Check out the lasted news and updates from Harbor District for January and beyond…
UMC/AMEZ Joint Worship Service
On Jan 13 (MLK Weekend), pastors and laity from United Methodist churches in Harbor District joined pastors and laity from area AMEZ churches for a joint worship service at 5th Ave United Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington. AMEZ Bishop Kenneth Monroe was the guest preacher. Harbor District continues to partner with our AMEZ brother and sisters by working together in our communities and offering various joint events. We encourage churches to partner with an AMEZ church in their community.
District Hurricane Matthew Adopt A House Project
Conference and district disaster response representatives are currently working to identify a family/home within the district boundaries that our district will “adopt” and assist with rebuilding. We anticipate having more details on this exciting upcoming project by mid-February and will provide an update as soon as we have that information.
Jan 30 – C4C Related Volunteer Tutor Training in Brunswick County
BEST for Kids (Brunswick Early Success Team) is the combined effort of leaders from county government, business, faith-based, non-profit, and higher education and is focused on helping children to read by the end of 3rd Grade. On Tuesday, Jan 30th, from 8:30-3:30 at the Odell Williamson Event Center located on the BCC Campus there will be training held for those interested in serving as a tutor. This is a great Congregations For Children (C4C) outreach opportunity for individuals and church groups in Brunswick County. To register click on the following link:
Concert at St. Paul’s UMC
Elisabeth von Trapp will be in concert at St. Paul’s UMC on Thur, Feb 1 at 7:30 pm. Elisabeth is the granddaughter of Captain and Maria Von Trapp, whose family story inspired the movie “The Sound of Music.” She is an accomplished vocalist, instrumentalist and composer who has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States. Her selections include classical, Broadway, her own compositions, as well as favorite selections from the movie. The concert is open and free to the public, however donations will be received and CD’s will be sold. Church address is 300 Harper Ave, Carolina Beach
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.
Feb 20 – Winter United Methodist Business Leaders Network Luncheon
The UMBLN will hold is Winter Luncheon on Tues, Feb 20th at Wesley Memorial UMC in Wilmington from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Guest speaker will be Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. For more information and to register see the “Events” page of www.umbln.org
Feb 24 – Women’s Retreat at Wrightsville UMC
Wrightsville UMC in Wilmington will be holding a women’s retreat entitled “Dancing In The Rain: Lean On God’s Trust” from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Guest speaker will be Lisa Shea. Program will also include several interesting breakout sessions. Cost is $30. Open to the public, so bring a friend. For more information and to register click on the following link: http://www.wrightsvilleumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/womens-retreat-flyer-2018.pdf or contact the church office on 910-256-4471.
Laity Leaders Workshops
Harbor District will be holding training workshops to equip Laity Leaders who will be serving in the following positions in 2018: S/PPRC Chair; S/PPRC Members; Church Council Chair and Lay Leader. This training will cover essential information that these leaders will need to know as they serve in their roles in 2018. Although this training is primarily designed for those laity who are new to their position, it will also provide a good refresher (as well as some updates) to those who are not new to their position. Any church member or pastor is welcome to attend if they are interested. Choose from the following workshop dates:
- Feb 8 (Thur) @ Lake Waccamaw UMC from 5pm to 7pm
- Feb 10 (Sat) @ Warsaw UMC from 10am to 12pm
- Feb 10 (Sat) @ First UMC (Clinton) from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
- Feb 11 (Sun) @ Wesley Memorial UMC (Wilmington) from 2pm to 4pm
- Feb 13 (Tue) This workshop will be done as an online webinar. Participants will need a computer connected with a WiFi connection to participate.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/oipnqMlVP99dG4mV2
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:
Director of Children’s Ministry Position
Grace UMC in Wilmington is seeking candidates for a part-time (20 hrs/wk) Director of Children’s Ministry Position. Position is responsible for programming for children from birth through 5th grade; oversees nurseries (babies and toddlers); recruits and trains volunteer facilitators; creates opportunities for building and enhancing children’s Christian relationships based on biblical teachings. Resumes to graceUMCjobs@gmail.com. For more info click on the following link:
Lay Speaker Certification
Harbor District’s Committee on Lay Servant Ministries will be evaluating candidates for Lay Speaker Certification in the coming weeks. Those candidates who have completed the required coursework (7 courses – Basic, Discovering Spiritual Gifts, UM Polity, UM History, Leading Prayer, Leading Worship, Preaching) and have been approved by their church’s charge conference as a Lay Speaker candidate should register to be scheduled to appear before the committee. These evaluations include an assessment of preaching ability as well as an interview. Candidates can register by clicking on the following link:
The 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‐layministriesto submit it by Jan 19, 2018.
Brunswick County Starts Church Bowling League
Monday, Feb. 5, organizational meeting at Planet Fun, Shallotte, 6:30PM. Monday, Feb. 12 league begins plays at 7PM. Eight-week season, $8 per person per night (does not include shoes), four person teams.
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 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