Alliance Peacemaking Level 1 and 2 Training

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As Alliance people, we believe that we are called to respond to conflict in a way that is remarkably different from the world.

Level I - Resolving Everyday Conflict

August 14, 2019
Location: TBD
Contact: Metro District - office@metrocma.org

November 2, 2019

Glenview Alliance Church
10037 Susquehanna Trail S.
Glen Rock, PA 17327

Contact: Jeff Bean at jeffrey.bean@gmail.com

Level 2 - Conflict Coaching

September 24-25, 2019
Metro District Office
275 Sussex Ave Ste B, Newark, NJ 07107-3120
* Completion of the Level I training is a prerequisite. The cost will be $275 with a $25 discount for registrations by August 30. Registration will open soon!

DEXCOM Recap

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The District Executive Committee met at the District Office on June 11, 2019 for a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting. In addition to prayer, DEXCOM reviewed and discussed reports from District committees and personnel.

The following were among the actions taken by DEXCOM:

  • Addressed any remaining issues raised by the Committee on Legislative Review from District Conference 2018.

  • Addressed issues initiated by the National Office/ Church Ministries regarding shifting costs and a Key Initiatives Document.

  • In the area of District finances, DEXCOM approved budget adjustments, reviewed the investment policy, and adopted a recommendation to move from a fiscal to a calendar year as of January 1, 2020.

  • In the area of policy, DEXCOM adopted a Chaplaincy Endorsement and Funding Policy, and empowered the District Superintendent to draft language for a change in the Staff Benefit Plan, which will then come back to DEXCOM for final approval.

  • Appointed an individual to fill an unexpired term on LO&CC.

The next meeting of DEXCOM is scheduled on September 17, 2019.

LAUNCH One-Day Preview

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LAUNCH is a 2-year discipleship training initiative to equip leaders to move from implementing discipleship programs to developing a culture of discipleship within your church community.

The One Day Preview will give you a basic overview of the LAUNCH Program. The One Day Preview is FREE and packed full of great material and each attendee will find out all the details of the 2 year LAUNCH process. You can benefit from the 2 year LAUNCH Process. We encourage you and your team to attend the One Day Preview.

When: July 17, 2019 from 9:00am-3:30pm

Where: The Plant Church - 125 Glasgow Terrace Mahwah, NJ.

Register Now for the Alliance Legal and Culture Conference This Fall

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Every Alliance leader faces a world where the legal landscape is growing increasingly complex. As a church pastor, you seek to wisely navigate issues such as same-sex marriage, gender identity, church facility use, the ministerial exception, legal liability unique to The Alliance, and so on. We can help.
The Alliance Legal and Culture Conference will provide up-to-date legal, political, and cultural information presented in a way that is immediately applicable for you, your leaders, and your legal counsel. We have brought together the best thinkers and communicators who will speak to these vital issues from an Alliance perspective.

WHERE: Conveniently located at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport (7373 Turfway Road, Florence, Kentucky) outside of Cincinnati, Ohio


WHEN: September 27-28 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m.-noon on Saturday)


COST: Registration is only $109 until July 31, 2019; after that the price is $129. Lodging is $119 per night and includes a hot breakfast buffet and complimentary airport shuttle. Lunch will be provided on Friday.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Please register here no later than August 22. For more information, see the attached file or contact Gary Friesen, frieseng@cmalliance.org, or Sue Close, closes@cmalliance.org.

600mHz Sennheiser Rebate

By now you should have heard about the 600 MHz frequency spectrum changeover taking place soon. This may mean that some churches will no longer be able to use their current sound equipment. Please take a moment to watch this video from Sennheiser, an Alliance Purchasing Program audio equipment partner. It explains how to check your church’s cur-rent equipment to see if it falls within the range that will change, as well as a rebate program running through March 31, 2019, but has now been extended to July 13, 2020. As of that date, it will be illegal to use sound equipment in the 600mHz range.

Erik Hansen, pastor of Technical Arts at Grace Church in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, shares his experience with the Sennheiser rebate program:

Grace Church purchased six channels of wireless equipment this spring to replace our main wireless mics in our auditorium, which were in the 600MHz range and due to be phased out within the next year due to the new FCC regulations. Sennheiser made the process extremely easy—and the rebate, special pricing, and 5 percent donation to the GCF were icing on the cake. The deal through the Alliance Purchasing Program turned an upgrade that would have been a major headache and a significant cost into a great experience and a much better price than expected. This purchasing deal is a great opportunity for churches to get excellent-quality equipment at a lower price point in order to steward resources well!

