Headline News 29 September 2018

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Headline News – 29 September 2018

Rev. John McLaughlin (left) and members of St. Jude’s Board of Directors receive vital supplies following Hurricane Florence. Initially, donations were sent via airplane due to flooded roadways. Donna Hinson, middle, and Leeann Carpenter assisted with the distribution.
(photo used with permission by Rev. John McLaughlin)

Supplies Arrive in Wilmington

Generous Donors Send Aid to St. Jude’s MCC

Pastor Vance Haywood and St. John’s MCC congregation in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, coordinated the delivery of supplies to St. Jude’s MCC in nearby Wilmington. Pastor Haywood said donations were sent from as far away as the UK to help the St. Jude’s congregation who had been hammered by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

St. Jude’s MCC is now able to receive donations directly as major roadways are beginning to open. Donations can be sent directly to St. Jude’s MCC at this link: https://www.stjudemcc.org/online-giving

Governing Board Prepares to Announce Appointments to Fill Vacancies

The Governing Board continues to work through their timeline to appoint new members by October to fill vacant seats.

Seven individuals applied for four available positions. Two clergy applied for the one vacant seat. Five lay people applied for the four vacant seats.

The key skill sets needed at this time include experience in governance, polity, bylaws, financial management and fund development.

The Governing Board will make final decisions by 5 October and notify applicants soon after. An announcement about the appointments is planned for 8 October.

Appointments to these positions will continue until General Conference 2019. Those who are appointed will also have the opportunity to apply for the 2019 Governing Board slate.

Pray for the applicants and Governing Board members as they discern together.

Moderator Nominating Committee Offers October Webinars

Meet the Committee
Process and Timeline Explained
Tasks Completed
Next Steps
MNC Survey

The webinars will be recorded.
Responses to unanswered questions will be sent via email.

ENGLISH: 1 October 2018
7 pm ET / 23:00 UTC (GMT)

SPANISH: 2 October 2018
11:00 am ET / 15:00 UTC (GMT)

Webinar Link:

Your Opinion Matters!
Moderator Nominating Committee Survey Ends Soon

You have nearly a week to complete the Moderator Nominating Committee survey.

The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete and is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German. Share the link below with MCC family and friends.

The survey will be open through 6 October: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVZ3QNN

Recent REVM Focuses on European Context

by Rev. Elder Mona West, PhD

The Office of Formation and Leadership Development (OFLD) held the first REVM in Europe 30 August – 1 September in conjunction with the Europe Network gathering at Lake Como, Italy.
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MCC Elder Leads Gender Seminar at Theological Community of Mexico

Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León (left) has been part of the adjunct faculty of the Theological Community of Mexicoand leads a seminar in the gender program.

Rev. Sánchez De León has been invited to serve as a chaplain to the LGBT students who attend the school.

A more formal agreement between the Garner Institute and the Theological Community of Mexico is being sought to permit MCC students to participate in their online offerings.


Clergy and Leadership Announcements

James Hartman
has been appointed as the Interim Pastoral Leader at MCC Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
has been appointed as the Interim Pastor at MCC of the Palm Beaches, Florida, USA.
Rev. Catherine Houchins
has been elected as the next senior pastor at MCC of the Blue Ridge, Virginia, USA.

Devonte Jackson (left) and Collis Floyd have been appointed as the co-Interim Pastoral Leaders at MCC Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.

Employment Opportunities

The links below list churches seeking a transitional pastor or settled pastor, in addition to national secular jobs.

Settled Pastor and Secular Employment

Diversity and Dialogue Webinar

30 October, 8pm EDT / 00:00 UTC (GMT)

Presented by Jared Vázquez,
Associate Director for International Diversity and Inclusion
Registration is not required.