National Office News Updates

Connect your kids with Alliance initiatives in 2018!

Many C&MA churches like to give the children in their congregations an opportunity to con- tribute to a relevant Alliance project during VBS or other children’s programs. Churches are encouraged to adopt one of the following projects to promote awareness of how the Alliance is at work in 2018.

Schooling for Children of Women Prisoners in the Philippines

An Alliance team in the Philippines has developed a ministry among female prisoners in Manila. Many of the women are mothers and wives who have made poor choices. Their children often end up living with relatives who cannot afford to send the kids to school. Help give these children the education they will need to succeed in life.

A Library for Students at Alliance Academy in Jordan

Alliance Academy (AAJ) is private Christian school on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan. Muslim parents send their children to AAJ because it offers an excellent education in a loving, safe environment. But Alliance Academy does not yet have a library for its 270 students. Funds are needed to provide AAJ students with a well-equipped resource and study center.

Help for Orphaned Children in Vietnam

In several villages in Vietnam, many wives have lost their husbands because of disease or abandonment. Single mothers often have no other choice but to send their children away to find work or to attend an orphanage. Alliance workers have started several schools specifically to help orphaned children. Funds are needed to support these marginalized youngsters.

Resources Available

The following materials will be available online in mid-February for each project

  • Introductory PowerPoint
  • Informative brochure (81⁄2 x 11)
  •  Prayer postcard (4 x 6)
  • Project activity ideas
  • List of selected costs
  • Kids’ fun pages

These resources may be reviewed and downloaded in mid-February (until then, the 2017 resources will be available). Printed brochures and prayer postcards may be requested from the Alliance National Office while supplies last. (Send inquiries to wicksd@cmalliance.org.)

 

Free e-book resource from Envision on short-term missions

Envision is releasing their first e-book called Reimagining Short-Term Missions, exploring the role of short-term missions within the Alliance family and opportunities to do these better. Join the conversation about the changing landscape of missions and ways we can move forward together as The Alliance family. Sign up to receive this resource for free here.

 

New International Ministry Opportunities for 2019 Deployment

IM would like to announce that new postings of international ministry opportunities for 2019 deployment will be added to its website during January.  The top twenty opportunities will be viewable from January 1, with others being added during the course of the month. 

The full total of more than 60 new opportunities for service as Alliance international workers will be posted for viewing and application by January 31. 

 

Continue the Relief Effort in Puerto Rico

The devastation from Hurricane Irma is still very much being felt in Puerto Rico, and though San Juan is back on its feet, nearly half of the island is still without power.

If your church would like to partner with churches in Puerto Rico, or you're wondering how to help, visit laalianzapr.church and go to the tab Hurricane Recovery Efforts. There, you'll find relevant information that can help plan next steps. You can also contact distrito@laalianzapr.org for more information about supporting the continuing relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

A few options to consider would be:

  1. Pray for the needs of the corporate church or specific needs of a church in Puerto Rico
  2. Develop a relationship with the Pastor
  3. Send a special offering to cover some identified needs
  4. Send teams to help in the recovery phase

 

Watch the new 2017 Alliance Year-End Offering Video

 

 

Alliance Peacemaking Level 2 Conflict Coaching Training at Smokey Point, Feb 27-28

This is a two-day live training open to anyone who has taken the Level 1 Resolving Everyday Conflict training. Alliance Peacemaking strongly recommends it for anyone in a leadership position within the church.

Registration is $275 with $25 discount if registered before the end of the year.  To register, visit: https://cma.ungerboeck.com/prod/emc00/register.aspxOrgCode=10&EvtID=5967&AppCode=REG&CC=117110218000

 

2017 National Hispanic Education Summit and Nyack Scholars Symposium

WHAT: This event brings together university and faith leaders throughout the nation to present scholarly research and discussion to help successfully recruit, retain, and graduate Hispanic university and college students. The keynote speaker is Dr. Carlos Camp, president of Ashland University. All interested Alliance leaders are invited to participate.

WHEN & WHERE: Education Summit – November 8 at Nyack’s Manhattan (New York) campus
Scholars Symposium – November 9 at Nyack’s Rockland campus

COST: FREE if you register

Register and learn more. Address, map, and list of workshops are accessible at the registration link. For questions, contact Dr. Vilma Balmaceda, director for the Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement and political science professor at Nyack College, Seminary, and Graduate Schools, vilma.balmaceda@nyack.edu.

 

Older (but still relevant) stories from C&MA:

CAMA still needs our help with hurricane relief efforts

Between Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the earthquakes in Mexico, our brothers and sisters elsewhere in North America have had a difficult season, some losing their homes or even loved ones. CAMA Services, the relief wing of the Alliance, has boots on the ground in each of these locations and is administrating relief efforts.

We are already seeing positive signs in these locations, thanks to the generosity of churches within the Alliance NW as well as other districts:

  • In Houston, CAMA expects to see 150 homes restored by the local churches for those affected by Harvey
  • In Cuba, 140 families are receiving food and assistance because of our donations to the Irma relief efforts
  • In Puerto Rico, CAMA is working to quickly organize relief, depending on our donations and the 63 Alliance churches there
  • In Mexico, the Disaster Relief Fund has enabled CAMA to come alongside the Mexican church and provide hundreds of supplies and care packages

Will you continue to pray and support these efforts? Donations toward the CAMA Disaster Relief Fund will go directly to assist these efforts. To learn more and donate, click here.

If you had Global Staff come to your church, please fill out this survey

Below is the link for you to evaluate the Global Staff that shared at your church this year.  Please take a few minutes to fill it out; this helps improve systems and procedures for future tours. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5RJQGKG

 

Church Electronic Transfer of Funds

From Ken Baldes, vice president for Operations/treasurer

I’m pleased to let you know that your churches can now electronically remit their Great Commission Fund, CAMA, and other Alliance ministries funds to the National Office. During August and September, 27 C&MA churches beta tested the system, successfully transferring a total of $135,000 to the National Office.

Here is a user guide for churches wishing to take advantage of this new capability that eliminates checks and postage costs.

For questions, contact Tom Gannaway in our Technology Group at (719) 265-2078 or gannawayt@cmalliance.org.

 

Wireless System Frequency Change

Changes are in place to the 600MHz frequency spectrum to remove 614-698MHz frequencies from use by wireless systems. As a result, churches must plan to replace their wireless systems in this range by the end of 2017. The attached document provides helpful information.

 

Save with Alliance Purchasing Program

The National Office has negotiated special group pricing with several companies that may benefit your church—including Dell, Microsoft, Staples, T-Mobile, Xerox, and Stewardship Payroll Service. Two new partnerships with Arria Live Media and Sennheiser Electronic GmBH & Co. (Sennheiser) provide churches with low-cost, high-quality products for their audio needs. Please see the attached file for more information.

For more information on these special rates, contact Kris Rickert.