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Conference Trustees propose new conference center for 2018

The Conference Board of Trustees, with endorsement from Bishop Paul Leeland and the WNCC Cabinet, will be proposing to the Western North Carolina Annual Conference the construction of a new conference office building, with construction beginning this year. Bob Wilhoit, chair of the Board of Trustees, said, “With this new …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS An invitation from Bishop Paul L. Leeland regarding the appointment process  United Methodist Now- a new biweekly newsletter  Reimagining Health Collaborative – The Church and Mental Health  Blackburn Community …

An invitation from Bishop Paul L. Leeland regarding the appointment process

Dear friends: March 28-31, 2017, will begin the process where pastoral appointments are made for the Western North Carolina Conference.  Much of this conversation and work will be instigated by the 50 plus retirements that we have received as of this date, leaving a large number of churches without pastoral …

Bishop Leeland represents Council of Bishops at election of new German bishop

(Revised from UM News Service article by Klaus Ulrich Ruof) The Rev. Harald Rückert, senior pastor at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Reutlingen, Germany, has been elected as a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Germany Central Conference meeting. Bishop Paul L. Leeland of the Western North Carolina …

United Methodist Now- a new biweekly newsletter

The United Methodist Church invites you to check out their new biweekly e-newsletter specially created for all church members. United Methodist Now will highlight examples of Christian living, share inspirational messages and focus on what it means to be part of our connection. You can subscribe for free. Some samples …

Reimagining Health Collaborative – The Church and Mental Health

Do you feel called to work for the health and wellness of your community? Does your church have health ministries in place, but long to do more? Does your church want to work with other congregations and organizations to develop theologically-based wellness programs in your community? The Reimagining Health Collaborative …

Blackburn Community Outreach recruiting for 6th cohort

Blackburn House has been an enriching experience for many young people over the past five years. Residents have in turn enriched the community of Todd with service and tremendous creativity. This is a unique program, and like it’s rural home, it is off the beaten path. But as the 2016 …

SouthPark church says goodbye to ‘ski slope’ home, embraces change

This article was posted on Sunday evening in the Charlotte Observer: By Tim Funk tfunk@charlotteobserver.com There were tears of grief and smiles of excitement Sunday as members of Sharon United Methodist in SouthPark said goodbye to their “ski slope” church building and looked ahead to a new start as the …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS News from the WNC Chapter of PAUMCS  Pfeiffer’s YeTI program offers great experience for high school students    LATEST CAREERS Facility Person  Organist/Pianist  Director of Children’s Ministry  Director of …

News from the WNC Chapter of PAUMCS

The Western North Carolina Chapter of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) has several announcements for the organization and for other church office professionals in the conference. The spring newsletter of The Anchor has been published and is available to all members and those that might consider …

Pfeiffer’s YeTI program offers great experience for high school students

Pfeiffer Youth Theological Institute a/k/a/ YeTI is a two-week summer experience for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to become useful and effective servant leaders—and are ready to learn more about themselves in relation to God and God’s call on their lives. The dates for this year’s …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Bishop Leeland speaks at Hood Seminary on April 4  DeEtta Rivens travels and learns with Episcopal secretaries in Holy Land  Western North Carolina named top conference unit of United …

Bishop Leeland speaks at Hood Seminary on April 4

Hood Theological Seminary is pleased to welcome Bishop Paul Leeland Resident Bishop, Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church for a Community Forum and Conversation Tuesday, April 4, 2017 9:30—11:00 a.m. In the Aymer Center Please RSVP by 3/28 to Rev. Kay Hines: khines@hoodseminary.edu or 704-636-6962 HOOD THEOLOGICAL …

DeEtta Rivens travels and learns with Episcopal secretaries in Holy Land

In mid-2016, the Episcopal Secretaries of The United Methodist Church were offered the opportunity to have their 2017 annual training in the Holy Land. The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), which also administers the Episcopal Fund that pays for episcopal office expenses and bishop salaries, budgets some of …

Western North Carolina named top conference unit of United Methodist Men

The United Methodist Men of Western North Carolina were honored March 3 as the top conference unit of United Methodist Men in the United States. The award is sponsored by the General Commission on United Methodist Men and the National Association of Conference Presidents (NACP) of United Methodist Men. Dan …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Disaster Response Drive for Lent 2017  Commission moves onward and forward  Learn how Bible reading saved Western Civilization at Methodist University  Commission on a Way Forward convenes in Atlanta  …

Disaster Response Drive for Lent 2017

Hurricane Matthew, Tennessee wildfires, floods in West Virginia and South Carolina, and tornadoes in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi have depleted UMCOR disaster supplies in the Southeast. So, every church in Western North Carolina is being challenged to assemble and collect as many UMCOR Health Kits and Bedding Kits as possible …

Commission moves onward and forward

Atlanta, Ga.: Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia this week, the Commission on a Way Forward continued to make progress towards completing the groundwork for their task, building relationships, engaging in learning, information gathering, working and worshiping together. On Wednesday, the Rev. Donna Pritchard led a morning Bible study of Galatians 2. …

Learn how Bible reading saved Western Civilization at Methodist University

FAYETTEVILLE – Dr. Timothy Larsen, the Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, will be featured during the annual Womack Lectures at Methodist University March 17. Both lectures are free and open to …

Commission on a Way Forward convenes in Atlanta

Atlanta, Ga.: The second meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward got underway in Atlanta February 27, as commission members spent time in reflection, discussion and work team meetings. Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball led the Commission in discussions of accountability and their covenant, the complexity of the work ahead, …

Report’s Goal: Plant a United Methodist Church Every Day in U.S.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. /Discipleship Ministries/ – A Discipleship Ministries report celebrating the success of new United Methodist faith communities also includes a plan to return The United Methodist Church to “our legacy as innovators and pathfinders for Christ” by planting a church every day in the United States. The report, The State of United …

Summer Theater Experience scheduled for Charlotte in June

A Summer Theater Ministry opportunity is open for students ages 16 to 19 in Charlotte. The Theater Experience will last two weeks (June 12th – 24th) and will be held at First United Methodist Church in uptown Charlotte. Students from across Charlotte and surrounding areas are welcome to audition before …

Praying Our Way Forward- February 25

Our Father and our God, we come before you in the name of our big brother, Jesus, Lord and Savior of our lives! You have bid us to come unto you all who are weary and burdened and we shall find rest. You’ve also invited us to come boldly before …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?     LATEST NEWS Lake Junaluska announces “Love Your #Selfie” theme for Summer Youth Events  Praying Our Way Forward- February 24  Brevard College Campus Minister to Open U.S. Senate in Prayer March …

Lake Junaluska announces “Love Your #Selfie” theme for Summer Youth Events

Lake Junaluska, N.C. –  Lake Junaluska has announced the theme for its 2017 Summer Youth Events: “Love Your #Selfie: Appreciating God’s Masterpiece in the Mirror.” The theme was created to inspire youth groups over the course of six events taking place at Lake Junaluska from June 11-July 2. All youth groups …

Praying Our Way Forward- February 24

God of Hope, We acknowledge that when we think of the future of The United Methodist Church, we too often despair. We despair because we do not see a way forward that keeps us near our brothers and sisters. We despair because we see division instead of unity. We have …

Brevard College Campus Minister to Open U.S. Senate in Prayer March 2

Brevard College’s recently appointed Campus Minister is headed to the United States Senate. Sharad Creasman will be the Guest Chaplain opening the Senate floor on Capitol Hill March 2. The prayer will be broadcast live and online on C-SPAN at 9 a.m. “I’m excited for the opportunity to serve our …

Praying Our Way Forward- February 23

Dear Creator of all people and Lord of Lords, Today we recognize that we are a broken people and that the world in which we live is in a struggle to bring peace and faith to all. We thank you for Jesus Christ, who by example allows us to love …

Praying Our Way Forward- February 22

PRAYER FOR THOSE DISCERNING AND WORKING FOR THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH: During a mission weekend in which we were working on a habitat house my three year old son fell asleep during our closing worship service. During the prayer time he mutters aloud, “Daddy built the house but he didn’t put …

UMCOR Sunday is March 26th

When tornadoes strike in places like Louisiana and other parts of the United States and Syrian refugees flood Turkish border towns, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is there every time because of your gifts to UMCOR Sunday, formerly One Great Hour of Sharing. Please check out the UMCOR Sunday …

Praying Our Way Forward- February 21

Heavenly Father, we come to you, with knees bent, asking for your guidance as we navigate these turbulent times. The feeling is almost like what the disciples must have experienced in the boat while crossing Lake Gennesaret, helpless, before JESUS came and calmed the waters. We see brothers and sisters …

UM Men Rally set for April 29th

The annual Western North Carolina United Methodist Men Spiritual Rally will be held as a one-day event on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Crossnore Children’s Home, formerly known as The Children’s Home, 1001 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. The rally will feature sessions led by Rev. Dr.  Angela Pleasants, Catawba Valley …

United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, Inc. experiences exceptional returns

The Investment Team of the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, Inc. held their first quarterly meeting of the New Year on February 14, 2017.  During this meeting they received comprehensive reports from Callan, the investment consulting firm that assists the team in the creation and on-going monitoring of …

Praying Our Way Forward- February 20

The Climb O Lord, Even as we struggle And groan under this crust of frozen earth Your steadfast love measures each step. Lead us as we re-imagine Transformation Balanced within Unity, New forms Living in Holy Places. As we climb mountains, And the air grows thin, May we be reminded …

Praying Our Way Forward- February 19

You are our life, O Lord.  Receive our prayers, offered not only in words but also in spirit, by which we come asking, seeking, and knocking for our hearts’ desires.  Grant comfort to all who hope in you. We give you thanks for the gift of your Church and for …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Ed Kilbourne offers Senior VBS  Update from the Moderators of a Commission on a Way Forward- February 15, 2017  Registration open for Youth Theological Institute at Pfeiffer  Congratulations to …

Ed Kilbourne offers Senior VBS

Singer, storyteller, theologian Ed Kilbourne is leading a new format for the senior saints and sages of the church, a Vacation Bible School experience for older adults. After being introduced to the idea and doing an event at Parkway Heights UM Church in Hattiesburg, MS a couple of summers back, …

Update from the Moderators of a Commission on a Way Forward- February 15, 2017

The Commission on a Way Forward has begun meeting, and reporting of our conversation has been shared with the church. Because we are a body that meets every few weeks, and because the pace of social media is one measured in minutes or hours, there is a gap between the …

Registration open for Youth Theological Institute at Pfeiffer

Misenheimer, N.C.—Registration is open for Pfeiffer University’s two-week Youth Theological Institute (YeTI) for summer 2017 for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in exploring new ways to become effective servant leaders in their communities and throughout the world. YeTI takes place June 18-July 1, with residence the first week …

Congratulations to 2016 PHW Certified Congregations

Congratulations to the following congregations from the Western North Carolina Conference and the North Carolina Conference  who received their Partners in Health and Wholeness certification for 2016 and are/were eligible for grants to expand or implement health and wellness ministries in 2016/2017. We are delighted to walk alongside these churches …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Big Sigh Ministries offers Grace Break Workshops in 2017  Pfeiffer University-Charlotte welcomes Rev. Dr. Timothy S. Moore as associate dean and campus and continuing education coordinator  Building Teams Updates  …

Big Sigh Ministries offers Grace Break Workshops in 2017

Nine times out of ten, renewal leaves are not sought after by clergy or their district leaders until a crisis situation.  We at Big Sigh Ministries are changing the conversation from burnout crisis to prevention and ministry resilience with our GRACE BREAK program. Through this informative program, we help clergy …

Pfeiffer University-Charlotte welcomes Rev. Dr. Timothy S. Moore as associate dean and campus and continuing education coordinator

Pfeiffer University announces the addition of the Reverend Doctor Timothy S. Moore as associate dean and campus and continuing education coordinator for its Charlotte location. In this newly created role, Rev. Dr. Moore will report to the provost and work in partnership with academic deans to identify and create new …

Building Teams Updates

Updates for the WNCC UMVIM Building teams: The Alaska teams will go to Juneau (still open) and Seward (full). Costa Rica Team 13 has merged with Costa Rica Team 26. The February Haiti team is cancelled. All of the Guatemala teams are full now. At least a dozen teams still …

Upcoming Webinars for Clergy and Church Finances

Financial Tips for Clergy: Take the Bite Out of Income Taxes! REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR DATE: Monday, February 13, 2017 TIME: 10:00am Central PRESENTER: Rev. Don Joiner, Certified Financial Planner & Rev. Ken Sloane Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like social security payments, estimated tax …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Western North Carolina Conference well represented on University Senate  Lake Junaluska hires new Director of Programming  Prayer – Our Times by Bishop Paul L. Leeland  Martin Luther King, Jr. …

Western North Carolina Conference well represented on University Senate

The University Senate convened in late January for the first of its two annual meetings. The meeting marked the first for 13 new senators who were elected to the University Senate for the 2017-2020 quadrennium. The new senators include: Dennis Carroll, Provost, High Point University Cathy Cox, President, Young Harris …

Lake Junaluska hires new Director of Programming

Lake Junaluska, N.C. –Lake Junaluska has announced a new hire to oversee programs, events and ministries. Mitzi Johnson will begin as director of programming on March 1. In this position, Johnson will oversee the Summer Worship Series, Choir Music Weekend, youth events, and other programs and events at Lake Junaluska. …

Prayer – Our Times by Bishop Paul L. Leeland

Dear Colleagues: I offer this prayer as my gift to you as we move toward worship.  This prayer is not a political statement.  It is an offering reminding us that our happiness, our blessedness, is found in remaining faithful to God and to God alone.  You are free to use …

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration challenges and inspires

By Miller Carter Early on a warm but overcast Saturday morning, January 14, the Design Team for the Western North Carolina Conference Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration slowly filtered into the Family Life Center at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Hickory. At the same time, a chartered bus …

Cabinet Meeting Summary- January 24-26, 2017

The Western North Carolina Conference Cabinet met in Huntersville January 24-26, 2017.  The primary focus of their work related to the preparations needed to address the appointment-making process.  The Bishop and the Cabinet began by affirming the values guiding this process, including an affirmation that we are all a part …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Commission on a Way Forward holds organizational meeting  Foundation for Evangelism convenes Evangelism Summit  United Methodist Women “Stand for Justice”  Free branding seminar scheduled for February 8th  Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday …

Commission on a Way Forward holds organizational meeting

Atlanta, Ga.: The Commission on a Way Forward held its first meeting in Atlanta, Georgia January 23-26, 2017, with 32 members from nine countries in attendance. Led by commission moderators Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Bishop Ken Carter, members worked and worshipped together and began the foundational …

Foundation for Evangelism convenes Evangelism Summit

Board and staff leadership of The Foundation for Evangelism (FFE) will engage a select group of innovative Christian leaders in Atlanta, Ga. on January 30-31, 2017 to determine how the FFE may best support evangelistic efforts in the spirit of John Wesley. “The Evangelism Summit is designed to help The …

United Methodist Women “Stand for Justice”

  Stand for Justice – Resist HB2 – Its More than the Bathroom Dear WNCC United Methodist Women, United Methodist are going to Charlotte to stand in solidarity against HB2.  There will be at least 40 ladies from the National Office and others.  If you are able to stand for …

Free branding seminar scheduled for February 8th

Branding matters because a logo can influence behavior. Just ask Apple, Nike and Starbucks. At 1 p.m. CST on Feb. 8, United Methodist Communications will host a free webinar: 3 Reasons Your Church’s Brand Matters. During this 45-minute event, you can ask real-time questions of our specialists and learn about: Why churches should …

Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday is February 19th

February 19 is designated in our WNCC as Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday. We encourage all churches to include the following information in their church newsletters and bulletins to inform the lay members of this ministry to our clergy families and to lift up our ministry during their worship services that day or …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS 5 types of church visitors: Are you ready for them?  Official merger of Crossnore School and The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem is announced  Centenary UMC (Mount Ulla) sponsors 5K …

5 types of church visitors: Are you ready for them?

By Darby Jones (from UM Com) When we think of welcoming newcomers, we often think first about friendly greeters, good signage, useful Q&A opportunities, clean bathrooms and helpful nurseries. Be assured — every one of those things is important. However, many visitors make up their mind about a church before …

Official merger of Crossnore School and The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem is announced

I am happy to announce the official merger of The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, NC and The Crossnore School in Crossnore, NC. Our two historic organizations have come together to form Crossnore School & Children’s Home. We are excited about the future as we continue our work of serving children …

Centenary UMC (Mount Ulla) sponsors 5K for ‘Servants with a Heart’

Centenary United Methodist Church in Mount Ulla, NC is sponsoring its 6th annual 5K race.  All proceeds go to help Servants with a Heart (Charlotte) pack food that aids thousands of people.  Every entry is the equivalent of 133 meals for the hungry. The race is scheduled for February 25th at 10 …

Safe Sanctuaries background checks just got easier

Have you heard?  This is GREAT news!  The Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church is partnering with Trak-1 Technologies for background checks. Here is an economical, safe and recommended solution to: Safe Sanctuaries Background Checks UMVIM Background Checks Conference Youth Event Background Checks Pre-Employment Background Checks and …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Get involved in Youth Ministry Coaching Program  A Letter to Martin Luther King Jr.—2017  Communicating through the storm  IDK 2017 scheduled for February 25  Epiphany Message from the Moderators …

Get involved in Youth Ministry Coaching Program

Since 2011, the Western North Carolina Conference has offered whole-life coaching focusing on transformation and youth ministry development through a Youth Ministry Coaching Program (YMCP)  by the Youth Cartel. Today more than sixty youth leaders in our conference have participated in this program. Through the intentional nature of this program, …

A Letter to Martin Luther King Jr.—2017

by Bishop Woodie W. White January-February 2017 Dear Martin: This letter almost did not get written this year. I needed more time to sort out the meaning of events during this election season and the election itself. My wife, Kim, however, gave me a rather stern lecture, and insisted that …

Communicating through the storm

Today The United Methodist Church is stronger because of the wisdom and insight of our clergy! Early Sunday morning, January 8, 2016, I joined thousands of people who watched their local television station, if they had power, to discover the impact of Winter Storm Helena and to note how many …

IDK 2017 scheduled for February 25

(January 26) Due to lack of enrollment IDK’17 has been canceled but the IDK Team is planning to have the next youth conference in the fall of 2018.   Do you know a young person in your church who is feeling God may be calling them into ministry? IDK (I don’t …

Epiphany Message from the Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward

Epiphany means manifestation. This festival comes after Christmas and following the “Twelve Days of Christmas” to celebrate the manifestation of Christ to the world as Lord. Advent, Christmas and Epiphany are the first three events in the church year to celebrate the life of Jesus Christ, the center of the …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS In the News: First UMC, Belmont  Interim director and associate director of Lake Junaluska Singers announced    LATEST CAREERS Choir Director  Organist  Summer Missions Service Ministry Leader  Construction Ministry …

In the News: First UMC, Belmont

Without this Gaston County program, some kids would go hungry on school breaks [JANE LITTLE jclittle@charlotteobserver.com- December 30, 2016] BELMONT Fourteen years ago, an idea emerged when Preston and Martha Taylor drove past a group of children on break from school. Martha Taylor recalls her husband saying, “I wonder what those …

Interim director and associate director of Lake Junaluska Singers announced

Lake Junaluska, N.C. – Lake Junaluska has announced new leadership of the Lake Junaluska Singers, a choral group that has been a part of Lake Junaluska’s history for more than 60 years. Mary Wannamaker Huff began as the interim director of the Lake Junaluska Singers on January 1. Huff lives in …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the last couple of weeks to the website. Because of holiday hours and schedules the site has had fewer updates.  What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Update from the Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward  Praying Our Way Forward …

Update from the Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward

December 23, 2016 At Christmas, we celebrate the good news that “God is with us” (Matthew 1. 23). This is the fulfillment of the promise of Emmanuel, Jesus, “Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing,” in the words of the great hymn. The good news, that “God is with …

Praying Our Way Forward Phase 2 Commences January 1

Nashville, Tenn.:  The second phase of the ‘Praying Our Way Forward‘ initiative will be launched New Year’s Day with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. The effort will begin January 1 in the North Carolina Conference, and wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal area in …

Roland Barnhardt hired as new Executive Director of Brotherhood/Sisterhood

The Western North Carolina Conference Brotherhood/Sisterhood has hired the Rev. Roland T. Barnhardt as its new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2017. He succeeds the Rev. Robert W. Combs in this position, who served from June 1999 until his retirement on June 30, 2016.  The Executive Director presents the death …

Christmas Greetings from Paul and Janet Leeland

Friends and Colleagues: Janet and I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas.  May the joy and happiness we experience this Christmas with those we love be a deep source of enduring gladness reminding us of what is most important in life.  This deep awareness of acceptance and …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the last week to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Survey seeks input for new United Methodist Hymnal    IRS issues 2017 mileage rates  United Methodist Church offers the gift of hospitality with a warm welcome    LATEST CAREERS …

Survey seeks input for new United Methodist Hymnal  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Dec. 15, 2016 /Discipleship Ministries/ – United Methodists are being asked to name their favorite and least favorite hymns as part of the initial research conducted by Discipleship Ministries and a diverse committee to revise The United Methodist Hymnal after almost three decades. The first of several online surveys is under …

IRS issues 2017 mileage rates

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel …

United Methodist Church offers the gift of hospitality with a warm welcome

Nashville, Tennessee: The United Methodist Church is taking to the streets of nine major U.S. cities to offer the gift of hospitality this Christmas with a warm invitation and a hot cup of cocoa. As commuters, holiday shoppers and eventgoers crowd the most trafficked areas of Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Portland …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the last week to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Explore taking applications for 2017  Summary: Cabinet Meeting November 28-29  United Methodist Men create endowment fund  Advent message from the Commission on a Way Forward  2017 LEAD Conference scheduled …

Explore taking applications for 2017

The Explore Summer Internship exists to help young adults (18-25 years old) discern their call to vocational ministry by providing an environment for exploring their gifts and giving the intern opportunities to explore particular aspects of ministry and/or program development in a safe and encouraging environment. The internship is meant …

Summary: Cabinet Meeting November 28-29

The Western North Carolina Conference Extended Cabinet met November 28th to continue aligning the ministries of the annual conference.  Mark King, Conference Treasurer, offered a devotion that served as framework for the cabinet in which he reminded us that God is with us and calls us to community and relationship …

United Methodist Men create endowment fund

In partnership with the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, the United Methodist Men have created an endowment fund that insures the financial viability of the conference United Methodist Men ministry. The United Methodist Men encourages everyone to have an estate plan, that is, a will or other written …

Advent message from the Commission on a Way Forward

Dear Friends in Christ, It is Advent, the season of expectation, preparation, and new birth.  This Advent season seems more poignant this year than in years past in the midst of beginning the work with the Commission on a Way Forward. The church is in a high state of expectation, …

2017 LEAD Conference scheduled for Jan. 22-25 in Charlotte

Missiongathering Charlotte and the Hyatt Place Downtown Hotel will host the 2017 LEAD conference from January 22-25, 2017 in Charlotte, NC. LEAD is an innovative experience for leaders in ministry where the participants provide much of the content. This includes TED-style talks, interactive breakouts, worship, networking opportunities, and immersion trips …

Big News from the WNCC Fishin’ Hole!

