From Lisa Conley <[email protected]>
Subject Southeast District News 9-15-21
Date September 15, 2021 3:29 PM
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[link removed] Southeast District &rarr; What&#39;s included in this week&#39;s District News:
#toc1 New Salem UMC Kettle Beef Supper
#toc2 Join Festival of Sharing Food Box Challenge!
#toc3 10 Things Your Church Should Know About Cryptocurrency
#toc4 Interested in hosting an Ignite Mobile Camp?
#toc5 Breaking Bonds Ministry 5K Run/Walk
#toc9 Three Components of Visitor Follow-Up
#toc13 Director of Connections and Discipleship Job Opening
#toc14 Foundation Ministry Grant Applications Due October 1
#toc15 Fish-Free for the Taking
#toc16 Costner-Fulton Grant Application Now Open
#toc17 Next Gen Ministries Survey
#toc18 2021 Southeast District Sharefest Updates
#toc19 Thinking Theologically
#toc20 Come Home for Christmas

New Salem UMC Kettle Beef Supper
October 16 3:30-6:30 pm Hwy. AA, Daisy, MO
Kettle Beef, Chicken Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Slaw, Homemade Bread, Apple Butter, Dessert
Adults-13 &amp; up- $12 6-12 years-$6 5 &amp; under-Free
Drive-Thru Carryout ONLY

Join Festival of Sharing Food Box Challenge!
Using items mainly from our Missouri Family Food Box, create a dish that is sure to wow the crowd! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or snack, we&#39;re hoping you or your team will pull out all your best cooking hacks.
On the next pages you will find a few directions for the challenge and an opportunity for a debrief following the fun. When you are finished cooking, snap a picture, write down the recipe, and send it to us on Facebook or Instagram (@FestivalofSharing ) or by email ([email protected]) between September 1-30 to enter the challenge.
Two dishes will be selected as winners in the categories of &quot;Just Roll With It,&quot; featuring a quick dish using few ingredients, and &quot;Hello Gourdgeous,&quot; featuring a dish that looks too good to eat.
Winners will receive a sweet treat for themselves or their team, and Festival of Sharing will donate five Missouri kits to an agency of their choosing in their area.
Find all of the guidelines for creating your delectable dish here:
[link removed] Find all of the guidelines for creating your delectable dish HERE &rarr;

10 Things Your Church Should Know About Cryptocurrency
What is a Bitcoin? And what should you do if your church receives Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency as a gift?
See what you can do to ensure your church leaders are on the same page.
[link removed] Discipleship Ministries | 10 Things Your Church May Need to Know&hellip; (

Interested in hosting an Ignite Mobile Camp?
Interested in hosting an Ignite Mobile Camp? Through partnerships with Eagle Lake and Heartland Camps as well as a unique program by NextGen Ministries, we bring the excitement of camp to your church parking lot. By fusing the fun of water slides, gaga-ball and other awesome outdoor activities with intentional spirit-filled worship, Bible study and one-on-one discipleship, our Ignite Mobile Camps provide a unique experience and bring Christ to children that otherwise may never have had the opportunity. If your church is considering Ignite in 2022, take the time today to complete the easy application: [link removed] [link removed]

Breaking Bonds Ministry 5K Run/Walk
Everyone ages 6 and up is invited to participate in our 5K run/walk event to support Breaking Bonds Ministries. Registration is $30 per participant and includes an event t-shirt. Registration is still available. The cost is $35 and t-shirts will be available after the event.
Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age division.
Participants can pick up their pre-registration packets on Friday, October 1st from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM from Cox Memorial Hall or from 7:00 AM to 7:45AM on race day
Businesses are welcome to sponsor the event at various levels and can [link removed] CLICK HERE for more details.

[link removed] Register Here &rarr;

Three Components of Visitor Follow-Up
Yvonne Gentile and Debi Nixon of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection say a church&rsquo;s first goal with first-time worship visitors is to get them to come back. So, it is important to follow up with them in ways that are prompt, personal, and pleasant. Read their method in Leading Ideas.
[link removed] Read article here &rarr;

Laity Learning Tool Part-Time Ministerial Leaders, or PML, is an educational multi-tool that is designed to be both a program (like a degree) and individual courses (freestanding course opportunities). Its dual purpose fulfills four educational needs in our Conference. If you&rsquo;re a lay person or part-time local pastor, PML has options for you. Learn more at [link removed]

Many of you have graciously asked how you can help our Louisiana neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Scott Burdin, Missouri Disaster Response Coordinator, has been in close contact with Louisiana Conference leaders and will continue to keep the Conference updated on needs. Because of Missouri&rsquo;s previous involvement in disaster clean-ups in Louisiana, Missouri has been personally invited to send a specialized response team. That team and equipment will be on the ground next week.

