Posted by: Roger Whitaker on Sun, Feb 5, 2012
Salem UMC is Awarded Welcoming Certification by Methodist Commmunications.
January 31, 2012
Salem United Methodist Church
Attn: Roger Whitaker
1182 Woodcrest Dr
Thomson, GA 30824
Dear Roger and church members:
United Methodist Communications is pleased to award Salem United Methodist Church initial certification as an official Welcoming Congregation in 2011. Because The United Methodist Church places a high value on radical hospitality as a vital ministry, we know you will want to celebrate this important achievement in your congregation by continuing to embrace newcomers and provide opportunities for discipleship through your welcoming lifestyle.
Please find enclosed a plaque to display in your church, and a press release template to fill in and use if desired. In addition to the plaque, your church is recognized as a certified Welcoming Congregation on the denomination’s Find-A-Church.org website. Your church’s profile displays this designation. We encourage you to visit Find-A-Church.org to update your church information with pictures, worship times, ministry listing and a word of welcome!
We hope you will continue to participate in annual renewal of the welcoming certification program so every member of your congregation can embrace welcoming as a lifestyle, and your church can maintain a dynamic welcoming ministry for all people. Details concerning the annual renewal process will be sent to you.
To help you strengthen and maintain a dynamic welcoming ministry in your congregation and to help you extend your welcome into the community and the world, we invite you to visit umcom.org/rethinkchurch and review the information and resources available. In addition, we have added your church email address to our database so you can begin receiving email updates about Welcoming Certification and welcoming ministry training and resources.
On behalf of United Methodist Communications, we thank you for ensuring newcomers know the people of The United Methodist Church have open hearts, open minds and open doors.
Anthony M. Gooding
Welcoming Certification Program
United Methodist Communications
cc: District Superintendent, Rev. Gary Don Dean
Communicator, Rev. Tim McDaniel
Enclosures: Welcoming Plaque & 1 additional seal/FAC info
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