CALENDAR

Feb
25
Tue
2020
Vermont District Clergy PreLenten Gathering
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Vermont District clergy should plan to attend the Pre-Lenten Gathering on Tuesday, February 25: Gathering & Opening Worship – 9:00 a.m. Instruction – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch – 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.  Instruction & Closing Worship – 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.   Lunch provided. $10 donation requested.   .5 CEU for those who attend the whole event. The same event will be hosted by the New Hampshire District on Monday, Feb. 24.   To register, click on Register or contact the Vermont District Office. Please register by February 10 so that materials can be provided for all in attendance.   Please alert the Vermont District Office of your childcare and dietary needs. (vmtdistrict@neumc.org or 802.485.4724) Soul Shop The Soul Shop™ Movement exists due to the need of desperately hurting people to be heard, noticed, and seen within their faith communities. Soul Shop™ provides training and support to faith community leaders. At any given time, 1 in 17 adults (according to Living Works) and 1 in 6 youth…

Feb
29
Sat
2020
MBH Vital Conversations: Racism and the U.S. Church
Feb 29 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

Vital Conversations: Racism and the U.S. Church The Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CCORR)  is beginning a series of trainings for clergy on how to have “Vital Conversations” about race and racism in their congregations. BOOM has approved 0.5 CEU’s for this training. Read more about this training   All District Clergy are required to attend  More info to come!

Mar
3
Tue
2020
Cabinet
Mar 3 – Mar 5 all-day
Mar
6
Fri
2020
First Twelve Training
Mar 6 @ 12:00 am – Mar 7 @ 11:00 pm

First UMC, 8 Lee Rd., Lincoln, ME When:  March 6-7, 2020 Cost:  $59 per participant  Schedule: March 6     1 p.m.. – 8 p.m.  March 7    8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     

Mar
7
Sat
2020
Open Spirit Task Force Informational Meeting – Vermont
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The New England Delegation to the 2020 General Conference and the Open Spirit Task Force* (OSTF) have been moving forward with their work and will be holding information sessions in each district. At this gathering facilitators from the OSTF and delegation will share the options that will be presented at the Annual Conference in June 2020 and provide educational materials that will help facilitate congregational conversations about these options.  Please contact Evie in the Vermont District Office (vmtdistrict@neumc.org or 802.485.4724) by February 28, if you plan to attend. * What is the Open Spirit Task Force? The New England Annual Conference mandate to the Open Spirit Task Force is “to examine whether and how United Methodists of New England might align with, create, or form a new church body in the Methodist tradition (independently or in collaboration with others).” Read more about OSTF work so far here.  

Mar
17
Tue
2020
Cabinet
Mar 17 – Mar 19 all-day
Mar
21
Sat
2020
Vital Conversations: Racism and the U.S. Church
Mar 21 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

Vital Conversations: Racism and the U.S. Church The Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CCORR)  is beginning a series of trainings for clergy on how to have “Vital Conversations” about race and racism in their congregations. BOOM has approved 0.5 CEU’s for this training. Read more about this training   All District Clergy are required to attend  More info to come!

Mar
27
Fri
2020
The Ripple Effect: Featuring Jason Moore – 5 Things Your Visitors are Thinking but Won’t Ask
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

The 2020 Ripple Effect conference-wide training event will feature nationally known worship coach and author Jason Moore offering his training: 5 Things Your Visitors Are Thinking But Won’t Ask It’s been said that every church wants to grow. But is that reflected in the way we treat and attend to our new visitors? While you might not think so, guest readiness is one of the most important issues facing the church today. A majority of churches are blind to the things that visitors consider when deciding whether or not to return for future visits.   See the brochure below for more about Jason  Owner of Midnight Oil Productions, Moore is passionate about helping the church reach the culture we live in. We are excited to bring Moore to New England for two sessions of training on this crucial topic: March 27 in Maine and March 28 in Rhode Island Click the registration link above, you will be prompted to choose the training in Maine or Rhode Island.

Mar
28
Sat
2020
The Ripple Effect: Featuring Jason Moore – 5 Things Your Visitors are Thinking but Won’t Ask
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

The 2020 Ripple Effect conference-wide training event will feature nationally known worship coach and author Jason Moore offering his training: 5 Things Your Visitors Are Thinking But Won’t Ask It’s been said that every church wants to grow. But is that reflected in the way we treat and attend to our new visitors? While you might not think so, guest readiness is one of the most important issues facing the church today. A majority of churches are blind to the things that visitors consider when deciding whether or not to return for future visits.   See the brochure below for more about Jason  Owner of Midnight Oil Productions, Moore is passionate about helping the church reach the culture we live in. We are excited to bring Moore to New England for two sessions of training on this crucial topic: March 27 in Maine and March 28 in Rhode Island Click the registration link above, you will be prompted to choose the training in Maine or Rhode Island.

Mar
31
Tue
2020
Cabinet
Mar 31 – Apr 2 all-day
Apr
14
Tue
2020
NEAC Annual Retreat for Clergy
Apr 14 – Apr 16 all-day

This two-night retreat will be different than previous years. The focus is on rest – your personal rest – as we provide prayer stations and spiritual prompts that will allow you to be with the Risen One and feast in His presence at a pace that will renew your soul.  We will encourage you to walk on the beach, sit by the fire, journal, draw, read, play and just be. Times of worship, fellowship, and devotions along with spiritual companion conversations will round out our time. For more details see the brochure below

Apr
17
Fri
2020
Cabinet
Apr 17 – Apr 18 all-day
Apr
18
Sat
2020
Vermont District UMW Spring Gathering
Apr 18 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Women in the district are invited to the Spring gathering of United Methodist Women. Dr. Gus Jordan, director of the Health & Wellness Center at Middlebury College, will lead a program on QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer) suicide prevention. Registration 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Program 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $12 registration fee includes lunch and program expenses. Registration details will be published soon. Marie MacDougall, Vermont District UMW President

Apr
24
Fri
2020
2020 Northeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist Women’s meeting
Apr 24 – Apr 26 all-day

April 24-26, 2020 Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Baltimore, Maryland Event and hotel registration are now open!

Apr
27
Mon
2020
Cabinet
Apr 27 – Apr 20 all-day
May
5
Tue
2020
General Conference 2020
May 5 – May 15 all-day

Minneapolis, Minn Theme: And know that I am God – Psalm 46

May
15
Fri
2020
General Conference
May 15 – May 20 all-day
May
26
Tue
2020
Cabinet
May 26 – May 28 all-day
May
30
Sat
2020
Vermont District Pre-Conference Briefing
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Save this date for the Vermont District Pre-Conference Briefing. Location TBA. Clergy, lay members, and lay equalization members of annual conference should plan to attend this session in preparation for the 2020 New England Annual Conference. Please let Evie know if you plan to attend so that we can prepare adequate materials. vmtdistrict@neumc.org

Vermont District Pastoral Transition Workshop
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Changing pastors is part of the connectional life of the United Methodist Church. Pastoral Transition Workshops have been created to help ease the stress for pastors and congregations changing pastors. Pastors and transition teams from each church with a change in pastoral leadership this year are expected to attend one of these workshops. A transition team includes the pastor and lay leader, Staff Parish Relations Committee representatives, and others with skills for this work. Please register by contacting the Vermont District Office: vmtdistrict@neumc.org 802-485-4724 Plans are being made for a 2nd workshop in Vermont, probably on a weeknight.