Auburn Wesley Foundation -
Children's Caravan 2016
The Auburn Wesley Foundation is bringing back Children's Caravan this summer! Children's Caravan is a 3-day Bible school experience designed for churches with up to 30 or 40 children in kindergarten through 5th grades. Their team is excited about sharing the love of Christ with children in and around Alabama.
Here are some of the details:
- The team will lead either morning or evening VBS for 3 days.
- The cost is $175/day, for a total of $525.
- You provide housing for the team members. (Sleeping quarters cannot be with children.)
- We will send you a list of supplies to purchase ahead of time for crafts.
- You will have adult volunteers to work with your children, but we'll have all the prep work done!
Call or email Patricia Stevenson at email@example.com, 334-887-3101, to reserve your dates!
Click here to learn more.
Ecuador Disaster Response
On April 16, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck the coast of of Ecuador. Widespread damage occurred, over 650 people died, and many more were injured.
Our own Global Ministries missionary Rev. Dan Godwin is serving in Ecuador. He and his family are safe. Visit Dan's facebook page at this link to learn more about the situation there, and how you can help:
Or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We always recommend giving through UMCOR when a disaster strikes. You can rest assured that 100% of your giving to UMCOR goes directly to disaster response. Click here to donate. Click here to read an article from the bishop in Ecuador.
Ecuador Mission Trip
If your church isn't large enough to put together its own mission team, but you want to experience an international mission trip, then this opportunity is for you!
Rev. Rob West of Clanton First UMC is pulling together a mission team open for all. The team will travel to Santo Domingo, Ecuador, October 29-November 5, 2016. The cost will be approximately $2,000. The team will work with the Methodist Church in the area, and with Dan and Lisa Godwin.
For more information, contact Rev. West at 205-294-9325 or 205-755-0490, or email@example.com.
Bring UMCOR Relief Kits to Annual Conference
At annual conference in June 2016, we will again collect UMCOR relief kits. UMCOR is especially requesting health kits and school kits. Relief supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. UMCOR kits are distributed globally, and help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies.
Bring/send your kits to annual conference to the truck in the parking lot at Frazer, and Coleman American will ship the kits and supplies on to the Sager Brown depot in Baldwin, Louisiana.
Visit www.awfumc.org/reliefkits for more details. Click here to see the flier with kit instructions.
The webinar series is a training opportunity using enhanced technology through the Office of Connectional Ministries. You can enter this virtual, informative, educational, interactive experience from your home or office. All you need is a computer and the internet. Participate live, or watch them later at your own convenience at www.awfumc.org/webinars.
April 28, 2016, 10AM
Panelist: Rev. Don Woolley
Through this webinar you will learn more about this challenging urban mission experience for young adults, and how your church can be involved.
Click here to participate.
May 5, 2016, 10AM
Panelist: Rev. Dan Pezet
This webinar will provide an introduction to using the Mission Insite software program, which generates reports on demographics in your community. Learn how to log in, use the program, and understand the reports.
Click here to participate.
May 12, 2016, 2PM
Panelist: Rev. Dr. Jason Thrower
An introduction to the conference Advance program. Learn what it is, which ministries are included, how to give through the Advance, and more.
Click here to participate.
Visit www.awfumc.org/webinars to watch all previous webinars and to see webinars planned for the future. Contact Susan Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-356-8014 to suggest topics for future webinars and for additional information.
Mission Team Leader training
May 21, 2016 - Camden UMC
The next UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers In Mission) Team Leader training session is scheduled for May 21, 2016, at Camden UMC.
Click here for more information and registration details.
A recent webinar explained the value of UMVIM Team Leader training and participating in mission through UMVIM. Click here to view that webinar.
Zika Virus - what about mission trips?
There have been numerous stories in the news recently regarding the Zika virus and how it is affecting people - especially unborn children - in countries in Latin America. What does this mean for any mission trips you have planned to those countries?
The United Methodist Volunteers In Mission office has provided some information and recommendations concerning this issue at their website, including recommending carrying a Zika Virus Prevention Kit. Click here to read more.
The UMVIM recommendation is to continue with your travel plans. However, before you travel, understand the risks, plan ahead with UMVIM insurance, and follow all instructions regarding prevention. Click here for the CDC's prevention recommendations. For women trying to conceive, it is recommended they not go to these affected areas (including men, who can transmit the disease to their partner). Please also consult your physician before traveling to these areas.
Most people who are affected by the Zika virus won't even know they have it. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.
For more information, please contact Paulette West at email@example.com or 205-453-9480.
Young People in Mission
June 26-30, 2016, Lake Junaluska, NC
Young People in Mission is a camp experience with hands-on mission opportunities for youth and young adults between the ages of 12 to 24 at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
Click here for more details.
The Society of St. Andrew has announced that the job position of Regional Office Director (Birmingham) is now available. Click here for a job description.
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