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Annual Conference - Laity Session - Speaker view
Gwen Bortner
16:47
They are not seeing us now right? Just the opening screen? Thy only see us when we speak?
Laurie Lineberry
17:08
I hope we have clergy with us today.
GNTV David Wood
17:11
You are correct, they only see the opening screen. If you speak they hear you.
Gwen Bortner
17:24
THanks David
Gwen Bortner
18:03
Beth I think this question might be for you
Beth Rambikur
18:40
Which question?
Gwen Bortner
19:07
Never mind Beth, GNTV handled it!
Beth Rambikur
20:10
Greeting Ginny and all of you! Great to be with all of you in this way!
Beth Rambikur
23:59
It seems I might be having some bandwidth issues I’m working to resolve thos.
Beth Rambikur
32:28
For those of you just joining us, welcome! We are hearing a conversation between Laurie our Lay Leader and Bishop Bob
Beth Rambikur
36:08
Hello friends, for those of you raising your hands, if you have a question, take a moment to enter it into the QandA box so we can address it.
Christina Dillabough
40:08
Amen!
Beth Rambikur
45:47
Hello! For those of you just joining us we are listening to an interview between conference Lay Leader Laurie Lineberry and Bishop Bob.
Beth Rambikur
01:02:36
I know i did…like a pavlov response
Laurie Lineberry
01:03:00
Can’t help yourself but say it.
Bishop Bob
01:03:30
Amen!
Laurie Lineberry
01:04:24
Thank you for this, Bishop.
Beth Rambikur
01:05:02
One thing we don’t have that was mentioned - the translation device, we did not have anyone request translation for laity session. Thank you all!
Beth Rambikur
01:06:39
You got it Myrna!
Beth Rambikur
01:10:28
I’ve started adding comments and questions as they come in to the google dox.
Gwen Bortner
01:10:45
perfect
Danika Danker
01:13:09
I want to see more millennials in our church and I'm starting to realize it's less of a want and more of a calling. I've put together a book list to start a small group in the fall :)
Ginny Hildebrand
01:14:14
I would like to see more of our laity as involved and engaged at church as they are with their clubs, their job, etc.
Margaret Orr
01:14:41
I'm not seeing many chats, please choose the drop down of all panelists AND attendees. Thanks!
Christine Maglott
01:15:38
Resending it include all: I would like to know how to take action on issues of importance to me -- beyond just saying "We/the UMC ought to . . . "
Patricia White
01:16:20
As laity, I want to be a catalyst for change in this ever changing/changing society. Our church has a new Pastor starting in July, during these times, I want to be able to support, and help the congregation understand/make the changes needed to be a growing church.
Sarah Stamer
01:16:50
I’m heading to college in the fall, and I want to plug into a new “temporary” church home and find a way to work for social justice.
Jayne Knoche
01:16:56
I am hoping to get more ideas about how to be the church in pandemic times.
Hannah Vogler
01:18:09
resending to all panelists and attendees: I, as a youth, would like to learn how I can get more youth from my church in leadership roles in and around my church.
Debora Hodler
01:18:29
We have some great small group studies and discussions, but it seems like it's always the same group of people...
Shannon Sanders
01:19:12
As a lay person I would like to learn how to think more outside the box -- especially ways to take our church "out of the building" to our surrounding community.
Nina Conrad
01:20:36
I would like to see more active small groups in our church built around the interests of members. Like hiking, attending concerts etc..
Fred Killion
01:20:38
hoping to hear about creative ideas and opportunities for distance fellowship. We are doing many of the tradional things but as we continue to move forward we want to get invo
Susan Hebert
01:20:46
I would like to see more engagement in the community around our churches, having meetings at local eatery, when it is safe. Have them see us out instead of in our building.
Danika Danker
01:21:56
@Beth Re: Millennials-- Can I send you my book list for our "millennial" study?
Danika Danker
01:22:14
Of course, It'll be open to millennials at heart too
David Hepburn
01:22:38
God doesn't call those that are equipped. He equips those that are called.
Christina Dillabough
01:23:14
Here’s a next step to explore your calling: https://dscumc.org/board-of-ordained-ministry/
Beth Rambikur
01:23:18
@Danika: Yes Please!
Al Sargeant
01:23:19
It seems that we will have to be very deliberate about reconnecting once we can get together as the greater community may well see us as withdrawn and closed during this time.
Laura Land
01:23:52
I would like more accommodations so that members who have disabilities can participate - such as on demand captioning, sign language, and more space around tables when we are in person.
angel opiniano
01:24:02
Right now, I focus more on giving sermon related to what is going in our lives. Perhaps get everyone's reflection about the pandemic.
Laura Land
01:24:15
Keeping worship online for our members who cannot attend because of illness, disability or inability to travel - don't shut them out once we have opened the door.
Ginny Hildebrand
01:24:31
Gwen, that is very true, step up and be willing to do it. And ask for a mentor to help you know the ropes and where the stepping stones are.
Jennifer Hammond
01:24:33
Yes Laura Land
Christina Dillabough
01:24:48
Quick follow-up to called to ordination talk… There’s an event by the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry that is accepting registrations until June 14: https://dscumc.org/2020-orientation-ministry/
Beth Rambikur
01:24:48
If you are youth looking to be in leadership - have a conversation with your senior pastor/pastor and lay leader and ask to be plugged in.
Laurie Lineberry
01:25:33
Nice job!!
Beth Rambikur
01:25:37
I am going to clear the Google doc..is that okay?
Richardson J.
01:26:07
Will we have access to this chat post meeting?
Laurie Lineberry
01:26:10
Sure. Do we have a place where all these comments can be read later?
Gwen Bortner
01:26:23
Can we just make a mark and move down so we have the history?
Kim Riddlesworth
01:26:24
I think the pandemic has given us some opportunities to finally do things differently. Many of us have been keeping contact with many others in our churches. Of course I miss our actual church services, but having services on-line and keeping in contact with people. I thing this will help us with ministering to shut ins.
Beth Rambikur
01:26:27
GNTV can we save this chat?
Beth Rambikur
01:26:43
Will do Gwen!
GNTV David Wood
01:27:07
GNTV can save the chat and so can you. As a panelist click those three dots in the area where you enter these messages and you can download directly.
Gwen Bortner
01:27:13
There is a save chat at the 3-dot menu which would save it to our local computers.
Barbara Barcus
01:27:25
Since being a member of the Methodist church, I served as a youth member of the admin board, which I, now as an adult, don’t see anymore. As part of my Mutual Ministry Team for the CLM, I have a youth as part of my team. I want to see what they need and want to see.
Gwen Bortner
01:27:27
Perfect beth!
Sally West
01:27:42
It seems a lot of the time when you are asked to do something it turns out to be a "life-sentence" - my suggestions would be to ask people to start out helping with a one-time event that has an ending - More likely to get a "yes, I can help" response..
Debora Hodler
01:28:45
Yes! We are trying that...we call them "Hot Teams"! It seems to create more energy and excitement!
Wendy Kreider
01:29:15
Agreed. When I was coordinating neighborhood watch groups in my community, I only asked people to do one small task and many would say “Yes”
Laurie Lineberry
01:30:15
I totally agree Sally. No one wants a life sentence because they said yes once.
