer Martin, Programs
E-mail: jmartin@lakejunaluska.com
Phone: 828-454-6716

Website: http://www.lakejunaluska.com/wisdom-and-grace/
Download Registration Brochure (pdf)

Monday, August 4, 2014 - Friday, August 8, 2014
(All Day Event)

Virginia Chapter’s Kaleidoscope Music Camp
August 4-8, 2014
VUMAC, Blackstone, Virginia
Contact: Suzanne Krauss, kmsmusic88@verizon.net, telephone 804-739-8047

Thursday, August 14, 2014 07:56 am - Sunday, August 17, 2014 08:56 pm

Join Us  in...Charlotte, North Carolina
SCD 2014
Thursday, August 14, to Sunday, August 17
Hosted by the Charlotte Episcopal Area
Contact Craig Miller, cmiller@gbod.org, for more information.

Charles Wesley Society Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 25, 2014 08:09 am - Saturday, September 27, 2014 08:09 pm

Charles Wesley Society Annual Meeting
September 25-27, 2014
Asbury Seminary & University;
Wilmore, KY
Contact: Charles Wesley Society

Friday, October 17, 2014 - Sunday, October 19, 2014
(All Day Event)

Choir Music Weekend
October 17-19, 2014
Lake Junaluska, NC
Information: http://www.lakejunaluska.com

Christian Educators Fellowship National Conference: May the Circle Be Unbroken

Friday, October 17, 2014 - Monday, October 20, 2014
(All Day Event)

10/17/2014 to 10/20/2014
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
2025 Rosa Parks Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee  37228
Andrew Schleicher
Phone: 615-749-6870

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Saturday, October 18, 2014
(All Day Event)

West Michigan Fall Church Music Workshop
October 18, 2014
Clark Retirement Community, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Contact: Sandy Mast, stmast@att.net

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Friday, October 24, 2014
(All Day Event)

The Downtown Church Network (DCN) is a peer-learning event aimed toward pastors and staff of churches in downtown metropolitan areas of at least 100,000 in population. Senior pastors have found this opportunity for networking with colleagues so beneficial that many bring staff from ministry areas such as business administration, music, pastoral care, children, youth, and outreach to network as well. The 2014 DCN is being hosted by First UMC Arlington, Texas with administrative support from the General Board of Discipleship. It will be an event that focuses on learning from one another by exchanging the collective wisdom that comes from experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues in a variety of settings..

Location:  First UMC in Arlington, Texas
Dates: October 22-24, 2014
Sponsored by: Downtown Church Network
For more information: contact Betsey Heavner or Deb Smith or call 877.899.2780 | Betsey x7295, Deb x7135

National UM Camp and Retreat Leader’s Gathering and Training

Monday, January 26, 2015 - Friday, January 30, 2015
(All Day Event)

Dates: January 26-30, 2015
Location: Epworth By the Sea Conference Center, St. Simons Island, Georgia
Registration: More information and registration details will be posted closer to the event

Contact: Jack Shitama, Chairperson Association of United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries

Or Kevin Witt, National Staff for UM Camp and Retreat Ministry, GBOD

Upcoming Special Occasions & Dates in the Liturgical Calendar

April 17, 2014
Holy Thursday

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for more information

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