Keeping the Church Connected
New membership policies will be released by the end of October. When the 2010 World Conference approved the counsel to the church for inclusion in the Doctrine and Covenants as Section 164, it created a need for the First Presidency to provide policies for accepting individuals into Community of Christ membership who have been baptized in other Christian settings. By the end of October, new policies related to baptism, confirmation, and church membership will be available through mission center officers, World Church ministers, pastors, and priesthood. Details will also be published on the website: www.CofChrist.org.
Please continue to remember the World Church Leadership Council and Standing High Council in your prayers. These leadership groups will meet in retreat September 18–19 to discuss extremely complex issues in the church’s life. See www.CofChrist.org/news/2010/july/councils.asp for more details.
Expanded WCLC Becomes ILC: The Expanded World Church Leadership Council will now be called the International Leadership Council (ILC). The name is being changed to increase clarity and better reflect the strategically international makeup of this council. The ILC has members from more than 20 countries. It includes the 24 members of the WCLC and nearly 50 cultural interpreters. The cultural interpreters are ethnic ministers from throughout North America and representatives from other mission fields who are selected by apostles to bring the perspectives of more cultures. The WCLC meets to consider priesthood calls, field organization, and other matters of church administration. The ILC focuses on strategic issues, explores questions arising in the life of the church, and reflects on intersecting policy and theology. The ILC will be reconstituted with its meetings September 20–23 at Community of Christ International Headquarters.
Make nominations for 2010–2013 World Church Team member appointments. Standing teams of the World Conference and First Presidency appointed teams are in the process of being chartered for the 2010–2013 inter-Conference period. We are interested in drawing broad participation from throughout the church. If you or someone you know has interest and expertise in an area listed below and would be interested in serving on a team, please fill out the nomination form at www.CofChrist.org/standing-teams/nominationform2010-13.doc and return it to Andrew Shields, World Church secretary: ashields@CofChrist.org or fax to (816) 521-3096. Recommendations need to be submitted by September 10.
Standing Teams of World Conference
• Conference Organization and Procedures Team (WCR 1188)
• Earth Stewardship Team (WCR 1224)
• Human Rights Team (WCR 1197)
• World Church Peace and Justice Team (WCR 1177, WCR 1267)
• World Hunger/Tangible Love Team (WCR 1148)
First Presidency Appointed Teams
• Diversity Team
• Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries Team
• Human Sexuality, Faith, and Community Team
• Theology Formation Team
Check out the new Herald blog at http://heraldmagazine.wordpress.com. Excerpts from our monthly denominational magazine will be published here to help us reach new audiences, expand readership, and make missional content easy to share with online seekers. You can even sign up to have alerts sent to your e-mail when new 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.
Facebook users, speak up! Our Facebook page connects you to the latest news and event listings, and puts you in touch with more than 4,000 Facebook fans all over the world. Now there’s a new opportunity to make your voice heard. Near the middle of each month, we’ll post a question about worship, spirituality, discipleship, programs, theology, and more. Your response is instantly shared with our Facebook fans and may be printed in the Herald “Voices” section. Facebook users can take part by clicking on the Facebook icon at www.CofChrist.org/connect. When you become a fan of Community of Christ on Facebook, you will get regular updates, be able to post comments, and meet others via this social media.
Explore Doctrine and Covenants 164 more deeply. A series of feature articles continues in the Herald and online at www.CofChrist.org/D&C164/. Sign up at www.CofChrist.org/subscribe.asp to receive the series via e-mail. In the September article, World Church Secretary Andrew Shields explores Prophet-President Stephen M. Veazey’s introduction to Section 164 in the article “God Un-answers and Invites.”
Mark your calendar for the president’s 2011 and 2012 annual addresses to the church. During special worship services at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2011, and Sunday, April 15, 2012, Prophet-President Stephen M. Veazey will talk about critical issues and opportunities facing our worldwide church as we pursue God’s mission. All who can attend in person are encouraged to come to the Temple. These services will also be webcast at www.CofChrist.org in English, French, and Spanish.
Register online for the 2010 Peace Colloquy at www.CofChrist.org/peacecolloquy/. Join in workshops and keynotes on the theme “Children Cry, We Resond!” October 29–31. Community of Christ International Peace Award recipient Greg Mortenson will speak at the opening worship October 29 at 7:30 p.m. central time. Learn more about Mortenson’s life and work at www.CofChrist.org/peaceaward. Join us for the award presentation at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, or watch the live webcast.
