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February 17, 2016 · Issue 4

In this issue of connectNmission, explore 10 new ways of making this Lenten season more meaningful; watch a video about Global Ministries’ new health initiative “Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children;” and learn about upcoming events.
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Lent is a season of self-reflection and examining your relationship with God. In this resource, “Beyond Fasting: 10 Tips For A More Meaningful Lent,” learn different ways of observing Lent that can add more personal meaning beyond simply fasting or giving up something you enjoy.

You can serve someone in need, apologize to someone, and visit those in prison or shut-in due to illness. Take your Lenten observance to another level by acknowledging what the Scriptures qualify as true worship and fasting in Isaiah 58.

Also, browse through more Lenten resources, including devotions, sermon starters, and books from Cokesbury, Upper Room, Rethink Church, and Imagine No Malaria.


MEDIA: ABUNDANT HEALTH: OUR PROMISE TO CHILDREN
Worldwide, 6 million children under five years of age die annually from preventable illnesses such as malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, or birth complications. Global Health, a unit of Global Ministries, is promoting children’s health and wholeness through “Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children,” a new signature health initiative that aims to provide life-saving health intervention to a million children by 2020.

Watch this video to learn more about the program.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Human Relations Day
March 6, 2016
One Great Hour of Sharing


This Special Sunday offering supports the administrative costs of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the denomination’s humanitarian arm. United Methodist Communications is providing new resources for pastors and lay leaders to use in promoting One Great Hour of Sharing. View resources here.

Discount registration deadline—March 15, 2016
Sowing Seeds - Caretakers of God's Creation Conference
April 8–9, 2016


First United Methodist Church, Decatur, Georgia

This year’s event will focus is on food and food systems. Keynote speakers include Norman Wirzba of Duke University, Jennifer Ayres of Emory University's Candler School of Theology, and Alice Rolls of Georgia Organics. Scholarships are available.

Discount registration deadline—March 16, 2016
Congregational Care Ministry Seminar
April 7–9, 2016

This event is designed for pastors and church staff looking to become congregational care ministers. The gathering will be at Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, Kansas. Topics include prayer, theology of care, boundaries, listening, visitation, death and grief, and organization. The discount cost of $160 is available until March 16.

Photos in order of appearance: Joe Center, Global Ministries, and United Methodist Communications.