Here are the latest news highlights, updates and training opportunities from across Harbor District for December and beyond. Merry Christmas!
District Christmas Offering
This year’s district Christmas offering will be utilized for Harbor District’s adopt a home project. We will be helping a family in our district, who was severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew, rebuild their home. To watch a video of Bishop Ward, speaking about the rebuilding efforts and this year’s Christmas offering click on the following link: https://youtu.be/4pjSwngKerQ
Dec 22 – Art Show & Sale at The Hope Center
On Dec 22 from 5pm-9pm, there will be an art showing and sale at the Hope Center which is located at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church (409 S 5th St, Wilmington, NC). The Hope Center’s Artist in Residence, Sharon Spencer along with Klair Casteen (creator of Hopes Lens) will present works of their “Faces and Friends, Courage with Art” collection. Come out and enjoy delicious food and drinks while being able to Holiday Shop for Unique gifts of Art from the Artists. The Hope Center is a ministry for the homeless.
Jan 9 – Preaching Workshop
On Tues, Jan 9, 2018 from 9:30am until 3:00pm, Harbor District will offer a preaching workshop led by Rev. Talbot Davis called “Sermons That Pop and Series That Stick.” This event will be hosted by Pine Valley UMC and is open to any pastors, ministers, lay speakers or lay servants in our district. Lunch will be provided. The cost of the training is $10.00 which will be collected at the workshop. For additional details and to register click on the following link: https://harbordistrictnc.org/jan-9-preaching-workshop-harbor-district/
Jan 10 – Treasurer’s Training
Training for Church Treasurers will be held at the Methodist Building in Garner on Weds, Jan 10th, 2017. Local church finance basics will be covered as well as updates from recent legislative changes. Local church treasurers, finance committee members and pastors are encouraged to attend. Seats are limited so registration is required. There will be a $10 registration fee charged to help offset the cost of training materials and lunch. To register for either click on this link: https://nccumc.org/treasurer/training/
Jan 10 – Tutoring Training in Brunswick County
BEST FOR KIDS is a brand new, Brunswick County initiative committed to helping kids become fluent readers by the end of the third grade – by strategically utilizing volunteer tutors from various parts of the community (businesses, churches, retirement communities etc.) Tutoring training for the program will be offered Weds, Jan 10th, 9am-3:30pm at the Brunswick Community College. This is for those who wish to serve as tutors for the BEST FOR KIDS pilot, or just learn more about it. To watch a video that describes BEST FOR KIDS click on this link: https://youtu.be/rk8e_OvLlgk
Jan 24 – Congregations For Children (C4C) Webinar
Are you interested in learning more about how your church can help children living in poverty as well as expand your community outreach? C4C is a state-wide initiative of The United Methodist Church which partners churches with local public schools to help children in need to receive help with things like: learning to read; basic needs (food, clothing, school supplies) and interactions with positive adult role models. There are a number of ways in which your church can participate, as well as an easy step by step process that will help you get started or expand what you are already doing. On Jan 24th at 12noon there will be a 60min orientation webinar conducted. To register go to the “Training” page of www.nccc4c.org
Jan 13 – Joint UMC/AMEZ Worship Service
On Jan 13 @ 3pm, pastors and laity from United Methodist churches in the Harbor District will join pastors and laity from area AMEZ churches for a joint worship service on MLK weekend. The service will take place at 5th Ave United Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington – 409 S 5th St, Wilmington, NC. AMEZ Bishop Kenneth Monroe will be the guest preacher. There will be light refreshments following the service. We hope that you will be able to attend and we know that you will be blessed by the experience if you do. For more information about the event and our partnership with AMEZ click on the link below:
Jan 15 – WARM Partners with AMEZ Housing for MLK Project
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc. (founded in 1996 by United Methodist Churches) & AMEZ Housing CDC will be joining forces with local volunteers on Saturday, January 13th and Monday, January 15th to make safety-related home repairs for low-income homeowners in Wilmington (exact location is a private residence and will be shared with registered volunteers only). To register click on the link below:
Feb 10 – Military Veterans Resource Fair
Faith Harbor UMC in Topsail is sponsoring a resource fair for veterans on Feb 10 from 10am to 3pm at the Holly Ridge Community Center, Holly Ridge, NC. Organizations that provide support services to veterans in the community can set up an information booth at this event. If you are a part of a church or other organization which would like to participate, please contact Arness Krause on 708-602-8596 or via e-mail at email@example.com to reserve your space.
Mar 17 – Lay Servant Ministries Spiritual Gifts Course
Have you ever wondered what God is calling you to do? Have you wished that you more clearly understood what your spiritual gifts are and what God wants you to do with them. If so, this course is for you. You’ll identify your unique gifts and become more familiar with the many ministry options through which you can use your gifts to serve your church and community. This course will be held at Whiteville UMC in Whiteville on March 17 (9am-5pm). The church address is 902 Pinckney St, Whiteville, NC Registration cost is $25 – which includes a lunch. To Register click on the link below:
Leadership Development for Laity Leaders
In early February Harbor District will be conducting training workshops for Laity Leaders. The training is primarily designed for folks who will be serving in the positions of Lay Leader; S/PPRC Chair or Church Council Chair, however, anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. This training will occur in multiple locations across the district and it will also be done at least once as a webinar for those who cannot make any of the classroom sessions. Dates and details will be announced soon.
Conference Board of Laity Wants To Hear From You
The Conference Board of Laity is looking for inspiring examples of ministries that impact people outside the walls of our churches. They are looking for examples of outward engagement and ministries that serve and build relationships with those in our communities. Our churches are called to make disciples to transform the world and that requires building relationships with those in our communities. If your church is doing something that fits this description and you would like to submit it as an example, please use the form on the following link: https://nccumc.org/laity/2018‐layministries to submit it by Jan 19, 2018.
Harbor District Critical Missional Needs
Harbor District’s “Mission Strategy Team” works with the District Superintendent (our head mission strategist) to identify the critical missional needs within the boundaries of our district – as well as some international needs that we can address. The “DMST” also helps to connect the 99 United Methodist churches in our district with serving those needs. There are 12 critical missional needs areas in the Harbor District which have been identified by the Mission Strategy Team over the course of the past few years (2012 to present). The needs were identified as the result of discussions with a multitude of community leaders and our own clergy and laity.
– Lack of Affordable Housing
– Hunger/Food Insecurity
– Sub-Standard Literacy/Education Levels of Children Living in Poverty
– Negative Effects of Fatherlessness
– Strained Race Relations
– Care & Support of Law Enforcement officers
– Care & Support of Military Veterans
– Large Number of Unchurched Millennials
– The Growing Opioid Epidemic
– International Missions Needs (Mission Of Hope)
Harbor District is one of eight districts in the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. There are nearly 100 churches in the Harbor District within a footprint that spans parts of nine counties. Through our connectional structure and relationships, the United Methodist churches in our district work side by side to further God’s Kingdom across Southeastern North Carolina and beyond. Blessed with many gifted clergy and laity, we strive to maintain an outward focus on making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Check out our web site for more information: www.harbordistrictnc.org