When: November 22-30, 2015
Where: Manila Episcopal Area, Philippines
What: The 2015 Mission Experience with our partners - our sisters and
brothers of the United Methodist Church in the Manila Episcopal Area - will
include but not be limited to:
• Working with KKFI - an outreach agency of the UMC - to serve
specifically the needs of the poor and at risk children in the city of Manila
• Working with the staff of Mary Johnston Hospital and Mary Johnston
School of nursing - the only UMC related hospital in the city of Manila - in
its ministry of early childhood nutrition to the community and inner city.
• Working with local UM church partners in the city of Manila and beyond
Manila as an expression of UMC unity around common core convictions
• Working with Bishop Rudy Juan and the lay leaders of the Manila area
churches to learn about mission in a different cultural context from our
United Methodist sisters and brothers.
What else do I need to know?
Cost: $1500-2000 depending on when we book the flight. The amount is
inclusive of lodging, food and ground transportation. Bring a little extra if
you want to do some shopping. The exchange rate hovers around 45
Philippine pesos to 1 US dollar. We have contacts in the Bishop's office
who will exchange dollars for pesos at a favorable rate.
Travel: You will need a valid US Passport to travel to Manila. Make sure
that it will be valid prior to departure and valid for your return. If you don't
have one and you're thinking about going, please get one NOW. A travel
VISA (not the credit card) is not required. Flights on Delta from Atlanta to
Manila typically require a plane change in Narita, Japan. The stay is very
Immunizations: Please check the CDC website for current travel bulletins.
Typically the CDC recommends preparing for malaria, yellow fever and
Dengue fever, as well as having current boosters for tetanus and hepatitis.
However, because we spend most of our time in urban areas my
experience has been that I have not needed the immunizations for malaria,
yellow fever and Dengue fever. Nevertheless, please seek the advice of
your personal physician concerning which immunizations you need.
Language: You do not need to learn a language. The majority of Filipinos
speak and understand English, which will speed up your ability to develop
friendships with our friends and partners there.
The Fall Session of the ADOX 2015 Lay Servant Classes will be held on Saturdays, for four weeks beginning September 12th through October 3rd. Courses will be conducted from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM at Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church, 5312 West Mountain Street, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (770-469-9767) and will include a Basic and three advanced courses. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in taking or required to take (Note: Lay Servants are required to take a class every three years) a class this year. However, it is good to take courses more frequently to add skills and expand contacts in the household of faith.
The scheduled courses are as follows:
The dedication service will be held on October 3rd at 11:00 AM. Please see the attached brochure for more information about the courses that will be offered and the tentative schedules for 2016. Feel free to share this information with your congregations or anyone who may be interested. Note, the BOD recommends that all Lay Leaders become Lay Servants.
Students should register or contact me no later than August 29, 2015 by:
1. Sending to this email address (email@example.com) name, address, phone number(s), district and home church and sending the registration fee ($40) to ADOX District Office c/o Lay Servant Ministries, 1000 Main Street, Suite C, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
2. Mail all of the information above (Item #1) including registration fee to the ADOX District Office
3. Contact me directly at (firstname.lastname@example.org) if there are questions or require additional information or assistance.
Please make all checks payable to ADOX District - LSM in the amount of $40.00 for each participant. Upon receipt, the text and first assignment will be mailed directly to the student.
Did you know that the ADOX United Methodist Women and the ADOX Lay Servant Ministry have Facebook pages?
For ADOX UMW :
For ADOX Lay Servant Ministry:
1000 Main Street, Suite C
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(770) 879-9016 Phone
(770) 879-9017 Fax