As many of you may know, beginning in January every United Methodist Church in our conference will have access to our conference resource center without a subscription fee. This is a dream come true-and an opportunity to make it easier for everyone to remember who we are. We have chosen …

Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration set for Jan. 14, 2017

The WNCC-Justice & Reconciliation Team, in partnership with the WNC-Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) and the WNCC-Commission on Religion and Race (CORR ) announce that the conference Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is scheduled for January 14, 2017 at St. Luke’s UMC in Hickory, NC, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 …

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PAST UPDATES   Here are the major changes for the past two week (because of Thanksgiving Holidays) to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS An open letter from the Justice and Reconciliation Team Fires devastate Gatlinburg in Holston Conference Federal Judge Temporarily Halts Overtime Rule: Here’s how to …

An open letter from the Justice and Reconciliation Team

    December 2016 A letter to Christians who are United Methodists in Western North Carolina Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, As Christians we are called on by our Lord to do our duty to our country, obey just laws, pay taxes and vote. Unfortunately, in the process leading …

Fires devastate Gatlinburg in Holston Conference

The Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church is assessing the damage caused by the devastating fires in the Gatlinburg District last night. Meanwhile donations will be much appreciated. Make checks out to The Holston Conference, and on the memo line write: “Holston Wildfire #864″. Send your donations to: The Holston …

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts Overtime Rule: Here’s how to proceed

We have been keeping you abreast of new overtime rules that were slated to go into effect on December 1st.   As a part of this review, many of you have updated job descriptions and taken a long overdue look at how you classified your employees – as either exempt or …

Leadership Summit fosters broad conversations

Five major leadership groups of the Western North Carolina Conference met for a Leadership Summit on Saturday, November 19th at First United Methodist Church in Gastonia, NC. The five groups included clergy and lay leaders from all eight districts that represented these major groups within the conference: Board of laity, …

November progress report from the moderators of a Way Forward

The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward met on November 17-18, 2016 to continue planning for the Commission’s work. Our hope and prayer for The United Methodist Church is that we will be united and vital, missional and global. As we began, we discussed a number of practical …

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PAST UPDATES   Here are the major changes for the past week to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Methodist Church in Haiti Plans for the Future of UMVIM Teams  Order of Elders focuses on holiness and pastoral vocation  Phone System Update- November 16, 2016  Connectional Table meets …

Methodist Church in Haiti Plans for the Future of UMVIM Teams

Hurricane Mathew caused much devastation in Haiti on October 4th, 2016. UMCOR’s quick response provided emergency supplies and other assistance. See the links for UMCOR articles: UMCOR Quick Response  and Going the Extra Mile Also, given UMVIM’s tremendous history with EMH there have been several requests to send teams to …

Order of Elders focuses on holiness and pastoral vocation

The Order of Elders of the Western North Carolina Conference gathered at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, November 14-16, to focus on the spiritual life and the pastoral vocation with Dr. Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke Divinity School. The retreat began with worship and Holy Communion on Monday afternoon …

Phone System Update- November 16, 2016

PHONE SYSTEM FUNCTIONING NORMALLY AROUND 2:30 PM-WEDNESDAY Our phone system hardware version is no longer manufactured and thus replacement parts are hard to obtain. The failure we experienced a few months ago, due to lightning,  was brief because the folks at GTI managed to find a replacement part from an …

Connectional Table meets to strategize for new quadrennium

The Western North Carolina Conference Connectional Table met on Thursday, November 10th at the Memorial Conference Center to begin its work for the new quadrennium. Bishop Paul Leeland began the meeting with a devotion and prayer, then moved into a time of vision casting with the group. Leeland stated the …

Preparations begin for Minneapolis General Conference in 2020

Jacksonville, Florida: A new Commission on General Conference met November 7-9, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida, to begin organization for the 2020 General Conference to be held in Minneapolis. The officers of the Commission on the General Conference for 2017-2020 are Duncan McMillan of the North Carolina Conference, chairperson; Marie-Jeanne Kashala …

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PAST UPDATES   Here are the major changes for the past week to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS A Letter to All of the Clergy of the WNC Conference (this was the most read story this week) Good Shepherd UMC packs 1 million meals (this story made UMNS …

A Letter to All of the Clergy of the WNC Conference

November 9, 2016 Dear Friends and Colleagues in Christ: This letter is a personal word I wish to share with all who serve the Church following the results of our national election for President of The United States.  It is a word that I share with those who have been …

Good Shepherd UMC packs 1 million meals

How do you pack a million meals? One at a time. Over the past five years, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte has packed over one million meals through Stop Hunger Now. It took close to $300,000 dollars in donations, thousands of volunteers and included three major Sunday events, …

Extended Cabinet met in Jacksonville November 2-4

by Randy Harry United Methodist bishops, district superintendents, and conference directors of connectional ministries from across the nation and some from other countries gathered in Jacksonville, Florida November 2-4, 2016, for the quadrennial Council of Bishops Extended Cabinet Summit.  This three-day conference was filled with inspiring and informative sermons and …

Western North Carolina Conference celebrates, renews commitment to missional engagement nationally and abroad

CHARLOTTE, NC -The Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church is celebrating the fruits of its missional partnerships and connectional relationships this month. In October 2016, parts of North Carolina were ravished by devastating flooding from Hurricane Matthew. The Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response Team, led by …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the past week to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Fair Labor Standards Act Changes Memo  A Call to Action for All Men  (revised statement) Council of Bishops to call for 2019 General Conference  Ed Kilbourne performs at Elkin …

Fair Labor Standards Act Changes Memo

From: Kathy Odell and Mark King To: All Churches and Staff Parish Relations Committees of the Western North Carolina Conference FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT CHANGES On December 1, 2016, a significant change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) goes into effect.  The changes may significantly impact church employees. Effective …

A Call to Action for All Men

A Statement from the Executive Board of the Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Men Recent world and national events and the 2016 political season have raised concerns that can no longer be ignored. The coarsening of civil society, the objectification of women, the racial divisions, the hateful rhetoric have …

Council of Bishops to call for 2019 General Conference

St. Simons Island, Ga.: Through an affirmative vote at their fall  meeting this week, the United Methodist Council of Bishops expressed their intent to call for a special session of the General Conference in either February or March of 2019 and asked the business manager of  the General Conference to …

Ed Kilbourne performs at Elkin First UMC November 13

Singer, storyteller, and folk-theologian, Ed Kilbourne will present a concert open to the public at Elkin First United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary. This popular artist is known for his collections of moving music, quirky humor, and insightful monologues. He combines his …

Resource for Election Day Communion available

In the context of a divisive political climate during this election season, many congregations are choosing to celebrate Holy Communion on Election Day, November 8. This comes as an expression of unity in one Lord, one hope, one baptism in Christ.  Some of our churches serve as polling sites, many …

Partners in Health and Wholeness (PHW) Certification deadline extended to November 15

Since the launch of the PHW Certification Program in 2009, over 350 congregations representing more than 70,000 people across NC have participated in activities designed to add years – abundant years – to the lives of the people in their congregations and communities. We are inviting congregations to join us …

Recent Mission Volunteers requests

Special Request: Construction Mission Volunteer Coordinator Needed in South Carolina (SC) Annual Conference In October 2015, floods devastated parts of South Carolina, affecting thousands of families across 24 counties. The recovery work will be ongoing for many more months, or even years, to come. The SC Annual Conference is looking …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the past week to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS WNC Conference scholars contribute to new book on the Eucharist  Reminders about Clergy Compensation  Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members  Recap- Cabinet Meeting- October 17-19    LATEST CAREERS …

WNC Conference scholars contribute to new book on the Eucharist

The publishing ministry of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced today the release of a new book, “A Wesleyan Theology of the Eucharist: The Presence of God for Christian Life and Ministry.” Written by a diverse group of theologians and university and seminary professors, the book …

Reminders about Clergy Compensation

REMINDERS: If you are making a change in your 2017 Health Benefits election (add/dropping spouse, children, change from either Basic to Basic Plus) OR Flexible Spending Arrangements for Medical or Dependent Care, YOU MUST COMPLETE A NEW FORM.  IF you are not making a change in Health Benefits, DO NOTHING- …

Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members

Washington, D.C.  The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. “After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected 8 bishops, 11 laity, 12 elders and 1 deacon to serve on the Commission,” said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president …

Recap- Cabinet Meeting- October 17-19

WNCC Cabinet Meeting October 17-19, 2016 The Western North Carolina Conference Extended Cabinet met October 17th, followed by a meeting of the district superintendents October 18-19, 2016, in which we continued to affirm the mission and vision of the annual conference to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the past week to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Online savings made available for United Methodists  Christmas boxes picked up for Project Agape  United Methodist pastor/politician in North Carolina  Finch Preaching Mission meets 57th year with Elaine Heath …

Online savings made available for United Methodists

Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church continues to offer opportunities to impact the way we do ministry. GCFA connects with and vets reputable organizations, businesses and corporations that provide discounts and cost savings that can positively impact the ministry of …

Christmas boxes picked up for Project Agape

Earlier this month, Jimmy McCormick and Cecil Donahue were at the Conference Office picking up the last of the regional collections of Christmas Shoeboxes for Project Agape.  These boxes were prepared by churches from across the conference for children in Armenia. From September 26-October 4, volunteers picked up boxes from …

United Methodist pastor/politician in North Carolina

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver from the 5th District of Missouri was in North Carolina helping to get out the vote this week. Cleaver is an ordained United Methodist clergy from the Missouri Conference.  He served as pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, MO from 1972-2009. During his …

Finch Preaching Mission meets 57th year with Elaine Heath leading

Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville, NC is hosting the Finch Preaching Mission for its 57th consecutive year, October 30-November 1, 2016. This year’s guest preacher is Dr. Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke Divinity School. Dr. Heath is a graduate of Oakland University and earned her Ph.D. in systematic theology from …

‘A Pastor’s Theology of Risk’ scheduled for November 7 & 8

Ministry Development Services is offering a two day retreat on November 7 and 8 at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC . Jonathan Coppedge-Henley will be facilitating this event entitled: “A Pastor’s Theology of Risk.” The retreat will challenge pastors and other church leaders to expand their capacity …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the past week to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Music & Arts Convocation set for July 24-27, 2017  United Methodist churches assessing Hurricane Matthew damage  Hurricane Matthew: Reports from UMCOR and SC  Average debt for a United Methodist …

Music & Arts Convocation set for July 24-27, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As the city of Little Rock, AR, commemorates the historic 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine and the journey toward desegregation, The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts will gather together to explore what it means to engage in transformative worship in communities …

United Methodist churches assessing Hurricane Matthew damage

By Kathy L. Gilbert Oct. 12, 2016 | UMNS After Hurricane Matthew submerged South Mills, North Carolina, one United Methodist pastor loaded up a six-wheel drive military vehicle and drove into floodwaters to deliver bottled water and food and prayers to trapped residents.The Rev. Bruce Willis, pastor of McBride United …

Hurricane Matthew: Reports from UMCOR and SC

The United Methodist Committee on Relief acted quickly in response to the destruction and death caused by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean, notably in Haiti. When the hurricane hit South Carolina Oct. 8, it caused widespread flooding. Jessica Brodie has an update on the church response in South Carolina and …

Average debt for a United Methodist M.Div. graduate reaches $49,303

New findings from the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry’s Seminary Indebtedness Task Force reveal that the average educational debt for United Methodist seminary graduates has reached $49,303. “Based on median annual conference compensation for new clergy, we now know that many of our clergy are well beyond the …

Day Apart at Mt. Shepherd on November 1

Jody Seymour will be leading a Day Apart on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Mount Shepherd Retreat Center in Asheboro, North Carolina. Participants will spend the day working with Jody’s book, Lost but Making Excellent Time: Transforming the Rat Race Into a Pilgrimage while equally enjoying the beautiful landscape and …

WNCC and NCC cabinets met jointly in Greensboro this week

by Rev. Randy Harry Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and Bishop Paul Leeland met with the cabinets of the North Carolina Conference and the Western North Carolina Conference in Greensboro, NC, at West Market Street United Methodist Church.  The focus of their joint meeting was building communities of trust through reconciliation …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the past week to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Commission on the Way Forward: Membership Selection Progresses  New overtime rule means church changes  Bishop Leeland to receive honorary doctorate Global Young People’s Convocation seeking planning team members    …

Commission on the Way Forward: Membership Selection Progresses

Washington, D.C.: The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops has narrowed the list of potential nominees for membership on the Commission on the Way Forward from over 300 persons to 29. The group includes 8 bishops, 13 clergy, and 8 laity who are representative of our global connection and …

New overtime rule means church changes

By Heather Hahn Oct. 5, 2016 | UMNS A new federal rule that increases the number of U.S. workers who are eligible for overtime pay could have an impact on your church’s payroll.Most church employees who are not clergy are among those affected by the new regulation — currently set …

Bishop Leeland to receive honorary doctorate

North Carolina Wesleyan College, in Rocky Mount, NC, will be honoring Bishop Paul Leeland with an Honorary Doctorate on October 20, during their Founder’s Day Celebration. Bishop Leeland is an alumnus of NC Wesleyan, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He is also a former trustee …

Global Young People’s Convocation seeking planning team members

The Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC) brings together United Methodist young people and those who work with them from around the world. The next GYPC will be held on July 18-22, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. You have the opportunity to be part of the Planning Team for GYPC 2018. …

WEEKLY UPDATE 093016

PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the past week to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS The method of early Methodism: The Oxford Holy Club  Charlotte church worships God in different languages  Reflections from Charlotte    LATEST CAREERS Associate Pastor  Financial Secretary  Director of Youth …

The method of early Methodism: The Oxford Holy Club

A UMC.org feature by Joe Iovino* Part 1 of a 3-part series on disciple making yesterday and today.As in other areas of life, being part of a group helps us grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Many achieve fitness goals through participation in a weight loss or exercise group. Writers and …

Charlotte church worships God in different languages

By Aleen Jimenez* (from UMNS Daily Digest, Sep. 27, 2016) Central United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina worships God in different languages and represents 15 different countries. “I pray that our church continues to grow and look like the kingdom of God,” said Ashley Pimentel, a layperson for Central …

Reflections from Charlotte

Following social media over the past week, there have been a number of significant reflections and stories from pastors and activists concerning the protests in Charlotte after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on September 20th. This post by Rev. Dr. James Howell of Myers Park UMC in Charlotte was …

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PAST UPDATES There was a lapse in news for the week of September 12-16 because of scheduled vacation.  Here are the major changes for the past two weeks to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS New conference treasurer visits the districts in October  It is Time to …

New conference treasurer visits the districts in October

The new conference treasurer, Dr. Mark King, would like an opportunity to meet and greet pastors and laity in our conference, districts and churches.  To that end, he and Dale Bryant, conference benefits administrator, will be visiting each of our districts according to the schedule below. A short presentation will …

Bishop Leeland and extended cabinet meet to begin their ministry together

“Believe me, these next couple of days will be worth about six to eight months for Bishop Leeland and his transition in the Western North Carolina Conference,” stated Claire Bowen at the beginning of the session on Monday, September 19, at the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina. Bowen, …

It is Time to Break New Ground

A deadly police shooting in Charlotte, NC, of Keith Lamont Scott, has added to the narrative of death and violence reported daily throughout the nation.  The news that this has happened in our community has shocked us.  It is reported alongside an increasing numbness in which we are becoming apathetic …

Giving Tuesday is November 29th

We are excited to let you know that plans are underway for this year’s UMC #GivingTuesday! On Nov. 29, you can extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season again by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday. When you give online through The Advance at www.umcmission.org/give, 100 percent of your gifts goes directly …

The Sacrament of the Moment

As my wife, Janet, and I transition into the Western North Carolina Conference we are overwhelmed with the gracious reception, encouragement, and hospitality expressed through visits, cards, texts, phone calls, emails, letters, and welcome gifts extending a genuine acceptance into our newly appointed conference. Thank you.  Your warm embrace has …

WEEKLY UPDATE 090916

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS A Just Resolution has been reached  Reception honoring the Rev. Bob Combs  2017 apportionments now available online  Local initiative grants available  Nadia Bolz-Weber to speak at Lake Junaluska    LATEST CAREERS …

A Just Resolution has been reached

Prior to his retirement, Bishop Goodpaster, Rev. Dr. Val Rosenquist, and the Counsel for the Church that had been appointed by Bishop Goodpaster reached a Just Resolution in response to formal complaints filed against Rev. Dr. Valerie Rosenquist that date back to a same-sex wedding performed at First United Methodist …

Reception honoring the Rev. Bob Combs

On Saturday, August 6, the WNC Conference Brotherhood/Sisterhood held a reception to honor the Rev. Robert W. Combs at Boger City UMC, Lincolnton for his retirement following seventeen years of service as service as Executive Director of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood.  Members of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood, clergy colleagues, friends from former churches, and …

2017 apportionments now available online

As your churches prepare for Charge Conferences and begin preparing their 2017 budgets, please note that the 2017 Apportionments for each church are now available online at: www.wnccadmin.org. You can look it up under the apportionments tab on your church page.  

Local initiative grants available

The Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships will award three Local Initiative Grants to groups within annual conferences enacting special projects with the goal of strengthening ecumenical and/or interreligious relationships. Such projects may include building networks on a local level, among specific groups, for example young …

Nadia Bolz-Weber to speak at Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska, N.C. – Celebrated author and speaker Nadia Bolz-Weber will visit Lake Junaluska for an unforgettable weekend conference Oct 7-9. Nadia Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran pastor, former stand-up comedian and founding pastor of House for all Sinners and Saint in Denver, Colorado, a church with a mission to minister …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Health benefits rates determined for 2017  Disaster Response update  Changes with the website  What is a “low-attention” disaster?    LATEST CAREERS Contemporary Worship Leader  Nursery Worker  Cottage Parents  Pianist or Organist/Music …

Health benefits rates determined for 2017

The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits, upon recommendation from the Health Benefits Subcommittee of the Board, has approved the 2017 rate schedule for our Conference Active and Retiree Health Plans. You can read/download the letter from Rev. Dr. Mark King at this link: Health Benefits Rates 2017 All …

Disaster Response update

September 1, 2016 The Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church is requesting assistance from early response teams from outside their Conference. Early response Team leaders may register their team at the Louisiana Conference website: http://www.la-umc.org/. For early response teams wishing to assist in West Virgina, the West Virginia Conference …

Changes with the website

As of September 1st, we changed over the look of our website: wnccumc.org. You will see changes with most of our affiliated websites over the coming weeks. We have been discussing the possibilities for adopting the United Methodist Branding Toolkit as a guide for our new logo and color scheme …

What is a “low-attention” disaster?

By Susan Kim (for UMCOR) Your contribution to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)is helping disaster survivors across the nation recover from events that never made the headlines. How does UMCOR stretch your “disaster dollar” to quietly bring hope to countless people and their families? And what is a …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS High Point University invites you to join in chapel & religious life The Children’s Home Sunday is September 11th Candler offers continuing education events this fall Leadership Institute offerings for early fall …

High Point University invites you to join in chapel & religious life

“Wednesday night Chapel at High Point University is one of our longstanding traditions. The services nourish our souls and feed our hearts. We at HPU are committed to building students from the inside out so that they live lives defined by significance as much as success. The spiritual life is foundational for that kind of …

The Children’s Home Sunday is September 11th

To all United Methodists in Western North Carolina, We hope you are planning to join us and other congregations around the Conference on September 11, 2016 to pray for our children and to support the important work we do at The Children’s Home. Based on your own church calendar, you …

Candler offers continuing education events this fall

Upcoming Events at Candler School of Theology, Emory University Fall 2016 Contact:  Laurel Hanna, lhanna@emory.edu, 404.727.4481 Featured Events this Semester: Lecture Series: “Faith & Politics in the 21st Century” Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 • 6:00 p.m. (unless otherwise stated) Candler …

Leadership Institute offerings for early fall

The Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary has something for everyone.  Check out our early fall offerings and consider registering for some “back to school” for yourself or members of your congregation! For church members and those interested in becoming Commissioned Ruling Elders:  Try our new Pathways to Learning and …

WEEKLY UPDATE 081916

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS United Methodist Women stands against North Carolina’s “HB2” law Response to flooding in Louisiana Louisiana churches cope with flooding SandArtistry opportunity for your congregation LATEST CAREERS Music Director/Pianist/Organist Reservations Specialist Nursery Worker …

United Methodist Women stands against North Carolina’s “HB2” law

United Methodist Women is standing with members and mission partners in North Carolina protesting state’s HB 2 law. The organization will hold an action against HB2 in January 2017 during its Leadership Development Days training in Charlotte, and will move the May 2017 training for its Mission u program study …

Response to flooding in Louisiana

The people of Louisiana and surrounding areas have been hit hard by flooding following incredible rainfall totals recently.  Of course, we should continue to lift these folks in our prayers.  You and members of your churches may be wondering what else we can do to help.  The following summarizes notes …

Louisiana churches cope with flooding

By Sam Hodges Aug. 15, 2016 | UMNS First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs, Louisiana, was proud to be a Red Cross Shelter for people flooded out of their homes late last week. But the good work stopped when floodwaters started closing in on the church itself. “It became …

SandArtistry opportunity for your congregation

“ABIDE” John 15 A Powerful SandArtistry Event for Your Congregation Rev. Gary Alan Shockley, Artist and Speaker Looking for an innovative and inspirational event for your church? Seeking a renewal or revival service? I believe God has given me the gift of artistic creativity, and specifically the medium of sand …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS How to care for the children in your congregation Local nonprofit continues family workshop series for clergy, spouses The Church in a Political Year LATEST CAREERS Children and Youth Worker Preschool Director …

How to care for the children in your congregation

By Tricia Brown (UM Communications Feature) Children likely comprise a significant portion of your congregation. From the infants in the nursery to the sixth-graders tossing a football on the church lawn, they all have a place and a purpose in the church. How can you minister to the needs of …

Local nonprofit continues family workshop series for clergy, spouses

CHARLOTTE – The nonprofit Ministry Development Services will continue its Healthy Parsonage Family workshop series Sept. 13, with three remaining workshops. The series, led by MDS counselor Michael Hall, is ideal for clergy and spouses. All sessions will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis …

The Church in a Political Year

Below are some resources that were collected by the Northern Piedmont District to help churches and pastors to deal with political issues during this election year: The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Vietnamese Congregation Revitalizes Mouzon UMC, Charlotte Ecumenical project grants available Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries Special Offering is August 28 News You Can Use- Communications Keeping the Sacred Spaces Sacred Workshops this Fall …

