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March 30, 2016 · Issue 7

In this issue of connectNmission, learn about a General Board of Global Ministries-sponsored hands-on mission training event in North Carolina; download translated e-book versions of A Mission Journey, A Handbook for Volunteers, and learn about upcoming events.
Friends at the table.
Whether at altar table, dinner table, meeting room, or picnic table, Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, North Carolina, recognizes the table as its central metaphor.

A mission congregation of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference and Blue Ridge District, this diverse congregation of stay-at-home moms, privileged professionals, backpackers, students, the working poor, and the homeless, is thriving in part because of its emphasis on authentic relationship and mutual service. The ministry is attracting new people to the church, especially those representing minority groups in The United Methodist Church in terms of race, ethnicity, age, and class.

On May 1–3, Haywood Street will host “A Welcoming Table: An Experiential Training Workshop.” This hands-on, experiential training event, sponsored by Global Ministries and Ministry with the Poor, offers participants an opportunity to understand the organizational structure that provides order yet allows room for the Spirit to move.

There will be opportunities for participants to engage in the church’s core mission programs such as the Downtown Welcome Table, Haywood Street Respite, God’s Outfitters Clothing Closet, and Love & Fishes Bountiful Garden, as well as an opportunity to traverse “Asheville’s Invisible Box” —a path frequented by street dwellers who often go unnoticed by busy professionals and tourists moving through downtown Asheville.

Global Ministries will be providing partial scholarships on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about this event and register now.

RESOURCE: A MISSION JOURNEY, TRANSLATED E-BOOKS
A Mission Journey, a Handbook for Volunteers, which was launched in 2014 to encourage volunteers to reflect on the reasons why they engage in mission, is now available in e-book form in Spanish, Korean, and French through The Upper Room bookstore as well as Amazon.

A Mission Journey is a tool for volunteers to use as they prepare for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission in the United States and around the world that will also help influence Volunteers in Mission to review their approach to volunteering, while enhancing their personal and spiritual journeys.

The resource looks at the volunteer experience from the perspectives of both volunteers and hosts, and discusses the need for training for those who will be encountering cultures that are different from their own.

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, president of the board of directors for Global Ministries, states on the back cover, “Whether a new or seasoned volunteer, individuals can use this guide for personal spiritual preparation and in community with others as they prepare, engage, reflect, and tell the story of their mission experiences.”

Order your e-book now, and watch this video in which Una Jones, Global Ministries Mission Volunteers executive, tells more about this important resource.

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 7–9, 2016
Congregational Care Ministry Seminar
Church of the Resurrection, Kansas

This event is designed for pastors and church staff looking to become congregational care ministers. Topics include prayer, theology of care, boundaries, listening, visitation, death and grief, and organization.

April 8–9, 2016
Sowing Seeds - Caretakers of God's Creation Conference
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.

April 10, 2016
Native American Ministries Sunday

Offering for this Special Sunday funds urban ministries with Native Americans, scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist seminaries, and conferences with Native American ministries.

Photos in order of appearance: Quynh-Hoa Nguyen and The Upper Room