Gwen Bortner
01:30:48
I will be addressing the life-sentence issue a bit later!!
angel opiniano
01:31:03
Perhaps if we encourage everyone to participate regardless how little they can do is very important. What is important, they can share.
billie fidlin
01:31:25
If you would like to become involved in conference leadership here are just some of the opportunities available to you: https://dscumc.org/justice-outreach/
Nina Conrad
01:32:00
Thanks Billie Ill check that out
Beth Rambikur
01:32:01
Angel really great point…and I know Gwen will tackle that too!
Laurie Lineberry
01:32:24
This is sparking an amazing number of comments…awesome job, Gwen!
Gwen Bortner
01:32:50
I will take the win!!! This is what I hoped for!
Nina Conrad
01:33:04
I like to see what people are excited passionate about and then look for a place they can use that in our church
billie fidlin
01:33:05
Regarding “life sentence” there are many churches around the nation that follow Jessica Moffit’s model of retiring every ministry at the end of the year. So leadership retires as well. Then there’s a weekend process to birth new ministries or rebirth one’s that you love!
Susan Hebert
01:33:16
Thank you Billie.
billie fidlin
01:33:23
You’re welcome!
Sheila King
01:33:31
Encourage people to be aware of the Holy Spirit within themselves and become excited and encouraged to share that excitement.
Laurie Lineberry
01:33:47
Beth, thanks for staying on top of the questions. I won’t ask you to step in…and will wait for the moderator (Gwen) to know when to ask you.
Beth Rambikur
01:34:10
No worries :-)
Laurie Lineberry
01:34:44
I just saw you nodding and was curious. I will restrain myself…promise!
Judith Riddlesworth
01:35:04
Thank you for the history and information. I find many members of our church have no idea why things got to where they are. Or what Methodism means.
Fred Killion
01:35:05
It is so important to understand the interests and gifts of your members and draw them in to those arenas make certain that you truly involve them so that they see the value of their participation
Laurie Lineberry
01:35:47
Our work as Laity is never done.
Kathy Schock
01:35:58
When you work to identify spiritual gifts in all members, everyone will do the work God intended. Burnout is less likely. Ministries are more successful.
Laurie Lineberry
01:36:36
If your heart is in it, it isn’t a burden…and you are more likely to keep doing the work, regardless of age.
Carla Whitmire
01:36:38
That is so true Kathy.
Susan Hebert
01:37:03
I agree Laurie.
Beth Rambikur
01:37:25
Judith - you are so right!
Nina Conrad
01:38:04
A lot of people are actually looking for a chance to get involved in something thats important to them. As the church we can provide opportunities for people to make a difference in their communities
Brian Bourgon
01:40:01
I don't believe that we all have to agree on our theological ideas to be in meaningful community with one another. Diversity of thought makes us stronger, not weaker.
Jennifer Hammond
01:40:32
Absolutely, Brian Bourgon
Susan Hebert
01:41:04
Brian, I am of that some thought. We cannot build a church, a community etc with the same ideas and thoughts. Compromise.
Nina Conrad
01:41:28
I believe that the first part of our faith is to try and be like Jesus was. To look for relationships with others and treat others as he did. He had a wide variety of friends.
Susan Hebert
01:41:36
Respect to all thoughts.
Christine Maglott
01:42:36
I participate for two reasons: it is hard to have a strong faith and SIT on the sidelines and there are some things I feel passionate about like educating Christians and assuring ALL are treated equally. others would have different areas of passionate belief.
Cat Holbert
01:42:37
I strongly lean into the twin commandments and feel they are imperative to living the lives we're called to lead. If we love God and love our neighbors, many of the other details get "simpler" And, I love that we can live this way--not as cookie cutters but with integrity and heart and allow others to live into that love in the ways they are called to
Kim Riddlesworth
01:42:39
The ability to compromise is very important. You can't grow without the ability to change.
Danika Danker
01:42:40
I identify with Creator God and table flipping Jesus-- Social justice and climate change and how our churches react to them are important to me
Nina Conrad
01:42:43
Jesus recognized that we aren’t perfect but he accepted us anyway. We need to extend grace to people we disagree with and try to engage in honest discussin
angel opiniano
01:42:44
Fred, I agree with you about gifts. There are also other gifts which I believed spiritual gifts which we can find by discerning and most definitely we can find them. I myself no nothing about preaching and leading Bible study. I spent 23 years in the military, so when I joined the ministry I absolutely no experience or qualification to become lay leader. I believed it was God who showed my gift which I did not know I have. I could not believed that I have been a lay leader for over 15 years serving the North District. I believed let God works on our gifts and I am sure He will lead us.
Sarah Stamer
01:43:16
Going off of the sequoia example: I feel the same way when looking at a night sky.
Michael Edwards
01:43:23
I believe in the Holy Bible which includes the Teachings of Jesus Christ guides us to all truth as well as the Holy Spirit!
Brian Bourgon
01:44:28
Being made in God's image is about creativity. Creator God is tied intimately with creator human.
Ginny Hildebrand
01:44:34
I believe God is the ultimate creator of everyone and everything. That creation flows through God because of the love God has for his creation.
Danika Danker
01:44:34
@ Sarah, we call it "cathedral of the open sky" in our family... mountains, giant trees, stars :D
Fred Killion
01:45:20
Even though I have been part of the Methodist church for 70 years I still feel like a rookie regarding my relationship with God However, I feel so connected in my relationship with Jesus and try to live my life accordingly. My relationship to God is slowly evolving. I choose to be so actively involved with my church in order to move people closer to doing the work of God with the support of their fellow church family members
Cat Holbert
01:45:49
YAS! Nature and community are so essential to how I experience God and my faith in Jesus.
Kim Riddlesworth
01:46:19
I agree with Beth. The Holy Spirit is the most neglected of the trinity.
Marlene McNiece
01:46:20
I have a hard time separating my relationship with God and my relationship with Jesus. My relationship is more with the Trinity and I feel a closeness with God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit If I had to choose a favorite it would be the Holy Spirit. When I'm preparing a sermon, I feel the prodding of the Spirit. When my daughter died recently, I was comforted by the Spirit. When I'm deciding on a course of action, the Spirit is right there leading the way. And I've found it very difficult to resist the Spirit--even when I would like to.
Danika Danker
01:46:57
Marlene, so sorry for your loss <3
Patricia White
01:47:05
My relationship with Jesus, is more of a friend, I feel like I talk with Jesus in a real way like I would talk to a friend. God is more of my higher power when praying. The Holy Spirit is this fluid movement in my life that moves me to do/try/ and engage in different ways of understanding my spiritual gifts.
Nina Conrad
01:47:51
Maybe not related but I’ve had very deep conversations with people who are not christians while hiking.
Regina Walker
01:47:52
My "Trinity" expression is a further extension of the loss of my mother and father. I often begin my prayers with "Mother, Father, God" Because I find peace in recognizing where my faith came from.
Hannah Vogler
01:48:14
I relate more to Jesus Christ becuase he goes out and makes disciples and I feel like that is my calling. I have been part of the Methodist church since I was born which has been for sixteen year. I also believe that we need to love one another like God loves us in these tough times and always despite our differences. I believe this because I grew up knowing that God put us on this world for a reason and that reason is to love and show people the way of God.
Cat Holbert
01:48:15
Regina--that's beautiful
Laura Land
01:48:24
God is the God of love, represented by the Triune God, all parts are equal, That God is Love and expects that we love our brothers and sisters equally and we are on this earth to be examples of Christ's love to other, we are here to do the works to show others by example.
