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Basic Class

This course is foundational for all courses in lay servant ministries.  Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship. 

REQUIRED TEXTLay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson (ISBN 978-0-88177-626-3).  Individuals are expected to read and complete this text prior to the first class.  Available from Cokesbury, Amazon (book or kindle), and the Upper Room Bookstore (book or ePub).

DATES: Friday, May 13, 2022 and Saturday, May 14, 2022

TIME: Friday - 6-9pm (registration begins at 5:30pm), Saturday - 8am - 3pm (both days are required)

LOCATION: Neoga Grace UMC, 752 Walnut Ave, Neoga 62447

COST:  $30.00 (bring your own lunch on Saturday; drinks and snacks provided)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, May 6, 2022

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required.

CONTACT:  Lori Sparks, ERD Lay Servant Ministries Director, la_sparks2008@yahoo.com

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ADVANCED COURSE:  God’s Mission, Our Journey

This course will provide participants with a better understanding of a holistic approach to participation in God's mission to the world and equip lay servants for more effective missional engagement in their own communities and beyond.  This course encourages short-term mission volunteers to reflect on the reasons why they engage in mission and how they plan and prepare to be more intentional. It helps volunteers shape the stories of their mission experiences in a way that enhances their personal and spiritual journeys.  This class DOES NOT Count towards the Lay Speaker Tract.

Required Text:  A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers by Jodi Cataldo. Participants are expected to read and complete the text prior to class.  The instructor will notify the participants of any additional assignments.  Available through Amazon (paperback & kindle).

DATES: Friday, May 13, 2022 and Saturday, May 14, 2022

TIME: Friday - 6-9pm (registration begins at 5:30pm), Saturday - 8am - 1pm (both days are required)

LOCATION: Neoga Grace UMC, 752 Walnut Ave, Neoga 62447

COST:  $30.00 (bring your own lunch on Saturday; drinks and snacks provided)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, May 6, 2022

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required.

CONTACT:  Lori Sparks, ERD Lay Servant Ministries Director, la_sparks2008@yahoo.com

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2021 Special Sundays - 

Human Relations Day (Sunday before the national observance of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday) strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.

One Great Hour Of Sharing (fourth Sunday in Lent) enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.

Native American Ministries Sunday (third Sunday of Easter) nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians. 

Peace With Justice Sunday (first Sunday after Pentecost) enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. 

World Communion Sunday (first Sunday of October) provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic-minority students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

United Methodist Student Day (last Sunday of November) furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities.

Don’t forget that you can celebrate these Special Sundays at anytime of the year.

Please remember these people in your prayers:

  • Sheila Ducommon, spouse of Rev David Ducommon (Five Pt Parish), health issues
  • Rev Carroll Lewis (retired), health issues
  • Rev Fred White (Oak Ridge, Pearl Chapel) and his wife, Brenda, health issues