UMM - SCJ Gathering July 29-31

Date Posted: 4/26/2011

The United Methodist Men of the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) and the GCUMM invite all to attend the UMMen’ s SCJ Gathering on July 29-31, 2011.The Gathering will be held in First UMC in Wichita, Kansas, and hosted by the Kansas East/West Conference UMMen.


All who are able are encouraged to come to Wichita and feel the Spirit as it fills each of us in attendance. Have you ever experienced the sound and Spirit of 200 or more men worshipping and singing God’s praises together? Want to feel that again? For those who cannot come to Wichita, the Gathering will be webcast to remote locations. More on that later! The Gathering will open Friday night with a message from Bishop Scott Jones of Kansas who will encourage us to know Christ better.


On Saturday morning, Rev. Todd Guinn will encourage us to share our knowing Christ with the youth that surround us. Men are challenged to invite a son or grandson or any youth they know to share the Gathering with them. What a great opportunity to mentor! Following Rev Guinn’s message, the men attending in Wichita will have the opportunity to share Christ with the hungry in Wichita through a Potato Drop project and distribute Strength for Service devotionals to local military, firemen and police officers.  


Those attending at remote sites will have this time to share Christ in a project sponsored by the remote site facilitators. After lunch, Rev. Marvin Wood will talk to us about how we can share Christ with men who are in prison and we will share a message of Understanding Men’s Ministry.  Rev. Kevass Harding will speak on knowing and sharing Christ. Following dinner, Bishop Hays will address the Gathering and we will share communion. What better way to know and share Christ!


All through the weekend, Roger Cooper will share Christ with us through his music and his stories.


Men attending in Wichita are invited to share the Sunday worship with the Wichita First congregation. What a powerful witness this will be not only to those who come to First UMC but to all who worship via TV as this service is broadcasted across Kansas!


Registration and Event Details


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The opportunity is being offered for business and private individuals to show their support of the ministry of Jesus though the UMMen. There will be a scroll listing of all contributors by State acknowledging their support and asking the men to support their businesses in return. Their checks should be made payable to SCJ UMMen with Gathering sponsor in the memo line.

For Conference Presidents within the SCJ, please encourage as many men who are able to attend in Wichita if able. UMM want to capture the witness of a large body of men worshiping and sharing together. God will be pleased. If the men cannot drive or fly to attend in person, arrange for as many remote sites as possible. UMM hopes you are capturing the vision that even though everyone will not all be in the same location, all will be in the same Spirit, the same Body.

When not connected via the webcast, all should be connected in sharing a meal and sharing God with their hands serving others. A remote hook up only cost $75 in advance plus $10 paid later for each attendee. Site facilitators should set local prices to recover all registration fees plus any service project cost, Etc. Conference Presidents are requested to support the Gathering with a Conference donation of $250. They should also encourage all Districts to support with a $100 donation and local churches should be encouraged to donate $25 each.