June 2012
Keeping the church connected


Jack and Jenn enter homes this month on Generosity Jars. Every child who receives offering envelopes will get a Generosity Jar kit in the mail. It is an excellent tool for helping kids make the connection between being disciples of Jesus and being good stewards of our resources. Jars for sharing, saving, and spending help create healthy patterns of money management that will serve children as they grow.

To order a Generosity Jar for a child who does not receive offering envelopes, contact Customer and Member Services: 1-800-767-8181; sales@HeraldHouse.org. They are free while supplies last. Learn more in the June Herald and watch the Jack and Jenn videos at www.CofChrist.org/jackandjenn.

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Peace Colloquy registration is now open! Come to the 19th annual Peace Colloquy, “Peacemaking: Engaging Nuclear Questions,” October 26–28 at the Templein Independence, Missouri. We will explore nuclear questions, complexities involved in disarmament, and our role as a peacemaking church. Programming will explore the theme from perspectives for multiple ages. Watch www.CofChrist.org/peacecolloquy and the Herald for details. Register now online or by calling ext. 3077.

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President Stephen M. Veazey was among 76 leaders of nongovernmental organizations who signed a letter urging the U.S. to relinquish antipersonnel landmines and join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. The letter was delivered to U.S. President Barrack Obama on April 18. In the letter, leaders said, “A decision to join the Mine Ban Treaty would vividly demonstrate your commitment to multilateralism, to global humanitarian endeavors, and to the protection of civilians from the ravages of war.” The letter was coordinated through the United States Campaign to Ban Landmines (USCBL), the U.S. affiliate of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Read the letter at www.CofChrist.org/news/2012/may/mineban.asp.  

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Join in prayer to support national conferences. All are invited to join in prayer at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, and wherever you are around the world, for the Australia and Canada National Conferences. Friday, June 1 from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. we will pray for the June 2 Australia National Conference. Friday, June 15 from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. we will pray for the June 16 Canada National Conference.

In the Temple Sanctuary, candles will be lit to represent prayerful support for leadership and conference participants, and for the presence and influence of the Holy Spirit. For the outline of the prayer vigil service, visit www.CofChrist.org/AustraliaConf/vigilservice.asp. Read more about the conferences in the May Herald, and at www.CofChrist.org/AustraliaConfand www.CofChrist.org/CanadaConf.

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You are helping feed hungry families in Dominican Republic through your contributions to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering. In early May, Dominican Republic Mission Center Financial Officer Angela Ramirez reported that prolonged rains had covered the entire country, and many families were in need of food. See more at www.CofChrist.org/news/2012/may/DomRepublic.asp. An Abolish Poverty, End Suffering grant of US$4,500 is helping alleviate the hunger of those in the most-dire situations.

You can give to the Mission Initiatives at www.CofChrist.org/give/contribute/. Because of your ongoing generosity, Community of Christ is able to respond as a worldwide church to this crisis in the Dominican Republic.

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Be prepared for camping season by reviewing youth camp policies and procedures from Legal Services at www.CofChrist.org/legal/ChildProtection. Please be especially attentive to: registering everyone who will work with children and youth as Community of Christ youth workers, the Camp Staff Age Policy, and Privacy Code of Conduct. Also visit the Risk Management page at www.CofChrist.org/risk/camping.asp. We wish you all great camp experiences, filled with the Spirit and lots of special memories!

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The Herald commentary series on signal communities continues with “Signal Communities…Make Responsible Choices,” by Apostle Stassi Cramm. She tells how a signal community that modeled wise stewardship and Responsible Choices blessed her and her husband when they were a young couple. See the series at www.CofChrist.org/signalcommunities and get articles delivered free to your e-mail by signing up at www.CofChrist.org/subscribe.asp.

Send your comments to Herald@CofChrist.org, and we may print them in the magazine. To subscribe to the Herald, visit www.HeraldHouse.org or contact subscriptions@HeraldHouse.org or 1-800-767-8181.

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The Mission Initiative interview series with President Steve Veazey continues in the Herald with “Pursue Peace on Earth” in June/. See the entire video series on the web by clicking on “Veazey-Booth Interview Series” at www.CofChrist.org/mission.

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Community of Christ Seminary is rolling out new curriculum this fall for its master of arts in religion (MAR) program. Each course may be taken by degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students for three semester hours of graduate credit or for 4.2 CEUs. The new plan requires completion of the 10 following three-hour courses: Christian Theology; Introduction to the Hebrew Bible; New Testament I, and II; History of Christian Thought I, and II; Community of Christ I: 1820–1914, and II 1914–present; History-Scripture-Theology; Contemporary Culture and Theologies; Ministry Practicum. Interested in earning an MAR degree or taking a few courses for enrichment? Call Judy Luffman at (816) 423-4676 for more information.
 
