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  • The India Challenge: No Buckets Required!

    Aug. 21, 2014 You are invited to participate in a different kind of challenge, with no ice buckets or water required! Instead of getting wet and cold, you can stay warm and dry by partnering with orphans in India as they overcome extreme poverty. ZOE, an exciting international mission, recently launched its empowerment program in Chennai, India.

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  • WNCC Women in Ministry Day- Register Now

    Aug. 21, 2014 The WNCC Women in Ministry- Fall Day Together is scheduled for October 8, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Pfeiffer University. Online registration is open.

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  • Centennial of The United Methodist Church in The Congo

    Aug. 21, 2014 The first mission of the United Methodist Church in the Congo was started by Bishop Walter R. Lambuth and Dr. John Wesley Gilbert at Wembo Nyama on February 12, 1914. The centennial celebration of this landmark event is taking place following the conclusion of the Central Congo Annual Conference, which is presently in session at Wembo Nyama.

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  • Update on The Children's Home

    Aug. 19, 2014 The 2014 session of our Western North Carolina Annual Conference authorized Bishop Goodpaster to name a Task Force to generate a pool of names for potential Board members at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem. The action of the Conference was in response to the current reality and challenges facing The Children’s Home.

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  • Bishop's Conversations Scheduled

    Aug. 19, 2014 During the recent session of our Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska, Bishop Goodpaster facilitated a panel discussion about the future of our denomination, and the conversation that has recently surfaced about the possibility of division. During that time it was announced that there would be a series of conversations at various sites across the conference during the coming months, open to interested United Methodists. These 90-minute sessions will utilize a variety of models, but most importantly will be opportunities for us to engage in holy conversations and civil discourse where we may disagree but do so in a spirit of respect and care, and of openness to the Holy Spirit.

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  1. August 2014
    1. 08/24/2014, 4:00pm
      Healthcare Informational Session
    2. 08/27/2014, 9:00am to 1:30pm
      Rethink Pastoral Care
  1. September 2014
    1. 09/03/2014, 10:00am
      Healthcare Informational Session
    2. 09/03/2014, 2:00pm
      Healthcare Informational Session
    3. 09/04/2014, 8:30am
      Healthcare Informational Session
    4. 09/05/2014, 12:00pm to 09/07/2014, 12:00pm
      UMW Annual Meeting
    5. 09/08/2014, 1:00pm
      Healthcare Informational Session
    6. 09/11/2014, 9:30am
      Protecting Your People- Pfeiffer Series
    7. 09/11/2014, 10:00am
      Healthcare Informational Session
    8. 09/13/2014, 8:30am
      Camp Carolwood Body Mind & Spirit 5K 10K & Fun Run


Conference Blog


By Josh Sherfey

The church has always had particular language and rituals attached to the “making” of ministers. There are elders, deacons, deaconesses, and bishops. Stoles are placed around the neck of the candidate showing they are yoked to God and the Kingdom in service. And, there is, at some point, always the laying on of hands to invoke the power and work of the Holy Spirit. I say “at some point” because when I was coming through the candidacy and ordination process back in the late 90’s, the UMC reevaluated its nomenclature and ordering of ordination. Without getting into the semantics and reasoning, back in the “old days” it used to be that you were ordained a Deacon first for a period of three years and then you were ordained an Elder. General Conference in 1998 changed this so that the order of Deacon and Elder were separated and one could not be ordained both. The reason behind this was to reclaim the biblical understanding of Deacon and Elder found in the book of Acts.

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Church Matters

This video was featured during Saturday afternoon at the School of Congregational Development. This was also featured during Annual Conference during the Vision Report on Thursday afternoon. See other videos from Annual Conference on our YouTube Channel.

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