Please do not self-deploy unless asked. There are areas they have not yet been able to assess due to gas shortages but will do so as soon as possible. If you or your local church Disaster Response teams are interested in going to Louisiana, please contact Scott Burdin at mailto:[email protected] [email protected] The long-term recovery response is expected to last weeks and months. Long-term recovery efforts are updated at: [link removed] [link removed].

The best way for you and your church to immediately serve is by giving financially. Support the UMCOR disaster response by donating at [link removed] [link removed] or giving directly to Louisiana at [link removed] [link removed].

Please take a few minutes to watch this video from Bishop Harvey. Thank you for being on call to serve as the hands of feet of Christ and demonstrating the very best of our UMC connection.
[link removed] [link removed].

Director of Connections and Discipleship Job Opening
The Director of Connections and Discipleship at Centenary UMC (Cape Girardeau) will be passionate about helping people who attend Centenary Church to have a deep sense of belonging and grow in their relationship with Christ. This person will develop the systems, processes, and teams that connect our first-time guests to Jesus Christ and the life of the church, and existing members into deeper discipleship and expressions of community. This will include the development and oversite of small groups, generative discipleship ministries, engagement pathway, online participant connection, as well as providing pastoral leadership in various settings. For job description see attachment at bottom of this newsletter.

Foundation Ministry Grant Applications Due October 1
The Missouri United Methodist Foundation encourages churches to share their vision for both new and existing ministries when applying for a Ministry Grant. Fall applications are due October 1st. Grant applications are available at [link removed] [link removed] . If you have questions about the grant process, contact Laura Murphy at mailto:[email protected] [email protected]

Fish-Free for the Taking
This fish is available and free for the taking! This would be a great addition for publicity for any VBS or Sunday School curriculum involving a fish or water theme. The fish is about 4 feet long by 2 feet wide and 4 feet tall. Note the cross anchor. If you are interested, please contact
Doris Dace 573-833-6916 or 573-986-8792.

Costner-Fulton Grant Application Now Open
What would you do with a Costner-Fulton grant? The Conference Mission, Service and Justice Team is offering grants for new, innovative, or one-time mission programs or events. Past recipients have included a community garden project, laundry ministry, reading event with book giveaway and more. Learn more and apply by October 1.
[link removed] Learn More and Apply Here &rarr;

Next Gen Ministries Survey
Attention youth leaders and pastors: NextGen needs your help. Fill out survey below to let them know what you are interested in for the fall and winter. They know that things are constantly changing and evolving, so they want to keep asking what you want and need in each new season. They greatly appreciate your feedback!
[link removed] Fill Out Survey Here &rarr;

2021 Southeast District Sharefest Updates
The 2021 SHAREFEST will be held as a two day event again this year at First UMC (Dexter). If you are dropping off kits/packs etc. bring them FRIDAY, October 1, from 9 am -2 pm at Wesley Hall. We will need volunteers both days from 9-2pm on Friday and 9am-noon on Saturday, October 2 to help sack rice into one and two pound sacks and unload/load vehicles. If you cannot arrange to drop of during the hours on Friday, please contact Mary Ann Taylor 573-820-3018 to make other arrangements. Remember to include your Record of Giving form and to have all your boxes and bags labeled as to the item and # in each one.

Thinking Theologically
Thinking Theologically provides intellectual renewal through small group, discussion-based courses focused on a single concept, theory or reading. These courses are intended for clergy. Together we&rsquo;ll connect these theological thoughts to aspects of congregational ministry, including preaching, community formation, age-level ministry, pastoral care and community involvement. See the fall offerings and sign up at [link removed]

Come Home for Christmas
Advent Worship Resources from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries
Advent is an invitation. For many, it is the invitation to get into that Christmas spirit, to count down the days to the grand celebration, and let the holiday transform everything around us. We&rsquo;re not all about the holiday, December 25 with all the jingle bells and tinsel. The invitation this Advent season to your church and the world is &ldquo;Come Home for Christmas.&rdquo; United Methodist Discipleship Ministries has prepared free worship resources that include preaching notes, liturgical resources, hymn suggestions, small group guidance and much more. Access the resources at [link removed] [link removed].

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