To order your replacement wireless systems, please contact Brian Gowing, Audio/Video/Lighting Project coordinator for the Alliance Purchasing Program, at (734) 677-8555 or brian@greatlakesdistrict.com. Brian can help with evaluating your system needs and walk you through the ordering process. Please remember that through the Alliance Purchasing Pro-gram you get special pricing from Sennheiser, which also contributes 5 percent of each sale to the Great Commission Fund.

The Alliance Purchasing Program: Saving Together to Reach Further

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You Did it!

GC DAY MATCHING GIFT CHALLENGE: BIG NEWS!

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The Great Commission Day matching challenge has been met-but The Alliance family says, “We’re not done yet!”

We are thrilled to announce that the $500,000 matching grant challenge for Great Commission Day has been met. As of Friday, June 7, the Alliance family has given $570,000 to the offering, and the generous Alliance donor has released the $500,000 matching gift.
$280,000 of the $570,000 was presented by Alliance churches and individuals who brought their offerings to Alliance Council earlier this month-nearly doubling what was offered at Council 2017.

Thank you, Alliance family! Your generosity has unleashed more than $1 million to launch these new workers to live and work among the world’s least reached and most overlooked peoples.

So . . . does that mean we’re done?

The Alliance family has made it clear: WE CAN DO MORE. Even before the matching chal-lenge had been met, God was working in the heart of an Alliance Metropolitan District church that was seeking Him for guidance. Moved by His Spirit and inspired by this historic opportunity, this church was prompted this week to donate $400,000 as a challenge gift for the U.S. Alliance family to give beyond what they believed possible. The church’s pas-tor writes, “We hope this will encourage Alliance people to ‘be courageous’ and step into the Jordan with us.”

Together, we’re making great progress in proclaiming Jesus where His name has yet to be heard. If God’s Spirit is whispering “we’re not finished,” and you want to accept this church’s challenge to help solidify our sending momentum, give today.

Urgent Request for Financial Support for One of Our International Worker Couples

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Jeff and Betsy Lawrence, one of our international worker couples, are currently in the U.S. due to their daughter's health issues but anticipate a return to Papua in mid-July.  When they return, they will be moving to Wamena. Due to this city’s remoteness, the cost of living is going to be higher for them as everything is flown in.  In addition, they are going to have to fully furnish their home there.  They will need to buy everything from dishes and other kitchen items to bedroom furniture, and large appliances, such as stove.

They have a way of ordering and shipping the items from the capacity of Indonesia, but they need the finances to do so.

Would you help these international workers by giving? Below is the information on ways to give and special instructions from Jeff and Betsy.

Mail your check to the address below:
C&MA
8595 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920


Note:
Please add mm Lawrence outfit funds on the memo. This is important so the monies get properly to them and not the general fund.

Let them know you are sending them money!  Please send an email to Jeff and Betsy at jeffandbetsy82@gmail.com and let them know how much you are sending so they can plan accordingly (they don't usually know what is in their support account for at least 30 days or more).

Jeff and Betsy estimate that they will need between $1,000-$1,500.

Please make sure to send any money by July 1st.

Thank you for your support!

New Alliance Purchasing Program Partner

From Ken Baldes, Vice President for Operations/Finance

The NuQuo Group has recently joined the Alliance Purchasing Program. NuQuo has insider knowledge of the copier and printer industry that allows them to secure better terms, conditions, and pricing on copiers and printers from major manufacturers than clients could get on their own. The company recently assisted the National Office in selecting and negotiating the terms, conditions, and pricing of our new copiers—which is anticipated to save us 21 percent over the next five years.

I am confident that a call to NuQuo will result in significant savings for your district and churches too. To learn more, visit NuQuo's website.

NuQuo Group

  • Has a heart to serve the Alliance family

  • Will provide districts, churches of any size, and supporting organizations (including camps) access to negotiated national pricing on copiers and printers from major manufacturers (and greater savings when churches purchase together)

  • Offers clients contract support as well as ongoing support throughout the term of the contract

  • Will donate a portion of their sales to the Great Commission Fund.

To learn how much you can save, contact Bo Higby at NuQuo Group at (208) 830-5617 or email bhigby@nuquo.com. Along with other Alliance Purchasing Program partners, Bo will be an exhibiter at Alliance Council 2019 and present a Friday morning seminar, Church Re-sources to Help Grow Your Budget. I urge each district to send a team member to this seminar, where participants will also hear from Tithe.ly, Stewardship Payroll Services, AMD/8x8, Digital Audio Labs, T-Mobile, and ECFA. This is a great opportunity to learn how these partners can help your district, camp, or churches.

For a complete list of partners, visit Alliance Purchasing Program (log-in to MyCMA required to view page).

For questions about NuQuo or the seminar, please contact Ken Baldes at (719) 265-2128 or baldesk@cmalliance.org.