Keeping the Church Connected
PAT (pre-authorized monthly checking account transfers) now has an all-electronic option for contributors in the USA. Many enjoy the convenience of contributing to Local and World ministries via PAT. Many more have requested that this process be all-electronic—no more printing and mailing in forms and cancelled checks! It is now up and running for contributors in the USA.
Signing up for automated giving will help you become a consistently generous financial contributor who helps make mission happen all over the world.
• Fill out PAT form and submit securely online from www.CofChrist.org/give/
• Choose amount to contribute to each Local and World fund
• $25 minimum total monthly contribution
• Contributions process the 15th of each month
• Changes or cancellations due by 1st of the month
• Congregational membership transfer automatically stops PAT
• Canada PAT forms are available through mission center websites and congregational financial officers
Additional contributions can still be made through offering envelopes in your congregation, online with a debit or credit card at www.CofChrist.org/give/, and directly to the Presiding Bishopric by mail or phone at ext. 2216.
Living Our Mission, a special full-color section of the November Herald, presents a many-faceted look at the way the church touches people around the globe. Stories and photos tell the tales of church mission Latin America, Africa, Asia, French Polynesia, and more. Visit www.CofChrist.org/mission/ to see it online.
Apostle Andrew Bolton examines the Lord’s Supper in an article focused on Doctrine and Covenants 164:4a–c. He describes how a language gap helped him realize the sacraments are the church’s international means of communication. Find it in the November Herald, at www.CofChrist.org/D&C164, and subscribe to get the commentary series delivered to your e-mail at www.CofChrist.org/subscribe.asp.
Celebrate Advent with the “Glad Tidings We Bring” live webcast or join us at the Temple for an evening of lessons and carols on Sunday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. CST. The service will combine Advent-themed scripture readings with seasonal music from the Voices of Peace Symphonic Choir, Emporia State Faculty Brass Quintet, and Jan Kraybill on the organ. President Stephen M. Veazey will offer the homily.
Experience the 2010 Peace Colloquy through online video, audio, and text archives. The archives include presentation of the Community of Christ International Peace Award to Greg Mortenson, President David D. Schaal’s closing sermon, and keynote addresses. Find it at www.CofChrist.org/peacecolloquy/.
Prison Ministries: A Guide to Resources is a new comprehensive resource that offers guidance to congregations and disciples who desire to work for restorative justice in their communities. Download it free at www.CofChrist.org/peace/PrisonMinistry.pdf.
This publication opens with an outline of the scriptural basis for restorative justice. Practical tips for building a ministry team and working with people who are incarcerated or recently released and correctional staff help you move from theory to practice. Chapters on victim support and community action broaden the impact. A listing of helpful resources and the testimonies of Community of Christ ministers and congregations with successful prison ministry histories conclude the resource.
Continue learning with Community of Christ Seminary. If you have taken Temple School or MEADS (Ministerial Education and Discipleship Studies) courses and want to continue to study and learn, apply for admission to our Seminary. The 30-semester hour Master of Arts in Religion degree provides a unique blend of religious theory and practical studies. The 66-semester hour Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree helps students develop practical ministerial skills and gain a strong foundation in the Bible, Christian history, and theology. For information about admission, registration, tuition, or enrollment contact Judy Luffman: (816) 833-0524, ext. 4508; email@example.com.
We’ll sing and we’ll shout—the 175th anniversary of the dedication of the Kirtland Temple is on the horizon, March 27,1836–2011. Kirtland Temple Visitor and Spiritual Formation Center wants to hear from people who have had meaningful experiences relating to Kirtland Temple over the years. We would like to record and preserve your memories as we celebrate the upcoming anniversary year. For example: “Did you attend a reunion on the Kirtland Temple grounds?” If you have not been to Kirtland for a while, or have not seen our wonderful new visitor center, this would be a meaningful time to visit.
We look forward to hearing from you between now and the end of 2011. All submissions will become the intellectual property of Community of Christ. Please write down your experiences today and mail your story to: Ron Romig, director, Kirtland Temple Visitor and Spiritual Formation Center, 7809 Joseph St., Kirtland, OH, 44094; or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax to (440) 256-1929. To discuss your contribution with staff, please call (440) 256-1830.
Quick facts about the 2013 hymnal:
• The hymnal will be a hardcover book, similar in size to Hymns of the Saints, and will contain 700–750 entries.
• Of 618 Community of Christ hymns published in our hymnal and three supplements, more than 50 percent will move forward. Some familiar tunes will carry fresh texts, and the hymnal will feature musical styles and languages from other countries.
• Congregations can plan to budget $25 per book. Auxiliary products will be produced at additional costs.
• A core group of about 100 “shared” hymns will be established for use at international gatherings.
• Guitar chords will be printed for as many selections as possible.
• Accompaniment recordings will be available for all songs, though the medium has not been determined.
• The final content cannot be determined until next summer because of the copyright-approval process, limitations, and balance of collection.