Vietnamese Congregation Revitalizes Mouzon UMC, Charlotte

Just over two years ago, a Vietnamese congregation began meeting at Mouzon UMC. They hold worship on Sundays at 10:30 am in the church fellowship hall.  They are full members of Mouzon UMC and they have a service in their own language. The transition for the church has been nearly seamless. …

Ecumenical project grants available

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Grants for 2017 to create ecumenical and interreligious ministries on a local level are available from the United Methodist Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships to groups within the denomination’s conferences. Grant recipients for 2016 organized modular class sessions, sponsored a collaborative women’s …

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries Special Offering is August 28

On Sunday, August 28, 2016, a Special Sunday Offering will be received in the churches of North Carolina to support the ministry of Disciple Bible Outreach. Direct contributions can be mailed to the following address (Please note that this is a NEW address): Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries PO Box 358  Oak …

News You Can Use- Communications

Here are some tips and ideas from UM Communications: How to save money with technology Pinching pennies is never fun, but cutting costs can be good stewardship. While acquiring technology can be expensive, some computer tricks can save you time and money. Using technology wisely can actually help cut costs …

Keeping the Sacred Spaces Sacred Workshops this Fall

Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred Please save the date for one of the following workshops this fall across North Carolina. Registration is limited to the first 50 people at each site. Workshops will run from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.  Please use this link, which includes payment options. Tuesday, September 20 St. Paul’s Episcopal …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Small Choir Festival- August 20 & 27 An Open Letter from the Bishop and Cabinet Council Executive Committee Affirms Unity, Moves Forward BeADisciple.com features “Creation Care, Biblical Basics” this fall LATEST CAREERS …

Small Choir Festival- August 20 & 27

At last, there is a workshop especially for small choirs! And we do mean small. We define a small choir as less than 20 and as few as 3. On August 20 and 27, the WNC Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, the Smoky Mountain District, and …

An Open Letter from the Bishop and Cabinet

An Open Letter From the Bishop and the Cabinet To the people of the Western North Carolina Conference Like many others we, the Bishop and the Superintendents of the Western North Carolina Conference, recognize the crossroads at which we stand in The United Methodist Church.  Many across our Conference are …

Council Executive Committee Affirms Unity, Moves Forward

Nashville, Tenn.: Meeting in Chicago last week, the Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee approved a framework for implementing the Commission on a Way Forward and took a step toward a called session of the General Conference in 2018. The Council acknowledged that the landscape of the church has changed dramatically …

BeADisciple.com features “Creation Care, Biblical Basics” this fall

Rev. Jonathan Brake, of Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem, will be teaching a brand-new online course open to anyone in the world this fall. His course, which is hosted on BeADisciple.com, is entitled “Creation Care: Biblical Basics,” and walks students through the differences between secular environmentalism and Christian ‘creation care,’ Biblical …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Ministry Development Services offers workshops this fall New Overtime Ruling Takes Effect on December 1 Help Campus Ministries Connect with Your College Students! LATEST CAREERS Administrative Assistant Director of Christian Education and …

Ministry Development Services offers workshops this fall

Western North Carolina Clergy and Ministry Professionals of The United Methodist Church receive a 50% discount thanks to funding by the WNC Leadership Development Team. Registration for all workshops is online at www.ministryds.org or by calling 704.554.9222. Spiritual Formation delivered by MDS Counselor Ed Coambs Has God left the room? Discover …

New Overtime Ruling Takes Effect on December 1

On December 1, 2016 the federal annual salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime pay will double, increasing to $47,476 from $23,660. Employees who make less than the threshold must be paid time-and-a-half for any hours worked beyond the 40-hour workweek.  While the overtime rule does not mandate that employers …

Help Campus Ministries Connect with Your College Students!

PASTORS & CHURCH LEADERS – Help Campus Ministries Connect With Your College Students! If your church as incoming freshmen or students already on one or our campuses, please send their contact information (name, email, mobile phone) to our campus ministers and chaplains so we can reach out to them.  For …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? RECENT NEWS Bishop Goodpaster Celebrated at SEJ 2016 Bishop Paul Leeland assigned to Western North Carolina Conference (July 15 follow-up) Bishop Paul Leeland assigned to the Western North Carolina Conference Southeastern bishops decry ‘nonconformity’ …

Bishop Goodpaster Celebrated at SEJ 2016

On Thursday evening at SEJ 2016,  all of the bishops who retired at this session were recognized. Each bishop was given a tribute by a person from their annual conference. Rev. Amy Coles, assistant to the bishop, gave the tribute for the Western North Carolina Conference. “This evening, we give …

Bishop Paul Leeland assigned to Western North Carolina Conference (July 15 follow-up)

On Thursday evening at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, N.C., Bishop Paul Leeland, currently serving in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, has been assigned to the Western North Carolina Conference by the Southeastern Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy. Jennifer Davis, the …

Bishop Paul Leeland assigned to the Western North Carolina Conference

Bishop Paul Leeland, currently serving in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, has been assigned to the Western North Carolina Conference by the Southeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy. Bishop Leeland, 67, is originally from North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan, Duke Divinity School, and North Carolina State University. He …

Southeastern bishops decry ‘nonconformity’ plans

By Heather Hahn July 13, 2016 | LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) Bishops in the U.S. Southeast denounced as “divisive and disruptive” the public refusal by some conferences to conform with church restrictions related to LGBTQ individuals. “We recognize the pain felt both by those advocating for and those opposing change,” …

Five bishops elected at SEJ 2016

It was a historic day at the Southeastern Jursidictional Conference being held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, N.C. The first African-American clergy woman was elected by the delegates of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in its history.  Rev. Sharma Lewis from the North Georgia Conference was the …

A Pastoral Letter from the Southeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops to the United Methodists in the Southeastern Jurisdiction

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We celebrate the way God is working through you and the churches you represent to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Your witness is making a …

Quadrennial Leadership Training Held on July 9th

The Western North Carolina Conference held its quadrennial leadership organizing and training event for the 2016-2020 quadrennium at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church  in Hickory, N.C. on Saturday, July 8, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The theme for the day was: ” Leading Into the Future.” Those invited …

What happens at SEJ Conference this week?

Basic Schedule Here is a quick synopsis of what will happen at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference this week: The official dates for Jurisdictional Conference are July 13-15, 2016.  However, delegates and others are already gathering at Lake Junaluska for meetings and opportunities to meet with episcopal nominees.  Check the schedule …

Council President Speaks Following Shooting Deaths

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement on behalf of the Council in the wake of shootings in the U.S. this week. In the aftermath of violent deaths this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas, we …

WEEKLY UPDATE 070816

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS July Conferences Elect New Bishops Walking on Holy Ground “Fish Frenzy Free-For-All” is July 14-15 Epworth UMC- Backyard Mission Camp 2016 Mark your calendar: Building Teams Fall Conference- September 16-18 Courage to …

July Conferences Elect New Bishops

by Heather Hahn (UMNS) While the U.S. political scene focuses on who is winning red and blue states, many United Methodists are preparing to vote on who will wear the purple. Starting July 13, the five U.S. jurisdictional conferences will elect a total of 15 bishops. The gatherings also will finalize the …

Walking on Holy Ground

by Pratt Davis Several people asked me if I kept a journal or wrote something about my recent experience of donating a kidney to my son.  My dear friend Faye, who is married to my husband’s second cousin, asked if I had written something about what God has shown me.  …

“Fish Frenzy Free-For-All” is July 14-15

The “Fish Frenzy Free-For-All” is back! The WNCC Fishin’ Hole, is moving out older resources to make room for newer ones. Old curriculum, books, VHS, and DVDs that just aren’t being used will be spread out in the auditorium at the conference center. Come one, come all! Browse through the …

Epworth UMC- Backyard Mission Camp 2016

After 15 years of summer mission trips with Carolina Cross Connection, the youth group at Epworth UMC in Concord, N.C. decided to stay home. “Carolina Cross Connection had always challenged us to ‘take it home’,” according to Jen Hedrick, Director of Youth Ministry at Epworth, “and for a long time …

Mark your calendar: Building Teams Fall Conference- September 16-18

The WNCC- UMVIM Building Teams Committee announces its 2016 Fall Conference for September 16-18, 2016 at Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville. There are two national speakers scheduled to be at the event: Paulette West, Executive Director of UMVIM Southeastern Jurisdiction, and Rev. Patrick L. Friday, Wisdom Sharing Lead, Center for Mission Innovation, United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. The …

Courage to Lead offered in 2016-17

Courage to Lead® is a five event leadership training program  being offered in the Western North Carolina Conference, starting October 19-21, 2016 through October 18-20, 2017 and will be held at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, N.C. Developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS UM Foundation Offers Debt Reduction Loans Year Two at Chestnut Grove UMC! Here we go! Rev. Bob Combs Retires from Brotherhood/Sisterhood Grace Break Offerings for Clergy New Web Site for the Brotherhood/Sisterhood …

UM Foundation Offers Debt Reduction Loans

“Building the Church for Generations to Come” Clergy Debt Reduction Loan Program Creating good stewards of God’s financial resources Application Deadline August 1, 2016 The Clergy Debt Reduction Loan Program is now available. Loans will be offered at 1.5% interest for a period not to exceed 15 years in an …

Year Two at Chestnut Grove UMC! Here we go!

(This is the first day of the “new year” for clergy appointed across the conference.  Evelyn Lemons shares about starting her second year at Chestnut Grove UMC) by Evelyn Lemons Last year about 10 minutes after I was handed the keys to my office here at Chestnut Grove, I took …

Rev. Bob Combs Retires from Brotherhood/Sisterhood

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Annual Conference,  the Rev. Jim Pyatt, President of the Board of Directors of the WNC Conference Brotherhood/Sisterhood, announced that the Rev. Robert Wesley Combs would be retiring as Executive Director of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood, effective June 30, 2016. In recognition of this, the Brotherhood/Sisterhood has …

Grace Break Offerings for Clergy

Big Sigh Ministries, Inc. has upcoming workshops for clergy in August and September. “Have you ever dreamed of taking an extended sabbatical or renewal leave, but didn’t know how to get started?  Do you feel the need to retreat and seek God’s next steps for your leadership?  Or maybe you are …

New Web Site for the Brotherhood/Sisterhood

During the presentation of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood at Annual Conference, the Rev. Jim Pyatt, President of the Board of Directors, announced the launching of a web site for the Brotherhood/Sisterhood: brotherhoodsisterhood.com. This site provides information about this ministry, provides the opportunity to join, and allows for on-line payments of assessments. Please …

Fresh Expressions Vision Day at Lake Junaluska on July 9-10

Fresh Expressions US is hosting a vision day at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center on July 9-10. What is Fresh Expressions? Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations in order to reach a changing world. Begun in England 10 years ago, …

West Virginia Flood Response

To help the People of West Virginia suffering in the aftermath of historic flooding, you may give to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response Advance #901670. You may also give directly to the West Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church at http://wvumc.org/News/2016/Bishop-offers-prayer-for-flood;-way-to-donate. If you have any other questions or concerns, …

Partners in Health and Wholeness (PHW) Certification Program Now Open for 2016

Since the launch of the PHW Certification Program in 2009, over 350 congregations representing more than 70,000 people across NC have participated in activities designed to add years – abundant years – to the lives of the people in their congregations and communities. We are inviting congregations to join us …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS 4 Tips for Healthy Church Politics Commentary- All I wanted was a pack of bologna Mt. Shepherd Offers Middle School Mission Camp St. Paul UMC, Reidsville – Driven by deeds and needs …

4 Tips for Healthy Church Politics

From Leading Ideas, from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary. June 22, 2016 by David Brubaker Read the entire article 1. Clear and consistent decision-making policies and practice Destructive political activity often results when individuals and groups in a congregation do not understand — or do …

Commentary- All I wanted was a pack of bologna

by Kathy Odell All I wanted was a pack of bologna . . . It has been a busy week at Annual Conference.  I usually come alone, but this year my husband and two of the grandchildren were able to join me.  Between helping with registration, and serving as a …

Mt. Shepherd Offers Middle School Mission Camp

Mount Shepherd Retreat Center  is offering “Giving Hope and A Helping Hand Middle School Mission Camp” on Sunday, July 24 – Friday, July 28. (change of date) For all rising 6th – 8th graders. Five fun and fulfilling days of hands-on mission throughout Randolph and Stanly Counties and summer camp activities (swimming …

St. Paul UMC, Reidsville – Driven by deeds and needs of God’s people

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Reidsville, NC, is located in a community and an area that the church can truly focus on the mission area of “Outreach” by ministering with and to the needs of others. The Rev. Dr. Carl L. Manuel, Jr. is pastor of St Paul UMC and Wesley …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Getting a New Pastor? Pfeiffer Youth Institute Deadline Extended Until June 20th New Conference Treasurer Announced LATEST CAREERS Worship Leader Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries Nursery Worker Youth Ministry Leader Youth …

Getting a New Pastor?

Excerpts from a UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* Here are some hints for churches and their members who are expecting a change: Saying goodbye Saying goodbye to your current pastor may be emotionally challenging, but it is a significant first step in the transition process. Pray. The first thing you can do …

Pfeiffer Youth Institute Deadline Extended Until June 20th

The application deadline for the Pfeiffer Youth Theological Institute, a/k/a YeTI  have been extended until June 20, 2016. Summer 2016 we will welcome twelve (12) students (rising 10th through 12th grades), In subsequent years, we will host 36 students and will have three placement sites for Week 2 of the …

New Conference Treasurer Announced

The Conference Council on Finance and Administration, in conjunction with Bishop Goodpaster, is pleased to announce the intended appointment of Reverend Doctor R. Mark King as the Conference Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services. Mark brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Office of Treasury Services. He is currently the …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Church ‘birthday ambassador’ dies at 111 New Take on the Bible with a British Accent LATEST CAREERS Organist/Accompanist LATEST EVENTS PAGE CHANGES AC2016 Supplement to P & R mission.wnccumc.org Church Survey Latest …

Church ‘birthday ambassador’ dies at 111

By Heather Hahn (UMNS) Jean Christy, a United Methodist who proved you’re never too old to start a new ministry, died May 28 in Murphy, North Carolina. She was 111, according to recently discovered records in her family Bible. Around the age of 105, Christy decided she needed to do …

New Take on the Bible with a British Accent

Six new short films offering a contemporary slant on Bible stories have been funded by the Methodist Church in Great Britain, which calls the films “provocative, entertaining and often controversial.” Produced by Applecart, the films were released May 31. Applecart has been in existence since 2008. Formed by Peter Moreton, …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Council of Bishops Follows Tradition with Letter to the Church Flamebuilders Opens Applications for Class 3 LATEST CAREERS Children’s Ministry Assistant Youth Ministry Director Children’s Ministry Director After School Director Music Director …

Council of Bishops Follows Tradition with Letter to the Church

Washington, D.C.: Reviving a tradition that is more than a century old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent this letter today to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20. The letter reads as follows: To the people of …

Flamebuilders Opens Applications for Class 3

Flamebuilders is pleased to announce that the application period for Class 3 is now open. The application is available online through the “FlameBuilders Class 3 Application” link. You can also go to the website: www.flamebuilders.org and click on “Apply”. DOWNLOAD FLYER  

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss?  (The edition includes everything that was published during the second week of General Conference and other changes) LATEST NEWS Day 11- Called Home GC2016 May 20- UPDATE Day 10- Random Reflections on My Experience …

Day 11- Called Home

This was written on Thursday evening by Sally Queen, but I think it speaks for many of us.  We are all “called home” to be in ministry in the place we call home. MR by Sally Queen Tomorrow morning, I head home to see my family, sleep in my bed, …

GC2016 May 20- UPDATE

Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 11- Called Home  | Sally Queen See all of the delegate updates at General Conference News Daily Christian Advocates Daily Christian Advocate for Saturday, May 21, 2016 See earlier …

Day 10- Random Reflections on My Experience at General Conference 

by Kim Ingram I fear that the reports from this General Conference will be the same as what we heard after 2012: “We didn’t get anything done.”  However, we were told this afternoon that about 400 petitions have been approved. I participated in the Higher Education and Ministry and Superintendency …

GC2016 May 20- UPDATE

Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 10-  Random Reflections on My Experience at General Conference | Kim Ingram See all of the delegate updates at General Conference News Daily Christian Advocates Daily Christian Advocate for …

Day 9- “Stay, Just a Little Bit Longer”

by Ashley Crowder Stanley My 87 year old, retired, United Methodist minister father broke his hip two weeks before General Conference 2016 was scheduled to begin in Portland.  Over the last few years, our family has been holding our collective breath as we observed his determined yet unsteady gait grow wobblier. We …

Day 9- The Joys of Being a Global Church

By Jeff Patterson Sometimes it is hard being a global church.  Getting together is easy, but staying together can be very difficult. People from different continents think differently and sometimes cultures and ideas clash. One area of great difference of opinion is in the area of human sexuality. Even homogenous …

GC2016 May 18- UPDATE

Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 9-  “Stay Just a Little Bit Longer” | Ashley Crowder Stanley Day 9- The Joys of Being a Global Church  | Jeff Patterson See all of the delegate updates at General …

Statement from the Council of Bishops- 051816

AN OFFERING FOR A WAY FORWARD Galatians 3:25-29 (NRSV) 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is no longer …

Day 8- United Methodist Women Day at General Conference 2016!

(Video has Lynne Gilbert, Amy Johnson, Jennifer Burton, and Sandy Hieronymus saying “Happy Birthday UMW!) by Lynne Gilbert May 16th was United Methodist Women Day at General Conference 2016, and it was very special to join in the celebration of our legacy and our continuing mission and ministry as we …

GC2016 May 17- UPDATE

Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 8- United Methodist Women Day at General Conference 2016!  | Lynne Gilbert See all of the delegate updates at General Conference News Daily Christian Advocates Daily Christian Advocate for Wednesday, …

Day 7- I Thank God General Conference is Not the Church

This was posted on James’ blog on Monday, May 16, 2016 by James Howell I thank God that General Conference is not the church.  Yes, General Conference makes high level decisions about official policy.  General Conference controls a lot of money, although the pie is shrinking.  General Conference gets a …

GC2016 May 16- UPDATE

Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 7-  I Thank God General Conference is Not the Church | James Howell See all of the delegate updates at General Conference News Daily Christian Advocates Daily Christian Advocate for …

Day 6- Hope Will Not Disappoint

by Sally Queen The first day of General Conference was a big day for the youngest member of my family. His name is Wyatt and he was undergoing the first of a three part surgical procedure to correct a congenital heart defect called HLHS.  Wyatt’s mom is my first cousin and …

GC2016 May 15- UPDATE

Note: Sunday was sabbath at General Conference so there was not the same amount of news and media production like last week and the week to follow. Keep checking for updates on this page as Monday continues. Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss?  (This is put out on Sunday to include everything that was done to the website through Sunday afternoon.  Lots of changes from General Conference) LATEST NEWS Day 5- Don’t Forget! Day 5- Going With …

Day 5- Don’t Forget!

by David Christy Hannah, a 14 year old from Indiana, reminded the entire General Conference on Friday of the power of Jesus Christ. During the report of The Connectional Table Hannah told her story of raising money for clean drinking water for people around the world. She told the story …

Day 5- Going With Courage

By Sandy Hieronymus We are reminded to go with courage knowing that God goes before us to guide our paths.  This is easier said than done.  Each day at General Conference has started at 8:00 AM with inspiring worship and wonderful gathering music that helps to center us for the …

GC2016 May 14- UPDATE

Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 5- Don’t Forget! | David Christy Day 5- Going with Courage | Sandy Hieronymus See all of the delegate updates at General Conference News Daily Christian Advocates Daily Christian …

Day 4- Walking Humbly with Our God

by Shannon Haszard Sherfey I was told this would happen – that I’d experience a wide range of emotions during General Conference.  From the high holiness of worship where we can palpably feel the power of the Holy Spirit moving among us to the angst and frustration of procedures and …

GC2016 May 13- UPDATE

Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 4- Walking Humbly with Our God | Shannon Haszard Sherfey See all of the delegate updates at General Conference News Daily Christian Advocates Daily Christian Advocate- May 13th See earlier DCA’s …

Day 3- Legislating Faithfulness

by Amy Coles Paul warned them, 10 “Men, I see that our voyage will suffer damage and great loss, not only for the cargo and ship but also for our lives.” 11 But the centurion was persuaded more by the ship’s pilot and captain than by Paul’s advice.12 Since the harbor was unsuitable for spending …

GC2016 May 13- UPDATE

Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 3- Legislating Faithfulness   | Amy Coles See yesterday’s delegate update at General Conference News Daily Christian Advocates Daily Christian Advocate- May 12th See earlier DCA’s at General Conference …

Cruciform

by Shelly Webb Each day as we gather at the Oregon Convention Center, every person entering the building has to slow down as we approach the numerous doors.  It’s here where we find ourselves in the security line and willingly open our bags, our purses, our book bags, exposing what’s …

The Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute 2016

LEAWOOD, KS – The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection announced today that registration is now open for Leadership Institute 2016, held September 29-30 (Pre-Institute September 28) at the Leawood, Kansas campus. Churches are invited to bring their ministry leaders to one of the largest mainline church leadership events in …

GC2016 May 12- UPDATE

Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 2- Transfiguration – Disfiguration | Jeremy Troxler Cruciform | Shelly Webb See yesterday’s delegate update at General Conference News Daily Christian Advocates Daily Christian Advocate- May 11th See earlier …

Day 2- Transfiguration-Disfiguration

by Jeremy Troxler Once Jesus took his friends up to a mountaintop, and there they saw his face shine with glory.  Moses and Elijah were seen at his side.  A cloud descended and the voice of God was heard:  “This is my beloved Son:  Listen to him.”  It was a …

GC2016: May 11- UPDATE

Delegate Updates Each day there will be a wrap-up from one of the delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference. Day 1- Jesus Take the Wheel | Jennifer Davis Daily Christian Advocates Daily Christian Advocate- May 10 Selected News Stories: May 10 wrap-up: Opening worship, rules debate GC2016 adopts most rules …

Day 1- Jesus Take the Wheel

by Jennifer Davis Whew!  What a day!!! First full day of General Conference 2016 and, boy, was it beautiful, interesting, and event-full! But, let me begin with the trip to Portland.  It was uneventful….thank God….but, a long one.  I slept all the way from Charlotte to Seattle and barely had …

Pfeiffer Youth Theological Institute Taking Applications

Applications to the Pfeiffer Youth Theological Institute, a/k/a YeTI are now underway.  As you may have heard and read, Pfeiffer University received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to create a summer program for high school students to help further their theological education, calling and discernment.  Many of you may …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS General Conference: Livestream and Photos GC2016: Remaking the denomination’s map? Susanna Wesley: Mother of Methodism Follow General Conference Online LATEST CAREERS Church Secretary Youth Pastor Director of Children’s Ministries Summer Children’s Coordinator …

General Conference: Livestream and Photos

PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — Not traveling to Portland for General Conference? Watch events live beginning Tuesday at umc.org/live. Photos are available for use with proper credit. United Methodist News Service will provide up-to-the-minute coverage that you can follow through the free Daily Digest. Watch live beginning May 10 Get photos …

GC2016: Remaking the denomination’s map?

