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  • Annual Conference offerings already assisting seminary students - By Rev. Laura Alexander Elliott, Ministry Education Funds (MEF) Coordinator WNCC Board of Ordained Ministry Just like education costs in general, tuition expenditures for attending seminary are ever on the increase for those pursuing ordained ministry as their vocation.  Yet this fall, our WNCC certified clergy candidates enrolled in seminaries across the connection, received a little extra funding thanks to …
  • Hood Seminary hosts 1885 Society Dinner on November 3 - Hood Theological Seminary (HTS) invites all alumni to the annual 1885 Society Dinner on Friday, November 3, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in The Aymer Center on the seminary campus at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, NC. This special fund-raising event is sponsored by the HTS National Alumni Association and all alumni and friends are welcome! All proceeds from this event …
  • Global Migration Sunday is December 3rd -   Brothers and Sisters of The United Methodist Church, Grace and peace to you in the compassionate name of our Lord Christ Jesus. I write to you in behalf of our Council of Bishops to invite you to observe Global Migration Sunday on December 3, 2017.  This is the first Sunday of the season of Advent, a time when we remember …
  • Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska - LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — All are invited to Lake Junaluska December 7-10 for Appalachian Christmas, a special festive event including three concerts and a craft show. The Lake Junaluska Singers will return, under the direction of Mary Huff and Associate Director Kathy Geyer McNeil, to perform Handel’s Messiah and a special Christmas concert during Appalachian Christmas. Handel’s Messiah is a …
  • Disaster Response information in Western North Carolina - Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Hudson NC, area in Caldwell County, suffered two tornados at around 6:15PM on Sunday evening. Initial damage assessment which is subject to change is over 100 homes damaged and Mount Hermon UMC lost their steeple and initial damage estimate at the church is over $200,000.00. Mount Hermon UMC property was evacuated due to …
  • Commission on General Conference looks toward 2019 and 2020 - Gallant, Ala.: Meeting at Camp Sumatanga in Gallant, Ala. for their fall meeting, the Commission on General Conference announced the America’s Center Convention Complex will be the venue for the 2019 special session of the General Conference, to be held February 23-26 in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Sara Hotchkiss, General Conference business manager, reported that hospitality for the 2019 event …
  • United Methodist bishops call for a ‘Clean Dream Act’ - WASHINGTON – United Methodist bishops are urging the United States Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act that would allow undocumented young people the opportunity to work, receive an education and serve in the U.S. military. In statement released today, the bishops said they are praying and urging action for the young people affected by the U.S. government’s decision to …
  • Mary Huff announced as Director of the Lake Junaluska Singers - Lake Junaluska, N.C. – Mary Wannamaker Huff has been named the director of the Lake Junaluska Singers, a choral group that has been a part of Lake Junaluska’s history for more than 60 years. Huff, who served as the group’s interim director for the 2017 season, has agreed to lead the Singers for three more seasons. “I am grateful for the …
  • Boomer Spirituality Webinars start today - Boomer Spirituality Webinar Series The Boomer Spirituality Webinars start this evening.  Join Craig Kennet Miller, author of Boomer Spirituality: Seven Values for the Second Half of Life for this in-depth series which will give you a new understanding of this generation.  Each episode will be recorded, so if you can't watch live, you will be able to view it at …
  • Givens Communities announces last phase of Gerber Park - Re-Imagine Senior Living Making it possible for more seniors to afford housing with supportive services Givens Gerber Park is the answer for those 55 and older with modest income to enjoy the next chapter in their life. Located in vibrant south Asheville this community offers residents an engaging, convenient community to thrive amongst friends. This new community is excited to …

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