Join your sisters and brothers around the world for a Lenten Journey, beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5, using ancient practices to guide us into what is new. You are invited to focus on a specific practice each week to help simplify your life, focus on what matters most, and prepare for the wonder and transformation resurrection brings. To participate, visit www.CofChrist.org/spiritualformation/lent.asp to find
- Ash Wednesday Prayer for Peace.
- Lent articles.
- Lenten prayers for hungry people.
- Weekly practices we will use as a community.
- A video introducing the practices.
2016 World Conference Legislation: We plan to implement the principles and steps of the proposed common consent process (www.CofChrist.org/wc2013/official/CommonConsentAdvisoryTeamReport.pdf) at World Conference, June 4–11, 2016. Legislation (proposals) submitted early in the inter-Conference period will benefit from having ample time for translations, collaborative review by church leaders and mission centers, and more thorough church-wide discernment.
Even though the deadline for mission centers to submit items for 2016 World Conference consideration is February 5, 2016, we encourage mission centers to submit such items by May 31, 2015. However, all legislative items submitted by the final deadline (February 5, 2016) will be placed on the World Conference agenda.
To aid effective church-wide consideration, a form for submitting legislative items (proposals) for World Conference consideration can be obtained from World Church Secretary Sue Sloan or at www.CofChrist.org/wc2016. Please note that legislative items do not require “whereas” rationale statements. A short, clear statement that proposes a desired action is preferable for translations and church-wide consideration. Background information will be provided in other ways.
—THE FIRST PRESIDENCY
World Church Ambassadors Named: Following discussion with the World Church Leadership Council, the First Presidency has appointed Dr. Calvin V. French and the Honorable Leonard L. Boswell, former United States Congressman, to serve as World Church Ambassadors. The primary responsibility of World Church Ambassadors is to increase the visibility and influence of Community of Christ nationally and internationally in ways that promote the church’s mission and interests.
President Stephen M. Veazey stated, “It is time for the church to take full advantage of the opportunities created by members who have positioned themselves well through non-governmental and governmental leadership roles to accomplish much good in the world. We are very fortunate that Congressman Boswell and Dr. French are available to help lead these efforts. They both have distinguished church and public service records, extensive political experience, and broad networks of relationships that will benefit the church’s efforts to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering and Pursue Peace on Earth.
The ambassadors will work directly with the First Presidency to identify advocacy opportunities and implement action plans. The First Presidency has asked the World Church Leadership Council to recommend additional people who live in other parts of the world to serve as World Church Ambassadors.
—THE FIRST PRESIDENCY
Send questions for the April 6 President’s Address to AskSteveVeazey@CofChrist.orgor post them on the Community of Christ Facebook page with #AskSteveVeazey. Join the live event on April 6 at 6 p.m. CDT on www.CofChrist.org. President Stephen M. Veazey will talk with the worldwide church through this interactive, webcast-only event. His message will focus on the first six paragraphs of the words of counsel given at the 2013 World Conference (www.CofChrist.org/presidency/041413wordsofcounsel/). He will then answer your e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook questions live! Archives will be available the week following the address.
Find reunion 2014 resources exploring the theme Create Shalom: Abolish Poverty, End Suffering at www.CofChrist.org/reunion. There are worship resources, lessons for young children ages 3–5, lessons for children ages 6–11, lessons for youth ages 12–18, lessons for all ages together, campfire ministry, and Daily Prayer for Peace helps. The adult resource can be purchased from Herald House (www.HeraldHouse.org; 1-800-767-8181) for $12.95 plus postage and handling. It is a six-lesson, worksheet, and article series with a focus on world hunger. Learn how people rise to meet challenges where they live and serve and how you can become God’s transformative presence at the table, on the street, and in the neighborhood, village, and world.
Registration is open for International Youth Forum in the USA, to be held July 15–18 at the Temple in Independence, Missouri. Participants from Australia, British Isles, Canada, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and USA will explore the theme, “Courage.” Eligible students will have completed 9th grade through the first year of university (approximate ages 15–19). Cost is US$210 for Canada and USA students. Find registration forms and preparatory study material at www.CofChrist.org/iyf/usa/.
For more IYF USA 2014 information, contact the following people:
IYF events will also be held in Honduras (July 4–10), Dominican Republic (July 27–August 1), and Africa (July 2015). Due to limited space, each event is limited to particular participating countries. Learn more at www.CofChrist.org/iyf.
