Light + Life Magazine is digital
Light + Life Magazine became digital in 2021. Light + Life Magazine not only has the Bishops writing lead articles each month to highlight and expand on the five values of the FM Way, but the entire issue each month rounds out on the theme with related articles, interviews and stories. With a few clicks, you can also discover study guides for in-depth study in groups and read January and February articles that you may have missed. The study guides might also serve as prompts for sermon preparation. 



"Free Methodists are first and foremost a Kingdom people. Throughout church history, God has raised up distinct movements like ours to enrich the the larger body of Christ. We call it The Free Methodist Way." Read and share Bishop Keith Cowart's article, "Introducing The Free Methodist Way," at

You can also learn more about the first of the five core values, Life-Giving Holiness, on Light + Life FM at https://buff.ly/3oCBDrq.
How did financial giving finish in 2020 for ECFA members and others? What’s the outlook for donation income in 2021? What additional trends have researchers identified as impacting nonprofit ministries and churches in the coming months? This presentation is research-based, and will include the first release of findings from a 2021 survey of ECFA members.
Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how charitable giving finished in 2020 for ECFA members, broken down by ministry size and type, and also how that compares to the previous year. 
  • Explore the confidence level represented by ECFA members as they imagine what would happen if further changes in giving patterns were to happen in 2021.
  • Compare recent directions in the broader charitable community such as the role of smaller-size gifts, and how that might impact Christ-centered ministries.
  • Become acquainted with ongoing ECFA efforts to keep you informed about developments that impact charitable giving.



You will need to be a member of ECFA in order to register. Here is the information if you are not already registered to register at no charge through the Free Methodist Church USA: To sign up for ChurchExcel:
 
FREE LIBRARY OF FINANCIAL TOOLS –
The Free Methodist Church – USA is excited to partner with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability to offer ChurchEXCEL — a community of free online resources for pastors and church administrators. 

ChurchEXCEL provides practical help in critical areas like budgeting, pastors’ housing allowances, fraud prevention and more. Benefits include free e-books, courses, podcasts and electronic tax guides.

Visit ChurchEXCEL.org/FreeMethodist to connect with this helpful and easy-to-understand resource website. 
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Zoom meeting for Women In Ministry
 
A Zoom meeting for Women In Ministry will be held Saturday, March 20 from 8am-10am.

Topic will include:

Mean Girls in the church:
How to overcome hindrances from other women

Creating a Cascade:
A reintroduction that restores wholeness

What our Superintendent needs to know:
Tell it like it is and needs to be

Please RSVP to gatewayfmc@sbcglobal.net by Tuesday, March 9 in order for us to send a gift to you to be opened the day of the Zoom meeting.
Upcoming Events
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March 20-Women In Ministry Zoom Meeting

March 28-Palm Sunday

April 2-Good Friday

April 4-Easter

April 17-Lunch On the Lake 2021

May 31-Letter of Inquiry for Local Church Initiative Grants due

Durley Summer 2021 Camp Schedule:
June 4-6-Senior Teen Weekend
June 7-13-Family Camp Week
June 14-18-Young Teen 1
June 23-25-Trailblazer
June 26-Day Camp
June 28-July 2-Young Teen 2
July 5-8-Guide

August 7- Date Change: One-Day Leadership Summit (more details coming soon)

Looking ahead to 2022:

February 19-Safety Training with Ed Sanow-Greenville FMC

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The Gateway Conference Office exists to energize and equip pastors and lay leaders to M.O.V.E.:

Mission Assessment
Organize Data
Visioneer A New Future
Engage The Plan
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