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2013 Annual Conference

WEDNESDAY, 06/19/2013, 1:00PM TO SUNDAY, 06/23/2013, 12:00PM

The 2013 Digest 

Click here to view the 2013 Digest.


Join in Annual Conference Sessions and Worship through Live Streaming; Worship Book Available for Download 

The sessions and worship services of the 2013 Western North Carolina Conference will be live streamed from Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. Streaming begins 5-10 minutes prior to the start of each session and service. Click here.


The 2013 Worship Book, which includes all of this year's services, is online for those who wish to follow along. It includes the names and ministry records of the retirees, and the memoirs of deceased clergy and clergy spouses. The two early worship services in Memorial Chapel are in the book, but will not be live streamed. The book is available as two files - the cover prints in color; the inside pages print in black only. 


2013-2014 Appointments are Online
In fulfillment of one of the requirements of ¶ 416 of The Book of Discipline (2012) of The United Methodist Church, I, a bishop of The United Methodist Church, do hereby “make and fix appointments” in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference for the conference year 2013-2014.” - Larry M. Goodpaster, Resident Bishop


*The Appointments will be fixed during the closing worship service, Sunday, June 23, 2013, of the 2013 session of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. Please click here to view the document.
Supplement to the Program and Reports Is Available
The Supplement to the Program and Reports book is now available online. It contains all of the information needed to conduct the business of theannual meeting. In addition, it contains information about Lake Junaluska, the conference program and special events, and other details so that members and guests have a good experience. The Supplement will be distributed at registration to each member, so members (delegates) do not need to bring with them. Please note that some information previously published in Program & Reports has been updated, in addition to the publication of new items[PDFs: Supplement: Cover (color) - Inside Pages (black & white) rev. 6/12/13 - Gordon Conwell Alumni Luncheon added]
2014 Western North Carolina Proposed Budget
These pages are included in the Supplement. [PDF: Proposed Budget, 3 pages]
United Methodist Rural Fellowship/Advocates Banquet: New Time
The UMRF/A Banquet will be held Wednesday, June 19, at 6:15 p.m., at the Foundation for Evangelism at Lake Junaluska. The time has been changed from 5:15 p.m., due to the Executive Clergy Session, from 4-6 p.m. Jackie Gottleib, President and CEO of Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, is the speaker for the event.

The banquet ticket cost is $12/person though June 10. Checks for $12, payable to UMRF, WNCC, must arrive in the mail no later than June 10. Tickets are available from the Rev. Jackie Taylor, or 208 Fairlane Drive NE, Lenoir, NC 28645. Tickets sold on June 11 or later will cost $15. Questions about the banquet? Contact Rev. Taylor.
ZOE Ministry Global Initiative Missions Dinner
The ZOE Missions Dinner will be held Friday, June 21, 5:30-7:15 p.m. in the International Room of Lambuth Inn. ZOE's empowerment program for orphans has a simple foundation: "Helping Children Help Themselves." RSVP to the Rev. Jaylynn Byassee, Director of Mission Pathways, or 704.535.2250 x119, no later than Monday, June 3, at 12 p.m. Seating is limited to 150 people. Attendees will need to include this event on their meal tickets when purchasing them at annual conference, or buy a meal ticket at the front desk of Lambuth Inn upon arrival for dinner. [Flier]
Program & Reports
The Program & Reports booklet of the 2013 Western North Carolina Annual Conference is now available for download only. It is 96 pages and is set up to print on 3-hole punch paper, front and back. All clergy and lay members to the annual conference are encouraged to read it prior to attending, but members need not bring it with them. The Supplement, to be distributed during registration in the Terrace Auditorium at Lake Junalusa, will contain all of the information needed to conduct business. The Supplement will be available online at a later date, but prior to the annual meeting. Please contact the Rev. Kim Ingram, or 704.535.2260, with questions. [2013 Program & Reports - rev. 5/22/13 - Photos for pictorial directory will not be taken this year - it has been rescheduled for 2014; time for UMRF/A banquet on June 19 changed to 6:15 p.m.]
Focus on Fitness
Three events slated for the 2013 Western North Carolina Annual Conference will focus on fitness: The 5K Walk/Run for Imagine No Malaria, Walk Around the Lake with Bishop Goodpaster, and the grand opening of the Lake Junaluska Fitness Center, a collaborative effort of Lake Junaluska, Agapé Senior, and Pfeiffer University:

  • Imagine No Malaria 5K and Fun Run/Walk, Thursday, June 20. Meet in front of Stuart Auditorium. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. The route is 3.2 miles around the lake grounds, with the Fun Run/Walk around the lake trail. Registration is $25 and buys a net in support of Imagine No Malaria. Each participant will receive a t-shirt. Awards will be given for various categories if enough serious runners participate. For the not-so-serious runners, the design team will point the way towards several programs to help them get ready for a 5K in 9 weeks (Couch Potato to 5K). Pre-register at [Flier]

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  • Walk Around the Lake with Bishop Larry Goodpaster, Friday and Saturday, June 21-22. Meet in front of Stuart Auditorium at 6:30 a.m.
  • Grand Opening: Lake Junaluska Fitness Center. The ribbon-cutting will be held Friday, June 21, at 12:30 p.m. The center is located at the Kern Youth Center, and is a partnership of Lake Junaluska, Pfeiffer University, and Agapé Senior. 

