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Creation Care (May 2023)

When you eat food on Mondays, make your meals meatless. Actually, any day of the week will work to forego the expense to you and the planet that meat creates. 

Give the Gift of Sight (Deadline: April 30)

The EGRC is collecting 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses for children and adults in Ghana, West Africa. Old eyeglasses are being collected through April 30. Your old pair will be a new pair: a child can learn and an adult can work!

To donate, place old glasses in the box in the lounge or in the mail slot (Britton Street door).

Contact Andrena Coleman if you have questions.

Pause for Poetry (April 23)

Do the stained glass windows at Saint Matthews speak to you? Do they move you? What feelings do they evoke when you enter the Sanctuary? Are they rhythmic? Poetic?

The Liturgical Arts Ministry invites you to put it all in a poem. Write your poem(s) during April, National Poetry Month, and present it/them on Sunday, April 23, at 10 a.m. in room 20 for our Pause for Poetry gathering.  

Festival of God’s Creation (April 16)

As designated by the United Methodist Church, the Festival of God’s Creation will be at Saint Matthews on Sunday, April 16, at the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

The guest speaker will be Nicole Johnson, North Carolina Council of Churches and director of partners in health and wholeness denominational support/special projects/Triad for the Partners in Health and Wholeness Collaborative. Johnson holds a dual M.Div./M.A. degree in sustainability from Wake Forest University.

The program is being hosted by the SMUMC Creation Care Ministry. 

State of the City (March 30)

Save the date and make plans to attend the City of Greensboro’s inaugural State of the City event on Thursday, March 30, 4-6 p.m., at Piedmont Hall. Mayor Nancy Vaughan will convene this meeting to highlight key achievements in alignment with City Council priorities to promote the theme, “Vision. Innovation. Progress.”

Piedmont Hall is located at 2409 W. Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro, 27403.

AKAs Offering Academic Scholarships for 2023 (Apply by March 20)

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Sigma Kappa Omega Chapter, has four academic scholarships available for 2023.

The scholarships will be awarded to African American male and female students who have exemplified extraordinary work in a service project or those that are actively involved in service organizations.

Eligible high school graduates may apply for the following scholarships:

  • Pearls Among the Ivy $1,000 Scholarship ($,1000). Applicants must attend a four-year historically Black college/university (HBCU) and must reside in Guilford County.
  • Sigma Kappa Omega Scholarship ($,1000). Applicants must attend a four-year accredited college/university and must reside in Guilford County.
  • Ivy Scholarship ($,1000). Applicants must attend a trade school/community college and must reside in Guilford County, Rockingham County, Caswell County or Randolph County.

Eligible undergraduate and graduate students may apply for the Twenty Pearls Scholarship ($1,000). Applicants must be a current undergraduate or graduate student and continuing in fall 2023. Applicants must reside in Guilford County, Rockingham County, Caswell County or Randolph County.

Click here to access the application forms and apply by Monday, March 20. Got questions? Email akaskoscholarship@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed at Dudley High

James B. Dudley High School wants the community’s assistance in providing hall monitors during the day to encourage the students to attend their assigned classes. It takes a village to raise our children and we are that village.

If you are interested in volunteering at Dudley High School (1200 Lincoln Street, Greensboro), please register as a volunteer at the Guilford County Schools link: www.gcsvolunteers.com. Applicants must create a username and password to complete the volunteer registration form. Once completed and submitted, the application will be processed and a background check will be done. Applicants should receive a clearance email from the district volunteer office within 48-72 hours. 

For additional information, please Ramona Miller, Outreach Ministry Co-Chair. 

UMC Scholarship Opportunities (Apply by March 1)

Ethnic scholarships are funded 35% by communion special Sunday offering normally in October (please give). Listed below are a few opportunities: 

  • UMC General Board of Higher Education Ministry Scholarships available. For more information: https://www.gbhem.org/scholarships/ 
  • United Methodist Higher Education Foundation scholarships: Apply by March 1 at https://umhef.org/apply. (Scholarships from UMHEF are separate from those offered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.) 
  • United Women of Faith in the Western North Carolina Conference have a scholarship program for students attending one of the five UMC supported universities and colleges in NC. These schools are Bennett College, Brevard College, Greensboro College, High Point University and Pfeiffer University. All applicants must be members of the United Methodist Church and must reside within the bounds of the Western North Carolina Conference. For applications and additional information write to Jatana Royster, WNCC UMW Scholarship Chairperson (see Saint Matthews UMC’s Feb. 5 Church Bulletin for contact information)

The deadline for applications each year is March 1. 

WNCC Laity Engagement and Transformation Forum (Feb. 27)

You are invited to participate in the Laity Engagement and Transformation Forum on Monday, Feb. 27, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Participants will learn how spiritual listening – to God, to your congregation, to your neighbors – can open up new possibilities for vibrant ministry. 

This is the first of four forums in 2023 highlighting four stages that can move people from isolation to Christian community: Listening, Loving People, Building Community, Exploring Discipleship 

Use the following link to register for this virtual forum: https://wnc-reg.brtapp.com/LaityEngagementTransformationForumFeb27_202254 

Laity Forums are part of the Laity Engagement and Transformation initiative within the Western North Carolina Conference and will be facilitated by the LET Design Team. 

Name Sought for SMUMC Community Garden (Deadline: Feb. 19)

The Creation Care Ministry is seeking help to name the community garden. Suggestions will be accepted through Sunday, Feb. 19.

If you need inspiration, ask a few people for ideas, think about what inspires you or who/what influences you. The final selection will be made by all current and previous members of the SMUMC Creation Care Ministry (CCM), volunteers and other supporters. A tree will be planted in honor of the person who submits the entry of choice, and a $15 gift card will be awarded.

Include these three criteria: (1) name for community garden, (2) origin of the idea and/or (3) inspiration (story behind having made the choice). Send entries to Karlah Y. Burton. Contact any CCM member for more information or if you are interested in working with the ministry: Romona Gibson, Inell Artis, Annette Kirkpatrick or Karlah Y. Burton (Chairperson, North Carolina Earthkeeper).

“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13 (KJV)