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WEEKLY UPDATE 072216

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Ministry Development Services offers workshops this fall New Overtime Ruling Takes Effect on December 1 Help Campus Ministries Connect with Your College Students! LATEST CAREERS Administrative Assistant Director of Christian Education and Programs Musician/Choir Director LATEST EVENTS World Communion Sunday – October Continue reading WEEKLY UPDATE 072216

Ministry Development Services offers workshops this fall

Western North Carolina Clergy and Ministry Professionals of The United Methodist Church receive a 50% discount thanks to funding by the WNC Leadership Development Team. Registration for all workshops is online at www.ministryds.org or by calling 704.554.9222. Spiritual Formation delivered by MDS Counselor Ed Coambs Has God left the room? Discover what to do when your normal spiritual practices leave you Continue reading Ministry Development Services offers workshops this fall

New Overtime Ruling Takes Effect on December 1

On December 1, 2016 the federal annual salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime pay will double, increasing to $47,476 from $23,660. Employees who make less than the threshold must be paid time-and-a-half for any hours worked beyond the 40-hour workweek.  While the overtime rule does not mandate that employers use any specific method for recording work hours, it does Continue reading New Overtime Ruling Takes Effect on December 1

Help Campus Ministries Connect with Your College Students!

PASTORS & CHURCH LEADERS – Help Campus Ministries Connect With Your College Students! If your church as incoming freshmen or students already on one or our campuses, please send their contact information (name, email, mobile phone) to our campus ministers and chaplains so we can reach out to them.  For most of us, unless you send us their information we Continue reading Help Campus Ministries Connect with Your College Students!

WEEKLY UPDATE 071516

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? RECENT NEWS Bishop Goodpaster Celebrated at SEJ 2016 Bishop Paul Leeland assigned to Western North Carolina Conference (July 15 follow-up) Bishop Paul Leeland assigned to the Western North Carolina Conference Southeastern bishops decry ‘nonconformity’ plans Five bishops elected at SEJ 2016 A Pastoral Letter Continue reading WEEKLY UPDATE 071516

Bishop Goodpaster Celebrated at SEJ 2016

On Thursday evening at SEJ 2016,  all of the bishops who retired at this session were recognized. Each bishop was given a tribute by a person from their annual conference. Rev. Amy Coles, assistant to the bishop, gave the tribute for the Western North Carolina Conference. “This evening, we give thanks for passionate and visionary leadership of Bishop Larry Goodpaster, Continue reading Bishop Goodpaster Celebrated at SEJ 2016

Bishop Paul Leeland assigned to Western North Carolina Conference (July 15 follow-up)

On Thursday evening at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, N.C., Bishop Paul Leeland, currently serving in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, has been assigned to the Western North Carolina Conference by the Southeastern Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy. Jennifer Davis, the head of the Western North Carolina delegation, and a member Continue reading Bishop Paul Leeland assigned to Western North Carolina Conference (July 15 follow-up)

Bishop Paul Leeland assigned to the Western North Carolina Conference

Bishop Paul Leeland, currently serving in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, has been assigned to the Western North Carolina Conference by the Southeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy. Bishop Leeland, 67, is originally from North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan, Duke Divinity School, and North Carolina State University. He was elected to the episcopacy in 2008, and was assigned Continue reading Bishop Paul Leeland assigned to the Western North Carolina Conference

Southeastern bishops decry ‘nonconformity’ plans

By Heather Hahn July 13, 2016 | LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) Bishops in the U.S. Southeast denounced as “divisive and disruptive” the public refusal by some conferences to conform with church restrictions related to LGBTQ individuals. “We recognize the pain felt both by those advocating for and those opposing change,” the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops said in a pastoral Continue reading Southeastern bishops decry ‘nonconformity’ plans

Five bishops elected at SEJ 2016

It was a historic day at the Southeastern Jursidictional Conference being held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, N.C. The first African-American clergy woman was elected by the delegates of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in its history.  Rev. Sharma Lewis from the North Georgia Conference was the first African-American clergywoman elected as a bishop of The United Continue reading Five bishops elected at SEJ 2016