Ginny Hildebrand
01:49:18
Laurie, that is absolutely right. That's why I am Methodist because of the way we are able to look at our beliefs and understandings and still be open to one another, even though we may disagree.
Danika Danker
01:49:30
Nina-- me too. I "fellowship" with a lot of environmentalists who have "never met a CHristian like (me)" and I tell them I hope I won't be the last.
Nina Conrad
01:50:00
when Im hiking and these conversations happen it makes me think of Paul when he addressed the Romans and their “Unknown God”. Meeting people where they are and leading them towards God.
Ginny Hildebrand
01:50:47
Could you also make the slide available to us the what, why, who questions.
Sandrea Kerr
01:51:11
I am happy to be a Methodist because I don’t have to believe just like the pastor or someone else.
Laurie Lineberry
01:51:49
Amen, Sandrea!
Beth Rambikur
01:54:13
GNTV can you clear the raised hands?
Sarah Stamer
01:54:24
What was the link for the UMC spiritual gifts survey?
Beth Rambikur
01:54:55
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/spiritual-gifts-inventory
Danika Danker
01:55:04
We've been talking about how laiety and their gifts really lead and guide the church and its programs on our Church Council this year and how, especially in the Methodist church, that allows the pastor to really tap into his/her gifts and protect him/herself from burnout and it keeps our community from collapsing when our pastors move
Gwen Bortner
01:55:19
Beth you are so fast!!
Sarah Stamer
01:55:31
Thanks Beth!
Beth Rambikur
01:55:48
Danika, what are you all using?
Laurie Lineberry
01:55:51
Beth is a rock star!
Judith Riddlesworth
01:56:27
A hint...when there is a whole slide that you like, instead of trying to quickly take notes of it, take a picture with your phone. In your notes you can write, "slide picture on phone" or something like that.
Squirrel Lovelady
01:56:35
I believe we have the gifts amount our congregations to do amazing work. However, seems like too much time and gifts go to maintaining our buildings(shrines) and traditions instead of truly serving others.
Ann Skipper
01:56:56
We need all these wonderful gifts to carry out the Great Commission.
Judith Riddlesworth
01:57:10
The Alpha program covers the Holy Spirit, and the Gifts, well.
Kathy Schock
01:57:23
I have led many spiritual gifts studies through the class resource from Church of the Resurrection. It is important to look at the Talents, Resources, Experiences, and Dreams as well as the Spiritual Gift. All of these combine into the ministry that you were meant to do.
Barbara Barcus
01:57:58
Music and crafting, which on some lists are actually on some of the tests.
angel opiniano
01:58:00
I believed we need to share how God blessings or God's grace enable you to overcome adversities and challenges in life. I myself born and raised in the third world country. But God was with me and I believed He guided me just like He promised all of us. My mother left us at a very young age of 46, living me with 8 siblings and I am the eldest. But. I know God had plans for me and I believed in Him. I always shared my own personal testimony that God is good. For without God, I won't be sharing my own testimony; for without God, I won't living in the land of milk and honey enjoying God's grace and blessings.
Nina Conrad
01:58:06
Kathy that sounds like a great study
Patricia White
01:58:13
People tend to say I am positive all the time and always have a smile. People say I am really good at listening. I am really good at initiating conversations.
Jeannine Allen
01:58:20
One thing that I absolutely love doing is Parking Lot greeting before church service!
Susan Hebert
01:58:20
Some of mine that I have found from the Spiritual gifts that I have found is preaching, teaching and evangelism.
Kathy Schock
01:58:24
It's called Serving from the Heart
Jennifer Hammond
01:58:28
I love working with computer programs. and learning new ones
Danika Danker
01:58:36
@beth, before COVID, we (as church council) designed another service that would be 99% laiety led (except for blessing and serving communion), we also use chaplains to help with hospital visits, etc.
Carla Whitmire
01:59:14
Logistics and organizing
Marlene McNiece
01:59:23
I agree, Sandrea. That is one of the best things about being a United Methodist. I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church...Need I say more?
Patricia White
01:59:24
I am also told I am flexible. And I don't get upset. I am a supervisor of social workers and I absolutely love facilitating team interactions.
Sarah Stamer
01:59:25
People always say I’m good at technology (considering I’m 18, it’s natural for me) and I’ve used these skills to do projection at my church. Recently I’ve also done some video editing for our church services, with hopes to do more of that throughout the summer as a youth intern
Ginny Hildebrand
01:59:26
Organizing things, music, speaking before others, problem solving, teaching, leading others, inventing
Wendy Kreider
01:59:37
Danika, Does that mean the sermon, also?
Erin Fly
01:59:37
My love language is physical care (food, comfort, facilitation). This makes sense when I look as see that I'm always trying to feed, comfort and make peoples days better.
Nina Conrad
01:59:41
I enjoy looking for gifts in others and trying to help them figure out HOW that gift can be used to help others and in the church.
Hannah Vogler
01:59:57
I love working with and taking care of children and helping them learn the way of the world and helping them learn about Jesus
Sheila King
02:00:05
Making prayer shawls knitting and crocheting things that will make people happy. Singing, cooking for church activities. Encouraging people to realize their gifts.
Esther Lloyd
02:00:06
I have noticed that some of my spiritual gifts are teaching, writing and speaking. These lead sometimes to others wanting me to be “the Leader”. Leadership however is something that really stresses me out.
Shirley Maddox
02:00:07
Great idea, Nina! What a wonderful gift.
Gretchen Lofgren
02:00:17
Carin, Speaking and organized
Patricia White
02:01:01
I love that Laurie
Nina Conrad
02:01:08
I need to meet some people with the gift of organization and work with them. Not one of my gifts.
Regina Walker
02:01:28
I enjoy being Sunday liturgist reading scripture and leading the congregation in prayer.
Marilee Taber
02:01:43
You have the gift music, Nina!
Barbara Barcus
02:01:55
I think all of us can use that gift as there is such a need in all aspects of our lives - organization.
Jennifer Hammond
02:02:04
I also love putting the worship together. and have dug right in with the online.
Nina Conrad
02:02:06
Thanks Marilee. Youre right about that. Music is a great joy to me.
Danika Danker
02:02:06
@Wendy, we are using a Taize service, so the theology, readings, and structure are laid out in advance. There isn't really a "sermon" like we're used to, but then folks can go to second service too
Ann Skipper
02:02:12
A God-given gift for me is the quest for knowledge and asking questions.
Kathryn Harrison
02:02:30
My strength is organizing people and problem solving. (Engineer by trade - transcends to the church especially now that I am retired from work)
Sandrea Kerr
02:02:46
Teaching. I am told that I have the gift to bring out answers from all students. I can interpret the scripture by giving life to the liturgy.
Patricia White
02:02:58
Ann you are a great listener too, and you have a talent for music!
Donald Scarlett
02:03:08
I just realized that I am missing facilitating Sunday School classes. One of my gifts is teaching, and I hadn't realized till now how much I miss it. I do get to do a Monday devotional every week, and thoroughly enjoy that. Keeps me going. Trying to figure out how we can resume classes, even if we aren't back in person.
