Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the San Francisco Area of the United Methodist Church and official spokesperson for the UMC Council of Bishops on the issue of immigration will speak at Wake Forest University School of Divinity on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.
Bishop Carcaño was selected as this year’s preacher for the School of Divinity’s Mac Bryan Prophetic Preaching Series, which was established in honor and memory of George McLeod “Mac” Bryan, Sr., a professor of religion who taught at the University for thirty-seven years after joining the religion faculty in 1956. He introduced courses on feminism, religion and science, medical ethics, and black and liberation theology. Bryan fought tirelessly for Civil Rights, pursued social reform, and was instrumental in helping to integrate Wake Forest College in the 1960s.
2017 Southeastern Jurisdiction
Disaster Response Academy
Hosted by the
Western North Carolina Conference
Ken Anderson, DRC
SEJ United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
Matt Lacey, Executive Director
Early Bird Cost $75
$100 after August 2d, 2017
or call Candy Caron (704) 714-2356, ext. 123
Theme: Change is Good
Place: Lake Junaluska
Date: September 29-October 1, 2017
Speaker: Shannon Priddy, National UMW President
Music: Rhonda Smith & Carrie Wright
On-line registration is open from June 19th through September 24th. Weekend speaker is Shannon Priddy, National UMW President; Saturday morning Mission Speaker is Deaconess Cameron Kempson. Saturday Afternoon with a PURPOSE includes sessions by Cameron Kempson and Jalen Lawson. Go to www.wnccumw.org for detailed information and on-line advance registration. Take advantage of the $15 discount on-line registration; on-site registration will be $25.
Class: Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
Dates: September 16th and 30th
Location: Black Mountain UMC
Time: 10:00 – 4:00 PM
Class Leader: Mary Cash
Join us October 1 through October 3 as Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville, NC is pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Tom Tewell as our guest speaker for the 2017 Finch Preaching Mission series.
Rev. Tewell is the executive director of Macedonian Ministry where he and his staff help pastors define a healthy church not only in numerical terms, but in deepening discipleship and equipping lay people for service in their local communities. They provide peer-learning groups for clergy that are truly renewing pastors, transforming congregations, and impacting local communities.
During our Finch Preaching Mission series, Rev. Tewell will address what makes a healthy Christian, church, pastor, community, and a healthy person in a series titled, “Vital Signs: Have you had Your Annual Spiritual Yet?”
Rev. Tewell’s first sermon takes place Sunday, October 1 at 11:00 AM. For a full Finch Preaching Mission series schedule, please visit http://mumctville.org/finch-preaching-mission/.
For more information on Rev. Tewell, visit www.macedonianministry.org.
Catawba Valley District
2017 Lay Servant Ministry Training
Sundays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1
3:00 – 5:30 pm
Bradley Memorial UMC
1425 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28052
Attendance will be required all four days in order to complete the 10 hours needed for certification.
Snacks will be provided.
Basic Course offered: (for those who have never attended a Lay Servant class, or for those for whom their last Lay Servant class was completed prior to 2014)
- Basic Lay Servant Class
Text: Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson
Instructor: Pete Ross
Advanced Level Courses offered: (for those who have completed a Lay Servant training class since 2014).
Text: From Your Heart to Theirs by Tony Franks and David Carroll
Instructor: Rev. Teresa Blanton
- Accountable Discipleship
Text: Accountable Discipleship by Steven W. Manskar
Instructors: Jesse Caldwell and Dick Strachan
All textbooks will be provided for you prior to the class with assignments from your instructors.
Please read the attached registration form and the “Lay Servant Ministry at a Glance” handout before completing the Registration Form. Complete the form carefully and mail it along with your check or money order for $25 to the district office (address on the form). No cash will be accepted.
Space is limited, so please rank the advanced classes in the order of your preference. Every attempt will be made to give you your first choice. Please register early! No registrations will be accepted that are postmarked after August 24, 2017.
Questions? Please contact George Eubanks, District Lay Servant Leadership Team Chair, at 704-263-2562 (H) or 704-813-9966 (C).
Find the time to read, reflect, research, or just relax with Study Leave for Ministry Professionals. Over the span of five to seven days, participants can immerse themselves in learning and renewal through self-directed study, worship and prayer on the Duke University campus. This flexible program is designed for Christian institutional leaders, pastors, program staff, and laity, and can cost as little as $150. You select the study topic. We provide all the resources you’ll need to make your week as productive as possible.
While at Duke, you may choose to:
- Audit Divinity School classes
- Meet with Divinity School faculty as appropriate to your topic of study
- Participate in community worship and lectures
Tuition for churches eligible for Duke Endowment grants and certain other individuals is $150 (a $550 discount) and includes:
- Four nights of accommodations (extended stay options available)
- Access to classes, libraries and the campus gym
- A meal allowance
- Campus parking
- Continuing education credit unit opportunities
Unlike traditional continuing education events that offer a specific course of study, Study Leave allows each participant to propose a study topic during registration. Previous participants have studied such topics as church history, Christian tradition, Scripture, worship, ethics and preaching.
Ten sessions of the program will be offered during the 2017-2018 academic year. Group sessions are also available; please contact us for more information.