Methodist Tour Choir Presents Two Local Concerts
Prior to embarking on their Goodwill Tour of Northern Italy, 34 singers from First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Santa Rosa will present two similar local concerts in a program entitled, "Best of the New Millennium: Sacred American Choral Music."
On Friday, June 14, 8 p.m. the choir will perform at St. Vincent De Paul Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma. On Sunday, June 16 at 4 p.m., the choir will perform in the Sanctuary of their home church, First UMC, 1551 Montgomery Dr.,...
SSP Accepts Registrations for Summer Programs in Central America
The Sierra Service Project (SSP) is accepting registrations for its summer service programs in Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Participants immerse themselves in the culture of Nicaragua and Guatemala, two of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, working alongside community members in both rural and urban settings. These trips are challenging, life-changing and extremely rewarding experiences for mature young people who are eager to grow in faith and understanding....
UMC Lay and Clergy Invited to Walk in the Footsteps of the Wesley Brothers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Oct. 24, 2012 /GBOD/—All United Methodist lay and clergy leaders are invited to participate in a 10-day Wesley Pilgrimage to England next spring where they can walk in the footsteps of John and Charles Wesley.
Participants will immerse themselves in the Christ-centered leadership of the Wesley brothers during the pilgrimage April 15-24, 2013, which will be offered by the General Board of Discipleship.
"We will learn, pray and explore places where the...
Time Is Running out to Sign up for 2013 Holy Land Trip
Only a few weeks remain to sign up for a Jan. 30-Feb. 10, 2013 trip to the Holy Land, organized by the Rev. Scott Allred, pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Chico. Final payment for the excursion is due Oct. 30.
After Christmas and before the Easter Season is a favorable time of year to travel to Israel. The number of travelers then is far fewer than at other times of the year, and the weather is cool.
The tour will journey to many biblical locations, such as...
Sign up for 2013 Holy Land Trip
The Rev. Scott Allred, pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Chico, is planning a trip to the Holy Land for Jan. 30-Feb. 10, 2013. The tour will journey to many biblical locations, such as Nazareth, Galilee, Carmel, the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, Masada, Joppa and the Coast, and of course Jerusalem.
It will be a favorable time of year to travel to Israel, after Christmas and before the masses that...
October Pilgrimage Scheduled to Immerse UM Leaders in Wesleyan Theology
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A 10-day Wesleyan Pilgrimage in England planned for October will help United Methodist clergy and lay leaders understand more clearly the missional nature of Methodism practiced by John and Charles Wesley.
Early registration discounts are available for the Oct. 4-14 pilgrimage, which will immerse the leaders in the practical theology of the Wesley brothers. Scholarships are available for 20 provisional elders and deacons.
"Every United Methodist leader,...
March 1 Deadline to Apply to Teach English Language in Vietnam this Spring
College students may apply now to teach English to Vietnamese students at Wesley Theological School in Ho Chi Minh City. The Vietnamese students also will learn about and participate in collegiate ministry activities with the English-speaking students.
This English Language Institute program is supported by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry's Collegiate Ministry section. Students must be recommended for the program by their campus minister or chaplain. The deadline to apply...
Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul: Living It All For God, Praying With Our Whole Selves
Our Great Commandment from Jesus and Hebrew Scriptures calls us to love God with our whole selves – heart, mind, body, and soul. But many of us find our daily practices do not support that integration.
Learn about yourself and reconnect! Join international Interplay leaders, the Rev. Judy Shook, pastor of Ukiah United Methodist Church, and international peace builder Masankho Banda, for an enchanting, transformational, and restful time on the "healing island" of Hawaii, Jan....
Follow Footsteps of Wesley Pilgrimage in Facebook Posts
Two pastors from the California-Nevada Annual Conference are off on a 10-day Wesley Pilgrimage to England and one of them – the Rev. Paul Joseph Khamdy Yang of First United Methodist Church in Roseville, California – is sharing his experiences and photos on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/1stUMC.
Along with Yang, the Rev. Becky Goodwin, appointed to a sabbatical year, has joined a group of 33 pilgrims from all over the United States to embark on a spiritual journey...
Retreat to Lake Tahoe This Winter!