By Heather Hahn (UMNS) Could reshaping the map of The United Methodist Church help strengthen the denomination? Delegates to the 2016 General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body, will consider proposals that aim to do just that. Among them are petitions that would alter jurisdictional boundaries in the United States, create …

Susanna Wesley: Mother of Methodism

She never preached a sermon, published a book, or founded a church, yet Susanna Wesley is known as the Mother of Methodism. The example of faith and religious reverence she set for her children John and Charles inspired them to become powerful spiritual leaders, and to launch the Methodist movement. Historians from the General …

Follow General Conference Online

Here are some ways that you can follow along with General Conference, May 10-20, 2016: Bookmark the website. GC2016.UMC.org is the source for everything about General Conference 2016. News, blogs, resources, videos and photos about everything happening at General Conference are available in this central location. United Methodist Communications will …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Reverend Sherri L. Barnes will lead Pfeiffer University’s Youth Theological Institute WNC Camps Begins a New Video Series New Staff Changes and Directions Announced Follow-up Statement to First UMC, Charlotte Story A …

Reverend Sherri E. Barnes will lead Pfeiffer University’s Youth Theological Institute

Misenheimer, N.C.—Rev. Sherri E. Barnes has been named director of Pfeiffer University’s Youth Theology Institute (YeTI). An intensive two-week summer experience for theologically minded high school students supported by Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, YeTI will launch this summer, July 10-24. To learn more and register …

WNC Camps Begins a New Video Series

Introducing a new video series featuring each of your camps in the WNCC! Camps of the WNCC:  Episode One 1, Camp McCall Ever wonder what Camp McCall in Bostic, NC is like? Maybe you’re looking for a rustic and charming place for your youth or retreat group to disconnect from …

New Staff Changes and Directions Announced

Bishop Goodpaster and the Cabinet announced several changes in the conference staff, including new positions and new directions for our shared mission. “We continue to move toward resourcing and supporting local churches in alignment with our core purpose which is to increase the number of vital churches fully engaged in …

Follow-up Statement to First UMC, Charlotte Story

Multiple media outlets have reported that Rev. Dr. Val Rosenquist at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte performed a same sex wedding, which would be in violation of Paragraph 341.6 in The 2012 Book of Discipline, and that Bishop Melvin Talbert was in attendance at the service. A formal complaint …

A More Excellent Way

April 25, 2016 Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. We write to you to express our deep gratitude for life together in the United Methodist Church here in the state of North Carolina. With you, we love our state and yearn for our lives to …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS 10 fascinating facts about John Wesley and United Methodism GC2016: “What does it mean?” and “High-Tech Hymnal” Duke Chapel Posts Over 2500 Sermons Online Registration is Open for Festival of Wisdom and …

10 fascinating facts about John Wesley and United Methodism

By Jeremy Steele (UMCom) History is more than facts and figures. It is full of real people with real stories. Connecting with those people and stories helps us understand our lives and discern God’s direction for our future. That is why it is important constantly to connect our teaching back …

GC2016: “What does it mean?” and “High-Tech Hymnal”

What will General Conference mean to my United Methodist church? A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* As a United Methodist, you are probably aware that General Conference, the once-every-four-years official meeting of the church is happening in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20, 2016. What may be far less clear, however, is …

Duke Chapel Posts Over 2500 Sermons Online

Duke Divinity School, Duke Chapel, and Duke University Libraries have announced that the first stage of an initiative to digitize Duke Chapel sermons is complete with the release of more than 2,500 sermons online. The Duke University Chapel Recordings Digital Collection website collects audio and video recordings as well as manuscript …

Registration is Open for Festival of Wisdom and Grace at Lake Junaluska

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C.- Adults in the second half of life are invited to attend the Festival of Wisdom and Grace at Lake Junaluska, Aug. 1-4, 2016. The conference will provide renewal and inspiration through worship, Bible studies, workshops, professional training and fellowship. Dr. Tony Campolo, Dr. Mickey Efird and Dr. James …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Hike the Asbury Trail on April 23 WNCC Delegation Prepares for General Conference Two New District Superintendents Announced Prayer Emphasis Focuses on Discernment on May 1 LATEST CAREERS Director of Contemporary …

Hike the Asbury Trail on April 23

The World Methodist Museum invites hikers to join in hiking a segment of the Francis Asbury Trail on Saturday, April 23.  From Mount Sterling Gap along a ridge of Scottish Mountain, up to about 4300 ft.,  this section ends at Cataloochee Creek,  for a total of approximately 3.5 miles. Free …

WNCC Delegation Prepares for General Conference

Delegates from the Western North Carolina Conference to the 2016 General Conference met on Saturday, April 9 at First United Methodist Church in Gastonia. This was the final meeting of the group prior to the May 10-20 meeting in Portland. Our delegation of 10 lay and 10 clergy will meet …

Two New District Superintendents Announced

Bishop Goodpaster and the Cabinet announce two additional District Superintendent changes effective July 1. Lyn Sorrells and Sally Langford will both be receiving new appointments at that time. Angela Pleasants and Mark Andrews will be appointed to serve as District Superintendents. Bishop Goodpaster remarked, “Both Lyn and Sally have been …

Prayer Emphasis Focuses on Discernment on May 1

General Conference is a month away.  Our delegation will be in Portland May 10-20 and they continue to seek your prayers. Since February, each first Sunday of the month we have asked United Methodists across Western North Carolina to pray for the bishops of the church, the general agencies and …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS In the News: Unity United Methodist, Thomasville First UMC in Hickory Hosts Older Adult Conference May 6 & 7 Slashed Church Budget Heads to GC2016 First Responder Recognition Day Set for September …

In the News: Unity United Methodist, Thomasville

[By Elaina O’Connell- Time Warner Cable News- Triad] Community Computer Lab Opens in Thomasville THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Students in Thomasville are getting some much needed help with homework from a new computer lab. The Thomasville United Computer Center opened this week equipped with 14 computers. Maya Walker, a junior at …

First UMC in Hickory Hosts Older Adult Conference May 6 & 7

First UMC in Hickory is hosting – Evergreen: Always Growing, Always Living- May 6 & 7. The Rev. Dr. William Randolph will lead us in worship as we explore new and exciting ways to Live and Grow in our faith. A native of North Carolina,Randolph is the current Director of Aging and Older Adult Ministries …

Slashed Church Budget Heads to GC2016

By Heather Hahn NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The United Methodist Church’s lowest general church budget proposal in 16 years is now heading for a vote at the 2016 General Conference. Two denominational leadership bodies in the past week have agreed to propose a bottom-line budget of $599 million for general church …

First Responder Recognition Day Set for September 11th

Please join us in the 2016 Strength for Service Initiative by helping to provide 100,000 SFS devotional books to members of our military and first responders as we mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Strength for Service to God and …

WEEKLY UPDATE 040116

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Get Ready for General Conference Carolina Black Clergy Leadership Retreat WNC Priorities Survey Beth Crissman Named New District Superintendent LATEST CAREERS Administrative Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions Children’s Ministry Music Director …

Get Ready for General Conference

We are now at 40 days from General Conference in Portland. As we move closer to the May 10-20 quadrennial meeting of the denomination, news and information will be coming in a steady stream. Already we have a page on this website dedicated to General Conference news and reports.  Currently, …

Carolina Black Clergy Leadership Retreat

The South Carolina Conference, in partnership with North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences, will host the Carolina Black Clergy Leadership Retreat focused on leadership development emphasizing social justice advocacy at the Kingston Plantation Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC May 23-27, 2016.  This 5-day leadership retreat’s theme is “Ubuntu:  The …

WNC Priorities Survey

The Southeastern Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy has asked each conference to identify the top three unique leadership needs in WNC for 2016-2020. These will be utilized in assigning the next bishop in Western North Carolina, following Bishop Larry Goodpaster’s retirement this summer. The Western North Carolina Conference Committee on …

Beth Crissman Named New District Superintendent

Bishop Goodpaster and the Cabinet announce that the Rev. Beth Crissman will become the new superintendent of the Blue Ridge District, effective July 1, 2016. She will replace the Rev. Dr. John Boggs who is the current superintendent. Bishop Goodpaster commented, “John has completed eight very effective years as a …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? (This was published early because of Good Friday holiday.  May this Easter be a blessing to all!) LATEST NEWS The Children’s Home Sets a New Course 2014 Vitality Report Jennifer Burton Resigns as Director …

The Children’s Home Sets a New Course

In February this year, the Trustees of the Children’s Home moved toward the future with two significant decisions. One, they approved their affiliation with The Crossnore School, a residential foster care program located in Avery County; and two, they selected Brett A. Loftis, JD, the Chief Executive Officer of The …

2014 Vitality Report

This study of denominational statistics was done by the Greater New Jersey Conference of The United Methodist Church and was offered for reflection and analysis. Highly vital congregations are focused on growing their vitality by making and maturing disciples, not achieving numbers. Highly vital congregations grow and support disciples and …

Jennifer Burton Resigns as Director of Treasury Services

It was announced last week that Jennifer Burton has resigned from her position as Director of Treasury Services for the Western North Carolina Conference. Burton began her work with the Conference in June 2011, and she has resigned to pursue other opportunities. The Conference Staff, Council on Finance and Administration, …

WEEKLY UPDATE 031816

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Nearing a Malaria Goal before GC2016 Project Agape Director to Itinerate in WNCC 24 Hour Prayer Vigil Scheduled for April 3 LATEST CAREERS Choral Director Community Outreach and Children/Youth Ministry Residency with …

Nearing a Malaria Goal before GC2016

By Linda Bloom (UMNS) As the denomination’s roving ambassador for malaria prevention, United Methodist Bishop Thomas Bickerton has heard “story after story” about people energized around a cause where they can make a difference. He also has personally witnessed the results while in Africa. “I’ve had a mother put a …

Project Agape Director to Itinerate in WNCC

Project AGAPE’s Country Director Nara Melkonyan will itinerate in the Western North Carolina Conference mid-May until Annual Conference in mid-June. Churches are invited to schedule Nara for presentations on Project AGAPE Sunday School, worship, youth, mission or any other group that would be interested in learning more about this joint …

24 Hour Prayer Vigil Scheduled for April 3

We are excited about the upcoming 24 Hour Prayer Vigil in Western North Carolina as part of the preparation for the 2016 General Conference session. We are joining with 130 other annual conferences who are each adopting a day during the 131 days prior to General Conference (beginning on January 1, 2016) to …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Youth Groups Invited to Lake Junaluska for Unforgettable Summer Retreats GC2016: Should the general church budget go up? Auditions Open for NC United Methodist All-State Youth Choir Neil Brown and WNC UMM …

Youth Groups Invited to Lake Junaluska for Unforgettable Summer Retreats

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – This summer Lake Junaluska is hosting four youth group retreats for sixth through 12th graders. Youth groups of all denominations are invited to attend. The retreats include high energy worship, guest preachers, mission components and special meals. Afternoons are free for groups to plan rafting trips, …

GC2016: Should the general church budget go up?

by Heather Hahn (UMNS) A proposed modest increase to the general church budget is heading to the 2016 General Conference. However, a number of United Methodists say that in the wake of the continuing decline in U.S. worship attendance the general church needs to tighten its belt. The General Council …

Auditions Open for NC United Methodist All-State Youth Choir

Greensboro College is pleased to announce auditions for the annual North Carolina United Methodist All-State Youth Choir. Now in its twenty-first year, the Youth Choir is comprised of students from United Methodist Churches across the State. This is an exciting opportunity for rising ninth graders through high school seniors to …

Neil Brown and WNC UMM Men Receive National Awards

Neil Brown, president of the Conference United Methodist Men was awarded a John Wesley Society Award at  the United Methodist Men’s Conference President’s Meeting March 3-6, in Nashville, Tennessee.   To be named a fellow in the John Wesley Society is the highest honor that can be awarded by UM Men. …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Celebrate Easter at Lake Junaluska Haywood Street Hosts A Welcoming Table Workshop May 1-3 in Asheville Remembering the Deaths of Wesley, Asbury Givens Awarded $4 Million Grant from The Duke Endowment LATEST …

Celebrate Easter at Lake Junaluska

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – All are invited to attend Lake Junaluska’s Easter weekend events. The conference and retreat center offers a number of family-friendly activities, including a children’s Easter egg hunt, a sunrise service overlooking the lake and a 5K road race and walk. Easter weekend lodging is also available …

Haywood Street Hosts A Welcoming Table Workshop May 1-3 in Asheville

Are you interested in expanding your church mission and ministries? Haywood Street Congregation, a UMC mission congregation of the Blue Ridge District in Asheville, North Carolina, invites you to “A Welcoming Table,” a Ministry WITH the Poor experiential training workshop on May 1-3 in Asheville. Clergy and lay leaders will hear from …

Remembering the Deaths of Wesley, Asbury

By Linda Bloom (UMNS) After John Wesley died – 225 years ago this week – Francis Asbury noted in his journal that he probably would never read the works of the founder of Methodism again “without reflecting on the loss which the Church of God and the world has sustained by his …

Givens Awarded $4 Million Grant from The Duke Endowment

Givens has been awarded a $4 million grant from The Duke Endowment to support housing for seniors in Asheville, North Carolina.  This grant, along with a $700,000 grant from the Endowment (December 2014), is enabling Givens to construct Givens Gerber Park, an affordable senior living community in south Asheville. Givens …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Praying for GC2016: What will happen? Healthy Conversations Resources Available Online NCCC Programs in Health and Wholeness Available LATEST CAREERS Director of Student Ministry District Administrative Assistant Administrator Conference Treasurer and Benefits …

Praying for GC2016: What will happen?

By Kathy L. Gilbert (UMNS) Pray, breathe, repeat. When the 864 delegates arrive for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, each one of them comes blanketed in prayer. From every corner of the world, people are speaking their names and praying for The United Methodist Church as the denomination’s top policy-making …

Healthy Conversations Resources Available Online

The Healthy Conversations Forum that was live-streamed from Mill Grove UMC in Indian Trail, N.C. on Sunday, February 21, is now available for viewing online. Nearly 55 minutes of video, plus some study documents can be viewed and downloaded from this page: http://wnccumc.org/healthy-conversations-resources/ Below is a list of the documents …

NCCC Programs in Health and Wholeness Available

PHW 2016 Certification The Partners in Health and Wholeness 2016 Certification Program is now open! Congregations must certify each calendar year and can apply anytime between now and October 31, 2016. Once completed, your congregation will receive recognition from the Council and may be eligible to apply for a mini-grant. …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Duke Offers Retreat for Pastors in Ministry with Hispanic/Latino Community News You Can Use- February 2016 Young Preachers Festival Opens Registration LATEST CAREERS Children and Youth Director Director of Music Ministries Organist …

Duke Offers Retreat for Pastors in Ministry with Hispanic/Latino Community

The Duke Divinity School Hispanic House of Studies in partnership with The Duke Endowment, the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of The United Methodist Church will hold its annual event, Sumérgete: A Retreat for Pastors in Ministry with the Hispanic and Latino Community. This retreat will take place …

News You Can Use- February 2016

Webinar “Financial Tips for Clergy: Take the Bite Out of Income Taxes” REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR DATE: Monday, February 22, 2016 TIME: 10:30 am Central Standard Time PRESENTERS: Ken Sloane and Rev. Don Joiner Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like social security payments, estimated tax payments, …

Young Preachers Festival Opens Registration

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection announced  that registration is now open for the second annual Young Preachers Festival and Conference (YPF), being held July 21 and 22, 2016 at the Leawood, Kansas campus. The Church of the Resurrection has partnered with the General Board of Higher Education and …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Prayers and Condolences for Deborah Goodpaster and Family Leadership Development Grants Awarded March Bulletin Insert Available for Prayer Initiative Carolina Pounds to Victory in Food Drive James Howell Endorsed as Episcopal Nominee  …

Prayers and Condolences for Deborah Goodpaster and Family

Mr. I. B. Cox, father of Deborah Goodpaster, died on Thursday evening, February 11, 2016. He was 89 years old and a lifelong resident of Quincy, Florida. For more than 40 years he and his wife, who preceded him in death, owned and operated an “infant-through-teens” clothing store in Quincy. …

Leadership Development Grants Awarded

The Leadership Development Team seeks to partner with regional providers to enhance their capacity to offer effective resources to clergy and ministry leaders.  Grants are awarded to providers who offer programs and service opportunities designed to address leadership and growth needs which have been identified by clergy. The programs and …

March Bulletin Insert Available for Prayer Initiative

We are now six weeks into the General Conference Prayer Initiative that began January 1 across the denomination.  You can read that information and view Bishop Goodpaster’s and Kim Ingram’s video here: General Conference Prayer Emphasis Begins The second bulletin insert, which your church can use on the first Sunday …

Carolina Pounds to Victory in Food Drive

Just hours after the NFC Championship game on Sunday, January 24, the Carolinas were challenged by Rev. Brad Laurvick of Highlands UMC in Denver to collect food for the hungry. Churches in the Western North Carolina Conference began responding quickly to the #UnitedMethodistsKeepPounding food drive, and by Wednesday of that …

James Howell Endorsed as Episcopal Nominee

Members of the 2016 Western North Carolina Conference delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conference met on Saturday, February 6, and endorsed the Rev. Dr. James Howell as their episcopal nominee. He will be considered as an official candidate for bishop at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference scheduled for July 13-16, …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Metro District Lay Servant Ministries Training Dr. Thomas G. Long – Lecture Sessions at Hawthorne Lane UMC Free Disciple Training for the WNCC Conference Healthy Conversations Set for February 21 LATEST CAREERS …

Metro District Lay Servant Ministries Training

(1) Basic Course – Lay Speaking Ministries by Sandy Jackson. The required beginning course for local lay speaker certification; course topics: Leading, caring, communication, serving. It offers guidelines for best practices as a church leader and outlines a number of ministries in which lay servants may assume roles. (2) Advanced …

Dr. Thomas G. Long – Lecture Sessions at Hawthorne Lane UMC

Dr. Thomas G. Long will be at  Hawthorne Lane UMC on February 28 & 29, 2016. Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Emeritus, at Candler School of Theology, will preach twice at Hawthorne Lane UMC, 501 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC, on Sunday, February 28. The service times are 11 and …

Free Disciple Training for the WNCC Conference

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries is offering free Disciple Bible Study facilitator’s training across the Western North Carolina Conference in the spring of 2016. This training is open to both lay and clergy persons. This will be an excellent opportunity for those who have never taken DISCIPLE, for those who have never had the …

Healthy Conversations Set for February 21

Healthy Conversations Sunday, February 21 3:00 – 5:00pm Mill Grove UMC (7311 Mill Grove Rd, Indian Trail, NC 28079) Healthy Conversations Resources Please see below for live-streaming locations The 2015 Annual Conference approved a petition which directed the Bishop to appoint a task force to collaborate with the Justice and …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday is February 21 Summer Intern Ministry Accepting Applications Charlotte Churches Challenged to Feed the Hungry Briefing Previews 2016 General Conference Debates Kaleidoscope 2016 Set for April 15-17 LATEST CAREERS Organist/Pianist/Keyboardist …

Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday is February 21

The Brotherhood/Sisterhood of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference exists as a means for the clergy and laity of the WNC Annual Conference to be in ministry to the families of clergy in the annual conference in a time of great need—the death of other clergy. We exist to provide …

Summer Intern Ministry Accepting Applications

The Office of Ministerial Services is pleased to announce a summer ministry internship for college students. This 10-week, full time ministry experience is for college students who are exploring a vocation in ministry.  They will be mentored by a United Methodist clergy in a local church in Western North Carolina.  …

Charlotte Churches Challenged to Feed the Hungry

Not long after the game ended on Sunday night and the Carolina Panthers were booked for Super Bowl L, a pastor from Denver laid down a challenge to Charlotte churches. Rev. Brad Laurvick, senior pastor of Highlands United Methodist Church in Denver, Colorado corresponded on Facebook with James Howell, senior …

Briefing Previews 2016 General Conference Debates

by United Methodist News Service Jan. 25, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. In a gathering that repeatedly stressed church unity despite passionately held differences, United Methodists received a preview of some issues the 2016 General Conference will debate when the denomination’s top lawmaking body meets this spring. The Rev. Steven Lewis, …

Kaleidoscope 2016 Set for April 15-17

Kaleidoscope 2016 is a weekend long retreat for middle school students at both Camp Hanes in King, NC and BonClarken Retreat Center in Flat Rock, NC. The weekend will be filled with amazing music, fun activities, and touching worship services. The theme for this year with be The Amazing Race. …

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PAST UPDATES This week was a short week because of travel to Portland. Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS General Conference 2016 Resources Long Term Recovery Teams to South Carolina Notes News You Can Use- Christian Copyright Solutions LATEST CAREERS …

General Conference 2016 Resources

As we prepare for General Conference 2016, resources have begun being collected for all who are interested. A landing page for all things General Conference has been established on our website. This is the link: GC 2016 (There is a prominent link on the bottom left of the front page …

Long Term Recovery Teams to South Carolina Notes

Long Term Recovery Teams that would like to volunteer in South Carolina need to contact the following person to schedule their team’s work in South Carolina: Ms. Chelsey Faircloth SC UMC Disaster Recovery Coordinator email: cfaircloth@umcsc.org. phone: (803) 786-9486 ext. 257 Please remember that we are Servants for God. When calling …

News You Can Use- Christian Copyright Solutions

A short presentation at the United Methodist Association of Communicators answered lots of questions that have been asked over the past two years by various churches and organizations within the Conference. Are you using words or lyrics on a screen, in handouts, or other means during worship? Do you record …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Jesus: Our Resurrected Sabbath- Lenten Resource Barnabus Weekend is April 15-17 Preparing for Lent and Easter February Bulletin Insert Available for Prayer Initiative LATEST CAREERS Director of Administration and Financial Ministries Children’s …

Jesus: Our Resurrected Sabbath- Lenten Resource

Jesus: Our Resurrected Sabbath a Lenten Guide from Blessed Earth Dear clergy and lay leaders, Many Christians think of Lent as a time to give up something and thereby honor the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  This year, we invite you to embrace a new habit:  holy rest.  Yes, Sabbath …

Barnabas Weekend is April 15-17

Join in a weekend at Camp Tekoa designed for those with developmental disabilities. A group of clergy friends and dedicated church volunteers are planning a weekend event for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Camp Tekoa for April 15-17th.  The cost of the event for campers is $10, and …

Preparing for Lent and Easter

We just started the New Year, and now Ash Wednesday is coming on February 10th. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 20th, and Easter Sunday is March 27th. Here are a few resources to prepare for Lent and Easter from The United Methodist Church: Lent and Easter Resources (UM Com) Lent …

February Bulletin Insert Available for Prayer Initiative

Last week, Bishop Goodpaster and Rev. Kim Ingram shared information about the General Conference Prayer Initiative that began January 1 across the denomination.  You can read that information and view their video here: General Conference Prayer Emphasis Begins The first bulletin insert, which your church can use on the first …

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PAST UPDATES Welcome to 2016! Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS IDK ’16 Set for February 20 in 3 Locations Primetimers Offers Mission and Education Opportunities for Older Adults No Gift from Christmas Weather General Conference Prayer Emphasis Begins LATEST …

IDK ’16 Set for February 20 in 3 Locations

Do you have a youth in your congregation who is feeling they might be called by God into some sort of ministry? IDK’16 is a youth conference designed to help youth start to understand, wrestle and ask questions about what it means to be called by God into some sort …

Primetimers Offers Mission and Education Opportunities for Older Adults

Primetimers offers educational and mission service experience for older adults. Exciting 5-10 day events offer opportunities for educational forums, cross-cultural exposure, faith-filled reflection, and greater exposure to the work of The United Methodist Church and the church universal. Goals of Primetimers Provide new service and learning experiences for older persons, …

No Gift from Christmas Weather

By Sam Hodges and Heather Hahn (UMNS) Catastrophic tornadoes and flooding that occurred in multiple states over the Christmas holidays directly affected some United Methodists and had many others forgoing their time off to join relief efforts. The First United Methodist Church in Rowlett, Texas, had several families who lost …

General Conference Prayer Emphasis Begins

January 1 will lead off 131 days of continual prayer for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, which meets May 10-20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The Western North Carolina Conference designated date is scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd. We will also have special emphases on the first Sundays of …

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PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes to the website that happened from 12/19/15-12/31/15. Due to the holiday schedule there were not as many news articles or postings as usual.  We will resume with regular Friday updates on January 8, 2016.  May you all have a Happy New Year! LATEST …

Statistical Reporting for 2015 is Open!

