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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: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar April 27, 2015—The General Board of Global Ministries Continue reading

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, official observers, reserve delegates and guests to the plenary sessions Continue reading

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 Disaster Response Coordinator for over four years and has attended Continue reading


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 Director Director of Youth Ministry Pianist LATEST EVENTS Updated Events- Continue reading

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 collect these items.  Please encourage your churches to support this Continue reading

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 the journals of John Wesley. Through the powerful medium of Continue reading

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 bigger than not being able to watch funny cat videos Continue reading


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 New Superintendents Deep Blue Kids Curriculum Previews in Smoky Mountain Continue reading

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 Early- $16 deposit per person holds spots – balance due Continue reading

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 5 benefits of project management for the work of the Continue reading