eNews  · August 2, 2023
Appalachia Service Project, Mountain T.O.P., and Amen St. Louis were among the destinations for NIC church mission trips this year. Participants learned about others' lives and served people by building wheel-chair ramps and repairing homes, among other projects. Check out pictures and stories from some of these trips. 

Asian American/Pacific Islander Clergywomen: join your colleagues on Oct. 16-18 at the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago O'Hare. The theme is "Rest and Renewal" and the guest speaker is Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran of Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. Scholarships are available for the accommodations and travel.

You may have seen the video about this book at annual conference session in June. Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, by retired Bishop Kenneth Carder, explains in an engaging way the beliefs and practices of The United Methodist Church. Readers uncover a deeper understanding and experience of Christian faith as they live the United Methodist way. In-person, online, and hybrid groups will meet this fall.

Mission Moments and More provides text and other resources you can use to provide missions information during worship, as part of offertory prayers, and to place in newsletters. There are resources for every Sunday of the year. Content features general church observances, apportioned funds, Special Sundays, The Advance, and faithful giving in general. Read more.

As followers of Jesus, we are created and called by the God who consistently questions beliefs, values, and motives. The workbook Implicit Bias: What We Think We Don’t Think (from the UM Commission on Religion and Race) guides readers on an intentional exploration of implicit bias and how it works in our brains and actions. Expose and overcome one of the significant barriers to reaching our true goals of diversity, community, and equity. Read more.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UMC ministries offer a positive future to people living with HIV and AIDS. The UM Board of Global Ministries’ Global Health program helps supports more than 100 women living with HIV. Bénédicte, 41, one recipient of the aid, is grateful for the start-up funds that enabled her to establish a business and support her family. She says she is also no longer marginalized by her neighbors. “Thanks to the help I received from The United Methodist Church,” she said, “I feel integrated into society because I have regained my health.” Your apportionment giving provides hope for people like Bénédicte and her children.

  • Keep the Dream Alive, Aug. 27, First UMC at the Chicago Temple and Daley Plaza, Clark and Washington, Chicago.

A number of holidays take place during the autumn. As you plan for fall children's ministries, you may find in this list of resources some suggestions on how to observe holidays. Here are just a few:

  • Around the Year in Children's Church: 52 Programs for Kids Ages 3-7, by Lisa Flinn and Barbara Younger (Abingdon Press)

  • Faithful Celebrations: Making Time for God in Autumn, by Sharon Ely Pearson 

  • Seasonal Specials for Children's Ministry: All-New Ideas for 13 Holidays 

  • How Can I Celebrate Halloween? A 23-minute DVD for preschool through early elementary 

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