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Southern Conference 53rd Annual Gathering Was A Great Success!
Automated Phone Message: All churches, clergy and lay for which the Southern Conference have phone numbers for would have received their first automated call last week from Dr. Davis. This is one of our many new tools for communicating with our Conference in the new year. When our office number, 336-222-8771 comes up on your phone and you don't answer, please listen to the message BEFORE calling the office back. You may receive a text as well. Please store the number 866-204-8160 as SOC text messaging. If you would like to be added to the message system please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject automated calls. Include your name, lay or clergy, association, church and phone number you would like to use.
Thank all of you who attended, participated as workshop leAders or assisted in some type of way to help make the 53rd Annual Gathering of the Southern Conference a success. We could not have done it without you. It is my fervent prayer that you have been "renewed, restored and refreshed." May God find favor on each of you. See you next year!
Note Conference Summer Hours
During the summer months, many of our clergy and churches will be vacationing. Equally likewise, this will be a time of rest for the conference staff.
The Conference Minister will have time away with a combination of vacation and continued sabbatical from June 25 to September 9, 2018. The Ministers of Church Affairs will also be taking time away for rest from June 25th to August 6th. The Administrative office hours from June 25 to August 6th will be 9 am to 1 pm Monday thru Thursday (the VA office is closed on Monday). The Rev. Ervin Milton will remain the Acting Conference Minister during the time of Davis' sabbatical. Should assistance be needed that require the Conference Minister or Minister of Church Affairs during their off time, contact the Southern Conference office at 336-222-8771.
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Clergy Hear Challenge from Rev. Jimmy Norred
As a way to address the financial needs of doing ministry in the Conference, and respond to a measure for paying Ministers of Church Affairs in a more just manner, The Rev. Jimmy Norred stepped to a microphone at the 53rd Annual Gathering and put forth The Rev. Jimmy Norred Clergy Challenge. His challenge was for Clergy to share in the funding of the Conference budget by giving $1,000 (or $500 if they can't give the larger amount) on an annual basis.
Says Norred in the letter accompanying his $1,000 check, "The Clergy owe for the right to do ministry in the name of the Association, Conference and National Church. We hold standing in the association (ordination), conference and the national church. The conference budget has given financial aid to us to go to school and many received help in times of sickness or troubles. We are able to get group health and life insurance. We are able to receive aid in locating a church or other positions to do ministry. We have available counseling for us, our families or our church in time of need. For these and many other things we give thanks to the conference budget.
Checks can be sent to the Southern Conference UCC, 252B West Fifth Street, Burlington, NC 27215, and earmarked as "contribution."