News and Info

CrossOn behalf of the board of directors, once more I extend our greetings to you!  This monthly email is intended to keep in touch with you—our colleagues in associate ministry and leadership.  We consider this form of contact a link between our website, www.nacar.orgThe Associate and the board of directors.  Your feedback is always encouraged.
 
BIG WELCOME to the associates and religious of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius!  They are our newest members to join our NACAR family.  Sister Madonna Figura, SSCM, is director of associates, and the congregation is headquartered in Danville, Pennsylvania.  Stop by their website (www.sscm.org) and send your personal welcome to them!
 
A number of weeks ago, we sent you a short survey.  Our objective is to (anonymously) collect members’ information about their ministerial role and any compensation received for their associate leadership.  We will publish aggregated information once it is complied.  If you are a director, co-director and/or part of a leadership team that directs the associate-religious relationship in your congregation, please take a few minutes to take part in the survey by June 5th if you have not already done so.  Go to here to fill out survey if you have not done so already.  Please provide your information to the mix of over 100 members who have!
 
The board’s committee on communications and advancement seeks volunteers to write future articles for The Associate.  If you have a story to tell, perceptions and experiences to share or suggestions to make, we will collaborate with you to get your message out to the rest of us!  Please connect with committee chair Conni Dubick for more details:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
We are eagerly looking ahead to our October 2013 workshop in Haverford, Pennsylvania!  The title fairly well describes the content:  Financial, Legal and Other Issues Regarding Associates and Vowed Religious.  This workshop is tailor-made for congregational leaders and associate directors.  Download the workshop brochure at www.nacar.org today!
 
Members should have received their congregational or individual 2013-14 NACAR renewal notices.  For those who have renewed:  BIG THANKS!  For those still getting around to it, we look forward to hearing from you soon!
 
Stay cool:  summer conventionally starts in a few weeks! 
 
Until next time, may the Spirit continue to guide you in your associate ministry.

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Over 250 of our members have travelled to Conference 2012: A Journey of Blessings in Chicago! There is excitement in the air as we wait to hear what keynote speaker Sr. Joyce Rupp will be sharing with us through her presentation Journeying in the Land of Don't Know. Her spiritual and prophetic insights will undoubtedly set an inspirational tone for the duration of our conference. Watch for Conference photos on our Facebook page.

Your board of directors is looking forward to learning what conferees will share about two strategic proposals needing resolution for future planning. First, we are inviting input about, and confirmation of, NACAR's statement of mission which was revised last year based on members' feedback garnered from Conference 2010 in St. Louis. Second, we are proposing that NACAR's mission-activities be regionally focused on members' needs and desires. We need to ponder if regionalization has value for our membership prior to exploring next steps.