Kings Beach United Methodist Church is blessed to have facilities available at beautiful Lake Tahoe for groups to use on retreats. Groups who use the "Wee Kirk o' the Pines Retreat Center" include youth groups for snow or summer play, confirmation classes, scout and other youth organizations, church family retreats, church planning retreats, and church spiritual retreats. The church/retreat center is located at walking distance from the Kings Beach State Beach and minutes from ski...
Read Blog Posts of the Bishop's Delegation to Fiji
The delegation currently in Fiji, led by Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., is blogging about the experience. Read the posts at www.calnevumcfiji2011.wordpress.com.
The Rev. Michael Love has been sending back photos of the trip, which have been posted to the First UMC of Palo Alto website at www.firstpaloalto.com....
SSP Accepts Registrations for Summer Programs in Guatemala and Honduras
Study and serve in Central America with Sierra Service Project! SSP is accepting registrations now for its summer service and service/learning programs in Guatemala and Honduras. These are challenging, extremely rewarding and life-changing experiences for mature young people, enabling them to learn about Central American culture and social justice while putting their faith into action.
Spots are now available, but teams are expected to fill up by April 1. To learn more call the SSP office,...
Wilderness Leadership Experience Offered in Oregon-Idaho
These challenging times call for a new kind of church leader, and you can be that leader! The Rev. Richard Fuss of Albany First UMC in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference invites you to join in a true wilderness expedition next September in the heart of the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. Led by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and geared especially for church leaders, this canoe expedition includes NOLS' most complete leadership development curriculum – the...
New Info Regarding Spanish Language Immersion Trips!
If you've been thinking about the Spanish Language Immersion trip to the Celas Maya Spanish School in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala this summer – but aren't quite sure it's for you – here are a few new developments to consider:
· Clergy will be glad to know that the Spanish Language Immersion trip has been approved for .75 CEUs in the Intercultural Competency area.
Bishop Heads Conference Site Assessment and Connectional Team, in Cambodia Through Month's End
Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., Resident Bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, is leading a Conference Site Assessment and Connectional Team visit to Cambodia, February 20-28.
The team was to visit churches in Svay Rieng on Monday (Feb. 22) and to conduct site visits to Cambodia Methodist Bible School, Street Children/Orphanage Ministry, and possibly Singapore Methodist Orphanage and Emmaus Women's Housing Project, on Tuesday the 23rd.
Spanish Immersion Trip to Guatemala Is Scheduled for July
Do you live and serve in a valley town? Or a major California city? Did you know there are more than five million people in California for whom Spanish is their first language? So, the question is – Isn't it time you learned to speak some Spanish?
This summer, the Conference again will offer a Spanish language immersion trip to the Celas Maya Spanish language school in Guatemala. The program involves three weeks of intensive study. Included in the tuition ($165...
Read Blog Posts From Israel, Palestine on Communications Facebook Page
Doug Smith of the Israel-Palestine Task Force of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is taking part in a corporate engagement trip to Israel and Palestine, February 5-12, sponsored by the Ecumenical Action Group for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine.
He is the only Cal-Nev representative. His participation was funded in part by a grant from the Conference Board of Church and Society.
During the week-long trip, Smith will interview American-owned...
Bishop Brown to Lead Trip to Cambodia in February
Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. will lead a California-Nevada Annual Conference leadership delegation in a visit to Cambodia February 20-27. The trip stems from a resolution passed at the last Annual Conference Session to explore a Conference mission emphasis on Cambodia.
The delegation will visit General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) missionaries and Advance projects in Cambodia, and seek to identify needs and priorities that match interests and resources of the Conference. The group will...
Bishop Brown to Join Philippines Solidarity Visit, Trip Moved to July
The Philippines Pastoral and Solidarity Visit scheduled for August 13-24 has been moved up to July 20-31 - and Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. will join the team for this year's visit.
The trip is organized by the California-Nevada Annual Conference Philippines Solidarity Task Force and hosted by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP).
In 2006, a resolution was passed at Annual Conference Session to respond to the reported extra-judicial killings...
Spanish Language Immersion Trip: It Could Be Time!
Viene a Guatemala!
It could be that a vibrant Hispanic community is growing up around your church.
It could be that you are being sent to a cross-cultural appointment.
It could be that it's just time … for you to learn Spanish!
And one of the very best ways to learn any new language is to be dropped into circumstances that require you to learn it.
That's the idea behind Language Immersion. Recognizing the growing importance of being able to speak...