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Big News from the WNCC Fishin’ Hole!

As many of you may know, beginning in January every United Methodist Church in our conference will have access to our conference resource center without a subscription fee. This is a dream come true-and an opportunity to make it easier for everyone to remember who we are. We have chosen a new name that more readily reflects our mission: Western …

Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration set for Jan. 14, 2017

The WNCC-Justice & Reconciliation Team, in partnership with the WNC-Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) and the WNCC-Commission on Religion and Race (CORR ) announce that the conference Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is scheduled for January 14, 2017 at St. Luke’s UMC in Hickory, NC, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., with doors opening at 9:00 a.m. This year’s theme …

WEEKLY UPDATE 120216

PAST UPDATES   Here are the major changes for the past two week (because of Thanksgiving Holidays) to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS An open letter from the Justice and Reconciliation Team Fires devastate Gatlinburg in Holston Conference Federal Judge Temporarily Halts Overtime Rule: Here’s how to proceed Leadership Summit fosters broad conversations November progress report from …

An open letter from the Justice and Reconciliation Team

    December 2016 A letter to Christians who are United Methodists in Western North Carolina Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, As Christians we are called on by our Lord to do our duty to our country, obey just laws, pay taxes and vote. Unfortunately, in the process leading up to the elections we were swept up in the …

Fires devastate Gatlinburg in Holston Conference

The Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church is assessing the damage caused by the devastating fires in the Gatlinburg District last night. Meanwhile donations will be much appreciated. Make checks out to The Holston Conference, and on the memo line write: “Holston Wildfire #864″. Send your donations to: The Holston Conference P.O. Box 850 Alcoa, TN 37701-0850 Please do not …

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts Overtime Rule: Here’s how to proceed

We have been keeping you abreast of new overtime rules that were slated to go into effect on December 1st.   As a part of this review, many of you have updated job descriptions and taken a long overdue look at how you classified your employees – as either exempt or non-exempt.   The duties test to determine this classification has not …

Leadership Summit fosters broad conversations

Five major leadership groups of the Western North Carolina Conference met for a Leadership Summit on Saturday, November 19th at First United Methodist Church in Gastonia, NC. The five groups included clergy and lay leaders from all eight districts that represented these major groups within the conference: Board of laity, Connectional Table, Board of Ordained Ministry, the Extended Cabinet, and …

November progress report from the moderators of a Way Forward

The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward met on November 17-18, 2016 to continue planning for the Commission’s work. Our hope and prayer for The United Methodist Church is that we will be united and vital, missional and global. As we began, we discussed a number of practical matters, beginning with visas for our international members. We took …

WEEKLY UPDATE 111816

PAST UPDATES   Here are the major changes for the past week to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Methodist Church in Haiti Plans for the Future of UMVIM Teams  Order of Elders focuses on holiness and pastoral vocation  Phone System Update- November 16, 2016  Connectional Table meets to strategize for new quadrennium  Preparations begin for Minneapolis General …

Methodist Church in Haiti Plans for the Future of UMVIM Teams

Hurricane Mathew caused much devastation in Haiti on October 4th, 2016. UMCOR’s quick response provided emergency supplies and other assistance. See the links for UMCOR articles: UMCOR Quick Response  and Going the Extra Mile Also, given UMVIM’s tremendous history with EMH there have been several requests to send teams to support their partners and friends in the recovery area. However, …