Marlene McNiece
02:03:19
People say I have a gift for preaching. The few times I have led a church or a Wednesday service, I always have good feedback. I am very organized which has helped with my work in the church. I, too, enjoy chairing meetings. I have good computer skills which goes along with the organization. I tend to reduce any task to a spreadsheet. I have been told that I'm a good listener.
Cynthia Heinecke
02:03:26
I love greeting people, helping them feel comfortable, and once I get to know them lead them in seeing their gifts and where they can possibly plug in to share those gifts. Music is another strength .
Marilyn E. Hawley
02:03:43
I'd rather fo something rather then be in a meeting although I'm on many committees.
Nina Conrad
02:03:45
I really enjoy working with young people teenagers and children. I like encouraging them to become involved in the church and encouraging church leadership to find places of really ministry for them.
Patricia White
02:03:50
I also have the gift of helping identify goals, and how to manage goals.
Andrew Ponder Williams
02:03:58
We need to recognize that our church is preventing many people-specifically LGBTQ people from sharing their gifts.
Donald Scarlett
02:04:16
Marlene McNiece--miss your messages. I also am going to miss VBS this year...watching the kids have fun & learn.
Susan Hebert
02:04:17
I agree Andrew!
Judith Riddlesworth
02:04:19
Sometimes we stretch ourselves and master new gifts. The gifts are not static or one time.
Kathy Schock
02:04:28
We must keep in mind that we are all part of the same body and need to bring different gifts. The ideal Church leadership team would be one that includes all of the gifts in the people on the team.
Carla Whitmire
02:04:31
We need to remember that things that are a burden to us are gifts for someone else. We need to let them use their gifts.
Anita MacFadden
02:05:13
for me it is problem solving/fixing things and teaching both of which have led me into leadership positions.
Nina Conrad
02:05:27
Andrew _ Santa Cruz Valley would love to have some LGBTQ people again in our church and be in leadership. We want them here.
Brian Bourgon
02:05:51
I compare myself to others waaaay too much, and dismiss my "gifts" as not so much gifts, and others gifts as somehow the really valuable ones.
Marlene McNiece
02:05:55
Don Scarlett--I'm sure the kids who have attended VBS in the past will miss your crazy costumes and send of fund. I miss those things, too.
Kathy Schock
02:06:05
In the early church, when someone came into the church their gifts were immediately identified so they could become involved in the best way possible. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
Laura Land
02:06:16
The church is also not fully accessible to everyone yet, there are many gifted persons who also have disabilities that can be a part of the church - but need changes to participate. We need to see the need and change to open up worship and conferences to all persons.
Marlene McNiece
02:06:20
Don--sense of fun.
Donald Scarlett
02:06:21
I took a gifts inventory once and for the first time it listed humor as one of the gifts. I was happy to note that I rated high in that category. I like to include humor in my classes and sermons.
Regina Walker
02:06:27
Amen to that statement, Gwen. I know my gifts have changed over the years, so I have become more flexible with myself.
Fred Killion
02:07:07
Connecting with and accepting people of all ages and persuasions Taking ideas and running with them from the big picture level but not the detail angle. Understanding what people need and attempting to reinforce them in any way possible. Participating in groups without needing to chair said groups. Would rather "do" than organize
Nina Conrad
02:07:13
We have started a wonderful ministry at Santa Cruz called Friends for Life reaching out to disabled people in our community. They are a wonderful gift!
angel opiniano
02:07:27
I had inferiority complex when I was in the school and stage pride. When I joined the ministry at University United Methodist Church, I was just an observer/church goers not a participant. But God touched me and challenged me by joining the Bible study. Later on I became leader and moderator. Next thing I know I became a lay leader. I believed don't be afraid in stepping up the plate for the glory of God. Don't think you are not qualified, because God will qualify you. Remember, God will use ordinary people like you and me for His Kingdom.
Cynthia Heinecke
02:07:39
Donald , that is a true gift that allows some to listen better to sermons and studies.
Jim Nibbelink
02:08:50
The pandemic has prodded us to try VBS, Sunday School and other classes by ZOOM. It's fun, as well as challenging. Try it!
Donald Scarlett
02:09:02
Thank you for recognizing Beth's gifts...she is amazing!
Christine Maglott
02:09:27
Don Scarlett - I too miss VBS and your classes - maybe a Zoom call class?
Carla Whitmire
02:09:34
Beth we do not have that option.
Myrna Stephens
02:09:34
Should I be seeing a list of participants?
Jennifer Hammond
02:09:41
5cxx
Bishop Bob
02:09:43
Excellent job! I'm listening, but prefer to be off camera. Good conversation in the chat, also!
Renea.oberhansly Oberhansly
02:10:17
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Richardson J.
02:10:29
I don't think you see participants in a webinar.
Laurie Lineberry
02:10:42
I am so pleased with the participation!
Gwen Bortner
02:10:58
The entire session is recorded and we will figure out the best way to make it available after the conclusion of the session.
Beth Rambikur
02:11:04
yes you all this is going really well…I just has some really skeptical pastors say their laity are enjoying!
Gwen Bortner
02:11:35
WOW!!! I appreciate that!
Gwen Bortner
02:12:08
I feel like we are doing okay on timing?!
Tyree Montell
02:13:03
Zoom is easy once you get into doing it don't let it intimidate you jump in if you don't try you fail before you start. Go for it its fun.
GNTV MC1
02:13:22
Hey Gwen, GNTV Paul here. Do we come out of the break immediately into your next video or do you have any words of introduction for it?
Gwen Bortner
02:14:54
Just go right into the video!
GNTV MC1
02:15:09
Fantastic! That is what we shall do
Margaret Orr
02:15:36
when you make it available, can you split it out into its components so we can show it in parts if needed? Please and thanks
Denise Regeski
02:16:29
I believe that when the session is recorded, the chat is also recorded (at least that is what I have experienced).
Jennifer Hammond
02:16:55
Jessica Moffit, I am from casa grande, and would love to chat with you some time about your year end ministry retirement. you can email me at fumceloy@gmail.com if you would
Wendy Kreider
02:17:37
I have taken several Lay Servant classes with Beth Rambikur. She is an awesome teacher and can make all subjects interesting - even Methodist Polity!!!!
Beth Rambikur
02:18:21
Hello friends, lots of questions about the chat…unfortunately you as an attendee cannot save it, but we as conference staff are going to save it and find a way to make it avlaible to you in some formate.
Laurie Lineberry
02:18:35
Christina, is it being recorded?
Barbara Barcus
02:18:37
Amen to that, Wendy!
Wendy Kreider
02:18:49
Thanks, Beth
Jennifer Hammond
02:18:56
Thank you Beth
Beth Rambikur
02:19:12
Yes it is being recorded
Maxine Carstedt
02:19:12
that would be great. bullet points at least
Kathryn Harrison
02:19:41
Jessica Moffit, I am from Show Low, and would also love to chat with you some time about your year end ministry retirement. you can email me at Kathryn.h222@gmail.com if you would. I think too many of our projects lose energy but are still there. Readdressing all sounds like a good idea.
Alex "Doc" Shawn
02:20:02
Thanks Beth!
Laurie Lineberry
02:20:15
I love how laity are connecting with each other!
Beth Rambikur
02:20:29
I know that is so amazing!
Gwen Bortner
02:20:52
It is working out way better than I anticipated
Laurie Lineberry
02:21:25
If nothing, this was a platform to connect laity with similar interests and talents.
