Adventure: Nashville!
Monday, April 29, 2019 to Thursday, May 2, 2019

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April 29 - May 2, 2019
Clergy and Laity Welcome! 
2 CEUs
Cost: $700*
Registration Deadline: March 25

Nashville is the (physical) center of the United Methodist Church--Communications, the Upper Room, Abingdon, Cokesbury, the Board of Higher Education, the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). In Nashville, we find the heart of our connection.

We will head to Nashville to explore our connection, finding new ways to grow our stewardship ministry. UMCom will talk about effective communications and branding. What tools are available to us that we need to use in that conversation? GCFA will discuss an overview of their organization; giving trends and best practices. Experience Thistle Farms, a non-profit which helps women who have been involved in trafficking and prostitution get back on their feet through education, therapy and empowerment.

There is plenty of free time built in for YOU to explore Nashville! Visit the Grand Ole Opry and take in local eateries with that country music flair. This unique continuing education event combines learning as well as exploring a growing hot spot!

*Some scholarship funds available. Contact the UM Foundation for more information. Fee is based upon hotel accommodations, airfare, and transportation to and from airport, breakfast and lunch.
Tentative Schedule
April 29th - We will leave Pittsburgh at 5:50 PM. and arrive in Nashville that evening. After checking in at the hotel, participants can have the rest of the night to themselves to grab dinner and relax!
April 30th - UMCOM – We will spend the day hearing communications and stewardship ideas and getting a tour of the UMCOM building. GCFA will come over and speak with us as well. Lunch will be provided by UMCOM.
Dinner is on your own. This might be the perfect night to make reservations to see the Grand Ole Opry! There are plenty of great places in Nashville to enjoy fellowship and the ambiance of country music's home!
May 1st - Mission Day - We will head to Thistle Farms to learn about their ministry and funding support - what works and what doesn't! Lunch at Thistle Farms is included. Afterwards, we will make a brief stop at the Upper Room.
The rest of the day is open for you to explore all that is Nashville!
May 2nd - Fly home. Flights leave at 10:00 AM and arrive in Pittsburgh at 12:30 PM
The hotel where we will be staying is the Hampton Inn Vanderbilt West End (1919 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203). Breakfast will be provided by the hotel each morning.