Nico Romeijn-Stout Attending Boston University School of Theology – Grateful for Ministerial Education Fund
Nico Romeijn-Stout has never lacked for role models in his path to attending Boston University School of Theology. Both his parents are ordained United Methodist elders in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, as were his grandfather, great-grandfather and great-uncle. Boston University School of Theology is one of the 13 colleges and seminaries supported by The Ministerial Education Fund.
“I have also come to know many other professionals in ministry — clergy and lay — who helped to raise me, mentor me and shepherd me through discerning my call,” he said.
Now 23 and a second-year Master of Divinity student, Romeijn-Stout recently received a $3,000 Special Seminary Scholarship from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He serves as a ministry assistant at the university’s Marsh Chapel, where he participates in leadership, worship design, the website and an active social media presence.
The chapel is also where he reaches out to Boston University students and the broader community. He realized the importance of this on April 15, when his job put him on the front lines of response to the Boston Marathon bombings. “We were able to provide shelter, warmth, bathrooms, power outlets for phones, and some food and drinks for people who were stranded by the attacks,” he said. View full article »
advent (Lat. Adventus, “coming”) In reference to Christ, the first advent is his incarnation; the second is his future second coming. Also used for the first season of the Christian year, Advent, in which the coming of Jesus Christ is anticipated.
Greetings my brothers and sisters in the name of God who was and who is and who is to come!
I send my greetings to you this Advent season. During this season, which starts on December 1st and ends December 23rd, we will rediscover Advent as a season of inward preparation as we contemplate Christ’s birth. Martyr and Theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “The Advent season is a season of waiting, but our whole life is an Advent season, that is a season of waiting for the last Advent, for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth.” We celebrate time and time again because of the glorious news that God is coming into our midst! The scripture texts we read this season are to prepare for the Second coming of Christ, while we also commemorate the first coming of Christ, who was born in a stable in Bethlehem. Read these texts either privately or in community for your faith development as a disciple of Jesus Christ. If you are in need of a small group or Bible study contact your pastor. They will be happy to connect you with the community you need this season. Don’t delay on this! You know you need it! View full article »
|UMC.org/Advent has a wide variety of resources for Advent and Christmas for everyone from Pastors to Families.
There are Advent devotions and reflections, a section on home worship resources, even videos and other useful links.
Including an article by Shalom Agtarap where she writes that Advent lets us “dig out stones of consumerism so we can plant seeds of simplicity and joy…we’ve got work to do.”
(From PNW News Digest)
Support Gun Responsibility in WA
In partnership with Faith Action Network (FAN), which is partnering with the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR), Bishop Hagiya is asking churches to step forward and promote common sense gun reform: Requiring background checks for all gun purchases.
Here’s how you can help:
* Please have your congregation endorse I-594. Click here for an online faith community endorsement.
* Please encourage your congregation to sign the I-594 petitions and gather signatures from others. Click here to order a petition or get more information.
This is a critical time for the collection of signatures. The final signatures for I-594 need to be delivered to the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia on December 14, 2013. We can and will prevent gun violence in our communities. The time is now. (From firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Faith Action Network’s Annual Dinner
Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Registration: 4:30 – Dinner and Program: 5:30
Temple De Hirsch . 1511 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA
Keynote Speaker: Nick Hanauer
philanthropist and co-founder Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility
On Sunday, December 8, 2013, Faith Action Network will host our annual fundraising dinner at Temple De Hirsch Sinai on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. We are pleased to announce that our theme this year is: Beyond Violence: A Time for Peace. We are also excited to announce our keynote speaker is Nick Hanauer – philanthropist and co‐founder of Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility – who will join faith leaders and advocates from across the state celebrating FAN’s work toward a just, compassionate, and sustainable world.
As Faith Action Network strategizes for the start of the 2014 Washington State legislative session, we need your help to build a strong voice, fighting on behalf of the values of inclusion, compassion, and justice. We pledge to bring power to the issues, to educate on the roots of injustice, and to teach how to advocate for change, as together we take courageous public action and empower prophetic witness.
To register for our dinner, you can follow this link.
Holy Lands 2014
Proposed dates February 14-22, 2014
(This may shift by a day or two depending on airfares.)
Projected Cost: $3600 includes airfare, 4 star hotels, daily breakfast and dinner,
entry into all sites, tour guide, driver, taxes.
Remaining cost to traveler would be daily lunch, souvenirs and tips.
Join guides Sharon Moe and Jan Bolerjack on a tour of the Holy Sites of Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. Walk where Jesus walked. Sail on the Sea of Galilee. Explore the ruins of Jericho. Taste the flavors of the Middle East. Meet the people of the land. Learn of the political situation. And most of all grow in understanding and faith. The Bible will never read the same again. An experience of a lifetime is waiting for you.
To Reserve your Space: Send name and $1000 deposit to: Sharon Moe at 505 Broadway #506, Tacoma WA 98402.
For more information contact Sharon at email@example.com or Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associated with Kids4Hope; Helping kids of Palestine form a healthy and productive future.
Dear Friends in the Tacoma District,
We have all been stunned by the disaster caused to the Philippines by typhoon Yolanda in the last few days. The numbers of injured and killed, the losses of homes, businesses, and the things that make a society functional–all of these reports are staggering. I cannot begin to imagine how the Philippine people will find enough relief, recovery, and resources to put their lives back together again.
It is a source of neverending gratitude that the United Methodist Church is able to provide help through UMCOR. The article attached is a description of how those resources begin to arrive and fill the enormous needs of the people at this time.
I invite and encourage each of our Tacoma District Churches to receive a special emergency offering for the relief and recovery efforts of the Philippines through UMCOR. The details of receiving and forwarding that offering are included in the article. Please open your hearts to this devastation and help be the hands of Christ to begin to salve the hurt and loss.
In God’s love,
Sharon Moe, District Superintendent
UMCOR relief money on way to Philippines
By Linda Bloom*
Three days after Super Typhoon Haiyan flattened part of the Philippines, relief was beginning to trickle in to survivors.
United Methodists are among those starting to provide emergency supplies while assessing damages from the powerful Nov. 8 storm, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, that made direct hits on several islands. Much of the early media attention has centered on Tacloban, a Leyte Island city of 200,000 that was nearly destroyed.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief announced a $97,000 grant Nov. 11 to provide emergency food, water and water purification tablets to 7,500 individuals (or 1,500 families) in Tacloban City. The funding also will help local UMCOR staff and volunteers build capacity to meet emergency needs.
Read more on how you and your church can help support disaster relief in the Philippines…(More)
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Sneak peek of 2014 Mission u
July 11 – 14, 2014
How Is it With Your Soul?
Framed within four verbs, “pray,” “learn,” “mentor” and “transform,” the study gives an overview of the setting for this question – “How Is it With Your Soul?” – in Methodist class and band meetings, and moves in a trajectory from the individual to the church to the world. Within this framework, the study seeks to discuss biblical text, Wesley and the early Methodists, faithful women past and present, and spiritual practices. View full article »
Celebrate the Christmas season by singing-along or listening-along to Handel’s magnificent Messiah under the direction of John Falskow, Ph.D., Music Department Chair, Tacoma Community College. Christ Lutheran Church will host this performance as a gift to the community on December 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. The Church is located at 8211 112th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Bring your own book or one will be provided. A donation of food for area food banks and a suggested donation of $10 would be greatly appreciated. For questions contact: Sylvia Holben Allen, with Christ Lutheran Church, at: email@example.com.