Beth Rambikur
02:22:07
And how great is it that they ARE SHARING their ideas with one another!!!
Beth Rambikur
02:22:57
GNTV can you clear the raised hands?
Nina Conrad
02:23:05
I like the year end retirement idea too,
billie fidlin
02:23:13
Kathryn Harrison - I’ll be delighted to share about Jessica’s theory - it works - she grew her churches ministries to over 80 - all funded and with many leaders and volunteers. I’ll be happy to connect with you next week after we conclude conference. My email is bfidlin@dscumc.org. I have yours as well.
Kevin Joy
02:23:38
right click the chat and select all and copy & paste into Word
Jennifer Hammond
02:23:54
me too billie fidlin
Danika Danker
02:24:11
THe year-end retirement sounds like all the clubs we do at our school-- we ask teachers to propose their clubs each fall and spring according to their interests and one club is required each year (BASIS)
billie fidlin
02:24:22
Got it Jennifer - can you write down your email for me here. We’re working from home.
Jennifer Hammond
02:24:52
fumceloy@gmail.com
Laura Land
02:25:40
I believe that I have been here to trailblaze and change the way we are doing things - so that all churches are more accessible, that people are not shut out from worship, that we give all children and adults the opportunity to experience church - no matter their ability or inability, their disability. We need to be building up our church and make ways for all to worship.
billie fidlin
02:25:54
Thank you Jen. Danika - its very interesting - the process involves interest, leadership and volunteer numbers. Its very cool - occurs over a weekend
Wendy Kreider
02:26:44
Kevin, I have a MAC and can’t “right click”.
Susan Hebert
02:27:35
Mine is to hopefully become a local pastor.
Susan Hebert
02:27:57
Just need some guidance...
Kevin Joy
02:28:16
I unfortunately don't know anything about MAC's. If there's a way you would normally "select all" you should be able to copy it to a doc.
Hannah Vogler
02:28:21
I really want to start being a assitant sunday school teacher
Danika Danker
02:28:22
I am learning to thank God for the "gift" of covid discernment. It has been HARD to work from home with an almost 2-year-old, but there is major growth happening and God is speaking. I may even end up with a career change that would open me to have time for ministry.
Bobbie Norris
02:28:39
Mine is to become a Certfed Lay Minister. will start my classes in July.
billie fidlin
02:28:41
Susan - talk with your pastor, local district com on ministry, or your DS - whomever you feel comfortable with
Kelly Deyoe
02:28:49
I think we need to do things that push the boundaries of our comfort. We need to try new things to see where we fit not where we are told to fit.
Danika Danker
02:29:06
have **more time for ministry ;)
Susan Hebert
02:29:29
Thank you, Billie, I have spoke to my pastor but he suggested Rev. Nancy after conference.
Barbara Barcus
02:29:47
Hi, Bobbie, I have taken the classes and they are fantastic. Start working on a Mutual Ministry Team that you would like to work with.
billie fidlin
02:30:01
Perfect. I went thru LP in Indiana. Great experience that led to more study at Claremont
Nina Conrad
02:30:22
Im really comfortable with what my calling is - music ministry. But how to do it in the environment we’re in now is harder.
Susan Hebert
02:30:22
I am going to reach out to her next week.
Beth Rambikur
02:30:46
Also make sure you check out https://dscumc.org/lay-servant-ministries/
Kim Riddlesworth
02:30:55
The pandemic has given us new opportunities for discipleship.
Bobbie Norris
02:31:03
Ty Barbara. Will do.
Nina Conrad
02:31:10
making music videos has been an experience. The next step - how to involve the rest of my team.
Anne Quirin
02:31:32
In our current situation of being closed, I’ve been amazed to see how many people are using new and previously unexplored gifts to produce worship, conduct meetings, etc. I’m a choir director and worship co-chair who never thought she’d be helping to produce ‘Worship on the Air” which is broadcast on our local radio station!! God has shown us gifts we didn’t even know we had!
Barbara Barcus
02:31:36
My email is bmariebarcus@gmail.com if you would like to reach out in the future, Bobbie!
Sandrea Kerr
02:32:29
I have had the opportunity to listen to different pastors while at sheltering at home. I have heard amazing sermons.
Laura Land
02:33:34
My calling is to become a Deacon and hopefully work at the District, Jurisdictional, and National Levels to improve the access for all people to be members of the Methodist Church. To work at all levels to accommodate, modify and improve the way we reach to those with disabilities. I want to start here and the Desert Southwest and keep the ball rolling uphill - but with perseverance I and others who care will make these changes.
billie fidlin
02:33:46
This has all helped us to serve our normal homebound family members - we need to keep it up. People who can no longer get to church, people with disAbilities - we’ve become the church in new ways at new levels of excellence
Bobbie Norris
02:33:52
I would love too.
John Rousselle
02:33:52
To copy on a Mac, click on text screen, then click “command” & “A”. That will select all. Then move cursor to doc page and click “command” & ”C”.
angel opiniano
02:34:01
We learned to get out from our comfort zone and became innovative in order to accomplish what God is telling us to do. We are doing bible study via zoom every Friday night and nightly devotion via FB live Monday thru Thursday. I believed this pandemic cannot stop us from worshipping and at the same sharing the word of God regardless of the circumstances. We have to be creative.
Wendy Kreider
02:34:17
Kevin, I tried that first - doesn’t work.
Jeannie Ward
02:34:22
Bobbie. I have connection info for CLM guidance -which District are you in? my contact info:cjward44@q.com
Bobbie Norris
02:34:37
South
Sandrea Kerr
02:35:05
We are learning to Zoom Bible classes. I want to continue that because I live 25 miles away. I’ll volunteer to teach from home.
billie fidlin
02:35:09
We’ve been doing ZOOM meetings for a long time now… but this has also helped us go deeper into ZOOM, menti etc
Bobbie Norris
02:35:14
ladycrystalrose@gmail.com
Walt Ahland
02:35:20
There is now a special opportunity to reach shut-ins that were never able to come to church. Now, we can involve so many without even being there in person. Praise God!
Kim Riddlesworth
02:36:08
Great comment Walt
Danika Danker
02:36:10
New voices= new opportunities. If you feel like some of your laiety have an untapped gift-- don't be afraid to ask
Margo Kahler
02:36:20
Iwonder how we can keep "The Church has left the Building" energy of being the church outside the building, once we are back in buildings. Nan of Tucson FUMC on Margo's computer
Nina Conrad
02:36:32
One of our lay people has been doing a wonderful children’s time on our zoom worship. Each week we get to virtually visit the “loft” where her stuffed animal friends live and learn Bible Stories with them. We also got to meet her pet pig Joy.
Ann Skipper
02:36:43
Our Zoom Sunday School Class allows our members from other countries and states to join us every Sunday.
Jayne Knoche
02:36:55
suggestion for chat messages: Make clear to whom, about whom, or about what you are speaking. There will have been several other messages displayed, since the one you are responding to.
Kathryn Harrison
02:36:58
In Show Low, we have planning on continue our Zoom service even after we meet. This winter we will not have to cancel church due to snow. We will just get the word out for everyone to jump on the Zoom service
Jeannie Ward
02:37:02
Bobbie, contact Gretchen Lofgren gretchie22@cox.net
Kim Riddlesworth
02:37:04
I hate the words "We have always done it this way"
Regina Walker
02:37:17
How do we get out of our own way to stretch?
