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Project AGAPE Updates- March 2015

Project AGAPE has made a few changes to their web page this week, please take note of these changes: Project AGAPE Page 2015 INFORMATION AGAPE Sunday – April 26 Download Bulletin Insert THE NEXT HUMANITARIAN AID AND CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX PICK-UP FOR ARMENIA Spring Drop off dates : Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1 (Drop off locations coming soon) Fall Continue reading

Looking Deeply

by Pratt Davis If we ask modern people if they believe in miracles, the answers will probably range from “Of course not, everything has a logical explanation,” to “Miracles happened in Bible times, but not so much today.” Then we hear the story of the rescue of an infant last week.  A fisherman spotted a wrecked car turned upside down Continue reading

Building Teams Announces Changes and Revisions

The WNCC VIM Building Teams have a number of changes/revisions to the 2015 schedule.  Note the changes below: Armenia Team 2 is now September 8-22 Mexico Team 20 is cancelled New dates for Mexico Team 21: June 22 – July 3. Marsha Cornelius is the team leader. Haiti Team 16, a youth team, will work July 24-Aug. 2. Some summer Continue reading

Pfeiffer Hosts Wesley President for Three Events in April

Pfeiffer University has scheduled three events in two days, April 21 & 22, with Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. The event is titled: “A Wesleyan Approach to Leadership” and will include a full day session at the Pfeiffer University-Charlotte Campus on Tuesday, April 21st.  This is scheduled for 10 a.m to 3 p.m. and Continue reading

Amena Brown to Speak at New July 4 Event at LJA

Poet, speaker, author, and event host Amena Brown will excite, ignite, and inspire youth during Lake Junaluska’s special 4th of July youth weekend July 2-5, 2015. New this year, the 4th of July Youth Event Celebration includes inspiring worship as well as fireworks and other activities. Amena and her husband, Matt, will share “Breaking Old Rhythms” on Friday evening, including Continue reading

Praying Without Ceasing

by Emily Cooper Jody Halstead’s prayer life has included everything from a child’s bedtime rituals to God laughing at her. Halstead, an RN, deaconess and program manager of Haywood Street Congregation’s Respite Center, told about 200 United Methodist Women at Mills River UMC Saturday prayer can be risky, life-changing. Her prayer life has evolved from the time she was a Continue reading


PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? LATEST NEWS News You Can Use- Grants Available & Website Training Your Story- An Outdoor Baptism in January Individual Volunteer Mission Opportunities South Sudan Wrap-Up Announcement: Future of Gathering of the Laity What St. Patrick Can Teach United Methodists Camp Tekoa to Assume Operation Continue reading

News You Can Use- Grants Available & Website Training

RETHINK CHURCH OFFERS GRANTS TO LOCAL CHURCHES Rethink Church Event Grants: You may already know about these grants. They are media and marketing grants awarded to clusters of churches (3 or more working together), districts and conferences who  hold a one-day service event outside the walls of the church. These events combine church and community volunteers to create a sustainable Continue reading

Your Story- An Outdoor Baptism in January

“United Methodists may baptize by any of the modes used by Christians. Candidates or their parents have the choice of sprinkling, pouring, or immersion; and pastors and congregations should be prepared to honor requests for baptism in any of these modes. Each mode brings out part of the rich and diverse symbolism given to baptism by the Bible.” (From The United Continue reading

Individual Volunteer Mission Opportunities

One of the practical ways of engaging in mission is through a short-term mission experience. If you would like to serve for a longer period, the Individual Volunteer Program sponsored by  Global Ministries can help you accomplish that.  The program offers opportunities for individuals and couples to serve in mission from two months to two years in a variety of Continue reading