Afrizo is a group of Daystar University students who sing in a variety of African traditions, worshiping the Lord in a unique variety of languages and styles. Founded and directed by Daystar faculty member Hellen Mtawali, Afrizo sings in English, Swahili, and African tribal languages.
Based on the scripture John 10:10, "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly," the women of FUMC Richardson and local community are joining in a time of friendship, spiritual renewal and worship.
This conference features keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Ellas McDonald (St. Luke AME, Garland, TX), Julie Klossner (First UMC Richardson), Lisa Hancock (First UMC Richardson), and music by Leslie Blum. The conference offers keynote presentations and workshops designed to help connect women with one another and themselves.
This event is open to all women. Cost is $35.00. Registration and payment deadline is October 31, 2014.
You are invited to a workshop on liturgy, worship and music with co-facilitators Rev. Irving Cotto and Rev. Gary Garay. God's Word says in the Gospel of John 4: 23-24, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him."
This entire workshop will be conducted in Spanish.
Accommodations can be arranged directly with the MCM Elegante Hotel & Suites by calling 214-351-4477. When making your reservations, mention that you are with the group, Christ's Foundry-SMU Perkins to get the special workshop rate. The rate is $80/night and includes breakfast. Additional meals will be offered in Christ’s Foundry's cafeteria.
For more information or questions, contact email@example.com or 214-768-2265.
Reverend Gary Garay
Reverend Gary Garay is an ordained minister with the Florida Conference. He has served in the ministry for 40 years, 30 of them as a pastor of the United Methodist Church. He recently retired in July 2014. He accepted the Lord while he was enjoying fame as a singer and actor in Puerto Rican radio and television.
He has been a church planter in Puerto Rico, Wisconsin, Florida and Honduras, where he served for four years as a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries. His passion is music and missions. He has recorded 15 albums of sacred music and is author of the book I will sow while I live.
Under the initiative of Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Eastern Conference of Pennsylvania, Dr. Cotto was invited and appointed in 2008 to serve as Director of Congregational Development for the primary work of starting new churches and faith communities. During this time, Dr. Cotto was also director of Hispanic ministries. In 2012, he was appointed District Superintendent of the Northeast District by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson. His district includes 70 local churches.
Dr. Cotto has served in a variety of capacities as either a volunteer or as an independent contractor with different denominational agencies. He has facilitated training modules for lay missionaries, and has written and implemented Liturgy and Worship workshops as part of the National Plan for Hispanic / Latino Ministry.
Click here to learn more about Rev. Dr. Irving Cotto.
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"Mas La Hora Viene"
Taller de Adoración, Alabanza y Liturgía
November 14 - 16 , 2014
Los invitamos a un taller de liturgía, adoración y música con los co-facilitadores Rev. Irving Cotto y Rev. Gary Garay. Dice la Palabra de Dios en el Evangelio de San Juan 4:23-24, “Mas la hora viene, y ahora es, cuando los verdaderos adoradores adorarán al Padre en espíritu y en verdad; porque también el Padre tales adoradores busca que le adoren.” Este taller (que también cuenta como un modulo del Plan Nacional de Ministerios Hispanos/Latinos) enseñará acerca de los medios de comunicarse con Dios a través de la alabanza y la adoración. Invitamos a los lideres de culto en sus Iglesias, levitas, pastores y lideres laicos que dirigen la alabanza y quieren aprender acerca de los simbolos cristianos y el calendario litúrgico. Espacio es limitado y pedimos el aval de su pastor. Patrocinado por la Escuela de Teología de Perkins de la Universidad Metodista del Sur, la Junta General de Educación Superior y Ministerio, el Plan Nacional de Ministerios Hispanos/Latinos de la Iglesia Metodista Unida y la iglesia anfitrión Fundición de Cristo.