To Our Local Church Pastors, Treasurers, and Membership Secretaries: The GCFA/Western North Carolina Conference statistical system is now open and available for input of 2015 information.  All statistical information must be entered and complete by Thursday, January 21, 2016.  In order to access the system, you can do so in …

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

December, 2015 For the last several weeks we have been hearing and singing the “songs of the season,” which in our time has come to be a strange mixture of both traditional and contemporary, sacred and secular. All of them together contribute to creating a different spirit than exists during …

Important Announcements from Treasury Services

As we approach the end of the year, it is once again time to think about deadlines and reporting!  With all these looming after these Christmas holidays, Treasury Services would like to share the following information with you: The cutoff for apportionment remittances for 2015 has been set through action …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS SPIRITUS 2016 Sets Dates and Locations James Howell Turns Book Signings to Book Singings News Poll: Racism Voted Top 2015 Story Advent Reflections- Holy Silence Affirm UM Clergywomen- A Gift That Keeps …

SPIRITUS 2016 Sets Dates and Locations

The SPIRITUS 2016 Design team is excited to announce our dates and locations for SPIRITUS 2016. We will again have two great weekends of SPIRITUS and our hope is that each experience will bring youth of the WNCC and beyond closer to each other and to God. This year our …

James Howell Turns Book Signings to Book Singings

By Sam Hodges | UMNS The Rev. James Howell’s latest book signings have turned into book singings. The prolific United Methodist author-pastor is out with “Why This Jubilee?” — an Advent devotional book that’s grounded in Christmas carol texts. Howell, a pianist since age 5, has taken to sitting down at the …

News Poll: Racism Voted Top 2015 Story

By Vicki Brown NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The continuing struggle against racism in the United States — which occupied United Methodists in protests, prayer and peacebuilding — was the biggest story in the denomination in 2015, according to a United Methodist News Service poll of communicators. That struggle received 16 first-place …

Advent Reflections- Holy Silence

by Bishop Goodpaster Three candles have now been lit around the Advent wreaths in our churches and homes. However, as the countdown to Christmas enters its final week and the anticipation builds so also all of our last minute preparations. We get caught in the hectic, sometimes chaotic, rush toward …

Affirm UM Clergywomen- A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Show That Your Church Affirms UM Clergywomen’s Leadership! Pastors! Please share this giving opportunity to UMW and the Mission Committee of your church. In August, 2016, we will be celebrating 20 years of Deacon’s ordination and 60 years of Elder’s ordination of women. For this worldwide gathering, we are offering …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS How Thick is the Stained-Glass Ceiling? Preparing for Christmas: Tips for keeping the holiday season holy Advent Wishes Advent Reflections- Anguished Seriousness General Conference Prayer Observance Begins January 1 LATEST CAREERS Director …

How Thick is the Stained-Glass Ceiling?

By Heather Hahn (UMNS) A woman’s place can be behind the wheel of racecars, at the front of corporate boardrooms and along the U.S. presidential campaign trail. But for many U.S. congregations, a woman still has no place in the pulpit. Even as U.S. congregations become more ethnically diverse, a new analysis of …

Preparing for Christmas: Tips for keeping the holiday season holy

A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* “Are you ready for Christmas?” Whenever someone asks that question, my heartrate accelerates as I remember all the things yet to do. However, if we thought about Advent a little differently, our “getting ready” could more of a holy time. Most of us strive …

Advent Wishes

By Pratt Davis Advent is beginning and I resolve to do more this year to focus on the “Real” meaning of Christmas.  But I resolved the same thing last year and the year before that; and I didn’t do much differently.  What exactly am I supposed to squeeze into a …

Advent Reflections- Anguished Seriousness

by Bishop Goodpaster “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom … Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear!’ Here is your God.” (Isaiah 35:1, 4) During this month of December many of us fall back …

General Conference Prayer Observance Begins January 1

Nashville, Tenn.: January 1 will lead off 131 days of continual prayer for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (#UMCGC), which meets May 10-20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The quadrennial legislative event begins 131 days after the New Year. By coincidence, there are 131 annual (regional) conferences in …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS #CTTalks in December- Vital Congregations Condolences at the Death of Bishop McCleskey’s Mother Advent Reflections- Bring Your “A” Game National Campaign Focuses on the True Meaning of Christmas LATEST CAREERS Organist Webmaster/Graphic …

#CTTalks in December- Vital Congregations

CHICAGO: Continuing the conversation around key topics related to General Conference 2016, The Connectional Table begins a month-long series in December on Vital Congregations and the Four Areas of Focus as part of the #CTTalks online forum. Beginning Tuesday, December 1st, a video will be posted each week that explores …

Condolences at the Death of Bishop McCleskey’s Mother

DORIS REESE McCLESKEY, 94, of Asheville, North Carolina died peacefully and surrounded by  family on Wednesday, November 25, at Givens Estates United Methodist Retirement Community, where she lived for the last 15 years.  A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she lived in Tampa, Florida from 1951-2000.  She was a member of …

Advent Reflections- Bring Your “A” Game

by Bishop Goodpaster “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise … I will cause a righteous branch to spring up … he shall execute justice and righteousness.” (Jeremiah 33:14-15) When coaches or leaders suggest that team members bring their “A” game the challenge is …

National Campaign Focuses on the True Meaning of Christmas

Nashville, Tennessee – “Church is more than a place to go at Christmas; church can happen anywhere, at any time.” The United Methodist Church’s new national outreach and advertising campaign focuses on the true meaning of Christmas: lending a hand to a neighbor in need, encouraging joy in the lives …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. (It is a short week because of Thanksgiving Holidays) What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Martin Luther King Celebration Set for January 16, 2016 Thanksgiving Message The Church Responds to Syrian Refugees LATEST CAREERS Church Administrator LATEST EVENTS …

Martin Luther King Celebration Set for January 16, 2016

The WNC Black Methodists for Church Renewal and the Justice & Reconciliation Team  have set the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration for Saturday, January 16, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Salisbury, NC. This year’s theme is Opening the Door to Reality: All Lives Matter with Galatians 3:28 as the …

Thanksgiving Message

from Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster Thanksgiving Day cannot come soon enough! Perhaps as much this year as any year, we all need to take some time to step away from the tragic events that flood our news outlets and reconnect with and reclaim a spirit of gratitude. Gratitude opens the …

The Church Responds to Syrian Refugees

Below are excerpts and links to news stories from The United Methodist Church and it’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Churches ready to sponsor Syrian refugee families TOPEKA, Kan. (UMNS) — At least 35 United Methodist congregations in Kansas and Nebraska have agreed to sponsor one or more Syrian refugee …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Discover Seasonal Warmth at Lake Junaluska’s Appalachian Christmas Seeking Youth and Young Adults for Jurisdictional Pools Giving Tuesday is December 1st Young Adult from Davidson UMC Benefits from UM Student Day Offering …

Discover Seasonal Warmth at Lake Junaluska’s Appalachian Christmas

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will deliver the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality to visitors Dec. 11-13, 2015. The annual festive weekend features live music, hearty meals and local artistry. Festivities include Handel’s “Messiah,” featuring the Lake Junaluska Singers and regional orchestra …

Seeking Youth and Young Adults for Jurisdictional Pools

One of the ways that Young People’s Ministries supports the life of our connectional church is by assembling a “free agent” type pool of young people that the boards of general agencies can draw upon to meet age and ethnicity diversity guidelines. In advance of General and Jurisdictional Conferences, we …

Giving Tuesday is December 1st

Activate Love. Transform Lives. Change the World. On Dec. 1, United Methodists will once again come together to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. And once again, every gift made online through The Advance at www.umcmission.org/give on Dec. 1, 2015 will be matched up to …

Young Adult from Davidson UMC Benefits from UM Student Day Offering

THROUGH THE GIFT OF HOPE SCHOLARSHIP, KAYLAN MERCURI IS ATTENDING HER FIRST CHOICE AND DREAM SCHOOL. Between mission trips, Bible study, singing in church choirs and enjoying college life, Kaylan Mercuri is never at a loss for things to do. A native of Mooresville, North Carolina, Mercuri is a freshman …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Amid Declines, Diversity Grows in U.S. Church Your UM Student Day Offering at Work in WNC LATEST CAREERS Community and Congregational Engagement Specialist Organist/Piano LATEST EVENTS GIVING TUESDAY – December 1 Latest …

Amid Declines, Diversity Grows in U.S. Church

By Heather Hahn Nov. 11, 2015 (UMNS) First Tongan United Methodist Church in Seattle had grown so much that it needed to move to a larger building, which it shared for a time with a dwindling white congregation. Last year, the white United Methodist congregation officially disbanded. But the Tongan church is …

Your UM Student Day Offering at Work in WNC

EMILY HATLEY SAYS HER YOUTH GROUP STUDENTS HELPED DETERMINE HER CAREER CHOICE. When envisioning Emily Hatley’s future, it is a safe bet that her United Methodist ties will play a pivotal role in how she will accomplish everything she sets her mind on doing. Hatley grew up in the South, …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS FingerPrint Weeks for Youth Led by Pfeiffer Grad United Methodist Bishops Meet for Fall Learning Retreat at Lake Junaluska Jews, Muslims and Christians Will Unite at Lake Junaluska Peace Conference 7 Tips …

FingerPrint Weeks for Youth Led by Pfeiffer Grad

FingerPrint Weeks are new summer youth trips that combine elements of both mission trips and youth camp. It is open to all middle school students that have completed the sixth grade through recently graduated high school seniors. Trips are five days long. Days are spent serving in the community, this …

United Methodist Bishops Meet for Fall Learning Retreat at Lake Junaluska

The Bishops of The United Methodist Church met November 1-5, at Lake Junaluska, NC.  This was a learning retreat that was closed to the press.  Below are news releases and excerpts from reports that came from that body this week.  Please click on links at the ends of the excerpts …

Jews, Muslims and Christians Will Unite at Lake Junaluska Peace Conference

Lake Junaluska, N.C. — Next week Jews, Muslims and Christians will gather at Lake Junaluska to promote peace. The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference is four days of workshops, yoga, prayer, lectures, worship, meditation and music, with the goal of advancing the work of reconciliation and peace in the world. Registration …

7 Tips To Planning An Awesome Youth Retreat

A youth retreat is a powerful opportunity for students to experience spiritual growth and focus on friendship and community. But how do you find that perfect balance of fun, worship, and making sure your basic needs like food and lodging are met? Here are some tips to planning a retreat …

#CTTalks- Session 2- Christian Conferencing

“What does Christian conferencing really mean?” Continuing the conversation around key topics related to General Conference 2016, The Connectional Table begins a month-long series on Christian Conferencing as part of the #CTTalks online forum. Beginning Monday, November 2, a video will be posted each week that addresses the principles of …

United Methodist Student Day is November 29th

United Methodist Student Day is November 29, 2015 Across the country, the people of The United Methodist Church are serving the people God loves in Jesus’ name. We’re doing it at home, but so often we’d like to do more. We want to serve those in other places who are …

WEEKLY UPDATE 103015

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS All Saints Day: A Holy Day John Wesley Loved Front Row Seat at a Miracle South Carolina UMC Focuses on Long-Term Recovery Court Defers Review of ‘Plan UMC Revised’ 2015 Conference Journal …

All Saints Day: A Holy Day John Wesley Loved

A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* November 1 is All Saints Day, a sometimes-overlooked holy day in United Methodist congregations. It is not nearly as well known as the day before, All Hallows’ (Saints’) Eve, better known as Halloween, but is far more important in the life of the church. …

Front Row Seat at a Miracle

By Pratt Davis For the past couple of weeks I have had a front row seat at the site of a miracle.  No, it was not a Walking on Water sort of miracle, but a miracle nonetheless.  My front row seat was on the inside of the web of a …

South Carolina UMC Focuses on Long-Term Recovery

By Jessica Brodie Weeks after a storm so catastrophic South Carolina’s governor called it a “1,000-year flood,” South Carolina United Methodist disaster responders are transitioning from a rescue phase to a relief and recovery phase. “This is a ‘drying out period,’ and we expect it to last at least through …

Court Defers Review of ‘Plan UMC Revised’

By Linda Bloom Oct. 26, 2015 | ST. LOUIS (UMNS) A ruling on the constitutionality of legislation for a proposed organizational plan for The United Methodist Church has been deferred until May. To make a declaratory decision about one specific piece of proposed legislation, the United Methodist Judicial Council said …

2015 Conference Journal Published

We are excited to share the 2015 Western North Carolina Conference Journal. It has been a collaborative effort by many. There are two volumes this year, due to additional content. Volume I now includes clergy service records, required by The Book of Discipline, but not previously included. The increased number …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Foundation for Christian Formation Announces 2016 Dates Enhanced Find-a-Church Features Now Available Churches Use Text Messaging for Good Rev. Amy Coles Selected as Episcopal Nominee   LATEST CAREERS Office Administrator Director of …

Foundation for Christian Formation Announces 2016 Dates

The Foundation for Christian Formation Team, Gloria and Chris Hughes along with Kathleen and Ed Kilbourne, will once again be leading their series of Confirmation Weekends, one in December and eight more in the spring. If you are planning on taking your confirmands on retreat as part of their spiritual …

Enhanced Find-a-Church Features Now Available

NASHVILLE: Today’s tech-savvy seekers turn to the internet as their primary source for information. Local United Methodist churches can be prepared with an updated profile on Find-A-Church, now enhanced with easily viewed events, social media, and worship information. New Find-A-Church features include: •    GoogleMap with movable pin to exactly communicate …

Churches Use Text Messaging for Good

By Tricia Brown UMCom Story Carrying a cellphone has become as commonplace as it once was to carry a wallet or a purse, perhaps even more so. In 2014, 81 percent of American adults who owned smartphones used a short messaging service (SMS). Texting seems to be the preferred form of everyday …

Rev. Amy Coles Selected as Episcopal Nominee

Members of the 2016 Western North Carolina Conference delegation for the General and Jurisdictional Conferences have endorsed the Rev. Amy Coles as their episcopal nominee. She will be considered as an official candidate for bishop at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference scheduled for July 13-16, 2016 at Lake Junaluska, NC. …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Traffic Patterns Change to Conference Office on October 19th Retired Pastor Reviewed Worship Services Renewing Waters: How United Methodists Understand Baptism Cullowhee UMC Highlighted in Faith & Leadership LATEST CAREERS LATEST EVENTS …

Traffic Patterns Change to Conference Office on October 19th

Starting Monday, October 19th and lasting for up to three years, Sugar Creek Road, between Greensboro Street and Northmore Street, a main route from I-85 to the Conference Office will be closed. You should seek alternate routes to get to the Conference Office. Read more about the project from NCDOT The Charlotte …

Retired Pastor Reviewed Worship Services

By Sam Hodges DALLAS (UMNS) She sat silently among Quakers. She had her ear drums nearly punctured by amped-up praise bands. She breathed incense with the Greek Orthodox, and joined a hot chocolate-sipping cowboy church crowd. As a newly retired United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Christy Thomas attended worship at …

Renewing Waters: How United Methodists Understand Baptism

A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* Water sustains life for humans, animals, and plants. We clean with warm water and relax in cool water. We find peace listening to the roar of the ocean or taking a stroll in the rain. Water is also important to our life in the church. …

Cullowhee UMC Highlighted in Faith & Leadership

by Allen T. Stanton in Faith & Leadership (This article was featured by UMNS on Monday of this week) In conversations with people across North Carolina, I’ve noticed that people speak about rural communities in one of two ways. The first is in idyllic terms, with rural communities romanticized as …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS ‘Just in Time’ ERT Training for South Carolina Floods South Carolina Flooding Deployment Information Connectional Table Launches Video Series Disaster Response Update- South Carolina Flooding Clergy Health Initiative Releases 2014 Survey Findings …

‘Just in Time’ ERT Training for South Carolina Floods

The Western NC Conference is offering Just in Time Early Response Team (ERT) Training for individuals who desire to help with South Carolina floods. Only badged volunteers will be allowed to deploy to South Carolina. This applies to ALL disaster response teams and ALL long term & short term building …

South Carolina Flooding Deployment Information

From the WNCC Disaster Response Team: We have just been informed that the South Carolina Conference Disaster Response ministry has invited ERT’s from North Carolina ONLY to deploy to the flooded disaster zone. If you wish to deploy, you MUST contact your District Disaster Response Coordinator- contact info at wnccumc.org/disasterresponse …

Pastoral Leadership Consultation Group

For Charlotte Area Lead & Associate Pastors, Certified Lay Pastors, Youth Ministers, Judicatory Leaders  Three Emphases: Conflict Management, Congregational System Leadership According to Personality Temperament & Self Care  Led by Mark Larson, D.Min., L.P.C.Supervisor, Fellow A.A.P.C. Methodist Counseling & Consultation Services 14 Mondays, 2-4:30pm October 2015 – May 2016  First Meeting: …

Connectional Table Launches Video Series

The Connectional Table is launching a series of weekly videos to help inform United Methodist church leaders and General Conference delegates leading up to the 2016 General Conference next May. The videos are part of an online forum called #CTTalks. #CTTalks is intended to provide a way of engaging information …

Disaster Response Update- South Carolina Flooding

Over the weekend, torrential rains from weather systems, including Hurricane Joaquin,  inundated parts of South Carolina and the coast of North Carolina. Though the hurricane did not hit landfall in the U.S. the combined effects of other weather systems brought record rainfall that has caused extensive flooding. Western North Carolina …

Clergy Health Initiative Releases 2014 Survey Findings

A new report from the Duke Clergy Health Initiative explores the state of health of North Carolina’s United Methodist clergy. Drawing on data from the initiative’s 2014 statewide survey of 1,788 clergy, the report highlights demographics, key facets of life in ministry, and measures of pastors’ spiritual, mental, and physical …

Registration for School of the Spirit is Open

School of the Spirit #7 begins May 2016 Plan NOW to journey with 20 other pastors and Christian leaders in this twelve-month spiritual formation & renewal retreat series. Click here to learn more. http://SchooloftheSpirit.TheLydiaGroup.com Don Carroll, retreat team member says: “Serving as a busy pastor with a fervent desire to …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS WNCC Clergy Leading Project to Get Children Involved at General Conference Disaster Response- Train the Trainer- Program on November 6 & 7 Scandinavian Caravan Receiving Applications for 2016 Camp Carolwood Board Announces …

WNCC Clergy Leading Project to Get Children Involved at General Conference

General Conference will be meeting in Portland in May of 2016, and as you might expect, not many children will be in attendance. An initiative of the United Methodist Rural Advocates (UMRA), and with the leadership of two Western North Carolina Conference clergy, children from across the world will have …

Disaster Response- Train the Trainer- Program on November 6 & 7

The Western North Carolina and North Carolina conferences are providing a combined Disaster Response Train the Trainers program. This training enables you to teach the Early Response classes required to obtain the ERT Badges required for disaster early responses. November 6-7 in Greensboro or Raleigh (tbd based on applicants). The …

Scandinavian Caravan Receiving Applications for 2016

Since being initiated by Dr. Carl H. King in the summer of 1955, the Western North Carolina Conference has shared ministry with United Methodists in Scandinavia, and, in recent years, the Caravan has expanded into Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The Caravan ministry has enabled young adults from the WNCC to travel …

Camp Carolwood Board Announces Closing

Below is the statement from the Camp Carolwood Board that was placed on the camp website and their Facebook page: End of an Era After much prayer, conversation, and consideration, the Board of Camp Carolwood has made the decision to close Camp Carolwood effective Nov. 30. This decision is due …

Local Pastors on the Rise

First in a 10-part series By Sam Hodges Sept. 25, 2015 | UMNS When large, multisite Grace Church in Florida needed a pastor for its new downtown Fort Myers campus, the Rev. Arlene Jackson got the call. She began with about 30 in worship. Over five years, her flock at …

Young Adult Network Seeks Applicants

Grace and peace. In The United Methodist Church bishops are responsible for ecumenical and interreligious ministries.  The Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR) was created in 2012 to assist the Council of Bishops in this calling.  The vison of OCUIR is to support the bishops as they lead …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS FlameBuilders Launches Class 2 Jurisdictional Bishop Count Could Be Reduced in Two US Jurisdictions Why the Wesleys, and Others, Came to Be Called Methodists Young Adults- Explore Your Calling- November 6-8 …

FlameBuilders Launches Class 2

In partnership with the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) of the United Methodist Church, Boundless Impact, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization fostering global connections in North Carolina, welcomed Class 2 of FlameBuilders during the second weekend in September. September 12 marked the first of nine monthly sessions during which the 18 …

Jurisdictional Bishop Count Could Be Reduced in Two US Jurisdictions

Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), notified the North Central and Northeastern Jurisdictional leadership that the number of bishops representing the areas could be reduced based on reported membership numbers.  GCFA, responding to responsibilities and membership formulas outlined in ¶ 404.2 of the Book of …

Why the Wesleys, and Others, Came to Be Called Methodists

A UMC.org feature by Andrew J. Schleicher* September 21, 2015 Holy Club. Bible Moths. Methodists. These are just a few of the names people called Charles and John Wesley and those gathered around them before anyone called their group a movement, let alone a church. Charles and John Wesley are considered …

Young Adults- Explore Your Calling- November 6-8

Registration for three-day, interactive event featuring speakers, music and fellowship continues through September 30. Choosing a career path is a difficult decision. That decision can be even more stressful early in life, especially when ordained ministry is a consideration. While occupational education and career fair options abound for traditional and …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS DeEtta Rivens Joining Episcopal Office Bahamas Habitat’s Fall Fly-In To Serve Others is October 22 – 25 Earlier Ordination Favored by Ministry Study Group Welcoming the Stranger: Difficult and Necessary LATEST CAREERS …

DeEtta Rivens Joining Episcopal Office

Bishop Larry Goodpaster announced this morning that DeEtta Rivens will be joining the Episcopal Office, filling the role of Executive Administrative Assistant, effective November 2. Ms. Rivens has over sixteen years of experience with the Western North Carolina Conference, serving as the administrative assistant in the Metro District office (and …

Bahamas Habitat’s Fall Fly-In To Serve Others is October 22 – 25

Are you ready to do some real good in the world…that feels great? The Fly In to Serve Others, a twice-a-year volunteer experience with Bahamas Habitat to provide dignified humanitarian outreach to The Bahamas, Haiti and Mexico. The Fly-In brings together people from across the US to support island projects. …

Earlier Ordination Favored by Ministry Study Group

By Sam Hodges Sept. 15, 2015 | UMNS Ordination of United Methodist elders and deacons would be faster and training of licensed local pastors more rigorous under proposals by the 2013-2016 Ministry Study Commission. The commission’s just-released report is notable for issues it doesn’t address, namely security of appointment for …

Welcoming the Stranger: Difficult and Necessary

The arrival in Europe of massive numbers of Middle Eastern refugees is causing crises for humanitarian organizations and churches as well as for governments. At such a time, scripture draws us to Matthew 25:35b: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” Jesus said in a sermon about the behavior …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS World Communion Sunday is October 4 Clergy Age Trends- Some WNC Specific Data World Methodist Museum Receives Wesley Artifact LATEST CAREERS Organist Organist Children’s Coordinator Youth Pastor Youth Ministry Assistant LATEST EVENTS 3rd …

World Communion Sunday is October 4

World Communion Sunday is one of the six denominational wide Special Sundays celebrated in The United Methodist Church.  It has historically been on the first Sunday of October, and this year we celebrate on October 4th. World Communication Sunday calls the church to reach out to all people and model …

Clergy Age Trends- Some WNC Specific Data

The Lewis Center of Wesley Theological Seminary released its 2015 clergy Age Trends report for The United Methodist Church this week. Here are some highlights from that report: Numbers of Young Elders Grow Over Ten Years; All Gains from Clergywomen In 2005, the United Methodist Church reported the smallest percentage …

World Methodist Museum Receives Wesley Artifact

A piece of furniture belonging to The Most Reverend John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, has been gifted to the World Methodist Museum.  This rare one-of-a- kind gift will be unveiled at the Museum on Sunday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to celebrate in this special occasion. …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS On Labor Day Weekend: Can your work bring you closer to God? Early Response Team Training in October A-Mazing Church Youth Outing Idea! When New District Superintendents Go to School Re-Think Church …

On Labor Day Weekend: Can your work bring you closer to God?

