|Please join us for our Fall Gathering 2021 on November 6, at 10 a.m. where our special guest speaker will be Cara Nicklas from the Wesleyan Covenant Association Council. |
This will be a Virtual Zoom Event at https://tinyurl.com/whjzmxs3 Passcode: 248557
Cara Nicklas is a life-long Methodist who was born in Fort Eustis, Virginia, and raised in Oologah, a small town in northeast Oklahoma. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and her juris doctorate degree from Oklahoma City University in 1990, Cara began the practice of law, got married, and had two sons, Connor and Evan. Cara and her husband of 29 years, Tim, welcomed a daughter-in-law, Michelle, to their family three years ago. No grandchildren yet! Currently, Cara is a partner in the law firm, McAlister, McAlister & Nicklas PLLC, in Edmond, Oklahoma. She practices in the area of business and trust litigation, as well as estate planning, probates and guardianships. She is blessed to be partners with believers who support and encourage her expanded work within the church.
Cara currently serves as a board member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, the UMC General Board of Church and Society, and the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation. She serves on the Transitional Leadership Council. Cara was an alternate delegate to the 2012 General Conference, and a delegate to the 2016 and 2019 General Conferences. Cara was elected by the Oklahoma Annual Conference as a delegate to the 2020 General Conference.
Cara is involved in the Congo Initiative’s efforts to promote the rule of law in Congo. She travels to Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, every other year (when Ebola, Covid-19, and violence is contained) to participate in a Justice Conference involving Christian lawyers in Eastern Congo who seek to elevate justice in the context of a broken system.
Cara and her husband are members of Church of the Servant United Methodist Church. Cara has served her local church in leadership positions, serving as chair of several committees, and in various teaching capacities. Cara’s priority is leading small groups focused on Bible study using a Wesleyan approach to scripture.
For more information on the Fall Gathering 2021, please contact us at APromisingHope@gmail.com
By Joyce Wilson
Joyce is a retired teacher and enjoys sharing lesson plans, resources, and teaching tips on Teacher Spark. She is also passionate about teaching and loves using her writing to help teachers, parents, and students.
We live in an age where people feel depressed, stressed at work and at home, anxious, and unhappy. There are documentaries exploring why we live in a society that is overweight, sick and unhappy. Antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications and other mood enhancers are now being prescribed more than ever before – with a long, often dangerous list of side effects and the possibility of addiction.
If you’re looking to improve your mental, emotional and physical well-being, there are other options for you besides prescription medication. Recent studies have shown something that the churches have known for centuries: a strong spiritual faith can do wonders for your body, mind and soul.
In recent years, scientific studies have actually shown that there is a link between faith and good health. In 2015, Duke University announced that studies have shown the power of prayer in preventing illness, sickness and disease. Even when people do get sick, prayer can promote faster recovery and healing. Best of all, these scientific results are not just limited to one single study. Medical research from multiple leading journals and universities across the United States has shown the same thing: believing in a higher power is good for you. Your faith and your prayers can actually heal the body, make you happier, and possibly even help you live longer.
One of the ways prayer helps us is by reducing our stress and anxiety levels. When we “give it to God” or “let go and let God” we are releasing our need to stress, fret and worry about our current situation. Letting go of stress in this way has obvious mental and emotional health benefits, like improved mental health. Of course, it also benefits our physical bodies because high stress and anxiety levels have been linked to autoimmune disorders, weakened immune system, fatigue, and a variety of other stress-related health conditions.
Stress, anxiety and depression have all been linked to obesity. Therefore, if your goal this year is to lose weight, prayer might actually help.
Some studies have even linked psychological stress to cancer so by letting go of stress, you might reduce your chances of developing this devastating disease, and you could possibly even improve your overall health and longevity.
In addition to the health benefits listed above, individuals who have a devout religious or spiritual practice have been scientifically shown to have strengthened immune systems, lower blood pressure, and possibly even healthier cardiovascular functioning than those who don’t pray on a regular basis.
To enjoy all of the benefits of prayer, and to bolster your health and happiness, look to other areas of your life where you can encourage uplift and reduce stress For example, your home should be the respite you need from the stressors of daily life. Consider adding elements or creating spaces that promote health and healing. Add some plants, or invest in soothing artwork, reorganize your space, or even add an area that’s specifically designated for prayer and meditation.