Ginny Hildebrand
02:37:18
The time now reminds me of when we shifted our culture from women not working out of the home, to women working both at home and out of the home. The church had huge changes to make, including having meetings in the evening and weekends, rather than during the day. When we made changes we were able to still engage women. But we lost tons of women and families to the church. We need to learn from that lesson. We need to be more tech savvy faster. How can the church help us with that???
Fred Killion
02:37:37
Any ideas or general thoughts on reaching church members with very little or no technology. Not even cell phones
Bobbie Norris
02:37:44
Oh yes, she has been my inspiration. Know her very well.
Jeannie Ward
02:38:33
Bobbie - good! go for it
Bobbie Norris
02:39:05
ty Jeannie the time has come at such a time as this
Nina Conrad
02:39:15
Fred Killion - we have something like the old fashioned phone tree. Most of us keep in contact via zoom worship and email but we have members assigned to keep up with our two members who do not have email or cell phones.
Beth Rambikur
02:39:51
AMEN GWEN PREACH!!!
Lois Hedden
02:40:09
Nina - TWO???? Wow!!!!!!
Nina Conrad
02:40:09
Fred - continued. We set up “care teams”. Each team has a Shepard who contacts their members about once a week via whatever method works for them.
Tyree Montell
02:40:23
from Ty Montell,Bo there are two of us doing the Certified Lay Ministries now Gretchen Lofgren and Kelly Deyoe are AWESOME they can help
Nina Conrad
02:40:49
Lois Hedden - Im not sure what your responding to..
Marlene McNiece
02:40:54
I became a CLM two years ago and struggled with what to do. My first choice was to assist with leading a small church with many preaching opportunities. Well, that was my first thought. But during an internship I got involved in a project to write a paper outlining best practices for growing the church. As a result, I have been assigned as the Minister of Church Growth for our church. Soon after starting, Covid-19 happened and many of our plans have been put on hold. As we cannot meet in person, I have been using my organizational/computer skills to work in establishing a data base for potential members. This is very much a work in process and I'm learning a lot. We have a large numbers of snowbirds (potential associate members or affiliate members). I'm attempting to keep in contact with those who have returned to their home state, looking forward to their returning in the fall--hopefully. Fred, we have a team of 39 people who are making weekly phone calls to the entire membership. We also have
Beth Rambikur
02:40:56
Fred - we have a number of churches doing all kinds of neat mailings…PUMC has a very cool mailer. Nicolas Granger in Holbrook is doing some incredible non-tech. work as well.
Bobbie Norris
02:41:02
Yep, I know. Love those two.
Laura Land
02:41:09
Sometimes snail mail with Bible study lessons as well as providing zoom sessions with phone can assist people to participate in church sessions and studies.
Beth Rambikur
02:41:37
Epworth UMC also mailed out a spiritual care box
Beth Rambikur
02:41:42
so did FUMC Tucson
Jeannie Ward
02:42:06
Fred - we have a team in Care & Nurture to make sure that our non-tech members should be respected in their option of not having or being able to do tech...so we call and also mail out the weekly info
Nina Conrad
02:42:13
Re- contact with members without technology. Our pastor mails a copy of her sermon and a newsletter to members who need it.
Danika Danker
02:42:29
We've had several children's ministry bag drops with Sunday School materials
Danika Danker
02:42:50
And a Pentecost drop for all families
Nina Conrad
02:42:57
danika - we do that with our Friends for Life members.
Beth Rambikur
02:43:29
When is it time to let a ministry go? All things have life cycles when do we know it is time to let something end.
Nina Conrad
02:44:36
One of the easiest ways to lose a volunteer is to give them nothing to do.
Trinity Donovan
02:44:38
Beth, that’s often a difficult question, and some things continue because that’s the way it’s been.
Ginny Hildebrand
02:45:06
Good point, working with established non-profits makes so much more sense that re-inventing the wheels within the church.
Trinity Donovan
02:45:35
We need to honor the ministries when they end and celebrate what is new that is able to happen when those resources are opened up.
Fred Killion
02:45:53
Beth and so many others Thanks for your ideas
Ginny Hildebrand
02:46:46
Or thinking that because you had the idea, you must do it.
Kim Riddlesworth
02:46:49
I like the phrase "Instead of asking for permission, ask for forgiveness"
billie fidlin
02:46:51
Happy to help any church with the Jessica Moffit model of releasing ministries / creating new ones - its a great way to honor all that was, is and will be bfidlin@dscumc.org
Nina Conrad
02:46:54
good point Trinity
Regina Walker
02:47:19
I think its time to let a ministry go when membership falls off, lack of interest, no new ideas and your the only way still trying to breathe life into it. Someone is waiting for it to be killed off.
Susan Hebert
02:47:36
@Billie, would it be possible to get Rev. Nancy's email address? Thank you, Susan
Danika Danker
02:47:49
OR-- IF your leader is burned out and there's no support.
Danika Danker
02:47:57
Open that leader to new creativity
Danika Danker
02:48:03
or Sabbatical
billie fidlin
02:48:06
ncushman@dscumc.org
Beth Rambikur
02:48:33
AMEN Gwen!!!!
Susan Hebert
02:48:52
Thank you! I am grateful for the assistance!
billie fidlin
02:49:21
You’re welcome Susan - conference staff are here to help always!
Susan Hebert
02:49:34
That is great to know.
angel opiniano
02:49:42
When establishing a program like outreach, make sure it is doable or attainable. Start with the smaller one before thinking about the bigger one. If you cannot help in feeding the homeless because you don't have resources, perhaps join others who has the resources and volunteer your members in feeding. Join other churches with their program.
Charlie Schock
02:52:31
Just like our spiritual gifts change, it is realistic to expect our ministries to change. And it is important to develop new leadership to lead those ministries or to continue those that have been important to the church.
Walt Ahland
02:52:37
I began a young men's ministry trying to get them to become involved in their families... After about a year they all left and began a "young family" ministry on their own. Success and the end of my expectations! Praise God!
Renea.oberhansly Oberhansly
02:53:44
I am so happy to be a part of this conference. I love hearing and understanding better about the Laity. we are in transition and this has been so helpful.
Walt Ahland
02:54:38
Amen!
billie fidlin
02:55:38
Look for an article from me in the Conference newsletter in an upcoming issue (in a bit :-) ). I’ll explain the Moffit method. It takes the emotion out of the pain of letting go
Jim Nibbelink
02:56:03
Test each ministry on a regular basis to see if it directly supports achieving the mission that the congregation has chosen.
angel opiniano
02:56:09
Good point, just like what it says in the Parable of the fig tree. Jesus thought there is fruit on the fig tree and found out there was none. He cursed the fig tree. Therefore, if the church is not productive or not bearing fruits we need to let it go. The same thing with our programs, if they are not serving our purpose we need to cancel them.
Danika Danker
02:56:13
It's so hard to be one of just a few young families or families with young kids in an aging congreregation :/
billie fidlin
02:56:14
It can hurt for some folks to let go of their passions that perhaps just are not longer working.
Shirley Maddox
02:56:15
That sounds interesting, Billie!
billie fidlin
02:57:22
Its fun and amazing Shirley. Takes a bit of courage and its all laity driven
Jim Nibbelink
02:57:26
Yes, change always results in a sense of loss for someone.
billie fidlin
02:57:42
Exactly Jim - and hello!!!