A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* Large portions of our lives are spent at work. Some go to an office each day while others labor outdoors. Some work in 12-hour shifts to provide our food, keep us safe, and heal our wounds. Others travel near and far to sell, build, …

Early Response Team Training in October

The Disaster Response Team of the Western North Carolina Conference is offering Early Response Team (ERT) Training October 2 & 3 at Ardmore United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. October 2nd-  UMCOR ERT Re-Certification class The cost is $30. It is “FREE” to register, but please bring a $30 check payable to …

A-Mazing Church Youth Outing Idea!

The Farm at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem has grown and cut a sorghum maze adventure and is inviting Methodist church groups to come at a discounted rate. The HOME MAZE & Pumpkin Patch is open weekends from Sept. 19 through Nov. 1. Participants will find their way through an …

When New District Superintendents Go to School

by Michael Rich (This is an article that was written for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry related to their event at Lake Junaluska.  It may show up in other publications in different forms.) New District Superintendents (DS) and Directors of Connectional Ministry (DCM) from across the denomination …

Re-Think Church Launches New Ad Campaign in WNC

This week RETHINK CHURCH launched the Education – Church Can Happen Anywhere national advertising campaign. I just wanted to let you know that we have bought media (TV spots) in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem areas running now until September 13 for Back to School. They also bought Cable TV …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Building Teams Publishes 2016 Information Missional Network Packs 41,000 Meals of Hope Community Carnival at Mission First in Reidsville LATEST CAREERS Youth Ministry Intern Office Administrator Business/Human Resource Manager Church Administrator Youth …

Building Teams Publishes 2016 Information

The Western North Carolina Conference VIM Building Teams Committee unveiled their 2016 Building Teams information today. All of the latest information can be found at this page on our website: http://missionwncc.org/mission-teams/building-teams/ You can download individual documents below: 2016 Projects Flyer 2016 Projects Booklet (August 2015) 2016 Poster 2015 Reunion and Rally …

Missional Network Packs 41,000 Meals of Hope

The East Greensboro Missional Network packed 41,000 Meals of Hope for area food pantries on the afternoon of Sunday, August 16th. Rev. George Coates, pastor of the Laughlin Memorial- Newlyn Street Charge is their Network leader. More Photos

Community Carnival at Mission First in Reidsville

First United Methodist Church in Reidsville offiicially merged with Woodmont UMC on Easter Sunday 2015. The building at First UMC is now used as a Mission Center in downtown Reidsville. United Way, UMAR and Rockingham County Children’s Advocacy  are all moving in as renters this fall.  The pre-school that was …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Caroline Wood Assumes Interim Role as Director of Mission Pathways How’s Your Spiritual Life? The Class Meeting for today Rev. Randy Harry Installed as Smoky Mountain DS LATEST CAREERS Choir and Worship …

Caroline Wood Assumes Interim Role as Director of Mission Pathways

Following the Rev. Jaylynn Byassee’s move to Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family, Caroline Wood’s position of Associate Director of Discipleship Ministry is being reconfigured to include serving as the Interim Director of Mission Pathways. In this new role, she will work to strengthen and expand lay ministry, missional partnerships, …

How’s Your Spiritual Life? The Class Meeting for today

A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* The second in a series of four stories on Wesleyan small groups. Read the first story here. Into their already jam-packed schedules, many United Methodists are setting aside time to connect with other Christians, to receive encouragement to grow in their discipleship, and to spiritually mentor …

Rev. Randy Harry Installed as Smoky Mountain DS

The Smoky Mountain District installed the Rev. Randy Harry as their new Superintendent on August 16th at Memorial Chapel at Lake Junaluska, NC. The service of worship included clergy and laity from across the district, and included the former superintendent, Rev. Amy Coles, and Bishop Goodpaster introduced Harry to the …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Proposals Aim to Increase Bishop Accountability Sharing Jesus at the 50th Gathering of the Laity WNC College Presidents Prominent at NASCUMC United Methodist Churches Invited To Explore Crisis Communications LATEST CAREERS Director …

Proposals Aim to Increase Bishop Accountability

By Heather Hahn Aug. 12, 2015 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) What does it look like to hold bishops accountable? Over the past four years, a number of United Methodists have debated that question ─ including bishops themselves. Now, legislation that seeks to increase bishop accountability is heading to General Conference, the …

Sharing Jesus at the 50th Gathering of the Laity

The laity of the Western North Carolina Conference for the 50th Gathering of the Laity on August 7 & 8 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. The entire event was held in the newly refurbished Terrace Hotel.  Nearly 200 participants from across the conference were in attendance. The gathering …

WNC College Presidents Prominent at NASCUMC

NASCUMC explores Wesleyan identity, takes action for justice and dignity on campuses  By Bonnie Atwood As it celebrates its 75th anniversary, the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) is undertaking two ambitious projects. The 39 members attending the annual meeting July 26-29, 2015, in …

United Methodist Churches Invited To Explore Crisis Communications

After the tragedy in Charleston and shootings in other public places, Faith Communicators will explore how best to communicate in a crisis. The Charlotte-based networking group begins a new season of free monthly programs at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church, 2001 …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Marriage Encounter Scheduled for October in Charlotte Francis Cove UMC Involved in Multi-Cultural Ministry in Haywood County Lake Junaluska Offers Fall Events In the News: Young United Methodist Shares Her Birthday …

Marriage Encounter Scheduled for October in Charlotte

The focus of Marriage Encounter United Methodist is on communication between husband and wife. It is an opportunity to spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life and to concentrate on each other as a couple. It’s not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, …

Francis Cove UMC Involved in Multi-Cultural Ministry in Haywood County

By Bill Upton For the past several years, Francis Cove United Methodist Church in Waynesville, NC has been assisting the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center (PCMDC). PCMDC’s mission is: “To promote and facilitate harmony among residents of our community by helping to reestablish the longstanding tradition of community as family.” …

Lake Junaluska Offers Fall Events

Women’s Retreat With Dr. Lauren Winner September 17-19 The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center of Lake Junaluska, NC, will host a retreat for women on Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19, 2015. Through worship, music, discussion, and free-time options such as massage, yoga, and spiritual counseling, conference participants …

In the News: Young United Methodist Shares Her Birthday Money

WXII- Channel 12 News was covering the Elkin Resuce Squad Food Drive in July, and the reporter discovered a young United Methodist in the crowd who shared her birthday money to help those in need. She also shared the story of receiving 300 pounds of food from Santa Claus to …

FUMC Hickory Featured in SEJ Newsletter

In January 2015 the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops and Annual Conference Lay Leaders committed to make children in poverty a common ministry focus across the Southeast. This article was featured in the July 2015 of the SEJ Newsletter featuring stories of churches working with children in poverty. Last year …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS New UM Hymnal Project Endorsed Children’s Ministry Forum Scheduled for November 17-19 Katrina Anniversary Reunion Upcoming Camping Ministries Events ERT Recertification Class on August 1 LATEST CAREERS Administrative Assistant Choir Director Youth …

New UM Hymnal Project Endorsed

Nashville, July 30—The United Methodist Publishing House and Discipleship Ministries (the General Board of Discipleship) announce that their respective boards have endorsed legislation to be submitted to the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church that, if approved, would begin the process of developing a new official hymnal and …

Children’s Ministry Forum Scheduled for November 17-19

Children’s Ministry Forum (CMF) is an annual conference for children’s ministry leaders in large United Methodist congregations (over 300 in worship). It is sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, the Large Church Initiative, and the United Methodist Publishing House. Through inspirational preaching, insightful keynotes, dynamic pre-conference seminars, and revitalizing workshops, conference leaders …

Katrina Anniversary Reunion

Dear Friends, We are approaching the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which brought so much devastation to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  But in the wake of the destruction there came a wave of compassion and caring that brought thousands of volunteers who helped the people of the Gulf Coast begin …

Upcoming Camping Ministries Events

2015 Labor Day Weekend Trail Hike September 4-7 Labor Day Weekend Adult Hike ~ 3 Nights ~ 4 Days Pisgah National Forest – North of Brevard The hike begins after lunch on Friday, usually at 2 p.m. Everyone meets at a staging site and car pooling is encouraged. The hike …

ERT Recertification Class on August 1

ERT Recertification Class will be held Aug. 1, at Ebenezer UMC near Granite Falls. Cost is $30.00, 9:00am until 12:00pm. Mike Duncan will be the leader. This is only for people who have been badged and it has expired in the last year or is near expiration. Please contact Mike …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS FUSION Coming to Raleigh in February ReThink Church Offers Free Resources for Local Churches Disciple Fast Track in Search of Beta 2 Churches UMCMarket Gets Upgrade and Re-launches A Methodist Reading of …

FUSION Coming to Raleigh in February

NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 20, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – United Methodist pastors, musicians and worship leaders will meet in February to explore how to use the wide variety of worship styles and resources currently available to revitalize their worship services now and for the future. Fusion: The Future of Worship in …

ReThink Church Offers Free Resources for Local Churches

LOW-COST DIRECT MAIL: Right now, we have an exciting opportunity for local churches to participate in a low-cost direct mail campaign for Back to School. Churches can place their orders HERE. Order deadline is Sept. 1. FREE DOORHANGERS: We have free customized door hangers (1 pkg. of 100 per church) …

Disciple Fast Track in Search of Beta 2 Churches

Since 1987, Disciple Bible Study has reached nearly 3 million people worldwide, introducing the grand sweep of Scripture in a 34-week format. Now Disciple Fast Track maintains the integrity and principles of the original study, but its modifications can better meet the needs of a hectic world. Participants still receive …

UMCMarket Gets Upgrade and Re-launches

Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) is announcing that the online shopping portal, UMCMarket, is being re-launched July 13, 2015 using more advanced technology and faster delivery of donations. Working with Tribute, Inc. the re-launched UMCMarket will provide an enhanced user experience, quicker access to …

A Methodist Reading of ‘Go Set a Watchman’

By Bishop Will Willimon Note: Retired United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon, himself a novelist, agreed to review “Go Set a Watchman” — set in the 1950s — with attention to its Methodist references. Jemson was Methodist of the whole cloth: he was notoriously short on theology and a mile long …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS SEJ Communicators Conference Set for September Fishin’ Hole Hosts Fish Frenzy Free-for-All Take a Tour of the Oregon Convention Center Haywood Street Congregation Walk of Awareness & Golf of Awareness Gathering of …

SEJ Communicators Conference Set for September

Lake Junaluska will be hosting a local church communicators conference aimed at helping local church and district communicators get training and resources to help them connect their church to the community, their districts and the conference. The dates for the event are: September 15-17, 2015. The conference will feature workshops, fellowship …

Fishin’ Hole Hosts Fish Frenzy Free-for-All

Come and Join Us for A Fish Frenzy Free-for-All Saturday, July 25 10:00 am – 2:00 pm The Fishin’ Hole is removing items from the shelves that have not been checked out lately. Our loss is Your gain! You get free resources; we get more room to add new resources! …

Take a Tour of the Oregon Convention Center

The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body will meet at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, on May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as …

Haywood Street Congregation Walk of Awareness & Golf of Awareness

Busy with head down routines and schedules, meetings and appointments, narrow worlds and tight communities, Walk of Awareness seeks to widen our exposure, lift our eyes, make visible the Invisible Box sisters and brothers in poverty traverse every day. — Rev. Brian Combs 8.29.15  Walk of Awareness is a guided …

Gathering of the Laity Survey Opens

Dear Friends in Christ, The Board of Laity announced in March that we had reluctantly decided that it was time to conclude the Gathering of the Laity with our August 2015 event. We want to continue to offer conference laity meaningful and effective opportunities for growth and Christian service. We …

Phil Wingeier-Rayo: Race and Tradition in American Christianity

This post is by Philip Wingeier-Rayo. Dr. Wingeier-Rayo is Director of the Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministries Program, Director of the United Methodist Regional Course of Study School for Local Pastors, and Professor of Christian Mission and Intercultural Studies at Perkins School of Theology.  (It appeared on the UM …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Moore Joins Higher Education and Ministry’s Collegiate Ministries Team 5 Ways You Can Better Equip Vital Congregations Black Churches Balance Safety, Openness Post-Charleston News Bytes- Journal Orders + Christmas Box List …

Moore Joins Higher Education and Ministry’s Collegiate Ministries Team

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Moore will join the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) on August 3, 2015, as director of Collegiate Ministry Resources and Training in the Division of Higher Education. “We are excited about the skills, experience and energy that Tim brings to our work. His …

5 Ways You Can Better Equip Vital Congregations

From Discipleship Ministries July 2015 Every month we send you just 5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Here’s this month’s issue! Get ideas and encouragement for growing generous disciples. If your congregation faces the challenges of growing generous disciples or is looking for …

Black Churches Balance Safety, Openness Post-Charleston

By Sam Hodges July 7, 2015 | DALLAS (UMNS) At predominantly black Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, many members have roots in the Deep South, and some look specifically to South Carolina as home. Not surprisingly, Holman remains hard hit by the June 17 shooting deaths of nine black …

News Bytes- Journal Orders + Christmas Box List Revised

2015 Journal Orders Order your copy of the 2015 Journal on USB Drive.  Deadline is July 31, 2015. The USB drive will consist of the following information: The 2015 Western North Carolina Conference Journal All of the Conference Journals since 2004 USB DRIVE ORDER FORM Project AGAPE Christmas Boxes- Revised …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Meredith Martin- Called to Extend the Ministry of Christ in Community Bishop’s Reflections Post-Annual Conference 2015 Practices for Our Lives ‘The Protestant Hour’ Brought Mainline Faith to Radio Gideon Grove UMC Consecrates …

Meredith Martin- Called to Extend the Ministry of Christ in Community

Meredith Martin is the Director of Programs at Family Services of Davidson County, Inc.. She is appointed there as an extension minister of the Western North Carolina Conference. At Annual Conference in June, she was ordained as a Deacon, and will continue her work with Family Services as an ordained …

Bishop’s Reflections Post-Annual Conference 2015

REFLECTIONS FROM BISHOP GOODPASTER Post-Annual Conference 2015 In the days since our 2015 Annual Conference adjourned on Sunday morning, June 21, I have found some time to rest and recover as well as to look back on our days together. I offer my personal reflections and pray that God will …

Practices for Our Lives

by Pratt Davis Here it is a year from when I wrote an article for the church newsletter to report on my attendance at Annual Conference.  This past week I was back for another year’s Conference at Lake Junaluska.  It was a different conference this year because 2015 is a …

‘The Protestant Hour’ Brought Mainline Faith to Radio

By Sam Hodges June 29, 2015 | DALLAS (UMNS) By the early 1940s, mainline Protestant churches had come to understand the power of radio. Denominations, including The Methodist Church, collaborated on a weekly program that put some of their best preachers on the air. The name “The Protestant Hour” would …

Gideon Grove UMC Consecrates New Building

In December 2012, an arsonist set fire to Gideon Grove UMC in Stokesdale, NC.  It destroyed a beautiful, old sanctuary with stained glass windows, a new office addition and half of their fellowship hall. Since then, they worshiped with their sister church on the charge, Palestine UMC.  They were finally …

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PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? NEWS UM Men Send Letter to AME Men’s President “A Dangerous Opportunity to Do Good” CAREERS Saturday Worship Leader Youth Worship Leader Assistant Director of Youth Ministries Children’s Ministry Assistant Youth and Children’s Ministry …

UM Men Send Letter to AME Men’s President

Mr. George Brown, president Sons of Allen 208 Sweet Gum Road Columbia, SC 29223 Dear President Brown, At this time of mourning and sorrow, please know that your brothers in Christ in The United Methodist Church stand arm in arm and shoulder to shoulder with our Methodist brothers in the …

“A Dangerous Opportunity to Do Good”

by Kathy Randall Bryant “You are entering a dangerous opportunity to do good.” —Bishop McAlilly It has been a long road full of meetings, papers, interviews, tears, phone calls, snowy roads, worship services, sermons, bible studies, projects, grammar checks, edits, and late nights. And that has just been in our …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 061215

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Scholarships Available for Clergy In the News- Asbury UMC, Huntersville Research Study Shows Church Values Differ “Until the Whole World Hears” Activity Challenge LATEST CAREERS Bookkeeper Director of Spiritual Formation Director of …

Scholarships Available for Clergy

If you are a clergyperson in the Western North Carolina Conference, and your base salary is less than $55,000 dollars, you are eligible to apply for a continuing education scholarship from the Board of Ordained Ministry. Clergy can apply for up to $300 dollars annually. Let us help you create …

In the News- Asbury UMC, Huntersville

[This article appeared in The Charlotte Observer, June 3, 2015.  Marty Minchin, reporter/Photo from Asbury UMC] Church Celebrates 200th Anniversary Presiding over Asbury United Methodist Church’s 200th anniversary celebration has sent the Rev. Jimmy Howard into the history books. Howard, Asbury’s pastor, presented tidbits of church history in services throughout …

Research Study Shows Church Values Differ

United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information Roles affect perception of what it means to be United Methodist Nashville, Tenn.: In the U.S., perceptions of United Methodist values differ by a person’s role and experience. What has a high degree of importance to a pastor may be of much less …

“Until the Whole World Hears” Activity Challenge

Until the Whole World Hears! What do you think of when you hear that phrase?  Casting Crowns?  Shouting from every corner of the world?  This year’s theme of Annual Conference for the Western North Carolina Conference?  Let’s take it one “step” further – a wellness challenge for the week prior …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 060515

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Bishop Begins Series of Articles Prior to Annual Conference Stepping into the Gap “Cultivated Clips” – The Future of the Church Global Leadership Summit- Special Pricing for WNCC In the News: Talbot …

Bishop Begins Series of Articles Prior to Annual Conference

Bishop Goodpaster plans to release three separate articles in the days before Annual Conference. Consider these as documents to read and reflect upon prior to arriving at Lake Junaluska. Except from the First Article- Transition Update (June 4) Annual Conference, 2015 Three years ago we embarked on a journey to refocus …

Stepping into the Gap

by Sally O. Langford I easily picture vital local churches. I visualize healthy congregations, whose leaders and members are eager to grow in their love for God and others, to be witnesses to their faith, and to use their gifts and resources to serve the global community. At the same …

“Cultivated Clips” – The Future of the Church

Every Wednesday this year, the Western North Carolina Conference, with financial assistance from the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina has produced a radio show called Connect. Beginning in April, we started taking shorter clips from the shows and making them available to stream and download.  The clips, entitled …

Global Leadership Summit August 6-7- Special Pricing for WNCC

Ready to Energize Your Leadership? Many years ago, as I was planting my first church, I wandered onto the massive campus of Willow Creek Church near Chicago, Illinois to attend the first session of what was then called, “The Leadership Summit.” Bill Hybels, Founding Pastor, had a vision for gathering …

In the News: Talbot Davis Authors Book

[This article appeared in The Charlotte Observer on May 28, 2015, Reporter: Marty Minchin] Good Shepherd pastor authors book based on sermons Talbot Davis collects catchy titles. Davis, the senior pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Steele Creek, has pages of ideas that he has jotted down for years. He …

In the News: Central UMC, Canton

(This article appeared in The Mountaineer (Waynesville, NC) on June 1, 2015.  Reporter/Photographer: Vicki Hyatt) Faith turns from words into actions CANTON — On Sunday, about 150 members of the Canton Central United Methodist Church fanned out across the town to put their faith into action. The day launched Operation …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 052915

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Disaster Response News Texas Floods Wash Away People, Homes Baker’s Serving the Congo as Newly Commissioned Missionaries Uwharrie District Clergy Go to Elementary School for Renewal Event Leadership Development Team Awards Nearly …