Registered Children and Youth Worker Procedures: Beginning March 1, 2014, Legal Services will adhere to the following practice. An application to become a Registered Children and Youth Worker must be received by Legal Services at least two weeks before the applicant proposes to begin working with children and youth. We cannot guarantee approval outside this timeframe.
Please remember the applicant is not a Registered Children and Youth Worker until Legal Services has authorized and confirmed the individual as such. Neither completion of training, nor submission of an application guarantees registration. We look forward to working alongside you on this. For more information contact Karen Waring, executive assistant to general counsel by e-mail or at ext. 2220.
The series on words of counsel continues in the Herald with “Called to Be Pillars of Light,” by Apostle Mareva M. Arnaud Tchong. We all are called to be humble pillars of light in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ that all might “come home to God’s grace and generosity.”
To subscribe to the Herald, visit www.HeraldHouse.org or contact subscriptions@HeraldHouse.org or 1-800-767-8181. Also check out the Herald Blog at http://heraldmagazine.wordpress.com and sign up to have commentary series articles delivered to your e-mail at www.CofChrist.org/subscribe.asp.
New for Vacation Church School and Camp this Summer: Join Jack and Jenn in their newest adventure as they explore the Enduring Principles. Watch for the official launch coming soon!
- Six new videos with accompanying lessons.
- Director helps with sample schedules, music, snack and craft ideas, and games.
- Original music on CD to accompany videos and lessons.
- T-shirt, banner, and publicity material templates.
Camping season is just four months away in North America. Here are a few reminders to pass along to camp directors and leadership from Health Ministries Association.
- You need a camp nurse designee plus a back-up nurse, just in case. Every year at least five or six camps are in jeopardy because of a change in the camp nurse’s status or inability to get off work. (The USA Nurse Compact allows nurses in 25 states to work/volunteer in another state, which increases your options.)
- Verify nurse licensure status at www.nursys.com.
- Is the nurse current on Basic Life Support (BLS) and physically able to reach any area of the campgrounds? Are they current on their tetanus, TB, and other immunizations?
- Do you have standing orders signed by a local doctor for the camp nurse?
- Do you have a form for parents to authorize over-the-counter medications for their child(ren) during camp?
- Verify supplies and medications in the First Aid kit/room have not surpassed expiration dates.
- Is there a log for the camp nurse to document care and medicines given?
Community of Christ writers tell their story in the Daily Bread. We would like to post the stories of people from around the world—your story. Now Daily Bread is available as a blog which arrives in your in-box each day. To subscribe go to http://CofChristdailybread.wordpress.com. It is read by people in over 120 countries. Have they heard—your story? Be a witness, share your reflections, take photos, write your thoughts and poetry, record the movement of the Spirit in your life. Send them to Lu Mountenay and share the Peace of Jesus Christ, by sharing—your story.
March 29–30, Graceland University will sponsor the 3rd annual Community of Christ Overnight Retreat for high school students. Unlike Graceland’s long-running visit day events, this retreat, sponsored by Graceland’s Campus Ministries, is designed specifically for students with a Community of Christ background.
Students and their sponsors can stay overnight and participate in many activities to introduce them to the "Graceland Experience" for church members: classes, social and recreational activities like swimming and open gym, an overnight “lock-in,” and participating with current Graceland students in Sunday morning worship. This is a great opportunity for students to begin to develop their church community at Graceland.
Youth leaders, please put this retreat on your calendar for a fun, inexpensive youth event. Campers and sponsors only need to bring a sleeping bag and get to Lamoni, Iowa. Graceland will cover food expenses while visitors are on campus. Visit www.graceland.edu/admissions/group-campus-visit-reg.cfm to register a group or www.graceland.edu/admissions/campus-visit-registration.cfm for an individual. Contact Greg Sutherland; (641) 784-5470] with any questions.
You are invited to a lifelong learning event to become a FOCCUS facilitator on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Community of Christ Temple, Independence, Missouri. The 4th edition FOCCUS inventory is an effective, user-friendly tool in the ministry of marriage preparation. Training cost is $45, which includes a 50-percent discounted rate for materials. The training is offered by Jeri Lauren Lambert, DMin. To register, go to www.foccusinc.com; click on Trainings; enter Independence, Missouri, and April 26. Contact Jeri Lauren Lambert at jlambert@CofChrist.org if you have questions.
|World Hunger emphasis
|President's Address — live webcast-only event;
Anniversary of church's 1830 organization and 1860 reorganization
International Headquarters offices closed—Good Friday
|Council of Twelve Apostles meet
World Church Leadership Council
International Headquarters offices closed—Memorial Day (USA)
World Church Finance Board
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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