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Advent

Through Thursday, Dec. 24

Resources

One stop for United Methodist Advent resources, including devotions, sermon starters and books from Cokesbury, Upper Room, Discipleship Ministries, Rethink Church and Imagine No Malaria

United Methodist Communications offers a way to take Advent to Facebook and other social media with free downloadable images to celebrate each Sunday of the season

Advent quiz, which starts Nov. 27

December

Friday, Dec. 11

Women in ministry luncheon — The Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee, will host a Scholastica peer-mentoring luncheon for women in ministry from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. CST. The Rev. Renita Weems, an elder and biblical scholar in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will speak. Cost is $11. Details

Sundays, Dec. 13 and 20

 Day1 features the Rev. Michael Brown, senior minister of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City — Brown, a North Carolina native who has served several United Methodist churches, is the featured preacher with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.

Monday, Dec. 21

Blue Christmas/Longest Night — Not everyone is up to feeling Christmas cheer. Many churches offer special services for people dealing with loss to coincide with the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers worship resources.

Thursday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve  — Worship resources from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.

Thursday, Dec. 31

New Year's Eve/ Watch Night — Worship resources, including for covenant renewal and baptism reaffirmation, are available from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries

January 2016

Monday, Jan. 11-Sunday, Jan. 24

Online course "Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts” from beadisciple.com — Participants can learn more about their spiritual gifts — and how to help their congregations learn more about theirs — in this two-week workshop. Participants will interact via online discussions, videos and real-time group sessions throughout the two weeks. Participants are also expected to read the Discipleship Resources book, "Each One a Minister," by William J. Carter, and "Spirit Gifts," by Patricia Brown. $70. Details

Friday, Jan. 15

Early-bird deadline for Caring for Creation Conference — The ninth event will be Friday-Saturday, April 8-9 at Decatur (Georgia) First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. This year’s focus is on food, food systems. Keynote speakers include Norman Wirzba of Duke University, Jennifer Ayres of Emory University's Candler School of Theology, and Alice Rolls of Georgia Organics. Scholarships are available. Another discounted registration deadlines is March 15. To register

Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 20-22

Pre-General Conference Briefing in Portland, Oregon — At the briefing at the Oregon Convention Center, delegates and conference communicators will learn what's new and different at the 2016 General Conference. They can discuss major legislation, Christian conferencing and key activities; and connect with fellow attendees. General Conference is May 10-20, 2016 in Portland. The briefing is designed for up to four members of each annual conference's delegation, including the first-elected lay and clergy delegates. Details

March

Tuesday, March 15

Discounted deadline for Caring for Creation Conference —The ninth event will be Friday-Saturday, April 8-9 at Decatur (Georgia) First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. This year’s focus is on food, food systems. Keynote speakers include Norman Wirzba of Duke University, Jennifer Ayres of Emory University's Candler School of Theology, and Alice Rolls of Georgia Organics. Scholarships are available. To register

April 

Friday-Saturday, April 8-9

Caring for Creation Conference —The ninth event will be at Decatur (Georgia) First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. This year’s focus is on food, food systems. Keynote speakers include Norman Wirzba of Duke University, Jennifer Ayres of Emory University's Candler School of Theology, and Alice Rolls of Georgia Organics. Scholarships are available. To register

Saturday, April 9

Bill Mallard Lay Theology Institute at Emory University's Candler School of Theology in Atlanta — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Ahead of the 2016 General Conference, the gathering will focus on “Holy Conferencing: From Wesley to 2016." Thomas W. Elliott Jr., assistant professor in the practice of practical theology, will speak to the role of the General Conference in key issues of the last century. Charlene Kammerer, retired bishop of the Western North Carolina and Virginia conferences, will respond. In the afternoon session, Anne Burkholder will discuss issues facing the 2016 General Conference, and Jack Meadors, retired bishop of the Mississippi Conference, will respond. $50; $25 for students. Details