Disaster Response News

Neil Brown Elected Chair of Disaster Response Committee It is my honor to announce that Neil Brown has been elected as the Chairperson of the Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response Committee. Born in the state of Maine, Neil Brown and wife Marie have lived in several states as a …

Texas Floods Wash Away People, Homes

By Sam Hodges MAY 26, 2015 | DALLAS (UMNS) Raging floods in central and south Texas over Memorial Day weekend forced a United Methodist couple onto the roof of their home, where the husband lost his grip and the wife sang hymns until a rescuer arrived.Larry Thomas, 74, was swept …

Baker’s Serving the Congo as Newly Commissioned Missionaries

This article is to introduce two newly commissioned missionaries of the General Board of Global Ministries. Rev. Dr. Jonathan Baker and his wife, Donna Baker will be serving as full-time missionaries in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Jonathan, as Coordinator of the Congo Partnership, will facilitate, organize and oversee ongoing …

Uwharrie District Clergy Go to Elementary School for Renewal Event

By Drew McIntyre On April 23, 2015, dozens of clergy from the Uwharrie District descended upon Isenberg Elementary School in Salisbury, NC.  This time with the elementary students was the high point of the second event of three in the Take Thou Authority series of clergy renewal events in the …

Leadership Development Team Awards Nearly $50,000 in Grants

Charged with re-investing local church apportionment dollars into leadership development in the WNCC, the Leadership Development Team has awarded several innovative providers the funds to offer their programs at an affordable cost to the clergy and ministry professionals of this Conference.   Check out these providers and the opportunities they are …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 052215

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Come, Holy Ghost: A Wesleyan perspective on the Spirit The Potter’s Touch Focuses on Spiritual Direction Convocation and Pastors’ School Set for October 12-13 Sam Herring to Receive Eagle Scout Honors at …

Come, Holy Ghost: A Wesleyan perspective on the Spirit

A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* While most United Methodists can articulate what they believe about Jesus and are reasonably comfortable talking about God, our confidence might waver when talking about the Holy Spirit. Maybe that is because we can relate to Jesus as a human being and understand God through personified imagery like “Heavenly …

The Potter’s Touch Focuses on Spiritual Direction

The Potter’s Touch Board recently made a transition in the services offered to churches in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain Districts. Potter’s Touch is now a Network of Spiritual Directors. The objective is to encourage and support clergy and laity in the tending of their spiritual lives in order …

Convocation and Pastors’ School Set for October 12-13

Duke Divinity School announces that the 2015 Convocation and Pastors’ School will be October 12-13, 2015.  This year’s theme is: Body and Belonging: Nurturing Wholeness in Christian Community. Join professor John Swinton, Episcopal priest Claire Wimbush, pastors Debra Richardson-Moore and William Lee and others as we explore the difference Christ’s body …

Sam Herring to Receive Eagle Scout Honors at Aldersgate UMC

Samuel Herring, a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Shelby, NC will celebrate the highest honor of achievement in the Boy Scouts of America when he receives his Eagle Scout Award on May 31, 2015. Sam has been a member of Pack and Troop 107 (sponsored by Aldersgate UMC) …

FlameBuilders Accepting Applications for Class 2

FlameBuilders is accepting applications for Class 2! We are excited to expand our scope to include all 8 districts of the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) of the United Methodist Church. Applicants should be young adults between the ages of 21-35 who are interested in global leadership and spiritual development, …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 051515

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Pew Study Perspectives 5 Ways to Better Equip Vital Congregations U.S. Tornado Losses Include Two from Texas Church Resources for Aldersgate Day and Peace with Justice Sunday Order of the Long Leaf …

Pew Study Perspectives

The Pew Research Centers released its latest report on religion in America, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” on Tuesday May 12. Since then, the news and religious media have been full of commentary and opinion.  Below are three excerpts that have ties to United Methodism, and to the Western North Carolina Conference: …

5 Ways to Better Equip Vital Congregations

This is the May 2015 issue from DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES.  How is your church offering H.O.P.E.? Making disciples for the transformation of the world means offering the hope of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life. At Discipleship Ministries, H.O.P.E. is an acronym that helps us remember the core process of making …

U.S. Tornado Losses Include Two from Texas Church

By Sam Hodges and Linda Bloom May 11, 2015 | UMNS The council chair of a United Methodist Church and his wife, a former secretary of the church, died in likely tornadoes that roared through Van, Texas, May 10. The Rev. Mark McClanahan, pastor of Van United Methodist Church, confirmed …

Resources for Aldersgate Day and Peace with Justice Sunday

Aldersgate Day is May 24th (also known as Heritage Sunday) On May 24, 1738, 277 years ago, John Wesley received an experience that changed his life and ultimately lead to the development of the Methodist movement in Britain, Ireland, and America. His “Aldersgate” experience is often called his “conversion.” Here …

Order of the Long Leaf Pine Presented to Rev. Joe Ervin

[This article appeared in the Lincoln Times-News on May 4, 2015.  Writer/Photographer: Phil Perry] Pastor recognized for humanitarian work through state’s highest honor The Order of The Long Leaf Pine Society recognizes North Carolinians who demonstrate exemplary service or make exceptional contributions to the state or their communities. It is …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 050815

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS News from the Council of Bishops Meeting Celebrate Golden Cross Sunday Gathering of the Laity- August 7-8, 2015 Children’s Ministry Cohort Taking Applications FlameBuilders Graduates Pilot Cohort – May 2, 2015 LATEST CAREERS …

News from the Council of Bishops Meeting

United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States will gather in Berlin at Hotel Palace Berlin for the Council of Bishops meeting, from May 1-7. Main topics on the agenda include the development of vital congregations, the implementation of the four Areas of Focus, preparation for the 2016 …

Celebrate Golden Cross Sunday

Golden Cross is a ministry that reaches out in love to the laity in our Annual Conference who are experiencing financial difficulty due to excessive medical expenses. Each year, Golden Cross has impacted the lives of numbers of families in the NC Conference. Each outreach effort represented someone active in …

Gathering of the Laity- August 7-8, 2015

The 50th Gathering of the Laity is scheduled for August 7-8, 2015 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, NC. Featured speakers at this year’s event include Bishop Jonathan Holston of the South Carolina Conference (last year’s Annual Conference preacher).  He will be the keynote speaker for …

Children’s Ministry Cohort Taking Applications

Children’s Ministry Cohort The Children’s Ministry Cohort is a covenantal learning group for educators seeking to be well equipped leaders in transforming the world in the area of children’s ministry in the local church. Overview The Children’s Ministry Cohort is a covenantal learning group for educators seeking to be well-equipped …

FlameBuilders Graduates Pilot Cohort – May 2, 2015

In response to the growing number of young adults leaving the church, Boundless Impact, a nonprofit organization fostering global connections in North Carolina, partnered with the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) of The United Methodist Church, Center for Creative Leadership and UMC-affiliated higher education institutions, to launch a program called …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 050115

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Guilford West Missional Network – In the News United Methodists Respond to Baltimore Riots Deacon Studies Program Is Life Changing for Student United Methodists Respond to Nepal Quake Technology Will Bridge Languages …

Guilford West Missional Network – In the News

[This article appeared in the Greensboro News and Record, April 29, 2015.  Writer/Photographer: Alice Owens] Churches make ‘Feeding the 5000’ reality By Alice Owens Special to News & Record A crowd was gathered outside at Muir’s Chapel United Methodist Church in the early morning drizzle on Good Friday. They were …

United Methodists Respond to Baltimore Riots

By Melissa Lauber and Erik Alsgaard Baltimore-Washington Conference Fire from burning cars lit some of Baltimore’s streets Monday night, April 27. Looters seemed to strike indiscriminately. As darkness began to fall that night, fear of what lay ahead between rioters and the police force grew. The Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi experienced …

Deacon Studies Program Is Life Changing for Student

Meet Merit Wolff, Director of Connecting Ministries at Biltmore United Methodist Church in Asheville, North Carolina. “This program is life-changing,” said Merit Wolff. Wolff has worn many hats, including working in management in a variety of settings, retail, corporate trainer, weight-loss industry representative, elementary school computer teacher and stay-at-home mom. …

United Methodists Respond to Nepal Quake

People survey a site damaged by an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015. The shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday; killing more than 100 people, injuring hundreds and leaving a pall over the valley, doctors and witnesses said. Photo: …

Technology Will Bridge Languages at 2016 General Conference

By Greg Nelson April 24, 2015 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) When the United Methodist General Conference meets in Portland, Oregon, in 2016, the planning committee wants to ensure that language differences are dealt with as fairly as possible.That means providing simultaneous translation in eight languages for the delegates, bishops, staff, …

Ken Anderson Named Interim Disaster Response Coordinator

Ken Anderson, the Pastor of the Toe Valley Charge (Mount Zion, Pine Grove and Vance Memorial) in the Appalachian District, has been named the Interim Conference Disaster Response Coordinator for the Western North Carolina Conference. Ken has been a pastor for over 12 years. He has served as a District …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 042415

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Project Agape Sunday Reminder (Drop Off Schedule and Locations) John Wesley Coming to Granite Falls Broadband, Rural Ministry and Social Justice LATEST CAREERS Associate Director of Student Ministries Campus Minister and Executive …

Project Agape Sunday Reminder (Drop Off Schedule and Locations)

Reminder: Project Agape Sunday is April 26th- more information THE NEXT HUMANITARIAN AID AND CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX PICK-UP FOR ARMENIA To help you, please download the 2015 Instructions which includes priority items, instructions for packing, the drop-off points listed above, and the specific hours the drop-off points will be open to …

John Wesley Coming to Granite Falls

First United Methodist Church of Granite Falls will host a special presentation of The Man from Aldersgate with B.J. Johnston on Sunday, May 24 at 9:30 AM – 12N in the church sanctuary. Written by playwright Brad L. Smith, The Man from Aldersgate is a one-man play taken directly from …

Broadband, Rural Ministry and Social Justice

by Jeremy Steele (From Interpreter- January-February 2015) Seventeen million children in the United States do not have access to computers with broadband connections, reports Connected Nation. Broadband allows large amounts of data to be transmitted simultaneously at high speed. Lack of access to broadband creates a problem that is far …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 041715

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS SpiritUS Registration is Open for 2015 Communications Tips from MyCom Loans and Scholarships for United Methodist Students Mission Connection Canceled 5 Ways to Better Equip Vital Congregations Bishop and Cabinet Announce …

SpiritUS Registration is Open for 2015

SpiritUS is a Western North Carolina UMC event for 6th-12th grade youth hosted at Fort Caswell in Oak Island, NC. We will have two great weekends of SpiritUs 2015:  August 8-10 & 14-16. You will not want to miss it!! Super Early Bird Registration will be April 16th-May 4th Perks of Registering …

Communications Tips from MyCom

The April edition of MyCom from UM Communications is available.  Here are the stories from that edition: Bridging the digital divide: Connect seniors to technology Find great books for little or no cost How virtual teams can change everything for church leaders How the top social media sites use hashtags …

Loans and Scholarships for United Methodist Students

Students who are confirmed United Methodists may be eligible for loans from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  Here are the eligibility requirements: Borrower must be an active, full member of a United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application. Borrower must be at least …

Mission Connection Canceled

Due to many circumstances, we have canceled the 2015 Mission Connection scheduled for April 25th. We are looking into the possibilities of other events in the coming year to share our mission connection in our conference. Thanks for your interest, and we look forward to working with you in the …

5 Ways to Better Equip Vital Congregations

April 2015 Issue from Discipleship Ministries Equip the church for African-American new church starts. Candace Lewis, New Church Starts (Path 1) executive director, will lead a team of successful United Methodist Church pastors in a special session on African-American church planting. The session will be April 27 at Exponential East, a …

Bishop and Cabinet Announce New Superintendents

Today, Bishop Goodpaster and the Cabinet begin another week of prayerful discernment in the process of appointing clergy to churches for the 2015-2016 conference year. This has been an on-going process since the first of the year and has included many conversations and consultations with both the clergy and the …

Deep Blue Kids Curriculum Previews in Smoky Mountain District

There are four preview events scheduled for the Smoky Mountain District scheduled in April and May for the new “Deep Blue Kids” curriculum that is scheduled to begin in September 2015. Thursday, April 23, First UMC, Franklin, NC 6-8 PM Facilitator: Beth Bowser, Curriculum Field Rep/Consultant, The UMPH/Cokesbury Sunday, April …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 041015

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  What did you miss? LATEST NEWS The Power of Positivity Native American Offering Enriches Heritage, Outreach National Stories of Interest The School of Immersion is May 10-15 General Conference Petitions, Volunteers and More UMAR Luncheon- May 7th in …

The Power of Positivity

by Kim Shockley My husband was telling me the other day about a podcast he listened to that was talking about the natural tendency of our minds to go to negative thoughts when we let our minds wander. I’ve experienced this!  I can’t count the times that I’ve been going …

Native American Offering Enriches Heritage, Outreach

by Heather Peck Travis For the past two years – thanks to the Native American Ministries Sunday offering – Carson Jones and his daughter, Sade, have attended summer conferences of the Southeast Jurisdiction Association for Native American Ministries at the United Methodist Center at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Carson and …

National Stories of Interest

Tim Moore, WNCC Clergy, Writes for UM Collegiate Ministry A Conventional Change Easter morning dawns with the two Marys traveling together to finish the work begun on Friday. Here, the most traditional characters perform the most traditional of tasks with the greatest regard for tradition. As convention dictated, it was …

The School of Immersion is May 10-15

Immersion is a five night event designed for college students that will redefine their understanding of faith, the Bible, God and your purpose.  It is scheduled for May 10-15, 2015 at St. Francis Springs Retreat Center in Stoneville, NC (just north of Greensboro). Plus, Immersion will build leadership skills, help …

General Conference Petitions, Volunteers and More

Petitions for General Conference Being Accepted Petitions for consideration by the 2016 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary beginning April 1 and continuing through October 13, 2015. According to church law, “Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General …

UMAR Luncheon- May 7th in Greensboro

You are cordially invited to the Inaugural UMAR Luncheon Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Christ United Methodist Church 410 North Holden Road, Greensboro Program begins promptly at 12:15 p.m. Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 30, 2015 to Cameron Hunter at CameronH@UMARinfo.com or 704-659-7624. Artwork from UMAR artists will be available …

Primetimers Event Coming in May!

Henderson Settlement is hosting an educational ministry event for older adults (50+).  This year, Henderson Settlement will be hosting a Primetimers event April 26th-May 2nd, 2015, and the cost is $600. Henderson Settlement has been “at the heart of poverty” since 1925 when it was organized to provide loving assistance …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 040315

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Yes, it is Holy Week, so I am sure you might have missed something. LATEST NEWS FYI- Items of Note on the Website Volunteers Needed for General Conference Honor a Phenomenal Woman, Nonprofit Organization or Business! Poverty Events …

FYI- Items of Note on the Website

CEF updated its page and invites you to join http://wnccumc.org/cef/ Central Congo Partners has published its March 2015 Newsletter: March 2015 Newsletter There have been two new articles posted at the VITAL page: Death and Resurrection of an Urban Church SHIFT from Membership to Discipleship – Now What? Several new …

Volunteers Needed for General Conference

Nashville, Tenn.: Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20, 2016. At this time, volunteers are needed for the following positions: 28 recorders, 10 channel “B” identifiers and 20 …

Honor a Phenomenal Woman, Nonprofit Organization or Business!

Here’s your opportunity to recognize phenomenal women, nonprofit organizations and businesses by nominating them for one of the “Phenomenal Woman: That’s Me” awards. These awards will be presented at Scarritt Bennett Center’s first annual “Phenomenal Woman: That’s Me” gala on April 7, 2016. In honor of our core values, Scarritt …

Poverty Events in the Catawba Valley District

Congregations4Children (C4C) and the Catawba Valley District have scheduled three Poverty Simulation events in the district during April and May. These events are open to anyone from the conference who would like to attend. The dates and locations are below.  Click on the links to get more information: Poverty Seminar …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 032715

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? LATEST NEWS Project AGAPE Updates- March 2015 Looking Deeply Building Teams Announces Changes and Revisions Pfeiffer Hosts Wesley President for Three Events in April Amena Brown to Speak at New July 4 Event at …

Project AGAPE Updates- March 2015

Project AGAPE has made a few changes to their web page this week, please take note of these changes: Project AGAPE Page 2015 INFORMATION AGAPE Sunday – April 26 Download Bulletin Insert THE NEXT HUMANITARIAN AID AND CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX PICK-UP FOR ARMENIA Spring Drop off dates : Monday, April …

Looking Deeply

by Pratt Davis If we ask modern people if they believe in miracles, the answers will probably range from “Of course not, everything has a logical explanation,” to “Miracles happened in Bible times, but not so much today.” Then we hear the story of the rescue of an infant last …

Building Teams Announces Changes and Revisions

The WNCC VIM Building Teams have a number of changes/revisions to the 2015 schedule.  Note the changes below: Armenia Team 2 is now September 8-22 Mexico Team 20 is cancelled New dates for Mexico Team 21: June 22 – July 3. Marsha Cornelius is the team leader. Haiti Team 16, …

Pfeiffer Hosts Wesley President for Three Events in April

Pfeiffer University has scheduled three events in two days, April 21 & 22, with Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. The event is titled: “A Wesleyan Approach to Leadership” and will include a full day session at the Pfeiffer University-Charlotte Campus on Tuesday, April 21st. …

Amena Brown to Speak at New July 4 Event at LJA

Poet, speaker, author, and event host Amena Brown will excite, ignite, and inspire youth during Lake Junaluska’s special 4th of July youth weekend July 2-5, 2015. New this year, the 4th of July Youth Event Celebration includes inspiring worship as well as fireworks and other activities. Amena and her husband, …

Praying Without Ceasing

by Emily Cooper Jody Halstead’s prayer life has included everything from a child’s bedtime rituals to God laughing at her. Halstead, an RN, deaconess and program manager of Haywood Street Congregation’s Respite Center, told about 200 United Methodist Women at Mills River UMC Saturday prayer can be risky, life-changing. Her …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 032015

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? LATEST NEWS News You Can Use- Grants Available & Website Training Your Story- An Outdoor Baptism in January Individual Volunteer Mission Opportunities South Sudan Wrap-Up Announcement: Future of Gathering of the Laity What St. …

News You Can Use- Grants Available & Website Training

RETHINK CHURCH OFFERS GRANTS TO LOCAL CHURCHES Rethink Church Event Grants: You may already know about these grants. They are media and marketing grants awarded to clusters of churches (3 or more working together), districts and conferences who  hold a one-day service event outside the walls of the church. These …

Your Story- An Outdoor Baptism in January

“United Methodists may baptize by any of the modes used by Christians. Candidates or their parents have the choice of sprinkling, pouring, or immersion; and pastors and congregations should be prepared to honor requests for baptism in any of these modes. Each mode brings out part of the rich and …

Individual Volunteer Mission Opportunities

One of the practical ways of engaging in mission is through a short-term mission experience. If you would like to serve for a longer period, the Individual Volunteer Program sponsored by  Global Ministries can help you accomplish that.  The program offers opportunities for individuals and couples to serve in mission …

South Sudan Wrap-Up

By Lory Beth Huffman It is good to be back home after an awesome and incredible experience working with United Methodist pastors in South Sudan. I participated in the South Sudan Theological Training Initiative (sponsored by Duke Divinity School and the Pastor Parish Fund) where we worked with 4 of …

Announcement: Future of Gathering of the Laity

During the past two years, the Conference Board of Laity has had an ongoing discussion regarding the Gathering of the Laity. Because of the significantly diminished attendance and the financial deficits related to the presentation of the event, the discussion has focused on the status and the continuation of the …

What St. Patrick Can Teach United Methodists

by Heather Hahn, UMNS The saint Americans celebrate each March 17 was not born in Ireland, and his birth name might not even have been Patrick. While many of the details of his life are shrouded in legend, on this scholars agree: The patron saint of Ireland left a legacy …

Camp Tekoa to Assume Operation of Camp Loy White This Spring

The Board of Camp Loy White is pleased to announce that Camp Tekoa, the Western North Carolina Conference Camp in Hendersonville, NC, will assume operation of Camp Loy White later this spring. Camp Tekoa will bring a level of experience, expertise, and professionalism that smaller camps such as Loy White …

5 Out-of-the-Box Easter Ideas

By Jeremy Steele As cultures all over the world celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, churches have an incredible opportunity to connect with their communities. To help you do that, we have gathered great outreach ideas from across the United Methodist connection to share with you. Here are four of the best: 1. …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 031315

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything?   LATEST NEWS Update 2 from South Sudan Communication Tips and Tools for March Young People in Mission Taking Reservations Now Opportunity for Ministry at the Haw Creek House 50 Years Later- Reflections on …

Update 2 from South Sudan

Greetings from Yei, South Sudan, We are enjoying our work providing basic theological training to local UM pastors.  Though most of them have received little formal education, they have received our instruction with grace and enthusiasm.  Heidi Campbell Robinson, Lory Beth Huffman, and Rennie Salata have been indispensible to the …

Communication Tips and Tools for March

This is a collection of tips and tools from United Methodist Communications.  This is a monthly publication called MyCom. Below are the five articles for March: 7 tips to draw visitors with social media When winning friends and influencing people goes awry Garner more readers by including tweetable quotes Live …

Young People in Mission Taking Reservations Now

Young People in Mission, a camp experience with hands-on mission opportunities for youth and young adults between the ages of 12 to 24, will be held June 28-July 2, 2015 at Lake Junaluska. Our hope is that this event will serve as a launching pad that will empower and equip them …

Opportunity for Ministry at the Haw Creek House

The Haw Creek House in East Asheville has two openings and is seeking applicants. This community is hosted by Bethesda United Methodist Church and also supported by East Asheville United Methodist Church.  The Haw Creek House is a female-only intentional community, which is a group of individuals who share the …

50 Years Later- Reflections on Selma

By Mary John Dye The 50 year commemoration of the walk from Selma got me to thinking… I was raised in a Methodist parsonage in the State of Kentucky….a state where the true religion is basketball.  Spring break for the public schools was always the week of the High School …

Pastor-Parish Relations Committee Webinar Scheduled for March 19th

Transitioning Well: The Role of the PPRC in Leading through Pastoral Change PPRCs are invited to participate in a webinar on Thursday night, March 19, 2015, which will focus on the best practices of leading through a pastoral change.  Below is the link.  Please connect by 7:00pm and the content …

An Update from South Sudan

Rev. Lory Beth Huffman, superintendent of the Appalachian District along with Rev. Rennie Salata and Rev. Heidi Campbell-Robinson, are in South Sudan with Duke Divinity School’s Dr. Warren Smith. They are there as a part of the South Sudan Theological Training Initiative sponsored by Duke Divinity School and in cooperation with …

Scandinavian Caravan Extends Application Time to April 5

The Scandinavian Caravan application time is being extended to April 5. Sweden and Finland churches will be participating. The current dates will be around June 29, and begin a week before or after depending on Sweden’s finalization. Information will be given as soon as possible. Download Application

Pfeiffer Challenges You to a Healthy Lifestyle

2015 Clergy Health Institute- http://pfeiffer.edu/health

WEEKLY UPDATE- 030615

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? LATEST NEWS Does your church need a website? ‘Discipleship Ministries’ Is Agency’s New Identity In the News: King Street Church, Boone Bishop and Cabinet Begin the 2015 Appointment Process Book Review: Reading Scripture With …

Does your church need a website?

