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Disaster Response News

Neil Brown Elected Chair of Disaster Response Committee It is my honor to announce that Neil Brown has been elected as the Chairperson of the Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response Committee. Born in the state of Maine, Neil Brown and wife Marie have lived in several states as a result of his career as a manager in the manufactured Continue reading

Texas Floods Wash Away People, Homes

By Sam Hodges MAY 26, 2015 | DALLAS (UMNS) Raging floods in central and south Texas over Memorial Day weekend forced a United Methodist couple onto the roof of their home, where the husband lost his grip and the wife sang hymns until a rescuer arrived.Larry Thomas, 74, was swept away and is among 12 people missing in the floods Continue reading

Baker’s Serving the Congo as Newly Commissioned Missionaries

This article is to introduce two newly commissioned missionaries of the General Board of Global Ministries. Rev. Dr. Jonathan Baker and his wife, Donna Baker will be serving as full-time missionaries in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Jonathan, as Coordinator of the Congo Partnership, will facilitate, organize and oversee ongoing and new projects in DRC. Projects such as feeding programs, Continue reading

Uwharrie District Clergy Go to Elementary School for Renewal Event

By Drew McIntyre On April 23, 2015, dozens of clergy from the Uwharrie District descended upon Isenberg Elementary School in Salisbury, NC.  This time with the elementary students was the high point of the second event of three in the Take Thou Authority series of clergy renewal events in the District. The day began with worship in First UMC Salibsury’s Continue reading

Leadership Development Team Awards Nearly $50,000 in Grants

Charged with re-investing local church apportionment dollars into leadership development in the WNCC, the Leadership Development Team has awarded several innovative providers the funds to offer their programs at an affordable cost to the clergy and ministry professionals of this Conference.   Check out these providers and the opportunities they are presenting: School of the Spirit – a one year school Continue reading


PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Come, Holy Ghost: A Wesleyan perspective on the Spirit The Potter’s Touch Focuses on Spiritual Direction Convocation and Pastors’ School Set for October 12-13 Sam Herring to Receive Eagle Scout Honors at Aldersgate UMC FlameBuilders Accepting Applications for Class 2 LATEST CAREERS Continue reading

Come, Holy Ghost: A Wesleyan perspective on the Spirit

A Feature by Joe Iovino* While most United Methodists can articulate what they believe about Jesus and are reasonably comfortable talking about God, our confidence might waver when talking about the Holy Spirit. Maybe that is because we can relate to Jesus as a human being and understand God through personified imagery like “Heavenly Father.” The symbols we use to talk about the Holy Continue reading

The Potter’s Touch Focuses on Spiritual Direction

The Potter’s Touch Board recently made a transition in the services offered to churches in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain Districts. Potter’s Touch is now a Network of Spiritual Directors. The objective is to encourage and support clergy and laity in the tending of their spiritual lives in order to become more effective as leaders. Clergy and laity are Continue reading

Convocation and Pastors’ School Set for October 12-13

Duke Divinity School announces that the 2015 Convocation and Pastors’ School will be October 12-13, 2015.  This year’s theme is: Body and Belonging: Nurturing Wholeness in Christian Community. Join professor John Swinton, Episcopal priest Claire Wimbush, pastors Debra Richardson-Moore and William Lee and others as we explore the difference Christ’s body makes for the way that we care for our communities Continue reading

Sam Herring to Receive Eagle Scout Honors at Aldersgate UMC

Samuel Herring, a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Shelby, NC will celebrate the highest honor of achievement in the Boy Scouts of America when he receives his Eagle Scout Award on May 31, 2015. Sam has been a member of Pack and Troop 107 (sponsored by Aldersgate UMC) since 2004.  He is a junior at Crest High School Continue reading