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A big thank you to those who have signed up to get the 10-Minute News Report electronically. Pastors, seventy, and field specialists in Canada and the USA who currently receive this newsletter through postal mail but have an e-mail address, please sign up for the e-subscription to discontinue your postal copy. We help uphold the Sacredness of Creation by saving paper, printing, and postage. Anyone can get a free e-subscription to the 10-Minute News Report at www.CofChrist.org/subscribe.asp.

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The Pastors and Leaders Field Guide at www.CofChrist.org/leaders includes a section on “Responding to the Call.” Explore articles on Pastoring Basics, The Congregation Embodies Christ’s Mission, and What Mission Means—plus so much more! This guide is designed to help pastors and congregational leaders “live into” shared practices of Christian discipleship that create a congregational culture shaped by the mission of Jesus Christ, engage the gifts of all ages in mission, and carry out the basic elements of organization and administration required for a well-functioning congregation

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Children’s Peace Pavilion is looking for supportive people who will volunteer for a short-term project or an occasional task such as reviewing curriculum, painting a mural, or repairing an exhibit. If you are available to generously share your talents please join the Children’s Peace Pavilion FRIENDS by contacting Dr. Rebecca Newcom Belcher at rbelcher@kidpeace.org or (816) 521-3033.  

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Register now for MEADS (Ministerial Education and Discipleship Studies)! August 6–10 courses at Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri, are: Spiritual Formation with Bruce Crockett, 8:30 a.m.–noon; and Mission and Evangelism with Karin Peter, 1:30–5:00 p.m. Cost is $88 per class, or $175 for both. Also offered is Young Adult Ministries with Erica Blevins Nye, 1:30–5:00 p.m. for $35. This course is for Temple School credit and does not go toward MEADS certification. For more information and course syllabi, visit www.CofChrist.org/meads/schedule.asp. To register contact Michelle Booth at mbooth@CofChrist.org or ext. 1459.

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Young adults are invited to a spirituality retreat at the Kirtland Temple and Spiritual Formation CenterinKirtland, Ohio, November 2–4. Young adults (ages 18–35) in the USA and Canada are invited to explore the theme, “Stop for Directions.” The weekend will include deepening our spiritual practices of discernment and gratitude, tours of Kirtland Temple, outdoor exploration, intimate worship, and more. Come grow closer with young adult friends from around the church. We encourage young adult groups to come in lieu of your local fall retreat. Childcare will be provided. Visit www.YA-CofChrist.org/events for more information and registration.

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Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba will be honored with the Community of Christ International Peace Award for his dedication to the elimination of nuclear weapons. The award ceremony will open the Peace Colloquy on October 26. The Colloquy theme, “Peacemaking: Engaging Nuclear Questions,” honors Akiba’s life’s work of promoting peace with the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. For more information about Dr. Akiba see the May Herald. The award ceremony will be webcast live at /g from the Temple in Independence, Missouri.

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Plan ahead with June’s Daily Prayer for Peace schedule. To submit aprayer, view the 2012 country prayer schedule, read articles, view guidelines, or go over samples visit www.CofChrist.org/prayerpeace/.

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Study and reflect in preparation for World Conference 2013 with the new book, Christ’s Mission Is Our Mission by Peter A. Judd. The First Presidency asks the church to prayerfully study the text individually and in groups so we can approach Conference spiritually prepared and focused on the mission of Jesus Christ. Each of the six chapters includes study questions and reflection activities, making it ideal for adult church school classes, small group study, and personal reflection. Christ’s Mission Is Our Mission (ISBN: 9780830915194) is available for $11.95 from Herald House: www.HeraldHouse.org; 1-800-767-8181; (816) 521-3015.

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How does your congregation support the mission initiatives? How do you Invite People to Christ; Abolish Poverty, End Suffering; Pursue Peace on Earth; Develop Disciples to Serve; and Experience Congregations in Mission? All five are needed to be true to the whole mission of Jesus Christ. Please send photos and stories to Herald@CofChrist.org. Share good news with sisters and brothers who may read your story in the Herald and be inspired.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

June 2: Australia National Conference
June 11–15: Community of Christ Seminary focus session
June 16: Canada National Conference
 
July 4: International Headquarters offices closed—Independence Day (USA)
July 22–28: SPECTACULAR

August 6–10: Ministerial Education and Discipleship Studies (MEADS)
August 17–19: Congregational Support Ministry Training
August 24–25: Health and Spirituality Workshop
 

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/.

 


 


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