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See video from the October 5 President’s Address and live question-and-answer session at www.CofChrist.org/broadcast/2014archive.asp the week following the address. Focusing us on paragraphs seven through nine of the words of counsel given at the 2013 World Conference, President Steve Veazey focused on the joy of generosity as a spiritual practice in his address. During the live Q&A, Apostle Linda Booth shared questions sent by e-mail and social media to President Veazey and Presiding Bishop Steve Jones.
Mark your calendar for the rest of the series of addresses on the words of counsel: April 12 and October 4, 2015; and April 3, 2016. All addresses will be webcast live in English, French, and Spanish. Details about how to receive a webcast are at www.CofChrist.org/broadcast/webcast_help.asp.
Register for Peace Colloquy! Come explore the theme, Poverty: God Weeps, October 24–26 at the Temple. Start with the pre-event Prayer Retreat, and come to the opening Community of Christ International Peace Award ceremony at 7:30 p.m. (CDT) Friday, honoring Bread for the World.
During the weekend, experience a poverty simulation and presentations from partner organizations that focus on alleviating global poverty. Take part in a film and hymn festival that will bring hope and inspiration. Together we will learn about root causes of poverty, poverty traps, and how to combine service, advocacy, and human development to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering. Register at www.CofChrist.org/peacecolloquy or by calling ext. 3077.
Watch the Community of Christ International Peace Award ceremony live on www.CofChrist.org in English, French, or Spanish at 7:30 p.m. (CDT) October 24 or join us at the Temple in Independence, Missouri. We will honor Bread for the World’s 40 years of advocacy on behalf of hungry people around the world. Bread for the World’s president, the Reverend David Beckmann, will give an address.
If you are attending Peace Colloquy, consider a visit to the Children’s Peace Pavilion in the Auditorium. The pavilion will be open for general admission on Friday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Individuals and families are invited to explore the interactive exhibits and activities designed to engage the pursuit of peace by promoting peaceful learning, living, and action. Staff will be available to provide resources and recommendations for Young Peacemaker’s Clubs or peace activities in congregations. For more information, contact the Children’s Peace Pavilion: firstname.lastname@example.org, (816) 521-3033.
Child Protection administrator’s training will be offered on Thursday, October 25 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. at the Temple in Independence, Missouri. For all those involved in administration of child protection procedures, including but not limited to mission center presidents, mission center financial officers, and pastors. This training explains screening processes for registering Children and Youth Workers, mandatory reporting, supporting sex offenders in your congregation, and reviews guidance documents available on the website. Other frequently asked questions will also be addressed. Register with Karen Waring at kwaring@CofChrist.org.
Young Adult Ministers Gathering 2.0 will be Sunday, October 26 from 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Temple in Independence, Missouri. We had a great turn out after the Peace Colloquy last year! ANYONE interested in YA Ministries is invited! Join us following the Peace Colloquy! Even if you can’t stay the whole time, feel free to drop in and network with other young adult ministers. We will share helpful #YAMinistryResources and connect with each other! You will receive information and news about a YA Ministers of Community of Christ Weekend being planned for 2015 (sometime around March).
Contact Rachelle to RSVP and for more information at yaministries@CofChrist.org. There is no cost to attend this event, sponsored and facilitated by the Young Adult Ministries Team.
The Young Adult Leader Institute completed its pilot year and is approved to continue in 2015. Stay tuned to www.ya-cofchrist.org for information about the upcoming program. If you would like more information, contact Rachelle at yaministries@CofChrist.org.
The ministry and priesthood series continues in the October Herald with “Called By God: to Specific Ministry and Priesthood Roles,” by Scott Murphy, First Presidency. Priesthood offices form a rich tapestry of giftedness that exists among those called to serve for the benefit of the church community.
To subscribe to the Herald, visit www.HeraldHouse.org or contact subscriptions@HeraldHouse.org or 1-800-767-8181. Sign up to have commentary series articles delivered to your e-mail at www.CofChrist.org/subscribe.
Retreat and reunion 2015 class offer from HMA: Planning your next reunion or retreat? Incorporate health classes and wholeness ministry available from Health Ministries Association. Classes are tailored around topics and needs of your attendees. Go to www.Classes.HMACofChrist.org for a list of possible topics. HMA would like room and board provided and transportation cost is negotiable. Contact the HMA office at ext. 1262 to reserve a time on our 2015 schedule.
Register now for MEADS (Ministerial Education and Discipleship Studies):February 2—6, 2015. Classes to be offered are Mission and Evangelism from 8:30 a.m. to noon with Ron Harmon and Introduction to Spirituality from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. with Katie Harmon-McLaughlin. Cost is $88 per class, or $175 for two classes. For more information, including syllabi and required textbooks, visit www.CofChrist.org/meads/schedule.asp.
Register by January 16, 2015, by contacting Katy Toese: ktoese@CofChrist.org or ext. 2433.
The African American Ministries Retreat will run April 17–19, 2015, at the Joseph Smith Historic Site in Nauvoo, Illinois. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Hawks-Blue (email@example.com) or Carol Walden (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We need photos of your congregation’s meeting place! Thank you to the many who have already responded. We are building the new find-a-congregation directory that will be part of a redesigned Community of Christ website (coming in November). The directory will include a photo of your location/church building along with the congregation information.
Submissions need to be sharp, high-resolution photos, framed as a landscape (horizontal) with sky and ground showing. This will allow for any necessary cropping. E-mail photos to web@CofChrist.org along with your congregation’s name, address, mission center, and pastor name(s).
October 19: Children’s Sabbath
October 24: Prayer Retreat (Peace Colloquy pre-event)
Community of Christ International Peace Award webcast
October 24-26: Peace Colloquy
November 20: Standing High Council
November 27–28: International Headquarters offices closed—Thanksgiving (USA)
November 30: First Sunday of Advent
December 23–31: International Headquarters offices closed—Christmas and New Year
December 25: Christmas
Daily Prayer for Peace
A brief worship service is held daily at 1:00 p.m. central time at the
Temple. Join us in prayer from wherever you are. For details and the text of each day’s prayer, visit www.CofChrist.org/prayerpeace/.