"I have never seen the sanctuary so full of life. It was electrifying!" - Travis Walter, executive pastor, Embrace Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., on worship connected with the church's vacation Bible school.
Ye Olde VBS draws crowd
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (UMNS) - Embrace Church nearly tripled vacation Bible school attendance this year. Volunteers at the United Methodist congregation in Sioux Falls knocked themselves out, decorating the church as a medieval castle and putting on a medieval carnival.
No one said malaria fight would be easy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Rev. Larry Hollon, top executive of United Methodist Communications, writes that a BBC report raising questions about the effectiveness of the fight against malaria should be a spur to redoubled efforts.
Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share with others, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free webinar "Spiritual, But Not Religious - Adult Faith in a Post-Christendom World," July 23 - 6:30 p.m. CT, tips on ministering in the current U.S. social context, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
"The Gospel for Muslims: Understanding Our Muslim Neighbors," July 24 - 6-8 p.m. CT, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis, Tenn. Details.
Free webinar "Is Your Church Ready for a Capital Funds Campaign?" July 25 - 6:30 p.m. CT, indicators of whether churches can make fundraising work, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
Festival of Wisdom and Grace Conference, July 29-Aug.1 - Includes Bible study and workshops at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, N.C, sponsored by the Southeastern Jurisdiction Association of Older Adults. Details
SHIFTS: Guiding the Congregation toward Health, Effectiveness and Vitality, July 30-Aug. 1 - Seminar sponsored by the Intentional Growth Center at the Foundation for Evangelism, Lake Junaluska, N.C. Details.
Deadline to register for online Moodle Course, July 31 - Course Aug. 7-Oct. 2 on how to set up online Bible studies, discussion forums and polls, offered by United Methodist Communications. Limited seating. Costs $119. Syllabus.
From Membership to Discipleship, Aug. 1-3 - Seminar sponsored by the Intentional Growth Center at the Foundation for Evangelism, Lake Junaluska, N.C. Details.
Light of the Lake, Aug. 3 - 7:30 p.m. ET, The Light of the Lake, Lake Junaluska's Centennial Celebration theatrical production, will highlight the lake's history. At Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, N.C. Tickets $17.50-20. Details.
Black Clergy Women of The United Methodist Church 25th Anniversary Conference, Aug. 5-8 - Westin Hotel Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Details.
Global Leadership Summit, Aug. 8-9 - 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET each day, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, N.C., will be host site of a telecast from Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago. Details.
Free webinar "How to Develop Policies for Children's Ministries," Aug. 8 - 10 a.m. CT, webinar from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship looks at the development process, recommends who needs to be in on the conversation and offers samples of policies that have served congregations well.
Day 1, Aug. 11 - The Rev.W. Mark Ralls, senior minister, Centenary United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., will be the featured speaker on the nationally syndicated radio program "Day 1." To listen.
School of Congregational Development, Aug. 15-18 - Hosted at Denver Marriott Tech Center, sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, Path1 and Board of Global Ministries. Theme is "Encountering God at the Edge." Details.
Free webinar "Safe Sanctuaries: Children, Teachers and Media" Aug. 22 - 10 a.m. CT, webinar from United Methodist Board of Discipleship looks at ways to address the rapidly evolving media world that will properly inform leaders and protect children from abuse.
Free webinar "Generosity in Emerging Generations," Aug. 22 - 6:30 p.m. CT, examining how emerging generations make decisions about generosity, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
Free webinar "Charting a Course for Discipleship," Aug. 27 - 6:30 p.m. CT, how to develop a pathway to help adults deepen their Christian discipleship, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute, Sept. 25-27 - Registration open now for this event aimed at helping leaders revive churches. Details.
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