Day 5- Going With Courage
JOY - SADNESS - LAUGHTER - TEARS - PRAYING - DELIBERATIONEmotions seem to be high at times. I have seen Holy Conferencing and respect for others. I have also witnessed the "me attitude." The frustration in dealing with Robert's Rules of Order has occurred. We say we trust God. Can we not trust each other, too? We persevere and move on. [caption id="attachment_5870" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The Tamba Marimba Ensemble with Paul Jeffrey taking pictures- Sandy Hieronymus photo[/caption] Gathering music today was fun and inspiring from the Tamba Marimba Ensemble from the Tigard UMC in Tigard, Oregon. Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, Northeastern Jurisdiction, brought the message "Listening to God's Dream." Devadhar means "follower of God" in Suda. He told us that the Bible is not to be used selfishly. We may have to do things differently. Will the 2016 General Conference go down in history as one where we offered Christ to the World? He told us about women in ministry and Paul's attitude. Quoting Bishop Leontine T. Kelly as saying "Paul did not call me. God did." He ended by telling us to listen to You, God, and only You. And so we began this fifth day of General Conference inspired and ready for the task of the day. We needed this inspiration as it was a very l-o-n-g day. One of the greatest joys this week is being with lovely United Methodists from around the world. My committee and sub-committee are very diverse. Each day, I look forward to chatting with folks from other delegations, especially the Central Conference delegates. I love our connectional church! I have had many wanting to hear me talk. Do I really have an accent? [caption id="attachment_5872" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Sandy with Eduard Carlos, Philippines, and Tshimbu Muyombi, South Congo[/caption] Sandy Hieronymus is a lay delegate from Mint Hill, North Carolina
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.