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  • Mt. Shepherd Receives Gift of Bikes

    Aug. 27, 2014 A grant from the Caraway Velo Club has made possible the purchase of two new mountain bikes for Mount Shepherd Retreat Center. To encourage mountain biking as part of a healthy lifestyle CVC has donated two “like new” bikes as well.

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  • Church Vitality Offers Two Events in October

    Aug. 27, 2014 There will be two events to help revitalize your churches offered by the Church Vitality Team in early October: You've Launched-Now What? and The Domino Effect. Get more details below.

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  • Charlotte Churches Offer Learning Opportunities

    Aug. 26, 2014 Two Charlotte churches offering seminars/workshops this Fall:

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  • HPU Welcomes Record Number of New Students to Campus

    Aug. 25, 2014 HPU welcomed a record-breaking number of 1,470 new students during its annual Welcome Week. Students and their families, which amounted to more than 5,000 visitors to the city, began moving into residence halls at 7:30 a.m. today.

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  • Donald Haynes Concludes Series with UM Reporter

    Aug. 25, 2014 Last week Dr. Donald Haynes informed us his intention to end his service to UMR and the broader church through his Wesleyan Wisdom column. Read an excerpt and go to the link of the final article.

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  1. September 2014
    1. 09/03/2014, 10:00am
      Healthcare Informational Session
    2. 09/03/2014, 2:00pm
      Healthcare Informational Session
    3. 09/04/2014, 8:30am
      Healthcare Informational Session
    4. 09/05/2014, 12:00pm to 09/07/2014, 12:00pm
      UMW Annual Meeting
    5. 09/08/2014, 1:00pm
      Healthcare Informational Session
    6. 09/11/2014, 9:30am
      Protecting Your People- Pfeiffer Series
    7. 09/11/2014, 10:00am
      Healthcare Informational Session
    8. 09/13/2014, 8:30am
      Camp Carolwood Body Mind & Spirit 5K 10K & Fun Run
    9. 09/14/2014, 12:00pm to 09/17/2014, 12:00pm
      Dr. Marcia McFee Worship Planning Retreat
    10. 09/14/2014, 2:30pm
      Healthcare Informational Session


Conference Blog

Singing People

By Paul Brown

One of my earliest memories is sitting in an uncomfortable wooden pew, leaning against my mother and listening to her sing. My mom has a beautiful soprano voice and I can remember looking up and just listening to her sing those old words, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, oh, what a foretaste of glory divine” and “Because he lives, I can face tomorrow” and “Whatever my lot, you have taught me to say, it is well with my soul!”

Years later, when I held my own children in my arms, rocking them to sleep in the middle of the night, those old words and melodies jumped back into my mind, old words about Jesus and about mercy and grace. And you know, as much as I enjoy the newer Christian songs on the radio, I still think that there’s something about the old hymns. There’s something about the way that they connect us to generations before us, where, if you close your eyes, you can almost smell the sawdust and hear their voices blending together in one of the simple little wooden chapels that once dotted the landscape of these mountains.

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Church Matters

This video was featured during Saturday afternoon at the School of Congregational Development. This was also featured during Annual Conference during the Vision Report on Thursday afternoon. See other videos from Annual Conference on our YouTube Channel.

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