Jayne Knoche
02:58:01
Besides the congregation retiring ministries, also think about when you should stop something you have been doing. E.g., although I love playing with the bell choir, I stopped about a year ago, since I would not have had time for new responsibilities, which were more important to me..
Nina Conrad
02:58:19
Danika Danker what can a church do to help young families in churches where there aren’t a lot of them? That’s our situation too. We have a lot of older members and just a few families with young children.
billie fidlin
02:58:33
AMEN Beth!
Kathy Schock
03:00:22
If you have only a few young children, be thankful and continue to nurture them. Remember that all children are different and some will thrive more and welcome the opportunity to be "a big fish in a small pond". Not every child wants a large group.
Kim Riddlesworth
03:00:26
Embrace change, it is inevitable (except from a vending machine).
Ginny Hildebrand
03:00:41
I think one of the things our church does not do, we don't ask the community what they need us to do to help them. When we have done that, we find things we can do and are well equipped to do.
Kathy Schock
03:00:45
Just be sure that you truly know your children.
Laurie Lineberry
03:00:50
Lol, Kim
Tyree Montell
03:01:18
for the churches that have a few young families help the parents have a time off an evening or an afternoon where they can be with their spouse without the children . May keep them involved in Church
Danika Danker
03:01:33
Nina-- We're still trying to figure that out. Hence my feeling called to ask and answer millennial questions (they're my own). Neither my age group nor my daughter's age group are big at our church
angel opiniano
03:01:38
The challenge we have been facing nowadays is about our aging membership like what Danika mentioned. How can we invite young adult or even youth to join us in such away we have young blood who can continue the ministry and what are factors prohibiting them from joining?
Danika Danker
03:02:00
We also have a church daycare that is in a season of reimagination.
Carla Whitmire
03:02:13
Amen Laurie
Kim Riddlesworth
03:02:22
Amen. About old ideas might work now
Beth Rambikur
03:02:30
YES LAURIE
Carla Whitmire
03:03:08
And we need to allow others to serve and grow as well.
Danika Danker
03:03:09
The challenge of being the tired, young parent is energy. It is such an honor to be part of church leadership and to feel like my voice is heard, but inventing a ministry while creating a family is... hard
Jim Erickson
03:03:14
There's a lot to be said for term limits.
Beth Rambikur
03:03:15
And to Danika’s point…so much of what we do with church just really doesn
Beth Rambikur
03:03:25
t speak to millennials and younger
Nina Conrad
03:03:33
Danika - we have lots of “grandparents” who would be happy to give a break to parents. I wonder how we could match them up?
Regina Walker
03:03:35
I just always try to remember that we don't want to put new wine into old wine skins.
Denise Regeski
03:03:37
I Love that Laurie.
Kim Riddlesworth
03:04:03
Unfortunately we look at committee appointments as Supreme Court Appointments
Carla Whitmire
03:04:12
lol
Danika Danker
03:04:16
We're working on a program where we invite "grandparents" into the daycare to read and build multi-generational relationships-- dumb COVID
Jeannine Allen
03:04:59
We are in the first year of the single board council. It takes time and trial and error. But, we are so much more productive!
Patricia White
03:05:04
Yes, I have been asked because of my age to be on committees that I didn't find was my gift, it takes trial and error to figure that out. I thought I would be a good fit and shortly after changed my mind. I did find my replacement and that was really a great thing, I identified someone who really thrives with the role. I like that idea!
Nina Conrad
03:05:07
Danika - I wonder if parents would like having a time when our “grandparents” Met the kids at a local playground?
Kathy Schock
03:05:09
Remember that someone growing up in your church as an extremely quiet, shy child may grow up into a confident young adult with great ideas if you remember to ask.
Beth Rambikur
03:05:21
A great book on “one committee leadership” is Leadership and Organization for fruitful congregations” by stephan ross
Danika Danker
03:06:15
We tried to have free/ low cost dinner and daycare for families during our First Friday artwalk, but there wasn't great volunteer buy-in and our staff was burning out
Laura Land
03:06:31
Faith without works is like a screen door on a submarine - Rich Mullins
Nina Conrad
03:06:55
Danika - our church does’t have it’s own playground but there are playgrounds nearby. Parents could leave the kids at the playground with their “grandparents” and have some time away. Just an idea.
Nina Conrad
03:08:05
We had a very successful “pumpkin patch” last fall which the young families really enjoyed. And us older people enjoyed working there and meeting them.
Renea Oberhansly
03:09:15
like that idea
Danika Danker
03:10:30
Great ideas-- we have two playgrounds that belong to our daycare that should be shared. Also, we had a pumpkin carving party, but the patch could be fun. I'd LOVE to see the daycare church partnership be more reciprocal-- parenting brunches, parenting classes, scholarships, etc. Right now, I can count ALL the babies, kids, youth, and confirmands on my fingers and toes
Brian Bourgon
03:10:52
I will try to find peace without comfort.
Michael Edwards
03:10:52
Work with the Worship committee to brainstorm and seek a more viable way to Worship and seek the same action regarding our Ministries
Danika Danker
03:11:12
Do we have a conference Laiety FB group?
Beth Rambikur
03:11:32
Michael Edwards - I will hold you to that!
Nina Conrad
03:11:33
Danika - sounds like you have some great ideas. I’d like to continue this conversation. My email is aksister99654@yahoo.com. Nina Conrad
Danika Danker
03:11:47
Thanks, Nina!
Laura Land
03:11:51
Accessibility concerns group anyone? Let me know.
Laura Land
03:12:15
laura.land@cst.edu
Squirrel Lovelady
03:12:20
Do any churches have a virtual VBS?
Sarah Stamer
03:12:48
Squirrel - I think Trinity Heights is planning a Virtual VBS
billie fidlin
03:13:01
Yes re virtual VBS - if you google that you can access plans for it
Squirrel Lovelady
03:13:02
thanks. I’ll look for it.
Marilee Taber
03:13:05
Yes, Santa Cruz Valley is having a virtual VBS
Cynthia Heinecke
03:13:06
Red Mountain is having a virtual VBS on the 22, 23 24th of June...looking forward to it.
Nina Conrad
03:13:15
I didn’t see the comment on accessibility. But the Sierra Vista UMC has a mens group who specialize in building ramps. They might be able to help.
billie fidlin
03:13:35
We love the ramp ministry! Yea David James and UMM!
Regina Walker
03:13:52
Thanks Gwen, Laurie and Beth for this excellent workshop.
Jeannie Ward
03:14:03
Thank you Laurie, Beth and Gwen great motivation
Bobbie Norris
03:14:14
WTG Laurie
Danika Danker
03:14:18
YAY!! Can't wait to see some of you on Facebook
Sandrea Kerr
03:14:27
Thank you Laurie for stepping up with Facebook page.
Susan Hebert
03:14:31
I am in!
Katie Mozurkewich
03:14:31
Laurie, share the FB group name and we will join!
billie fidlin
03:14:43
Also look on the DSC page on Facebook for all of our many FB pages for our various ministries at the Conference level - yea!
Katie Mozurkewich
03:14:46
(make sure it's a group not a page) :)
Beth Rambikur
03:14:53
Look of an email to come out, and also recourse in the DSC Newsletter
Patricia White
03:14:59
This was a great workshop, and I will find things that will set my heart on fire! I would love to join the facebook page!!