Absence from Annual Conference
The Western North Carolina Annual Conference is scheduled for June 19-23, 2013, at Lake Junaluska. The clergy session will be held on Wednesday, June 19, from 3-6 p.m. Opening worship is Thursday, June 20, at 10 a.m. All WNC deacons and elders in full connection, provisional and associate members, and local pastors under appointment are expected to attend. Clergy who cannot participate should request an excused absence. Retired clergy and those on leave of absence will be excused if not present. Please write a letter to Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster and send it to Rev. Kim Ingram, Conference Secretary, at PO Box 18005, Charlotte, NC 28218 or
Program  and Special Events Schedule Released
The program for the annual meeting and special events schedule are now available. If questions, please contact Kim Ingram, Conference Secretary, [Program] [Special Events - rev. 6/12/13 - Gordon Conwell Alumni Luncheon added]
2013 Pre-Conference Briefing Dates Available
Please click here to see the dates for a pre-conference briefing session near you.
Churches Invited to Participate in Worship Services
The Annual Conference Worship Committee invites churches to participate in worship services during annual conference by providing processional attendants for various worship services and baking bread for the opening worship communion service. Please contact  the Rev. Bev Coppley at if you have church members willing to participate as processional attendants. Persons interested in baking bread to be used for communion in the opening worship service should contact Rev. Lynda Ferguson at
Mission Photos Wanted
As part of the Friday night worship service, the Worship Committee is seeking digital images of people encountered by church members during mission experiences, both local and international. Pictures of people, especially close ups of their faces, are welcome. The committee prefers to have only folks who are being ministered to and not necessarily church members/mission team members. Please send digital photos (CD or DVD) to the Rev. Josh Sherfey, 191 Northwood Circle, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or email them to
Child Care Registration
Lake Junaluska Children's Ministry welcomes annual conference participants to register children, ages 6 months through rising 6th graders, to register for child care. The program opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m. The center is closed for lunch, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. and dinner, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The session fees are $20 (8 a.m.-12 p.m.); $20 (1 p.m.-5 p.m.) and $18 (6:30-9:30 p.m.). This year, each family is asked complete a simple registration packet that can be found at and look for “2. Annual Conference Registration” about mid-way down the page.
Mail the forms to:
Lynne Krekelberg
Lake Junaluska Assembly
PO Box 67
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745.
The Children’s Ministry Program will collect 100% of the child care fees this year. Parents are asked to send the fee in with the registration form. If parents register late, they may bring the fee with them and deliver it to the Children’s Building during the first session. Checks, credit cards, and cash are accepted. Checks should be made payable to Lake Junaluska Assembly.
Families who arrive and are not pre-registered may do so at the Children’s Building located at 21 Shackford Hall Road. Please see the attached “What to Bring to Camp” list and the Credit Card Authorization Form. Address questions to Lynne Krekelberg, or 828.454.6681.
Women in Ministry Breakfast
All women clergy, diaconal ministers, and deaconesses are invited to attend the Women in Ministry Breakfast with Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster on Thursday, June 20, at 8 a.m. The meal will be held in the International Room of Lambeth Inn, but those attending will go through the buffet line in the main dining room. [Details]
Annual Conference Display Applications Now Being Received
Applications for display space at the 2013 Western North Carolina Annual Conference are being accepted from conference ministries/agencies, official United Methodist affiliated groups, and others that are related to the conference mission and vision. Displays facilitate the ability of conference members to connect with groups and learn more about resources that are available. Applications are due by April 16. Groups are encouraged to read the display guidelines prior to applying. Notification of space and assignments will be sent via email after May 1. Questions, please contact Skyler Nimmons, Communications Specialist, at or 704.535.2260  [Display Space Application and Guidelines: PDF | Apply Online]
Program and Reports Submissions Due April 1
The deadline to submit reports for the 2013 Western North Carolina Annual Conference Program and Reports book is Monday, April 1. This is the document used by all members of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference meeting held at Lake Junaluska, as well as over 3,000 people throughout the conference. To reference a report from last year, please see the 2012 Journal. Early submissions are welcome. 
The request for reports has been e-mailed to persons responsible for submitting them. The Rev. Kim T. Ingram, Conference Secretary, strongly recommends the use of this tip sheet, to help provide consistent formatting and reduce review time. Of particular note - please do not write in first or second person (I, me, my, our, you, your). Write as a formal document, using only third person (they, the board, the committee). Indicate the name of the person submitting the report on behalf of the committee/agency/etc., and the title, i.e., Full name (no titles), Chairperson. 
Information and Lodging Rates
 Housing registration opens on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 8 a.m. On-site Annual Conference registration starts Wednesday, June 19, at 1 p.m. The clergy session is scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 19, at 3 p.m., and run until dinner. Opening worship for all clergy, lay members, and guests will begin Thursday, June 20, at 10 a.m.

The letter of information and Lake Junaluska's lodging rates for the 2013 Western North Carolina Annual Conference, June 20-23, were recently mailed to clergy and lay members, by the Rev. Kimberly T. Ingram, Conference Secretary, or 704.535.2260, x112. Recipients are asked to carefully read this information.
Please download the letter and lodging relates here: [PDFs: 2013 Annual Conference Letter of Information | Lake Junaluska 2013 Lodging Rates]
The topics include on- and off-campus housing information,  handicapping conditions and other special needs, on-site registration, pictorial directories, how to make arrangements for special events or meetings, and what to do if a member is unable to attend.