Here are the latest news highlights and updates from across Harbor District for November and beyond.
Chic-fil-a CEO speaks to United Methodist Business Leaders
On Oct 24, Chic-fil-a CEO Dan Cathy spoke to the UMBLN as part of their Business Leader Phone Interview Series. Dan shared about his journey in business and how his faith has influenced his decision making and leadership style. The next UMBLN event will be the Winter Luncheon which will take place after the holidays. Details will be announced soon. For more information about UMBLN see: www.umbln.org
District Christmas Offering
As you know, last October Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina with devastating effects. Thousands of people were forced from their homes and many are still displaced. Since then our conference’s Disaster Response Team has been coordinating recovery and rebuilding efforts. Many of our Harbor District churches have sent ERT Teams to the affected areas and some have supported financially and in other ways. To further aid in these efforts, each district in our conference will be adopting a home repair project in order to help a specific family get back into their home. This year’s district Christmas offering will be utilized for Harbor District’s adopt a home project. To watch a video of our conference bishop, Bishop Ward, speaking about the rebuilding efforts and this year’s Christmas offering click on the following link: https://youtu.be/4pjSwngKerQ
The Power Of Pumpkins
For 27 years Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Wilmington has been in the “pumpkin business” during the Halloween season. Over the years they have even become known as “the pumpkin church” in the community and have provided a place of tradition, fun and fond memories for many. In addition to creating a wonderful space for connecting with and spreading God’s love to the community, the proceeds from their pumpkin patch go toward supporting local and international missions as well as various church youth activities held throughout the year. To see a video explaining the impact of this outreach click following link: https://harbordistrictnc.org/power-pumpkins-wesley-memorial-umc/
New C4C Opportunity for Brunswick County Churches
Our Harbor District leaders have been working with community leaders in Brunswick County to positively impact children in the early stages of their schooling. It’s called “BEST For Kids” (Brunswick Early Success Team) and it’s committed to helping children become fluent readers by the end of the third grade. BEST for Kids is the combined effort of leaders from county government, business, faith-based, non-profit, and higher education. The group has been working in partnership with Brunswick County Schools to develop this special volunteer opportunity for four pilot elementary schools.
Its goals are very much in line with our UMC’s Congregations For Children (C4C) initiative. BEST For Kids is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving as tutors in this program. For those interested, training will be provided on Weds, Jan 10th, 9am-3:30pm at the Brunswick Community College. To watch a video explaining this new program click on the following link: https://youtu.be/rk8e_OvLlgk To register for the training go to: www.bcswan.net
Veterans Appreciation Cook Out
On Friday, Nov 17, Harbor District’s Military Community Outreach Team (MCOT) held a Veterans Appreciation Cook Out at the VA Health Center in Wilmington. Members from multiple United Methodist churches in the district served lunch to over 350 veterans and center staff. To see video and pictures from the event click on the following link: https://harbordistrictnc.org/harbor-district-honors-veterans/
Churches Come Together For A Joint Thanksgiving Service
Almost 300 people gathered Sunday night Nov. 19 at Pine Valley United Methodist Church for their annual Community Thanksgiving Service. It has been a long standing tradition for them to take part in a service that rotates each year between Pine Valley Baptist, Pine Valley Church of God and Pine Valley UMC. This year they included Warner Temple AMEZ Church in the service. Dr. Clifford Barnett, pastor of Warner Temple AMEZ church was invited to preach and a community choir with participants of all four churches provided the special music. All of the pastors took part in the service in some way and God moved mightily through the singing, praying and preaching. A time of fellowship was held after the service with refreshments provided by the Pine Valley UMC women.
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.
Nov 27 – Giving Tuesday
Through The Advance, United Methodists can give to more than 300 missionaries. Donors also can provide support for more than 600 United Methodist-related projects worldwide. As a partner with The Advance, you provide United Methodists and others with a way to build missional relationships through a designated giving channel they can trust. As always, 100 percent of gifts to The Advance goes directly to the designated project or mission. For more info on how to give click HERE
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/
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.
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.
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)