Sheila King
03:15:05
Great idea. L'm in.
Barbara Barcus
03:15:13
This has been a great session! Thank you, Gwen, Beth and Laurie! I look forward to the information from this coming soon to my email inbox soon!
Nina Conrad
03:15:16
Hi Sheila!!
Nancy Yob
03:15:24
Great session! Thanks for all your effort.
Jayne Knoche
03:15:27
Sierra Vista UMC is planning on a virtual VBS. Contact Liz Racicot,lizzy0335@gmail.com
Patricia White
03:15:32
Gwen, Laurie, and Beth great job!!!!
Sandrea Kerr
03:15:33
Great session.
Shannon Sanders
03:15:34
Thank you to Gwen, Laurie & Beth. Great job!
Wendy Kreider
03:15:34
I’m not on any social media.
Danika Danker
03:15:37
You guys ROCK. Thank you conference staff for pouring your hearts into this session.
Shirley Maddox
03:15:40
Thank you, all - this was really inspiring and helpful!
Susan Hebert
03:15:41
Thank you ladies for all the information!
Sheila King
03:15:42
Hi Nina. I miss you.
Donald Scarlett
03:15:44
Thank you all for a great laity session...one of the best.
Bobbie Norris
03:15:45
I have really enjoy this session. You all rock.
Cynthia Heinecke
03:15:47
This has been a great session Loved it!!
Ann Skipper
03:16:07
This has been a great session. Thank you for all your hard work.
Michael Givler
03:16:08
Great Job
Bobbie Norris
03:16:09
Amen
Laura Land
03:16:10
Ramps are one way of access - we need more ways to make church accessible - not just physical. Love the Ramp builders!!!!!
Sarah Stamer
03:16:14
Thank you for the great session!
Wendy Kreider
03:16:15
Thank you all!
Judith Riddlesworth
03:16:18
Thank you. Well done.
Kim Riddlesworth
03:16:18
Great laity session
Lisa Rammelt
03:16:19
Here is the online VBS we will use next month: https://www.gocurriculum.com/bolt-vbs
Sheila King
03:16:26
Great session!
Gretchen Lofgren
03:16:43
Thank You for a great session
Christina Dillabough
03:16:51
Join https://www.facebook.com/groups/dsclaity
Sally West
03:17:02
Thanks for all your work putting this session together. We need more opportunities to share what works for us and what ideas we have or want to implement. Thanks!
Judith Riddlesworth
03:17:04
This is so much easier for those not in the Phoenix area. Online attendance should be an option in the future.
Trinity Donovan
03:17:08
great job, Christina!
billie fidlin
03:17:09
All right Christina - its created!
John Rousselle
03:17:12
Great Job ladies!
Laurie Sullivan-Burger
03:17:15
Thank you.
Esther Lloyd
03:17:25
We were just sharing down the row in our physical conference, but look what happened electronically! Thanks to you all.
Cynthia Heinecke
03:17:35
Lisa , we are using Bolt as well and there is a great FB page to join with ideas...
Fred Killion
03:17:41
One of the better laity sessions in quite sometime. Great job to everyone
Laurie Lineberry
03:17:42
Thank you Christina, for the Facebook Laity Group!
Susan Hebert
03:18:10
Thanks!!
Trinity Donovan
03:18:25
I appreciate all the positive energy from this session! Thanks!
Jeannine Allen
03:18:27
What is the facebook page again?
Kevin Joy
03:18:31
I haven't seen anything about the Scouting Ministry yet. For our churches that have Scouting units(BSA or GSUSA)be sure to reach out to those groups to bring youth and younger families into the church.
Kay Pitt
03:18:38
Great Session!
Beth Rambikur
03:18:44
Do any churches have a virtual VBS?
Jim Erickson
03:18:47
kudos and accolaides
Pauls Jameson
03:18:47
Thank you for all of your work in putting this together. Successful laity session in these different times.
Debora Hodler
03:18:47
Thank you!
Nina Conrad
03:18:48
Thank Kevin for that reminder
James Truscott
03:19:04
Well done! Thank You!
Sarah Stamer
03:19:12
Beth - Trinity Heights is in the planning stages of a Virtual VBS, not sure when it will be yet
Ginny Hildebrand
03:19:15
Thank you, good work!
Gwen Bortner
03:19:19
Should we stay on for a debrief
Beth Rambikur
03:19:19
You guys were amazing well done!
Anne Quirin
03:19:29
Excellent session! Thank you!!
Laurie Lineberry
03:19:35
Thanks Bishop!
Michael Edwards
03:19:42
Thanks, it was Great!
Cynthia Heinecke
03:19:52
Beth , Red Mountain does. we are doing the Bolt Curriculum....I would be happy to share our ideas at Cyndi. Heinecke@yahoo.com
Nina Conrad
03:19:52
bye everyone see you later
Bishop Bob
03:19:52
virtual worked!!! Thanks!
Jim Nibbelink
03:19:54
New FB Group is now available for joining! Thanks Laurie and Christina!
Myrna Stephens
03:19:55
How about using the Zoom feature of Break Out Rooms for small group discussions?
Jennifer Hammond
03:20:12
I loved this format, I think it was better than any small group session. Everyone got to share and it didn't interrupt the speaker.
Nina Conrad
03:20:14
Yes I think breakout rooms would be great’
Beth Rambikur
03:20:14
Myrna we wanted to but it doesn’t work in webinar!
Gwen Bortner
03:20:21
It worked better than I hoped, but God is big and can make anything happen!
Laurie Lineberry
03:20:23
Beth and Gwen - our next connection is when?
Beth Rambikur
03:20:23
We did too Nina
Bishop Bob
03:20:43
there were some clergy who were present. I think they were inspired and will be more supportive of laity now. Thanks to y'all.
Beth Rambikur
03:20:44
Now? Or at ather time?
Nina Conrad
03:20:44
too bad
Cynthia Heinecke
03:20:46
This was so easy to follow and jump in ...loved it!!
Susan Hebert
03:21:03
Bye everyone! Many blessings!
Regina Walker
03:21:11
What is the Facebook Page name for us
Beth Rambikur
03:21:18
Thank you Bishop
GNTV MC1
03:21:20
I am planning to end this session in about 5 minutes, unless any of you have a different preference. I don’t want to stifle discussion, but I don’t want to let it drag on too long
Beth Rambikur
03:21:38
Do any churches have a virtual VBS?
Laurie Lineberry
03:21:47
Im ok with 5 or less
Jennifer Barber
03:21:51
https://www.facebook.com/dscumc
Gwen Bortner
03:21:53
Beth, Laurie and Bishop Bob, do you want to hop onto a quick separate Zoom? I could grab a link for us if so!
Beth Rambikur
03:22:03
https://www.facebook.com/groups/dsclaity
Gwen Bortner
03:22:14
Or would you like to debrief later?
Laurie Lineberry
03:22:14
Yes, Gwen
Richardson J.
03:22:22
Kudos to all, really need the chat as I stayed focused on presentation. Thanks for an excellent nudge for change.
Gwen Bortner
03:22:24
ZZoom?
Laurie Lineberry
03:22:25
Now is good for me
Beth Rambikur
03:22:51
Gwen will you email?
Gwen Bortner
03:23:39
Here it is and will email
Gwen Bortner
03:23:42
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