Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño at Wake Forest Divinity School
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.


SEJ Disaster Response Academy
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm

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

Register at:

or call Candy Caron (704) 714-2356, ext. 123

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Take Thou Authority- Uwharrie District
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
United Methodist Women Annual Celebration
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm

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 for detailed information and on-line advance registration.  Take advantage of the $15 discount on-line registration; on-site registration will be $25.



Smoky Mountain District Lay Servant Training
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Advanced Lay Servant Training



Topic: Preaching
featuring the book,
Go Preach!
by John P. Gilbert

Blue Ridge District- Advanced Lay Servant Training
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Class: Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

Dates: September 16th and 30th

Location: Black Mountain UMC

Time: 10:00 – 4:00 PM

Class Leader: Mary Cash

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Be Strong 2017
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm
Finch Preaching Mission
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – Oct 3 @ 8:30 pm

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

For more information on Rev. Tewell, visit

Catawba Valley District 2017 Lay Servant Ministry Training
Oct 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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).

  • Preaching

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).


Study Leave for Ministry Professionals
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am – Oct 6 @ 5:00 pm


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.

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