Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Some people refer to them as “preacher’s kids.” Josefa Bethea Wall prefers to call herself a “theological offspring.”

The daughter of a preacher and a teacher, Bethea Wall’s parents served The United Methodist Church for nearly 40 years. It was one of many legacies they passed on to their daughter.

“I am a child of the Central Jurisdiction,” Bethea Wall laughed. “I grew up connected to church and to church-related schools. You could say I was born to be a servant leader in the church.”

If there is a legacy as strong as the Methodist roots Bethea Wall inherited from her parents, it is her connection to Bennett College for Women, one of 11 historically Black United Methodist colleges and universities. Located in Greensboro, N.C., Bennett was a second home for the young Bethea Wall. It’s also where her mother, grandmother and godmother attended and graduated.

The decision to make Bennett her college home was easy. It made geographical—and historical—sense.

“I understood the significance of continuing the legacy,” Bethea Wall said. “And I knew at a small, historically Black college I would be nurtured.

“When there are 500 of you instead of 5,000, you have more opportunities to put your hands on people and experiences that impact your life,” she added. “At Bennett, I got to see the world first hand—not just from someone else’s eyes.”

Bethea Wall is a graduate of Bennett College for Women. She works in nonprofit management with a focus on education.

Please encourage your congregation to support the Black College Fund apportionment at 100% so young people like Ms. Wall can make a difference in our future.

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Lladale Carey
Web Coordinator
United Methodsit Communications

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Should we continue to give in today's economy?

Of course. God never promised us a rose garden. He told us if we trust and obey he would supply all our needs. (Matthew 6:31-34) The consequences of not giving is not good. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8) Instead of running from God during these difficult times, let us draw closer to God. (Matthew 11:28-30) Let us listen and obey his SON, Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price--HIS LIFE. (Acts 5:29-31)

Please continue to give knowing that you are giving to the Lord not to man. Encourage your congregation to give 100% to all seven apportion funds and give generously to the six Special Sundays in which you can now give online.


Lladale Carey
Web Coordinator
United Methodsit Communications

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Matter Of The Heart

A refection based on Jeremiah 9:26 "Egypt, Judah, Edom, the Ammonites, Moab, and all those with shaven temples who live in the desert. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all of the house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."God cares about our hearts because God needs our hearts to reach the hearts of others with the Good News of Jesus. This is the essence of our faith. In the time of Jeremiah the hearts of the Jewish people had become cluttered with things that are not of God. To circumcise the heart was to cut away all those things which separated them from God.

Give from the heart and give to help young people receive scholarships through the United Methodist Student Day, World Communion Sunday and Native American Ministries Sunday offerings.
Bishop Wills' Life Journal Entry for August 10, 2009

Lladale Carey
Web Coordinator
United Methodsit Communications

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Matthew Chapter 5

[1] And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
[2] And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
[3] Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
[4] Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
[5] Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
[6] Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
[7] Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
[8] Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
[9] Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

In these days and time, so many people are hurting; losing their jobs, homes and just trying to make ends meet. However, let's remember the words of Jesus when he taught the disciples and the multitude from the mountain top. He knows what we are going through and he knows what we need. If we just trust and obey, he will open doors that we cannot see.

Give. Pray. Give.

What is Connectional Giving?

His child

Lladale Carey
Web Coordinator
United Methodsit Communications