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Welcome to the GNJ Digest!
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Be Part of History 
But in order to do that, you need to sign up! Join GNJ is saying “Yes, We Can” at one of several meal packing events on March 21 to create a half million meals in one day. Please contact Director of Mission Ashley Wilson with questions or click here to get more information.
IGNITE Communities Starts this Sunday!
Worship, mission and fun! IGNITE Communities will make its debut on Nov. 17 in four different communities. Sign up your youth today!
GNJ News
The GNJ Way Forward
Find out more about covenanting, Graceful Conversations and Outward Mindset Training.  

Bishop Schol Expresses Hope Following COB Meeting
Bishop Schol's message following the meeting with the Council of Bishops can be found here.
 
Bishop's Day in the Region Starts Next Week
Bishop Schol will be meeting with clergy and laity in each region to share updates on the church and our ministry together. All are invited, so please share this information with your congregation. 
  • Northern Region: Thursday Nov. 21. | Click here
  • Central Region: Wed. Nov. 20. | Click here
  • Southern Region: Wed. Dec. 4. | Click here
Rockaways' Palomino Receives Commission as EarthKeeper 
Global Ministries will commission 67 new EarthKeepers from 23 conferences in an online service on Nov. 19 at 8:00 p.m. at www.umcmission.org/live including Yesenia Palomino from UMC of the Rockaways. This service will affirm the EarthKeepers in their call to the ministry of creation care and will bless their work in their communities.

Laity Leadership Academy Seed Grant Apps Due Dec. 7
The seed grant program is offered to teams of lay leaders who have attended the Laity Leadership Academy and completed an action plan to develop a project/initiative in their local church around the areas of worship, small groups, making new disciples and social media communication ministries. Apply today here.

In case you missed...“Faithful Giving in a Time of Change”
Rev. Lyssette Perez, Connectional Table budget allocations committee member, pastor of Oasis UMC in Pleasantville, NJ, and president of MARCHA, the Hispanic/Latino/a caucus of The UMC, was part of this roundtable discussion of connectional giving. Click here to view.
Clergy Resources
Register by Dec. 13 for Clergy Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Workshop
All clergy currently serving in a cross-racial/cross-cultural appointment are invited and encouraged to come to this Jan. 29 workshop facilitated by Rev. Grace Pak of the General Commission on Religion and Race. Please register your attendance using this link.
Congregational Resources
Renew Worship with Songs of the Season
Advent begins on December 1, and the “Songs of the Season” worship series is the perfect way to bring a renewed focus to worship. The series includes sermon outlines, small group materials, worship and music selections and even advent wreath readings. Click here to access.

Sign Up for 40 Days of Prayer this Advent 
The season of Advent is almost here. Join United Methodists across Greater New Jersey in daily prayers. Share with your congregation and have them join with you. Sign up here.

Ring in the New Year with Vitality 2!
Get tools to dig deeper into ministry - specifically into stewardship, new disciples and community assets mapping. Get new people involved, re-engage congregations and get new insight on children’s ministry and worship. Starts January 25! For details and to register, click here.
 
Hope Center News
Hoping to Collect 120,000 Diapers!
The Maker’s Place in Trenton has a goal of collecting 120,000 Diapers this December. Check out this video, share it with your congregation and start collecting diapers to be dropped off by Dec. 22. For more information, visit The Maker's Place website
Board of Trustees Openings
A Future With Hope is seeking qualified, mission-driven leaders with expertise in real estate, real estate development or disaster management. For more information, contact Rick Reinhard, Executive Director, A Future With Hope, by email or at 732-359-1065.
Administration Updates 
Tomorrow is the Last Day to Enroll!
Open enrollment for Active and Retiree Health Plans and Dental Plans ends Nov. 14. For more information, click here.
 
Shared Ministry and Conference Deadline is Jan. 14
The cut-off date for remitting Shared Ministry and conference billables (property insurance, health insurance, workman’s compensation & disability insurance) payments is Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. For more information, click here.

Statistical Training to Make Year-End Reporting Accurate and Easy
First training session is December 10. All pastors of local churches need to submit a year-end statistical report by Jan. 31. Click here for more details on the three sessions.

Church Conference Surveys 
If you have attended your church conference, please click here for a short appraisal to provide feedback. 
 
Are You Ready for the Winter? 
The taste of winter weather this week reminds us that the colder temperatures are right around the corner. One way GNJ churches can be prepared is with Church Mutual’s CM Sensor 24/7 temperature and water alert system that provides free 24/7 protection. To read more about it in the Relay, click here.
UMC News



It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood for Discipleship Ministries

Find out what Tom Hanks and Discipleship Ministries have in common here.
Equal Rights Amendment is Official
UMNews reported, "After a revote, United Methodists around the globe have amended the denomination’s constitution to proclaim “men and women are of equal value in the eyes of God.” The newly adopted measure also commits United Methodists to work toward ending discrimination against women and girls." Read more here.

New Resource for Discussion Giving 
A new Generosity Pastor and Leaders' Kit is now available to help church leaders talk to their congregations about generosity and giving, highlighting the impact their giving makes in the lives of individuals around the world. Check it out here.
 
Congratulations to the 2019 World Methodist Peace Award recipient  
Rev. Dr. James T. Laney will be recognized Nov. 21 for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of the people of Korea. For details, click here.

An Offertory Prayer Each Month 
Discipleship Ministries offers a prayer and an image each month to empower ministry within your congregation and help those in your community and beyond. For details, click here.

Marketing Services for Churches 
Simply fill out an application here, and UMCOM specialists will work with you to assess your needs and offer services including website development, social media, SEO, branding, advertising and more.

Connecting with Native Americans in November 
November is Native American Heritage Month. Click here to see how some United Methodists are building relationships with Native communities.
The Relay and Digest staff wants to hear from YOU!
The Relay is Available On Line
In addition to making The Relay available to you in your mailboxes every month, we also give you access to the entire publication online. All you have to do is click here to access it online. For questions, email Heather Mistretta. As always, we'd also love to hear from you if you have a good story idea. The deadline to send news for the following month's Relay is the 15th of each month. The deadline to send news to the Digest is noon every Tuesday.

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For as little as $45, you can place an ad in The Relay. For details and to submit an ad online, visit here.
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