We are just a few weeks away from our inaugural Capital District Impact Mission Celebration, Sunday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 5 pm, April 19 at The Johnston Community College Auditorium Complex. This gathering will be an opportunity for us to come together for worship, hands-on mission, breakout learning sessions, displays of mission organizations and programs which are close to home and far away, great food with ethnic flare, and a youth rally with a focus on human trafficking.
Our gathering is open to anyone, particularly those in your congregation who lead mission and outreach. Our desire is for every clergyperson under appointment to be present, bringing with them all local church leaders. Our goal is to bring all of the 100 Capital District congregations together to celebrate, to encourage, to learn from one another, and to raise awareness about God’s challenges for us to be in unified mission.
Please see the inserted link for our Capital Impact prayer guide, and utilize this in your worship, intercessory prayer teams, and small groups as we move through this last month of preparation.
We are asking that each church register on-line, helping us to plan for the materials, food, classroom space, etc. needed to ensure everyone has an exciting experience. To underwrite this gathering we are asking that $10 be donated for each individual coming. This may be done through one gift from the church, or individually. You can do this online when you register and a collection basket will be also be available to receive this the day of the event.
We have prepared a wealth of promotional materials to assist your promotion in the congregation. This includes a flyer to share on our church website and on your bulletin boards and also a link to a reproducible bulletin insert which you will want to include in your bulletins and newsletters leading up to April 19.
During our worship celebration we will hear about Imagine No Malaria, and receive a love offering, all of which will go toward the 1 million dollar goal of our annual conference. TOGETHER we can eliminate the threat of Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Please come prepared to share from your abundance.
One of our “hands-on” mission opportunities will be to assemble Food Buckets to send to Sierra Leone where the Ebola Virus has caused a terrible societal breakdown and food insecurity is already a way of life. The NC Conference is sending a container with sealed 5 gallon plastic buckets full of food along with other supplies to try to help our sisters and brothers in that country. Please click here to learn more and to download a list of food to bring to include in the food buckets. Ideally, please bring a complete set of the food listed. However we will take any contributions you can offer towards filling buckets. (The actual buckets will be provided.)
Please note that our youth will have a rally in the auditorium immediately following our inter-generational worship. They have special music planned and will hear from Rev. Greg Jenks who will be sharing about ministries of prevention and rescue in the arena of sexual exploitation and trafficking in Thailand. We encourage all youth groups in our district to participate in this rally instead of having UMYF in local churches.
Our District Mission Strategy Team has created a Mapping-survey which each congregation is being asked to complete as soon as possible. On the day of our event we will unveil our first-ever “God’s Fingerprints In Mission” for our district; a resource which we will continue building upon and utilizing in the years to come. In short, once completed, each congregation will be able to catch a visual glimpse of how God is in mission in our communities through our churches and other partner organizations. Strategic partnerships for mission will soon be more readily possible as we begin to see what God is doing in our midst. (For example, how many of our congregations are currently in mission with God in Haiti? Or, how many of our congregations currently have community gardens? How many of our churches have regular volunteers in our local schools? ) The list will literally go on and on……..
We would love to see each church commission at least 5-10 persons as emissaries or ambassadors to this event. Our hope is that each person participating will bring back to their congregations and communities a new perspective on what it means to be in mission with God, and with our neighbors. We expect that new missional partnerships will form as a result of our gathering. In this new day we will learn what it means to be United Methodist. I look forward to celebrating with you on April 19. For a schedule of the day, a downloadable flyer, bulletin inserts, an online registration form and more, visit capitaldistrictnc.org/impact.
Yours In Christ,