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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 (That is TODAY!) AC 2015 Website (All of this information is not new, but this material is important to share) AC2015.ORG is launched- catch the latest information regarding the 2015 Annual Conference Continue reading

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 has been a special project of the River of Life Continue reading

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 directors voted to exclude certain investments in coal and avoid Continue reading

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 pews to designate who donated the funds for that pew, Continue reading

In the News: North Davidson Missional Network

Disaster response team heeds calls for need (This article appeared in the 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, which operates within the Yadkin Valley United Methodist District, has Continue reading

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 question and discern what a call to ministry really entails. Continue reading

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 project seeks to prepare young people to hear God’s call Continue reading


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 to General Conference Information [published 01/16/15] C2LJ (Cycle to Lake Continue reading

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 updates Church: There’s an app for that Subscribe to MyCom

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 black people from registering and voting in several Southern states, Continue reading