The power of prayer is a time-tested method that has been used for centuries. It doesn’t require any pills and it doesn’t cost us a penny. There are zero side effects and you don’t need an appointment with your doctor; you can pray at your convenience, anytime, day or night, from anywhere – including the comfort of your own home. Try incorporating more prayer into your life. You’ll reconnect with God, with yourself, and you might even notice some happy benefits for your body, mind and soul.
A Global Call to Praise, Prayer and Prophecy on Palm Sunday
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (USA)
“…Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today…” Exodus 14:13-14, NIV
On March 1st, we heard the joyful announcement about the mission and vision for the new “Global Methodist Church.” How awesome God is!!! He knows what He is doing. We can trust Him…yes, indeed, we can trust Him!!
“18.Forget the former things: do not dwell on the past. 19.See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland….21.the people I formed myself that they may proclaim my praise.” (Isaiah 43:18-21, NIV)
Yes, we see the new thing the Lord is doing: new name, new logo, new leadership and new website for this new church…The Global Methodist Church! Would you please join us in thanking God for the diligent work and the many sacrifices of the WCA Global Council and the Transitional Leadership Council? Let us praise the Lord for the new thing He is doing!! This is the sweetness of the Lord for us, and we anticipate more sweetness on the way.
The Lion of Judah is roaring over the United Methodist Church! We hear His voice as He speaks with all authority in the heavens and on the earth.
“As watchmen on the wall, we must be alert to all that we will see or hear….If He is called the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, then we also become lions on the earth. As His voice roars through the heavens, our voices must roar on the earth.” (Karen Phillips, Western PA IIPN)
We are calling lions from all around the world who will boldly roar with us over the United Methodist Church. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Way-Maker. When He roared the Red Sea parted and the army of Pharaoh was destroyed. We hear His voice louder and louder: “Let My people go!” We are calling intercessors who will boldly stand with us and roar. Let us release the roars!!
Since physical gathering is not possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will gather on-line through ZOOM Video Conferencing with Live Streaming through the WCA IIPN YouTube channel.
We invite you to join us:
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (USA)
Let us worship our Lord Jesus Christ together. You can join through the WCA IIPN YouTube channel:
The WCA-VA Chapter has made three presentations to churches in recent weeks regarding the proposed Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation and the resulting new denomination. Other churches are planning presentations. If you would like to speak with us about such a presentation to your Council or church, we would be more than pleased to talk with you. Please contact Tom Thomas at email@example.com.
Join us for “Methodism’s Bright Future” on Monday, March 1, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. (EST)
Important: You have two ways to participate: Zoom or Facebook Live. Zoom is limited to 1,000 participants, so if you can’t log on to the Zoom call, join us on Facebook Live. These live links will take you to the event. Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81244239518 Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/MississippiMethodism/live
The idea for this informational event started here in Mississippi and expanded to include 13 Annual Conferences across the Southeastern Jurisdiction. Join us March 1! It’s free. Registration is not required. Please share and invite others to join us. All are welcome.
Tom Thomas, Virginia Chapter
January 28, 2021
Celebrate the foreword thinking of the WCA Council and leadership! Many task forces are considering a whole host of practical, essential and theological matters necessary for founding a dynamic, new, global, conservative denomination.
The following is a summary of WCA President Keith Boyette’s report on a sundry of WCA matters and news of interest to you and your churches:
- Global Gathering – Saturday May 1, 2021 – In Person at Frazer UMC, Montgomery, Alabama
- Global Assembly Meets – Friday April 30
- Look for information re: Global Gathering mid-February
- Sign up immediately if you plan to attend. Limit is 500 persons.
- Frazer is following health protocols for safe practices.
- Release of new denominational name, logo, and Transitional Leadership Council members in late February
- Commitment to passing Protocol remains as strong as ever.