• The ability to project the hymnal collection via slideshow or on screens will be determined by copyright restrictions at the time of release.
Join us for the marvelous adventure of “where in the world” your Mission Tithes Impact Lives… November generosity stories feature stories from Apostle Linda Booth’s Florida USA Mission Field and Apostle Stassi Cramm’s North Central USA/Canada Mission Field. PowerPoint presentations are included with each week’s story except November 14. If you do not receive the monthly stories, check with your mission center financial officer or find them online at www.CofChrist.org/generositystories.
Check out the new free resource, “What’s Your Story?” at www.CofChrist.org/generositystories. This simple resource uses an audio PowerPoint and a script to enable congregations to weave their own stories into a customized presentation.
Consider the many ways you can help share Christ’s peace through year-end giving. Make a future gift through a bequest in your will or trust; find a secure, stable source of future income through a charitable gift annuity; make a gift of cash, stock, or other property. To learn more, contact Estate and Financial Planning: 1-800-884-7526; efp@CofChrist.org.
An important aspect of providing health ministry is listening, counseling, and referring people for help as problems are recognized and needs are acknowledged. Addictions of various kinds are prevalent in society today. Every family is affected by someone who has an addiction problem. To overcome such problems, people have to be able to talk about it and get help. This month’s topic for congregational health addresses addictions. Download it from www.hmacofchrist.org/congregationalhealthministry/bulletininserts/index.htm and use it in your congregation’s bulletin, newsletter, or as a discussion starter for a class.
Check the Herald blog at http://heraldmagazine.wordpress.com. We publish excerpts from our monthly denominational magazine to make missional content easy to share online, provide readers a chance to comment on stories, and expand our audience. You can even sign up to have alerts to your e-mail when content is posted. This blog will feature stories to “connect, engage, and inspire” us to go deeper in our discipleship and remain centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
New policies related to baptism, confirmation, and Community of Christ membership are available. Learn the details through mission center officers, World Church ministers, pastors, priesthood, and view policies online at www.CofChrist.org/sacraments/BaptismGuidelines.asp. The information is in response to 2010 World Conference approval of Doctrine and Covenants 164, which created a need for the First Presidency to provide policies for accepting people baptized in other Christian traditions.
Please share the following information with those serving in a capacity to share information about resources and coordinate group orders through Herald House. Remind your congregation they can always shop Herald House online at www.HeraldHouse.org.
• Daily Bread 2011 will offer 365 days of food for the soul. We are each called to deepen our discipleship and the 2011 Daily Bread is a simple and compelling way to engage in that process. Each day has a scripture, an uplifting story from a member or leader from our worldwide church, a short prayer for peace, a spiritual practice, and a daily peace covenant. Make it part of your regular spiritual practice.
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E-Subscriptions keep you connected to the mission of the church. Choose from News, 10-Minute News Report, Commentary Series, Weekly Devotion, Music Matters, French Content, Spanish Content, and priesthood newsletters at www.CofChrist.org/subscribe.asp.
Sustained Generous Giving Will Expand Ministry. The church received an estimated $760,000 in World Ministries Mission Tithes in September, 3 percent more than budgeted. For the first three months of the 2011 fiscal year, during which $9.8 million is needed to support budgeted ministry throughout the world, contributions have been very positive. Thank you for all you do to support and extend the reach of the church in pursuit of God’s mission.
David D. Schaal, First Presidency, at the 2010 World Conference service of sending forth declared, “I want children all over the world to learn about the Enduring Principles of the Community of Christ and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ as interpreted by our unique vision and pastoral and prophetic call. That’s why I pay tithing. … I pay because it’s in alignment with what I care for and what I value. … It is an intimate act of worship.” (Video and MP3 of Schaal’s “Do You Love Me?” sermon are at www.CofChrist.org/WC2010.)
Are you responding to God’s generosity by giving to your full capacity to both World and Local Ministries? Our shared mission depends on our consistent generosity. Thank you to all who support the ministries we are called to share with the world. Learn more at www.CofChrist.org/give. (Due to manual reporting by some jurisdictions, actual income may take several months to finalize. Numbers provided are estimates based on reports received.)
November 6–7: South Central States USA Mission Center Vision Project
November 12–14: Canada East Mission Center Vision Project
November 20: Greater Pacific Northwest Mission Center Vision Project
November 25–26: International Headquarters offices closed—Thanksgiving (USA
November 27: Dome & Spire Series: Messiah
November 28: First Sunday of Advent)
December 12: Dome & Spire Series: Temple Advent Service
December 13–16: World Church Leadership Council
December 24–31: International Headquarters offices closed—Christmas
January 1: International Headquarters offices closed—New Year’s Day
January 6: Epiphany
January 7–9: Oklahoma Vision Project
January 10–14: Australia Vision Project
January 14: North California Vision Project
January 8 or 15: Pacific Islands Vision Project (tentative)
January 16: Racial Justice Day
January 17: International Headquarters offices closed—Martin Luther King Jr. Day (USA)
January 24–28: Seminary focus session