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Imagine No Malaria
Imagining Wisconsin Anew
Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation
|Basic Lay Servant (North Central) - Sunday, Aug 30, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
|Celebration FAANCJ - Friday, Sep 4|
|Emmaus/Chrysalis Leadership Development - Friday, Sep 11, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
|Emmaus/Chrysalis Leadership Development - Saturday, Sep 12, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Basic Lay Servant Class (Spooner UMC) - Saturday, Sep 12, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Advanced Lay Servant Class (Spooner UMC) - Saturday, Sep 12, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Caucus Meeting/Reunion del Caucus - Saturday, Sep 12, 9:30 AM -|
|Tornado Recovery (Brookport, IL) - Sunday, Sep 13|
|Basic Lay Servant Class (Spooner UMC) - Sunday, Sep 13, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
|Advanced Lay Servant Class (Spooner UMC) - Sunday, Sep 13, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
|Basic Lay Servant Class (South West District) - Sunday, Sep 13, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Cabinet Meeting - Monday, Sep 14|
Farmers and gardeners know that this is a critically important time of year. Through much faithful work and hard labor, fruits and vegetables come to maturity, preparing for a bountiful harvest. These things cannot happen by accident. It is only through careful tending and commitment that the fruit will come. The time of cultivation and nurture requires at the very least four crucial aspects: weeding, culling, hoeing, and feeding.
One of God’s jokes is that weeds seem to thrive much better than good produce. Keeping weeds from choking out good fruit is a constant battle, but it is essential or the harvest will be ruined. Getting rid of that which robs the fruit of valuable nutrients and resources is vital.
Too much fruit growing too close will mean that the resulting produce will be small and less tasty. There must be adequate room to grow for the abundant harvest to come. Trying to grow too much is often as damaging as growing too little.
Keeping the soil aerated and soft is important so that water and nutrients can seep deep to the roots to continuously feed the fruit. This is sometimes tedious and not much fun, but it pays off in the end. Sometimes it feels like an endless task.
By Dan Dick
The four focus areas of The United Methodist Church narrow our vision for ministry in the world to offer the greatest impact and effectiveness. Wise stewardship of our resources of time, money, people, materials and equipment is imperative for a high quality, lasting witness. The four areas are engaging in ministry with the poor, improving global health, developing principled Christian leaders, and creating new and renewed congregations. Here is a snapshot scorecard for some of the ways the Wisconsin Conference is engaging in our four focus areas:
Ministry With the Poor – The Wisconsin Conference is committed to working with and for the poor in a wide variety of ways. Soul Food – our feeding ministry – supports community gardening, food pantries, feeding centers, nutritional cooking courses, and other food-based ministries. Advocacy and community organizing work is supported in our metro-regions, especially in the Milwaukee area. Health and Welfare Ministries such as United Methodist Children’s Services, Harbor House Crisis Shelters, and Northcott Neighborhood House specialize in family, youth, and women’s ministries with the poor.
Improving Global Health – In a little over a year, the Wisconsin Conference raised almost three-quarters of a million dollars for Imagine No Malaria. Our International Volunteer in Mission projects strive to heal lives as well as rebuild devastated buildings. Health and wellness Ministries, parish nurse associations, and congregational education programs raise awareness and teach about global health.
Developing Principled Christian Leaders – A renewed commitment to congregational excellence and clergy effectiveness led us to offer multiple training/learning opportunities focusing on new faith for new people in new places, the turnaround-church movement, congregations as discipleship systems, community engagement and partnerships, the Institute for Congregational Development, the Learning Leader Academy, and workshops on evangelism, worship, missional outreach, spiritual formation, covenant building, stewardship, and laity leader development.
Creating New and Renewed Congregations – Our Institute for Congregational Development equips and prepares leadership for launching new and innovative ministries, while our Discipleship Leadership Council uses the Learning Leader Academy to train and equip clergy & laity leadership teams for congregational renewal and vitality. Our aim is to establish every congregation as a center for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
By focusing on these four areas, we are “Imagining Wisconsin Anew.” We extend the reach of the four focus areas through a Conference-wide commitment to peace, mercy and justice ministries, and a highly-developed intercultural competency that enables us to be in ministry where we’ve seldom reached before.