Whether your church is just starting an online ministry or you’re looking for a fresh design, United Methodist Communications is here to help. Through our web hosting services we offer: Affordable & reliable websites. Easy to use platforms. Top notch customer experience. Featuring: The Power of WordPress UMC Branded Designs …

‘Discipleship Ministries’ Is Agency’s New Identity

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Discipleship Ministries has officially become the new name of the general agency of The United Methodist Church known for years as The General Board of Discipleship, or GBOD. The name change, which includes new addresses for the website and agency personnel emails, was announced by Dr. Timothy L. …

In the News: King Street Church, Boone

[This article appeared in the Watauga Democrat on March 2, 2015; Sherrie Norris Reporter/Daniel Barlow Photographer] King Street Church — meeting people where they are A casual Sunday evening gathering on King Street in Autumn 2013 — with about five people in attendance who had drifted away from traditional church …

Bishop and Cabinet Begin the 2015 Appointment Process

From Bishop Goodpaster  The process of appointing clergy to our churches is one of the most important responsibilities assigned to the Bishop and the Cabinet, and one of the most visible and distinctive features of the connectional nature of our church. Bishop Goodpaster and the Cabinet met last week (February …

Book Review: Reading Scripture With the Saints

By Drew McIntyre To read the Bible alone, either personally or chronologically, is to tempt heterodoxy and stunt our growth as disciples of Jesus.  C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory, comments, “A [person] who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors …

Camp GuilRock Schedules 2nd Annual Cardboard Regatta

The Second Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta is being held May 2. Registration to build a boat to be in the regatta ends March 15. Be sure to get your forms in to the camp so we can get you the supplies you need and have you on our list. The …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 022715

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything?   LATEST NEWS FaithWalk UMC is Spotlighted by Rethink Church One Great Hour of Sharing is March 15th The Journey Within – Centering Prayer SAVE THE DATE! Convocation on the Rural Church Dr. Colleen …

FaithWalk UMC is Spotlighted by Rethink Church

Local Church Spotlight: “Being the church during the busiest season of the year” By the Rev. Ashleigh Joyner We all know that it is not Advent, so why am I writing an article about Christmas when Easter is almost here?  Rethink Church gets questions about how churches really rethink church, …

One Great Hour of Sharing is March 15th

When disaster strikes around the globe—Haiti’s 2010 earthquake or Hurricane Sandy of 2012—so many watching the drama unfold on our living room televisions feel entirely helpless. How could any one person make a difference in the wake of such widespread devastation? As responders around the globe scramble to help survivors, …

The Journey Within – Centering Prayer

By Pratt Davis This summer I have been sitting on my sunporch most mornings for a time of meditation.  One morning as I settle into my chair, I look at the scene from the windows in front of me.  I can see a ridge in the distance with a scattering …

SAVE THE DATE! Convocation on the Rural Church

Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes Myrtle Beach, S.C.  August 10-12, 2015 The Convocation on the Rural Church is an annual opportunity for pastors of Duke Endowment-eligible churches from the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church to join with Duke Divinity School and …

Dr. Colleen Perry Keith to become Pfeiffer University’s Next President

Misenheimer, N.C.—Dr. Colleen Perry Keith has been named the tenth president of Pfeiffer University. The announcement was made earlier today by Pfeiffer’s board of trustees. Dr. Keith, who has served since 2009 as president of Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC), Spartanburg, S.C., will begin her term at Pfeiffer on July 1. …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 022015

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? Annual Conference Website- All of the latest news concerning Annual Conference is posted on this site: AC2015.org NEW- Petitions for Annual Conference 2015 LATEST NEWS Rethink Church Offers Lent/Easter Resources SEJ Conference Lay Leaders Call …

Rethink Church Offers Lent/Easter Resources

Rethink Church is offering a Lent/Easter video customized for local churches for free (in digital format). (See below) You can order this by contacting mediaservices@umcom.org. They also have complementary pieces like a sermon starter, worship graphics, bulletin cover, and more, all available for download on our e-store here. In addition, …

SEJ Conference Lay Leaders Call for Stories of Churches Working with Children in Poverty

Please help us spread the good news about projects and activities in our churches which are providing ministry for children who are in difficult situations.  The bishops and conference lay leaders in the Southeastern Jurisdiction would like to gather stories from the existing work of our churches and conferences where …

Young Clergy Invite You to Lenten Devotions

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, two young clergy in the Western North Carolina Conference, James L. Burroughs III and Juston R. Smith invite you to embark with them on a 40 day time of reflection.  During the season of Lent, Burroughs & Smith will be writing reflections from varying viewpoints on …

Season of Lent Begins February 18th

Many new United Methodists come from other traditions that have never celebrated the liturgical year.  Most folks in our community know little to nothing about the Church and its historical traditions. Here is a collection of resources that will help explain some of this season of 40 days known as …

Online Training for Churches- Energy Management Webinar

Power Up!: A Three Part Energy Management Training Webinar March 18, 26, April 2, 2015, 3:00-4:00pm, ONLINE (Free) A Partnership between GreenFaith and Drew Theological School Participants will learn basic energy management strategies and techniques from skilled, experienced leaders who have decades of experience working with faith communities on these …

Board of Laity Discusses Gathering of the Laity at Quarterly Meeting

The Board of Laity for the Western North Carolina Conference met on Sunday, February 15th at Bethel United Methodist Church in Thomasville, NC. Led by Robert Upchurch, the Conference Lay Leader, lay leaders from the eight districts gathered for worship with the Bethel congregation, shared in a meal, and then …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 021315

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? Annual Conference Website- All of the latest news concerning Annual Conference is posted on this site: AC2015.org Latest News Communication Tools and Tips Lake Junaluska summer youth events “Prepare the Way” Applications Open for …

Communication Tools and Tips

United Methodist Communications offers a periodic newsletter as a collection of resources for local churches and church leaders. MyCom is “Your Source for Communication Tips and Tools.“ Below is a list of the main articles in the latest issue: Take an annual church health checkup 3 inexpensive solutions for getting …

Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events “Prepare the Way”

Nestled in the mountains of North Carolina, Lake Junaluska is the perfect summer youth retreat for 6th through 12th graders. Each week will feature a morning and evening session that will reflect this year’s theme, “Prepare the Way,” (Isaiah 40:3.) Lake Junaluska Youth Events are led by a team of …

Applications Open for Harry Denman Awards

For more than thirty years, The Foundation for Evangelism has been privileged to work with annual conferences to celebrate outstanding personal evangelism ministry of  United Methodist Clergy, Laity and Youth by sponsoring the prestigious Harry Denman Evangelism Award. Since inception, more than 2,500 individuals* have been honored.  Think of the …

Marriage Encounter in Charlotte, March 13-15

The focus of Marriage Encounter United Methodist is on communication between husband and wife. It is an opportunity to spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life and to concentrate on each other as a couple. It’s not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, …

UMAR Set to Raise $250K to Keep Charlotte Artists with Disabilities in Creative Home

CHARLOTTE, NC (Feb. 9, 2015) – After Mecklenburg County cut $216,000 in funding to the UMAR’s Arts Program this month, the nonprofit is working to find sustainable funding sources to keep 21 artists with disabilities in their creative home in NoDa. “UMAR’s board recognizes that the Arts Program epitomizes UMAR’s …

In the News: The Daybreak Fellowship

              [This article appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times on February 6, 2015.  Dale Neal, writer; Katie Bailey, photographer] What alcoholics can teach the church Ben Floyd makes no secret of a story he’s often shared in church basements. Drinking and drugging at age 12. …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 020615

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? Annual Conference Website- All of the latest news concerning Annual Conference is posted on this site: AC2015.org Latest News 75 Ways to Celebrate UMCOR’s 75th Anniversary Kathy Odell to Become Director of Human Resources …

75 Ways to Celebrate UMCOR’s 75th Anniversary

UMCOR has developed 75 creative ways you can involve your church community in celebrating UMCOR’s 75th anniversary. The 75 suggestions include: holding a mission celebration for UMCOR’s 75th anniversary; sponsoring a 7.5-mile relay with proceeds going to UMCOR; using resources from the Pastor’s Toolkit during a worship service, and organizing …

Kathy Odell to Become Director of Human Resources

Greetings one and all! This message comes to you with information that was shared with the staff of our Conference Memorial Building today at lunch. For at least the last two years our Conference Staff Relations Committee has been moving us and urging us to employ a Director of Human …

IDK Reaches Out to 45 Youth Who Have Felt the Call to Ministry

By Jim Parsons IDK is a day long event for youth (6th-12th Grades) who feel they may be called into some sort of ministry.  This year the Western North Carolina Conference held two events.  One was in the Uwharrie District at Pfeiffer University.  The other was in the Catawba Valley …

Measuring What Matters: A Conversation About Metrics and Mission

Note: Bishop Ken Carter posted this article on Facebook last week, and it had many shares.  It was posted by Leading Ideas a day later, and has gotten its share of traffic through social media. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full article on Leading Ideas. By …

“Saying Yes”: thoughts from an intern at Hayesville UMC

My name is Sarah Beth Tankersley, and I am an intern at Hayesville First United Methodist Church. I have interned at this church for three years now, and my church duties have evolved over the years. Currently I assist with Sunday morning liturgy, k-2 Sunday school, Sunday night youth, and …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 013015

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? Headlines Mission to Ministers is Tuesday, February 3 UMM Men’s Rally is April 24-26 EXPLORE Applications are open for 2015 Latest News 2015 UM Men’s Rally is April 24-26 6 Questions with ‘Chuck Knows …

2015 UM Men’s Rally is April 24-26

The 35th Annual Spiritual Rally of the United Methodist Men has been scheduled for April 24-26, 2015 at Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska, NC. This year’s theme is: “What a Fellowship…Mission, Ministry & Outreach.” Featured speakers for this year’s event include: Rev. Dr. John Boggs, Rev. Dr. Gary Shockley, Rev. Emmanuel …

6 Questions with ‘Chuck Knows Church’ Star

By Polly House Jan. 23, 2014 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) “Chuck Knows Church” began as a six-episode video series to help United Methodists know more about their church, but has since morphed into a 90-plus episode series seen by more than 50,000 people around the world. Now United Methodist Discipleship …

Our Story: Summerfield Churches Praising Together

By Sarah McKinney “A glimpse of heaven!” is how Rev. Olaf van de Klashorst’s described the ecumenical gathering on Sunday, January 25.  Three churches within 4 miles of each other gathered to praise God together! Pastor Olaf serves Mount Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church on Highway 65 in Rockingham County.  Mount …

Duke Youth Academy Taking Applications

The Duke Youth Academy is a year-long program for high school students to experience an intensive encounter with Christian life for one week of residency at Duke University and one year of ongoing engagement and practice. 2015 Youth Academy: Residency: June 14 – June 20 Academy Completion: July 2016 The …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 012315

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? IMPORTANT NEWS DEADLINE EXTENDED: Conference Statistical Reports are due on FRIDAY, JANUARY 23RD  AC 2015 Website (All of this information is not new, but this material is important to share) AC2015.ORG is launched- catch the …

River of Life Trip to Haiti

Rev. “Wayner” Dickert, pastor of Bryson City UMC and the River of Life Ministry in Bryson City, NC, along with Trey and Cricket Barnett traveled to Haiti January 16-26, 2015 to assist with drilling new wells and seeking new locations for wells. This ministry of providing clean water in Haiti …

Changes Ahead for Pension Board Investments

By Heather Hahn Jan. 22, 2015 | UMNS Being good to the planet and its people ultimately will be good for United Methodist workers’ bottom line. That’s the principle behind two changes to the investment policy of the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits. In November, the board’s …

Our Story: The Return of the Family Pew…

I remember going to church as a child and always having “our pew”. We would walk to the same isle and seat every week.  I know many members who would politely ask you to move down if you were in their place.  Many churches even put name plates on the …

In the News: North Davidson Missional Network

Disaster response team heeds calls for need (This article appeared in the TheDispatch.com 1/16/15- Dwight Davis, reporter/Donnie Roberts, photographer) They are experts in their fields and missionaries at heart. That combination transcends their handiwork from simply reshaping structures to helping rebuild lives. The Northern Davidson Missional Network’s Disaster Response Team, …

Intern Reflects on Explore Experience

I was in seventh grade the first time someone told me that I should go into the ministry, but I never considered that it could be an option for my life until the end of my first year of college. The EXPLORE summer internship program gave me the opportunity to …

Explore Opens Applications for 2015

The Office of Ministerial Services is pleased to announce a summer ministry internship for college students.  This 10-week, full time ministry experience is for college students who are exploring a vocation in ministry.  They will be mentored by a United Methodist clergy in local church in Western North Carolina.  The …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 011615

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? AC2015 The website for all things pertaining to the 2015 Annual Conference is launched and the first information for the annual meeting has been posted: Housing Information for AC 2015 [published 01/16/15] Lay Delegates …

MyCom Newsletter- January 2015

MyCom is a regular e-publication of UM Communications. January 15, 2015 Edition See the entire email on-line here In this issue 5 out-of-the-box Easter outreach ideas 5 ways to increase giving in your church The secret to finding and sharing online content that matters Email basics for sending urgent ministry …

A Letter to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bishop Woodie W. White January-February 2015 Dear Martin: I begin this letter mindful of the events that took place in our nation 50 years ago, events that changed the United States. As you and other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference accelerated the challenge to the discriminatory practices prohibiting …

Applications Open for Scandinavian Caravan 2015

Scandinavian Caravan 2015!  If you or any of your college age or young adults 18-30 are interested in participating in a culture exchange between our Northern European brothers and sisters, this summer, please fill out the application and return to: First UMC Lawndale PO BOX 548 Lawndale, NC, 28090 by …

Responsible Outreach Conference Offered by Duke Divinity School

Responsible Outreach: The Church in Mission February 20-21, 2015 Duke Divinity School What does it mean to be a local church doing outreach? What is the church’s theological and ethical responsibility to its community? How can churches be more responsible disciples in their local and global settings? How can churches …

Mother of Bishop Kammerer Passed Away on January 9th

We are saddened to hear the news that the mother of Bishop Charlene Payne Kammerer passed away on January 9, 2015. Bishop Kammerer served the Western North Carolina Conference from 1996- 2004. Below is the obituary for Mrs. Mary Payne: Mary Payne,  90 years of age, passed away on January …

Confirmation Events Filling Up

If you are planning on taking your confirmation class and mentors on retreat next spring, it is time to organize your group and reserve a place for this unique celebration in the life of your confirmands. Here are the dates for the FCF Confirm’15 spring retreats. As you can see, …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 010915

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website.  Did you miss anything? Upcoming Events Always a good idea to peruse the calendar.  There have been a couple of additions since last week (a couple of holidays were posted and The Great Date Night) Mission Engagement Team …

2015 Spear Ministerial Scholarship Fund Process is Open

The process has begun for the 2015 Spear Ministerial Scholarship Fund. Last year’s recipients should be receiving their applications.   Below is a link to the one page application form for new applicants. Applicants can be from the Metro, Uwharrie and Catawba Valley districts. They must be certified candidates for …

Welcome to the New Website!

It is designed to load quick, with easy access to links and resources, and easily viewed on all devices.  It was also designed to be cost efficient and more accessible to more of our conference and district staffs. Take a few minutes to look around the site.  See that most …

Kenya Partners Announces Exciting Opportunities for 2015

Kenya Partners announces these opportunities for Summer 2015: ANNOUNCING: A NEW CROSS CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL MISSION TRIP Kenya Partners, a non-profit focusing on impacting the severely impoverished in Nakuru Kenya since 2006, announces a different type of mission experience July 22 – August 5, 2015, with in-depth educational forums and cross-cultural exposure.  With limited physical …

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Scheduled for January 17

The Western North Carolina Conference 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 17th at Crossroads UMC in Concord. The service will begin at 10 am (doors open at 9:00 am) followed by lunch. The theme for this year’s celebration is: Changing the Atmosphere: Be Not …

Statement Regarding Camp Elk Shoals

For Public Release From the Board of Directors, Camp Elk Shoals, Inc. January 5, 2015  For many years, Camp Elk Shoals has provided a place of faith-directed recreation for persons of all ages, races, and faiths.  However, in the last several years, the Camp has been financially unable to provide …

Bishop Job, Who Helped People Deal with Death, Dead at 86

By Kathy L. Gilbert Jan. 4, 2014 | BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (UMNS) “I have no anxiety about my own death. … I don’t know what that’s going to be like, but I have some idea that it will be good because this life is good,” said retired Bishop Rueben P. Job …

2015 Associate Pastor Memo Released

Bishop Goodpaster and the Cabinet have released a memo which describes the process regarding Associate Pastor consultations for 2015.    Churches where a change in the associate pastor is anticipated and those wishing to be considered as a candidate for an associate position are asked to read this memo carefully.  Questions …

Ski Lake Junaluska Weekends in January and February

Worship, ski, and create lasting friendships at Ski Lake Junaluska! Lake Junaluska offers incredible winter programming, while Cataloochee Ski Area and Wolf Ridge Ski Area provide excellent customer service, thrilling skiing, and convenience for our winter ski retreats. REGISTRATION OPEN! One, two, and three-night packages are available.  Pricing depending on lodging …

WEEKLY UPDATE- 010215

Starting with the first Friday in January 2015, there will be a weekly update published.  Rather than just highlighting the news stories published during the week, WEEKLY UPDATE will include a summary of the major changes to the website and other breaking news. Each week may look a little different, …

Mission Engagement Team Launches New Site

From the first meeting of the Mission Engagement Team, the greatest need identified was communication. There is no doubt that there is a lot happening across the conference as churches explore new ways to build relationships with those in our communities and meet needs in new and creative ways and …

WEEKLY DIGEST- Week of December 14, 2014

The Digest is an easy way to catch up on all of the stories that have been published in the last week. Each story is linked to the original, and there is a short excerpt. You may want to share this digest on your church’s website so that they know …

Pfeiffer and Wesley Theological Seminary Partner for New Doctor of Ministry Program

Washington DC (WTS)  As one of the first Christian entrepreneurial leaders, the Apostle Paul invented the house church, helping spread the Gospel far and wide. His work transformed new Christ followers until they embodied the love of God. Modern-day pastors must be missional and entrepreneurial, just as Paul was. Being …

Top Ten “Leading Ideas” Articles of 2014

What Leading Ideas subjects are trending this year? We have assembled this list to give you another opportunity to glean insight and inspiration from the authors and articles most popular with our 15,000-plus subscribers. Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church Small congregations sometimes assume that any significant community ministry …

2014: United Methodists of Note Remembered

By United Methodist News Service Dec. 16, 2014 | (UMNS) In 2014, United Methodists marked the passing of leaders who made significant contributions in their ministry.They include pioneering leaders of United Methodist Women, a champion of United Methodist Men, an expert on sacraments and a doctor who risked and ultimately lost …

News Service Poll: Ebola Voted Top Story of 2014

By Vicki Brown Dec. 15, 2014 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The worst Ebola outbreak in history — along with The United Methodist Church’s mobilization to ease suffering and fight the spread of the deadly virus — was the biggest story of 2014, according to a United Methodist News Service poll …

What Are You Doing for Kids Home for Winter Break?

By Joe Iovino* December 4, 2014 College students returning for winter break often long to reconnect with old friends, their former youth leaders, and others in the church who were an important part of their faith development. That is not always as easy as it sounds.After years of being active in your …

WEEKLY DIGEST- Week of December 7, 2014

The Digest is an easy way to catch up on all of the stories that have been published in the last week. Each story is linked to the original, and there is a short excerpt. You may want to share this digest on your church’s website so that they know …

More Joy, Less Stress

from Re-Think Church What’s not to love about the holiday season? People are a little more generous, your favorite coffee shop has its seasonal drink ready, and there are more than enough gatherings to fill a social calendar. Festive TV specials are run­ning, and stores have their holiday floor sets …

“Connect” Launches on January 7th

WHAT IS CONNECT? It is a weekly, 30 minute live broadcast on BlogTalkRadio. We will be conversing with United Methodists across the connection. In the beginning, mainly with persons from the Western North Carolina Conference.  But, as we continue the process, we will include persons far and wide. Each show will …

Cokesbury Schedules VBS Showcases

Drew Neill, the Community Resource Consultant for Cokesbury announces the 2015 schedule for VBS Showcases. VBS Showcase 2015 January 10 – 1pm -4pm – Davidson College Presbyterian , DAVIDSON January 24 – 11 -1pm  – St. Andrews UMC, CHARLOTTE February 22 – 3-5pm  First UMC, GASTONIA  Save up to 20%* …

What Makes a Meaningful Gift?

By Susan Passi-Klaus* (article from UMNS) Giving cost-free gifts isn’t always about low budgets or Scrooge-like reputations. Instead, freebies can be about kindness, memories, and creativity.  Thought-full-ness. Gifts of meaning and not money are bestowed out of gratitude for the difference someone has made in your life, or to make …

WEEKLY DIGEST- Week of November 30, 2014

The Digest is an easy way to catch up on all of the stories that have been published in the last week. Each story is linked to the original, and there is a short excerpt. You may want to share this digest on your church’s website so that they know …

UMC #GivingTuesday Shows the Strength of a Denomination United

United Methodists once again responded with extravagant generosity on UMC #GivingTuesday. On December 2, 2014, more than $2.5 million was donated online throughThe Advance to support mission and ministries around the world. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million in gifts to help build excitement …

TV Weatherman Pastor

For two decades, Steve McKay has been telling TV audiences his best guesses about the impending weather, but he’s also a United Methodist pastor who tries to help folks see the future on their spiritual journeys. Both jobs require similar skills it seems. You can watch Steve McKay’s weather forecasts nightly on WLBZ in Bangor, Maine. …

Take the Advent Quiz!

Advent is a special time in the life of the church. It begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.  See how much you know about the traditions and symbols of the season by clicking on the daily questions below. We encourage you to share the link to this page with others. Our goal …

Live Nativity Brings The Christmas Story to Life in Trinity, NC

Are you looking for something fun to do with your family this Christmas Season? Would you like to go back to a more simple time where you can focus on the true meaning of Christmas? Then join with several local churches as they take a journey back in time to …

Making Mobility Possible

By Sandra Brands* Imagine having to crawl across the floor, down the road or through a store. Now, imagine being able to get around with dignity. That’s what’s happened to Roshan Johan, a 30-year-old polio patient who has spent most of her life crawling on the floor like, in her …