AC 2022 Offering
The 2022 Annual Conference Offering will be evenly divided between two important ministries, the preservation and infrastructural improvements of the historic Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska, and towards grant funding that will be distributed among small, rural, and churches of color in the Western NC Conference that are ready and willing to explore how digital resources can impact their worship, discipleship, hospitality, and leadership
Churches are encouraged to take an offering ahead of Annual Conference for these ministries or make an offering from the church budget. Your gifts will not only secure the sacred space in Stuart Auditorium for generations to come, but will also help to spread the Gospel message throughout our conference, and thanks to the power of the internet, throughout our state, nation, and possibly even world, as well!
Checks can be made payable to “WNCC Treasurer” and mailed to the WNC Conference Center at P. O. Box 2757, Huntersville, NC 28070 or make a donation through the form below. Clergy and Lay delegates may also bring an offering from their church to Annual Conference.
Learn more about the designated recipient ministries below.
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center has developed a phased plan to address critical infrastructure improvements to historic Stuart Auditorium. Since its construction in 1913, Stuart Auditorium has served as a gathering place in the heart of Lake Junaluska and Haywood County. With its unique setting along the lakeshore, the auditorium has housed conferences, worship services, events with notable speakers such as Eleanor Roosevelt, and sold-out concerts by groups such as internationally-acclaimed Balsam Range. It has also served as a key venue for county-wide cultural events such as Folkmoot and the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival. This shovel-ready project is part of a larger Lake Junaluska initiative to restore sacred and historic spaces. Lake Junaluska is seeking funding to address 3 key historic areas on the grounds, one of those areas being infrastructure upgrades in Stuart Auditorium.
Phase 1 of this project in Stuart Auditorium will address the following capital improvements:
1. Refurbishing the stage
2. Restoring, repairing, and refurbishing the outside deck overlooking the lake
3. Addressing critical infrastructure needs such as replacing broken doors, lights, seats, windows
4. Painting and staining interiors as needed
5. Making a plan to relocate the audio/visual equipment from the crow's nest to the floor while addressing site lines
6. Updating bathroom facilities
7. Preserving the historic nature of facility while integrating modern technology
God continues to work through technology in powerful ways to build The Kingdom. Covid has revealed the effectiveness of digital ministry - while also reminding us that not everyone has had equitable access to it. Many churches, whether they be small, rural, or churches of color have not been able to take advantage of the seismic digital culture shift de to lack of access to the resources, equipping, and/or equipment that drive the Both/And digital ministry movement.
As a Conference, we have the gift of connectionalism that enables us to easily share our combined resources with one another. Part of this year's Annual Conference offering will be shared with small, rural, and churches of color in the Western NC Conference that are ready and willing to explore how digital resources can impact their worship, discipleship, hospitality, and leadership so that they can more faithfully engage their communities to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
All offerings for this opportunity will be managed by The Offices of Church Development and Equity and Justice Ministries.
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