How often do we think about the juxtaposition of vulnerability and compassion? Vulnerability on its own? Yes. Compassion as a central focus of caring? Yes. When we’re honest with ourselves and give ourselves permission, we can identify those places in our lives where we are vulnerable. We can also identify what compassion looks like in a world where we are called to be the other’s keeper. But the thought of recognizing vulnerability at its intersection with compassion is a stretch for most of us. Our 20th Annual ACA Symposium will bring speakers with experience in these fields. It will open for us insights into the world of vulnerability and compassion.
Martin E. Marty, PhD will join with a physician, a social theologian, and a psychiatrist theologian to help peel back the layers of this important topic. This is an opportunity for you to explore a topic with some of the great minds of our communities. In addition, we will be joined by Krys Boyd, the talented host of the NPR program Think. She will lead us in a fruitful discussion in the morning and will engage Martin E. Marty in an interview in the afternoon.
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Opening blessing and introductions
9:15 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Martin E. Marty, PhD
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Robert Schwab, MD
10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Rita Nakashima Brock, PhD
11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Paula Dobbs-Wiggins, MD
11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Panel interview led by Krys Boyd
12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Martin E. Marty Interview led by Krys Boyd
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Follow-up conversation with Martin E. Marty and the morning panel of Drs. Schwab, Brock and Dobbs-Wiggins
2:30 p.m. – close
Closing and Evaluations
Martin E. Marty, PHD
Martin E. Marty, PHD is returning for the third time to be the keynote speaker for the ACA’s 20th Symposium. Dr. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he taught for 35 years, chiefly in the Divinity School.
Marty was born in West Point, Nebraska, on February 5, 1928. He and his wife Harriet, a musician, enjoy an extended family of seven children, including two who joined the family as foster children, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
She did her Residency in Psychiatry at Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital in Dallas. She has a General Adult Psychiatry practice with special interest in the treatment of Affective Disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety Disorders.) She is also interested in the interface between psychiatry and religion and the role religious professionals can play in decreasing stigma and promoting greater understanding of mental illness and its treatment.
She is a commissioned minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In December 2008, she and Dr. Gabriella Lettini began work on the Truth Commission on Conscience in War, which, in November 2010, recommended extensive public education on moral injury. In response, she and Lettini co-authored Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War (Beacon, 2012).
Krys Boyd has been host and managing editor of KERA-FM’s flagship midday talk show Think since 2006. Krys began her career along the U.S.-Mexico border, working simultaneously at radio and television stations as a reporter, anchor and news director. A graduate of TCU, Krys returned to North Texas in 1999. She joined KERA in 2001, hosting the nightly radio talk show Conversations. Later, she wrote and produced documentary and educational television programs, including the critically-acclaimed, nationally-broadcast “JFK: Breaking the News in 2003.” She served as producer and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the Record. Think was named “Best Radio Talk Show” of Dallas by the Dallas Observer in 2009. Krys was declared “Best Broadcaster for Radio in Dallas” by D Magazine in 2010 and won a PRNDI award for best call-in program in 2012. She and her husband, Matt, live in Dallas and have four children.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
United Methodist Fall Fest in Arden Forest: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
(Arden Forest is the treed area between Highland Park UMC and Perkins/SMU)
Game kickoff: 11:00 a.m.
On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Southern Methodist University will host a United Methodist Day on Family Weekend. While inviting families to campus has been a longstanding SMU tradition, this is the first time the Football Promotions Department has supported a day honoring SMU’s connection to The United Methodist Church.
“We are so excited that the school was interested in reconnecting with the ‘M’ in its name for family weekend,” said Sarah Beard, event coordinator of the Game Day Faith Event and Highland Park UMC college ministry coordinator.
With football season in high gear, Family Weekend offers college students the opportunity to invite their families to visit their campus and get to know Dallas through various family-centered events.
This year’s pregame activities will include food trucks, rides, games and other entertainment hosted by Metro District churches.
Bishop Michael McKee will offer the opening prayer to start the football game, and Highland Park UMC Senior Pastor Paul Rasmussen, will toss the coin.
This connectional event will allow students to see the affiliation SMU has with The United Methodist Church.
“We hope that by being a presence at family weekend, students and their families will see our denomination is thriving in Dallas and ultimately want to be a part of it, or at least start to think about it,” Beard said.
