Calendar

Mar
27
Mon
2017
Appointment Week 1
Mar 27 @ 10:00 am – Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm
Apr
1
Sat
2017
Inspiring Conversations on Race
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

The General Commission on Religion and Race invites United Methodists to engage in conversations about race and the challenges that we sometimes encounter. But, what are ways we can begin to engage in a healthy and inspiring dialogue?

The Catawba Valley District invites you to a seminar on “Inspiring Conversations on Race” led by Dr. Ken J. Walden. Dr. Walden, Director of United Methodist Studies and Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Hood Theological Seminary, is the author of “Practical Theology for Church Diversity,” “Challenges Faced by Iraq War Reservists and Their Families,” “A Pastor’s Poetry: Volume One,” and Columnist of “Walden’s Words.”

Saturday, April 1, 2017
First United Methodist Church (Gastonia)
190 East Franklin Street, Gastonia, NC 28052
10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Gathering and Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be served. Registration is $10, which includes lunch.

Please mail the registration form and your check for $10 made payable to “Catawba Valley District” to the CV District Office.

Registration deadline is March 16.

Catawba Valley District Office
166 E Main Ave., Gastonia NC 28052
Office: 704-865-3580 Fax: 704-866-9792

Apr
4
Tue
2017
Community Forum and Conversation with Bishop Leeland
Apr 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

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 SEMINARY
1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, NC 28144
704-636-7611 / www.hoodseminary.edu

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Apr
8
Sat
2017
Blue Ridge District- Lay Servant Ministries Training
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Basic Course

Introduction to Lay Ministry
Basic Course
April 8 and 22 $35 per person
10:00 – 3:30 pm

Leader: Beverly Hill Miller

Living Our United Methodist Beliefs
Exploring the theology of the United Methodist Church
Advance Class
This is one of the required classes toward becoming a Certified Lay Servant.
April 8, 22 $35 per person
10:00 – 3:30 pm

Leader: Bill Blake

Black Mountain United Methodist Church
101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711

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Apr
17
Mon
2017
Appointment Week 2
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm
Apr
22
Sat
2017
Safe Sanctuaries Training
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop Leaders:  Joy Melton and Michelle Foster-Beckerleg

Rev. Joy Melton – author of the “Safe Sanctuaries” series of books and resources published by Discipleship Resources. Rev. Melton is a recognized national leader in the area of development of ministry protection and abuse prevention policies. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, Scarritt College, and Emory University School of Law, she is uniquely qualified to understand both the legal and ecclesial issues involved with cases of abuse within the church.

Rev. Michelle Foster-Beckerleg – co-author with Joy Melton of Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World published by Discipleship Resources. Michelle is a Deacon, currently serving as Minister of Congregational Care and Spiritual Formation at Covenant United Methodist Church in High Point, and as leader of Safe Sanctuaries training in our conference.

The training will include discussion of best practices for preventing abuse with children and youth for ministries both within and beyond the walls of the local church. It will also include best practices for ministry with older adults and vulnerable adults that may not be included in the older adult age range. And, some of our time together will be spent exploring best practices regarding social media, the church and its ministries.

The training is open to all who would like to come and learn. Participants are encouraged to bring a pen or pencil and any questions that they might have.

United Methodists affirm that all children, youth and vulnerable adults have the right to safe sanctuary. The Northern Piedmont District and the Western North Carolina Conference want to assure that all local churches have the information and resources to provide for the safety of all who enter our buildings and participate in our activities.

Every United Methodist Church should have Safe Sanctuaries policies and procedures that are being followed as they are in ministry with children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Churches are asked every year during charge conference season to review and update their policies and procedures, and to take a fresh look how they are actually following and using them. This is very important work as we seek to be a safe sanctuary for everyone.

Here are links to several Safe Sanctuaries resources available through Cokesbury:

Blue Ridge District- Lay Servant Ministries Training
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Basic Course

Introduction to Lay Ministry
Basic Course
April 8 and 22 $35 per person
10:00 – 3:30 pm

Leader: Beverly Hill Miller

Living Our United Methodist Beliefs
Exploring the theology of the United Methodist Church
Advance Class
This is one of the required classes toward becoming a Certified Lay Servant.
April 8, 22 $35 per person
10:00 – 3:30 pm

Leader: Bill Blake

Black Mountain United Methodist Church
101 Church Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711

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Apr
28
Fri
2017
Retreat- Local pastors and members of other denominations
Apr 28 all-day

ROAD TO RENEWAL
WNC LOCAL PASTOR RETREAT
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00-4:00 p.m.
Ridgecrest Retreat Center in Black Mountain
http://ridgecrestconferencecenter.org/
Cost $10.00

Registration Link

Thanks to a generous grant from the Duke Endowment, local pastors and their families are invited to experience a weekend retreat and stay overnight on Friday and/or Saturday night at a signficantly reduced rate. This is optional and available on a first-come basis.  The retreat committee encourages local pastors to use this as an opportunity for rest and renewal.

The cost for Friday night is $50.00 and Saturday night is $60 and breakfast is included for the clergyperson. Bring your spouse and family.  Up to four people can stay in a room and the only additional cost is meals.

The event is mandatory for local pastors in the mentoring program and for all clergy under appointment from another denomination.

For questions, contact Kim Ingram kingram@wnccumc.org or Adri Bullard-Rogers abrogers@wnccumc.org.

Deadline for registration is April 1, 2017

 

Speaker: Rev. Greg Moore, Executive Director of New Faith Communities in the North Carolina Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Moore is the founding pastor of All Saints’ UMC, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Before starting All Saints’, Greg served as the Associate Director for Congregational Development for the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, as an Associate Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and as the pastor of several churches in rural England within the British Methodist Church.

Worship Led by Roots Revival of Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem

 

 

 

 

 

Preacher: Rev. Dr. Winston Worrell, Director, World Methodist Evangelism Institute

 

 

 

 

 

Ignite Us- Middle School Retreat
Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm

Western North Carolina Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM)
Middle School Retreat

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New This Year:  One Camp and a New Name!!

April 28-30th

Camp Walter Johnson in Denton, NC

Speaker:  Andy Lambert

Band: John Lewis Band

Awesome Worship Services and Small Group Time

Putt-Putt, Pedal Cars, Volleyball, Basketball, Climbing Wall, Canoes,

Cost is $125 per person (includes housing, meals, and tshirt!)

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Apr
29
Sat
2017
United Methodist Spiritual Rally
Apr 29 all-day

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 District Superintendent; Rev. Dr. John Boggs; Rev. Dr. James Howell; and Christian Burns, CFP of the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina.

New this year- all clergy who pre-register will be admitted free of charge, an endowment fund benefiting the conference UMM, and awards.

Ministry displays will feature the UM Foundation, Man in the Mirror, Society of St. Andrew and Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry, among others.

For the rally schedule and registration information, see www.wnccumm.org.

Rally Brochure

Rally Registration