Sept. 23, 2015

In this issue…

Found in the church newsletter …
Camp Aldersgate to celebrate its 70th anniversary
Commission on Archives and History Fall Meeting/workshops set
Conference Resource Library closing; free resources available
Confessions of a First-Year Seminarian
Five ways to increase giving at your church
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
World Communion Sunday
Do you have a gifted retreat leader in your congregation?
Christian Educators: Are You on the List?


Found in the church newsletter …

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Camp Aldersgate to celebrate its 70th anniversary

Camp Aldersgate in North Scituate, RI, will mark its 70th year in ministry in 2015, and is planning an entire weekend of events to celebrate. The anniversary weekend is Nov. 6-8 – come for a day or the entire weekend.
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Commission on Archives and History Fall Meeting/workshops set

Anyone interested in preserving local church records, writing a local church history or learning about the role of a local church historian is invited to join the New England Conference Commission on Archives and History and the New England United Methodist Historical Society for their fall meeting Oct. 17, 2015 in Wilbraham, MA. The day will include a series of workshops on topics such as how to keep records and write church histories. There will also be visits to nearby historic sites.
Learn more

Conference Resource Library closing; free resources available

The New England Conference resource library is closing. In the age of digital downloads and more direct access to resources, the library is simply not be used as it once was.
The good news is the resources we have on hand are available for free to churches and individuals who want them. If you would like to see what’s available or make a request, contact Rosemary McNulty at or (978) 682-7676 to find out what’s available. Churches and individuals that currently have resources on loan from the library may keep those resources or return them as they choose. Folks are asked to contact McNulty so that she can make note of the disposition of those resources.

Confessions of a First-Year Seminarian

Bailey Brawner, a member of Saint John UMC in Anchorage, Alaska, is working at Harvard Epworth UMC in Boston while attending the Boston University School of Theology. She shares some of her experiences as a new seminarian. Photo and stories courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Conference.
Read the story

Five ways to increase giving at your church

Not only do people want to give to your church; God also calls them to do so. That means any reasonable effort to help them give is the role of any faithful congregation.
Here are five ways to increase giving

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and culture. It continues until Oct. 15.
Read stories at

World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday is one of six Special Sundays in The United Methodist Church. Want to know what it’s all about? Well, Chuck Knows Church and he knows …
Watch the video
Learn more and get worship resources

World Communion Sunday worship liturgy

More than 700 United Methodists, including the NE Extended Cabinet and approximately 50 lay and clergy from NEAC, from across the Northeastern Jurisdiction are coming to Hershey, PA, for SeeKnowLove, a conference on Transformational Leadership. NEJ churches are invited to unite with SeeKnowLove participants in the SeeKnowLove World Communion Sunday worship service by using the same worship liturgy.

Chat with SeeKnowLove speakers on Twitter

Also SeeKnowLove keynote speakers will participate in two Twitter Chats prior to the event. Both chats begin at 8 p.m. EDT. Use #seeknowlovechat to participate:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015: The Chapel's Jay Hanson, Anne Borage & Drew Thompson

  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015: Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber 

Learn more and get the materials

Do you have a gifted retreat leader in your congregation?

If you know someone who has already attended the Retreat Leaders’ Training or has equivalent experience, please tell them about the Advanced Retreat Leaders Training to be held Nov. 19-21, 2015 at Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in N. Andover MA. It will be led by Susan MacKenzie, a retreat leader and spiritual director who has been introducing people to retreat ministry throughout the New England Conference for many years.  She will help the participants to go deeper as they consider this important ministry.  You can find more information including how to register in the brochure.   
If you have questions, please contact Cathy MacGovern at

Christian Educators: Are You on the List?

The beginning of the program year is a great time to make sure that your email address is on the Christian Education distribution list! If you work with children, youth and families, you will want to receive the materials that are available to you for free. Please email Dr. Elizabeth Windsor at to add yourself to the list or to update your email address!


Resource Day events in Maine/MBH canceled

Due to illness, Rev. Sharon Schwab has canceled all of her presentations on "Small Church: The Window View" in the Northern Maine and Mid-Maine districts. The Sept. 26 Metro Boston Hope District Resource Day Stewardship Workshop with Rebekah Simon-Peter has also been canceled.
Learn about upcoming Resource Day events

BU hosts screening of ‘Selma’ and Q&A with Gil Caldwell 

As part of its Alumni Weekend, Boston University School of Theology is hosting a screening of the film “Selma” followed by Q and A with the Rev. Gil Caldwell (‘58) and Dale Caldwell. The event is 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 at the school’s Community Center. Rev. Gil Caldwell is a retired elder and former district superintendent. He participated in the Selma March.
See the flyer
Learn more

Sept. 25 - 27 at Camp Wanakee, Meredith, NH
Sept. 26 - 27 at Brunswick UMC, Brunswick, ME 
Sept 26 at Trinity UMC, Springfield, MA
Learn about pastor’s trip to North Korea
Sept. 27 at Belmont-Watertown UMC
NH District Resource Day - Safiyah Fosua
Oct. 17 at Plymouth UMC, Plymouth, NH
Oct. 23 at Stetson Memorial UMC, Patten, ME 
MME Resource Day with Rebekah Simon-Peter
Oct. 24 at Oakland Sidney UMC, Oakland, ME


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Union UMC, Boston, MA
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