WI Conference ENews: ICD 2022, Hispanic/Latino Pentecost Emergence Strategy, VIM Trip to Lake Lucerne, Faith Alive! 2.0, Laity Sunday, First UMC from Hartford, WI Volunteers with Midwest Mission

Conference News

Institute of Congregational Development: Creating a Culture of Permanent Growth

The Institute of Congregational Development is a comprehensive, ten months leadership development opportunity for those leaders ready to take their ministry to the next level. This intensive training includes 10 on-site sessions, monthly reading assignments, monthly L3 Incubator (covenant) group meetings, two field trips, and the opportunity to learn, share, and celebrate alongside a dynamic group of clergy and laity from around the state. There will be specific training for people starting new ministry and for people working to revitalize established congregations.
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WI Conference Celebrates Hispanic/Latino Pentecost Emergence Strategy

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Bishop Jung joined over 200 lay members, clergy, lay missioners, and Institute of Congregational Development graduates and their families from across the state of Wisconsin in celebration of the Hispanic/Latino Pentecost Emergence strategy that focuses on leadership development for planting new ministries and the revitalization of existing congregations. The office of congregational development led by Rev. Jorge Mayorga and Global Ministries missionaries serving to implement the Hispanic strategy and Rev. Luis Velasquez were both grateful that this service could celebrate the effective work of planters, young leaders, and Latino clergy amid a global pandemic. The Conference Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries also celebrated a lay member from the congregations and ministries who had engaged faithfully in the life of the church in the past one year.


VIM Trip at Lake Lucerne UMC Camp

The VIM trip to Lake Lucerne took place the last week of September. In total, there were 34 workers who volunteered 770 hours of work. Volunteers were able to accomplish several things including: installed 80% of a new roof on the Chapel, cleaned the Director's House and stained the deck, stained the Ridgewood Retreat Center deck, cleaned up brush, built two wood bins and a buddy board, completed maintenance projects, stored waterfront equipment, maintained flower beds, and cleared for the forestry project. 

If you would like to participate in the VIM Trip to Lake Lucerne Camp 2022, mark your calendar for the week of September 25-30, 2022. 

Coming Soon: Faith Alive! 2.0 

Faith Alive 2.0 will be offered in January and April of 2022. The goals remain the same: To help all participants to explore their faith – To offer an opportunity for learning and growth – To bring knowledgeable faculty members who can share their wisdom with those wishing to deepen their faith. This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY for YOU to grow your faith!

These sessions will be open, via ZOOM, to all laity and clergy in Wisconsin Conference. NOTE: Past participants in Faith Alive! are welcome to join us in Faith Alive 2.0.  All participants may sign up for one or both sessions. We do ask that anyone signing up plan to participate for the full session(s).
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Upcoming Vaccine Clinic at Wesley UMC: Sheboygan on Saturday, October 16th from 10:00am- 3:00pm

Wesley UMC, located at 823 Union Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081, is holding a Covid-19 vaccination clinic on October 16th from 10am- 3pm. The Covid vaccinations are free and no insurance information will be collected. 
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Denominational News


Laity Sunday- October 17, 2021

Laity Sunday celebrates the ministry of all Christians to love God and all people. On Laity Sunday, we lift up the vocation of all (lay and clergy) to follow Jesus Christ and lead others to him. As we welcome and offer the good news of Jesus’ love for all, we know that the most engaging opportunities to grow deep and wide in our faith come from relationships with those beyond the comfort and security of our church walls. The stories and situations of those struggling with fear, loss, trauma, and injustice – as well as freedom, joy, and delight – become altar calls for the wholeness and holiness work of justice, mercy, and reconciliation. This is the ministry of the “all called,” the laity. This is relational discipleship and participation in the mission of God. Therefore, we will go (with hope) through engagement!
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Mission News


Volunteers Served Others by Creating Rice Meal Packs in September

Midwest Mission is grateful for all the churches and volunteers who stepped up to make Rice Meal Packs in September.

Did you know one assembly line accommodates 8 to 10 people, creating approximately 175 bags (1,050 meals) in an hour? For each $1 bag, six people can eat a nutritiously balanced meal. First UMC from Hartford, WI Assembled 2000 rice meal packs on September 18.

Midwest Mission Immediate October Needs Include:
Notebooks: 1 subject spiral 8” x 10 1/2”
Scissors: student scissors
Rulers: 12” long with metric

Please visit the website to see a full list of Midwest Mission supply needs.

The UMC Walks With Crop Hunger Walk

If you don’t have a local CROP Hunger Walk in your community, join us for the 2021 National CROP Hunger Walk on World Food Day, October 16th.  We will walk to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world! Walk on your treadmill, in your neighborhood, in a park with friends – you choose the location and the experience. Walk one day - 3.7 miles (the average distance a woman walks for water) or take the Weekend Challenge and walk 11.1 miles (3.7 miles for 3 days). Every step you take, every dollar you raise makes the walk shorter for neighbors in need by providing clean water, emergency food as well as livelihoods and access to education. Sign-up and start raising funds TODAY at www.crophungerwalk.org/usa/ Contact info@cwsglobal.org for more information. 

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Overview of US Copyright Laws

Has your ministry received a copyright claim on your worship streams? While you may have no malicious intent, copyright laws aren’t governed by intent. To help you avoid these issues, the legal team at GCFA has developed a comprehensive five-part article series to help your ministry understand copyright laws and licensing. 
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Safeguard Your Church: Strategies for Cyber, Procedural, and Personal Safety

The Minnesota Chapter of PAUMCS (Professional Administrators of United Methodist Connectional Structure) invites any and all people involved in church administrative ministry (paid or volunteer) to take part on Monday, October 25, 2021, from 9:00am-4:00pm. This virtual workshop is presented in conjunction with the PAUMCS Annual Meeting. Do you wonder why the pastor is emailing you for help?
Do you want to have open doors but worry about who might walk in?
Do you want to do things the ‘right way” but barely have enough people to do things at all?
Are you sharing your building space with other congregations or non-profit groups and worry about security?
This virtual workshop is for you!  Read More / Register Here  

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