Calling all volunteers! There continues to be a great need for volunteers at Community of Christ historic sites in Nauvoo, Illinois; Kirtland, Ohio; Lamoni, Iowa; and Independence, Missouri. Volunteers may give two weeks to two years of service at various sites. Opportunities are not limited to retirees. A number of young adults have enjoyed volunteering in Kirtland and Nauvoo while pursuing degrees at local universities. All ages and talents are welcome. Volunteers have served as gardeners, greeters, guides, and assisted with site maintenance. For more information, contact Lachlan Mackay at email@example.com or (217) 453-2246.
New website offers news about the USA National Conference. Visit www.CofChrist.org/USAConf/ for new and background information about the July 2010 conference. Watch the video interview in which USA Apostle Team members Linda Booth and Ron Harmon discuss the work of the visioning team and hopes for the event. Check this page often for event updates.
African American Ministries retreat will nurture diversity. All are invited to spend October 1–3 at the retreat for networking, sharing cultures, and learning to create and nurture diverse communities of Christ’s peace. Visit www.CofChrist.org/AAM/AAMrtreat2010.pdf for more information.
Join us for the marvelous adventure of “where in the world” your Mission Tithes impact lives… September generosity stories feature Apostle Andrew Bolton’s Asia Mission Field. PowerPoint presentations are included with each week’s story except September 12. To receive monthly stories, check with your mission center financial officer or find them at www.CofChrist.org/generositystories/.
The new Worship Resources 2010-2011 (Year A) offers lectionary-based worship service outlines and sermon helps, with choices to give you maximum flexibility when planning vibrant worship. Download services free at www.CofChrist.org/worship10-11/ or buy the book, CD-ROM, or book/CD-ROM set at www.HeraldHouse.org.
Ministerial Education and Discipleship Studies (MEADS) in the USA just finished the August session. Twenty-nine students participated in Community of Christ History with Art Smith and Community of Christ Theology with Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith. The next MEADS session will be held at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, February 7–11. Courses offered will be Church Polity and Administration with Scott Murphy and History of Christian Thought with Mark Oiler. To register, please contact the MEADS registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 1459. For more information, go to www.CofChrist.org/MEADS/.
Health Ministries Association offers a new bulletin insert on its website, “Extending the Communion Table.” Communion is an activity that connects body, mind, and spirit. The first Sunday of the month, Communion Sunday, is a special day for many Christians. People who are homebound, in a long-term care center, or in the hospital are also often in great need of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, which can feed them emotionally, spiritually, and socially. This form of health ministry is an important link back to the congregation, church, and an on-going personal relationship with God. Look at the bulletin insert at http://hmacofchrist.org/CongregationaHealthMinistry/BulletinInserts/Topics/Bulletin_Insert-Extending_the_Communion_Table.pdf and share it with your priesthood and congregation. Plan how you will offer Communion to people who are not able to come to church and then take it to them.
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.
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The following World Church Minister assignments and changes have been approved by the World Church Human Resource Committee:
Effective August 1: Madison Parker to Chicago USA Mission Center president; Matthew Frizzell from field specialist, Chicago USA Mission Center president, to field specialist, field support minister, North East USA Mission Field
Effective September 1: Robin Linkhart from field specialist, president of seventy, field missionary coordinator, Western USA Mission Field, to president of seventy, field missionary coordinator, Western USA Mission Field; Charles D. Carter from field specialist, missionary coordinator, Brush Creek USA Mission Center, to field specialist, Mid-Atlantic USA Mission Center president.
September 5: World Hunger Emphasis
September 6: International Headquarters offices closed—Labor Day (USA)
September 19: Heritage Day
September 20-23: Expanded World Church Leadership Council
September 27-30: World Church Leaders Meeting
October 1-3: African American Ministers Retreat
October 1-3: Alabama/NW Florida Mission Center Vision Project
October 8-10: Rio Grande Vision Project (tentative)
October 8-10: British isles Mission Center Vision Project
October 10-15: Western Europe and Eurasia Vision Project
October 15-17: Chicago USA Mission Center Vision Project
October 22-24: Texas Coastal Bend USA Mission Center Vision Project
October 29-31: Oklahoma Vision Project
October 17: Children's Sabbath
October 22-24: Peace Colloquy
October 31: Dome and Spire Series: Peace Colloquy Concert
November 20: Messiah Performance
November 25-26: International Headquarters offices closed—Thanksgiving (USA)
November 28: First Sunday of Advent