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PNW News Digest #33 - October 17, 2019

Conference Journal now available for print on demand

Print copies of the 2019 Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Journal are now available to order online via Lulu.com. Please use buttons below to order one or both of the volumes.

Each volume is $10 + shipping. Lulu often has discount codes available; currently LKAB317CD, entered during checkout, will earn you 15% off your order.

Digital copies of both volumes are available to download at no cost on the PNW Conference website. Conference members can email Patrick Scriven to request the password that is needed for Volume One.

ORDER Journal Vol. 1 - Conference Directory & Rules
ORDER Journal Vol. 2 - Reports & Actions

Greater NW & Other UMC News

Queer Clergy Wellness

Clergy Wellness: Love — The Only Way

The Rev. Dr. Joanne Carlson Brown offers her insights on the unique challenges faced by queer clergy in The United Methodist Church when it comes to wellness.

Brown speaks to the value of sacred community and love in providing necessary support.

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Socktober Miracle

Of Bread, Fish, and Socks

As pastor of Community UMC in Port Hadlock, Wash., Scott Rosekrans has encouraged his church to engage in mini-missions like their current "Socktober."

This year, that project delivered big with a unexpected, maybe even miraculous, donation.

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Get your church in the News!

How to get media coverage for your church event or program

Reporters and news editors may be interested in an event you're hosting or project you're involved in — especially if it benefits groups of people within your community.

When your church captures positive media attention, it's priceless free promotion for you.

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Asylum Support Project

UMCOR, partners start asylum seekers project

A three-year, $2 million pilot project by the United Methodist Committee on Relief will support asylum seekers in the U.S. Grants to Church World Service and National Justice for Our Neighbors, partners in the project, were also approved recently by UMCOR directors.

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GBCS meets with Iranian Diplomat

A Meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister

Earlier this month, staff from the General Board Church and Society’s joined a group of faith leaders in meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

Church and Society's Executive Susan Henry-Crowe shares that the purpose of the meeting was to express our grave concerns of the possibility of a war between the U.S. and Iran.

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Thursdays in Black

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner: “Keep your eyes open and stand up for justice”

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner and Alison Judd, world president for the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women, are calling on Christians around the world to support “Thursdays in Black” by wearing black on Thursdays and speaking out against gender-based violence.

“We need to be in solidarity with those who are raped and those who are suffering other violence,” Wenner said.

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An Rx for Abundant Life

CrossOver: An Rx for Abundant Life

“The blessings that surround us when we stop to notice them should overwhelm us,” writes OR-ID Associate Conference Lay Leader Emilie Kroen in her contribution to the Greater NW CrossOver study.

Kroen reflects on the practice of gratitude and the blessings of God on the journeys we undertake.

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One Church Many Doors

“Doors Open in Agape Love”–First UMC, Anchorage

"Snow or shine, the doors of Anchorage First UMC are open, and the beautiful people of God are welcomed into a sanctuary of sacred space and agape love."

Rev. Steve Fisher continues the Alaska Conference's "One Church / Many Doors" blog series with a look at the ministry of First UMC, a church that has withstood not one, but two, major earthquakes.

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Lament for the Church

Archives & History: A Lament for the Church

In an email this week, the General Commission on Archives and History shared a sermon preached at the last commission meeting by member Jennifer Neal from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.

Neal reflects on the recent UMC Next gathering, her understanding of the Church, and the place Native People too often reside within it.

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Opioid Investment

NWUMF: Investors for Opioid Accountability

According to the Northwest UM Foundation, "there are three ways we use our money for good through Wespath."

A recent blog post from the foundation highlights how Wespath Benefits and Investments joined with Investors for Opioid Accountability to pressure companies to make changes to their business practices.

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UMC-Episcopal Dialogue

Videos offer insight into the UMC-Episcopal dialogue on Full Communion

The United Methodist – Episcopal Church Dialogue Committee has released a series of videos highlighting shared ministries between the churches and discussing the current full communion proposal developed by the committee.

The videos feature UMC Bishop Gregory Palmer and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael Curry.

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What Question?

Lewis Center: What Question is Your Church Trying to Answer?

Is your church more focused on answering questions related to its survival rather than answering the life questions that people beyond the church really care about?

Those that are are missing an opportunity to offer a faithful alternative to the chaotic world we live in.

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Upcoming Events

Fall ERT Training
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Women in Ministry Retreat

Women in Ministry Retreat

February 2-4, 2020 | Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, WA

This annual retreat is a wonderful time for women in ministry (all clergy under appointment, lay-persons assigned, or retired) to come together for shared sisterhood, a slowing down of the pace to gear up for Lent and Easter season, a walk in the woods, sitting up talking or playing games, having all your meals cooked for you and cleaned up!, and just hanging out to get to know each other better.

Registration for the Full Retreat (2 nights, 5 meals) is $185. One Night (Monday lunch to Tuesday lunch; $128) and Monday Daytime only ($56, includes lunch & dinner) options are also available.

Visit the event page to learn more about this excellent opportunity!

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Substance Use Disorders - A Primer for Clergy

November 12, 1-4 PM (Register by Nov. 8) | ZOOM Webinar | $30

Addiction is rampant today, and churches are not immune. Learn how clergy can respond when addiction is present in the church.

The opioid crisis has dominated headlines in recent years, but addiction of any kind is a concern for families, communities, and even the church. Many of us do not understand the power that substances can have on people’s lives. Addiction to drugs, alcohol, or other substances can result in shame or blame and impacts every aspect of users’ lives. Loved ones suffer the pain and fear of watching their family member spiral out of control. Clergy may be confronted with people in their congregations who suffer with addiction and/or their family members (or ours) who need help knowing how to respond appropriately.

We may not be able to fix the problem, but with this webinar, we might be more informed, more supportive, and less judgmental. Topics addressed will be: What is a substance use disorder? What are the common signs and symptoms? How might we help the substance user or their family members? What resources are available for recovery?

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Resources & Opportunities

Stewardship Resources

Inspire generosity with stewardship resources

A new kit of resources is available to guide you as you talk to your congregation about stewardship campaigns, the connection of The United Methodist Church and the impact the denomination is making in the lives of individuals around the world. Downloads include a bulletin insert, sermon starters, offering slides and much more.

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CVLI Copyright

MYCOM: Pass the popcorn, not a lawsuit

Realize it or not, you've possibly committed copyright law infringement. Whether you're showing a short movie clip to illustrate a sermon point or popping in a DVD you own for a youth movie night at the parsonage, the law considers a church-hosted gathering "public."

Doing this legally is simpler and less expensive than you think.

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Litanies offered for Advent season

Advent will be here before you know it. To help churches prepare, the North Carolina Conference offers a litany for each Sunday of Advent that emphasizes children and takes inspiration from the hymn “What Child Is This?”

Each Sunday includes Scripture readings, action items and the hymn. With modest changes, the resource could easily be used by other churches.

Learn More & Get Resource
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