Read about Harbor District news and updates for March and beyond…
Mar 9-11 – District Youth Event Postponed
The “Lighthouse” district youth event has been postponed. The district youth leadership team is working to set a new date which is anticipated to be toward late summer/early fall. Updates will be communicated as plans are finalized.
Mar 10 – Church Safety & Security Seminar
On March 10, from 10am-1pm at Wesley’s Chapel UMC in Elizabethtown, Harbor District will offer an event designed to inform and equip pastors and laity on the topic of church safety & security. Following an opening worship service, law enforcement officers will present about church security and safety. Several workshop options will be presented for the remainder of the event, including getting started with a safety team, first aid/AED, Safe Sanctuaries training, and recognizing challenging or dangerous behavior and strategies for calming people in these situations. A light lunch will be provided. For more information and to register click on the following link: https://harbordistrictnc.org/invited-district-church-safety-workshop/
Mar 15 – Sabbath Keeping Workshop
Our Harbor District dCOM will be offering a training workshop on “Sabbath Keeping” March 15 at Pine Valley UMC for any Harbor District pastors who are interested in attending. There will be two identical workshops that day for you to choose from. The first is from 9am to 12pm and the second is from 1pm to 4pm. Please attend whichever fits best with your schedule. The instructor will be Guy Brewer from the “Blessed Earth” organization (www.blessedearth.org). This workshop will offer practical and creative tips for honoring Sabbath and making it a cherished and regular part of your life. Note: All pastors are welcome to attend, whether you are scheduled for a dCOM interview on March 15th or not. For more information contact Harbor District dCOM Chair, Mary Jane Wilson-Parsons at email@example.com or Rev. Eddie Hill on 910-612-3184 To register for the workshop click on the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1HBSmbsEXw8bumYoASMg4Az6RvR1ZJ8xXFTUzB0u68kg36Q/viewform
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:
Apr 4 – Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevent of Youth Violence Annual Breakfast
On April 4, from 7:30am-9am at Coastline Conference Center in downtown Wilmington the Blue Ribbon Commission (www.brczone.org) will hold its annual “Pathways To Success Breakfast.” Come and learn about the great work that the BRC is doing in the community with its summer jobs program for at risk youth as well as its other efforts related to preventing youth violence. Our district is partnered with BRC in relation to our Congregations For Children initiative. For more information and to register click on the following link: http://brczone.org/product/2018-annual-brc-breakfast-tickets/
Apr 6 – Church Women United Spring Forum
Wilmington’s Church Women United Spring Forum will be held on Apr 6 starting at 9:30am at Winter Park Presbyterian Church (4501 Wrightsville Ave. This is an ecumenical group. Women from all churches are welcome.
Apr 19-21 – Congregational Care Seminar
Congregational Care Ministry team at The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS is offering a Congregational Care training seminar Apr 19-21. The CCM Seminar consists of comprehensive training for church leaders, based on The Caring Congregation, a resource developed by Executive Pastor Karen Lampe. This resource serves as a manual to guide pastors and churches to organize their congregations for care and equip volunteers to listen, visit, comfort and encourage congregants. Participants will also have opportunity to network and collaborate with other local church leaders regarding congregational care best practices and standards. For more info and to register click on the following link: https://harbordistrictnc.org/church-resurrection-invites/
District Hurricane Matthew Adopt A House Project
Conference and district disaster response representatives are still working to identify a family/home within the district boundaries that our district will “adopt” and assist with rebuilding. There have been some unanticipated delays but we expect to have more details to report by mid-March.
Host Churches Needed for WARM Mission Teams
Every summer, hundreds volunteers from all over the country travel to our area on mission trips to volunteer with Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM), a home repair ministry founded by our district in 1996. This year, many teams are having trouble finding low-cost housing and it is preventing them from coming here. Is your church is willing and able to host a team or two this summer… or in the future? WARM has a shower trailer, if needed. Teams typically make their own food arrangements but your congregation is welcome to provide breakfast or dinner one day and fellowship with the teams. Please contact WARM at 910.399.7563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: https://goo.gl/forms/UClPiscPiCLU5inC2
Congregations For Children (C4C)
The United Methodist Church is making a positive impact on the lives of children living in poverty in NC through its Congregations For Children (C4C) initiative. C4C partners churches with local public schools around three main areas of focus 1) Improving K-3 literacy 2) Providing basic needs (food, clothing, supplies) and 3) Helping schools to increase parent involvement. If your church is interested in learning more about how it can get involved in C4C, contact Harbor District C4C Coordinator Pat Litzinger at email@example.com To read more about what C4C involves and some of its success stories go to www.nccc4c.org
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.
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