- If your church is interested in streaming the Global Gathering on May 1, please contact Tom Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Best source of information for local churches and pastors to get up to speed on what has and is taking place regarding separation: see the WCA website: https://wesleyancovenant.org/critical-articles-in-a-time-of-transition
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.” Psalm 34:15
What a wonderful promise! The WCA is establishing prayer groups in each state to bring together like minded brothers and sisters to undergird the vision, work, and preparation for the WCA and a new denomination
As Prayer Coordinator for WCA-VA, we extend an invitation to any who have a desire to serve the LORD and pray for the WCA to please join our Virginia prayer team. Beginning Sunday, January 24th at 4:00 pm, we will meet to pray “virtually” on one Sunday afternoon a month for the needs of our church, the WCA, and any future denomination.
We are not a gathering to discuss the “latest” or “inside” news. We are simply meeting together in the Lord’s presence and praying for the WCA and its future direction and needs.
If you are so led and have not already done so, please contact me!
Pam Thomas (WCA-VA Prayer Coordinator)
Rev. Dr. H.O. “Tom” Thomas is the new President of the Wesleyan Covenant Association of Virginia We wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about our new President and a word about Tom from our outgoing President Rev. Gayle Thornberry.
Tom is a Director of the Good News’ Board, recent president of the Evangelical Fellowship of the Virginia Annual Conference, and a member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. An Ordained Elder in the Virginia Annual Conference, he has pastored diverse churches in Virginia, California and England and taught at higher educational institutions, including Asbury Theological Seminary from 1998 to 2003. Receiving his M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in John Wesley’s theology from the University of Bristol, Bristol, England, he and his wife Pam of forty four years lived in John Wesley’s home, “The New Room”.
Since 2017, he has been a contributor to www.moralapologetics.com and has published articles in Methodist History and the Wesleyan Theological Journal.
The Thomas’s have two children, Karissa, an attorney in Richmond, Virginia, and John, a recent graduate of Regent University. His two year old grandson is Beau. Tom enjoys being outdoors in his little parkland woods and sitting by a warm, log fire with a good book and a mug of PG Tips tea. He is making progress on a projected book project entitled, Practicing Prayer with John Wesley. His life text is, ‘Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire to work and speak and think for Thee’.
I have known and worked with Tom for the last 8 years and I’m always so blessed by his leadership, knowledge, and delightful humor. He will serve our chapter well. Tom will be at the helm with a gifted team to serve alongside him on the Board. The full board is as follows:
Tom Thomas, President (Clergy)
Mike Huff, 1st V.P. and Treasurer (Laity)
David Ford, 2nd V.P. (Clergy)
Karen Workman, Secretary (Clergy)
Michelle Engel (Laity)
Becky Livermonn (Laity)
Diane Hassel (Deaconess)
Yunho Eo (Clergy)
Jim Noland (Clergy)
Mary Sullivan-Trent (Clergy)
Shawna Hiner (Clergy)
Jim Lavender (Clergy)
Ryan Oswald (Clergy)
Matt Meisenhelter (Clergy)
Don Gibson (Clergy)
Brandon Nichols (Clergy)
Nancy Palmer (Clergy)
The recording of the WCA-VA 2020 Fall Gathering, “A Promising Hope” is now available at https://vimeo.com/445891176.
Many thanks to Rev. Keith Boyette for joining us and our moderator Rev. Tom Thomas and our panelists, Rev Gayle Thornberry and Rev. David Ford.
We had a great time today of information, praise and worship and a word from the Lord through prayer and self-contemplation.
If you were unable to join us live, we hope you enjoy this recording.
A group of diverse #UMC bishops, clergy and laity recently met to cast a vision for a future expression of Methodism. If and when the General Conference adopts the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation,” we intend to form a new Methodist denomination that:
- Is passionate about Jesus and His gospel,
- Is characterized by Joy,
- Is truly GLOBAL in our mission, membership and leadership,
- Trusts the Bible, in which the living core of our faith is revealed,
- Loves everybody and welcomes all who respond to God’s love,
- Upholds core, historic, Methodist doctrines, ethics and mission,
- Works to eradicate racism, sexism, poverty and addiction,
- Values Wesleyan connectional community and accountability,
- Empowers women and people of color to lead the Church at every level,
- Takes deep discipleship and leadership formation seriously,
- Emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit and
- Minimizes bureaucracy to maximize impact.
If you’re excited by this, then do three things: 1) sign up for updates at http://NewWesleyanDenomination.com, 2) share this post and 3) pray with us as we work toward achieving this God-given vision!