All United Methodist families are invited to attend the event. SMU is offering a 50 percent discount on game tickets to Methodist church members, and kids 2 and under are free. For information on discounted tickets or participating in the Game Day event, contact Beard at 816-810-5534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Munger Place Church in East Dallas has scheduled a Community Ebola prayer service to be on Monday, October 13, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.
The news that there is a second Ebola patient in Dallas, and particularly that she lives in this East Dallas neighborhood, is troubling. Whatever you believe, this is a time for the community to come together.
We will host a simple prayer service to reach out for strength, courage and understanding. All are welcome.
Determined to be a new kind of new church start, Union opened in 2012 with the mission to care for the well-being of its neighborhood, directed by the energy created by the coffee house operations. University Park United Methodist Church is Union's anchor church.
Ms. Gbanga began her remarks by recalling how the disease started in her West African nation.
“A woman came down with something called ‘the strange illness,’ ” she recalled. “Ultimately, the woman died, the hospital staff that tended to her died, and the ten people who helped to bury her also died. They all died because they were not educated about the disease,” she said. “Ebola has similar symptoms as typhoid and malaria. There has been confusion about this, and this has led to so many deaths of health workers.
“Ebola has ravaged Sierra Leone,” she continued. “We have lost 150 health workers. We have lost 4 of our 200 doctors. The economy is gone because no one can get to the markets. The markets cannot operate, and there is no food. The schools and universities have been shut down since June. Can you imagine young people at home all that time?” Ms. Gbanga asked the group.
The social life of Sierra Leone residents has been hampered by the Ebola virus. “We are a very social people,” she explained. “People come by and visit all the time. Now when the calls come to say they are coming by, my response is ‘no, do not do that.’ We usually hug and touch each other, but now touching is risky business. Instead, we blow a kiss, bow or give [a] thumbs-up sign.”
A large audience attended the Ebola seminar.
According to national media reports, five people are currently being infected with Ebola every hour in Sierra Leone, and over 600 people have died so far. Liberia is the worst-hit nation, with almost two-thirds of the 3,338 deaths in West Africa.
When asked by the NTC Connection to explain the differences between Sierra Leone and Liberia’s ability to fight the disease, Ms. Gbanga spoke proudly of Sierra Leone’s Episcopal Leader, John K. Yambasu. “He got out in front of it. He brought together a coalition of religious leaders: the Catholics, Muslims and the United Methodists. They were asked to speak about Ebola from their pulpits. The churches provided chlorinated water for their worshippers to wash their hands as they entered and exited the churches.”
To get a hold on the disease, Ms. Gbanga urges the end of mass burials. “I have seen the mass graves. I am very upset with this because we drink our water from wells. The ideal is to be burned.” Also, she added, “If we had testing kits, we could determine patients with typhoid and malaria from Ebola.”
Mary Miriti, pastor of Oasis Fellowship, attended the seminar with a specific set of questions. “I am a Kenyan,” she said. “I want to know how this disease impacts the entire African continent. I have many persons form Sierra Leone in my church. One of my members lives in the same complex as the Liberian man who has the Ebola virus. I came to learn how to talk to my members.”
Sharon Heimbuch of St. Andrew heard Ms. Gbanga speak of the huge impact of UMCOR. Ms. Heimbuch left the seminar impressed with the strength of UMCOR. “It has so much power. It is wonderful, ” she said.
Florence Campbell, president of the Sisters of Sierra Leone (an umbrella group of support), and a member of Spring Valley UMC, has concerns about family members. She indicated that Sierra Leone residents living in America are inundated with requests from family members back home. “There are lots of people from Sierra Leone living here in Dallas, and we are constantly sending back home items that our people need such as hand wipes, gloves, masks and food. We are also tending to another emerging group, the orphans of Ebola.”
Ms. Gbanga not only requested funds, she asked for prayers for her nation. "I pray every morning that this epidemic be controlled. It has damaged every aspect of life.”
She plans to return to Sierra Leone on October 23, 2014.