Latest News Regarding COVID-19
IEI is committed to engaging and building capacity within our communities. IEI’s Summer School Series will offer a number of online discussions, training, and workshops that will help communities work better together to identify challenges, problem-solve, and connect to resources. This four-part capacity building series will engage participants in virtual learning and sharing on the following topics: Civic Engagement, Storytelling, Adaptive Leadership, and Collective Impact.
Diamond Nurse, the CEO and Chief Social Media Strategist of Diamond M.I.N.E. Group in Charlotte, NC, will be speaking at next Tuesday's Recover. Restore. Retreat. webinar series! She’ll be talking about how to build genuine communities online, strengthening your presence across platforms and will answer any of your social media related questions.
"...in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the world has only become more reliant on technology and an internet connection. Our schooling, our jobs, our health care, and our social lives have all been forced online—and those without access to affordable internet, devices, or the ability to use them are increasingly being left behind. COVID-19 is exposing the digital divide in North Carolina and its consequences for all of us. In response, IEI has partnered with the Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO) at the NC Department of Information Technology to create a new grant program called “Building a New Digital Economy,” or BAND-NC."
"COVID-19, and our responses to it, continue to create new needs in the community. Those new needs mean new opportunities for churches to connect with young people and their families."
We want to hear how COVID-19 is affecting your congregation. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to let us know how the Conference can best support you at this time.
How do we plan ahead for worship in times that are "a-changing?" What is the key to flexibility in planning that will help us to pivot no matter the physical circumstances? Why is the liturgical year more important than ever right now as a framework for our spiritual journeys? How can we offer deeply meaningful and memorable worship when we are distanced, fractured, restricted, and tired? These topics and more as we prepare for planning ahead and planning together for the 2020-2021 liturgical year!
Amidst heightened demand, the United Methodist Communications training team has launched a new set of online courses designed to assist those in leadership tasked with creating and maintaining engaging online worship experiences in a socially distanced world.
Chris Brady, a practicing psychotherapist from Raleigh, NC, will be hosting the Carolina Black Clergy webinar, Recover. Restore. Retreat., on Tuesday, July 28 at 10 AM. He will be speaking on "Coping with COVID in Community: Mind, Body and Soul."
The Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits waiver for church payments of benefits ended June 30. With July, invoicing for Benefit premiums resumed. The only exception is for those churches with Payroll Protection loans that specifically requested delays of the waiver.
Due to the pandemic, many churches are shifting worship outside. In this episode, Luke Edwards talks with Caitlin McAlhany, Pastor of Randall UMC and Porter UMC, about what she has learned about outdoor worship after three years of launching and leading Randall By the River. Listen to Means of Grace at https://www.wnccumc.org/meansofgrace or wherever you get your podcasts.
The Resource Center is reopening on 8/1/20 for shipping only. Visitors are not permitted at this time.
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Carolinas Black clergy are invited to join Juanita Rasmus for a webinar on the topic of self-care Tuesday, July 21, at 10 AM EST. The free webinar will address breathing techniques, establishing support systems, and learning to “be” in the midst of a health pandemic. You won't want to miss this!
“Yes the church doors are closed, BUT God's Church is ACTIVE and on the move. Thank you, Fernando Little and Atrium Heath COVID-19 Mobile Testing Center, for making it possible for COVID testing to occur in “COVID hotspot” zip codes throughout Mecklenburg County. Thanks to all the United Methodist churches, throughout the nation, who are saying yes to partnering with medical organizations and opening up their parking lots and facilities so that COVID-19 mobile testing can occur in all communities - especially blighted communities. Lord, we are in need of a world wide cure; let it be." - Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand, Metro District Vitality Strategist
The Metro District Dinner Church has left the buildings and is now in neighborhoods! If you want to learn more about the Metro District Dinner Church or connect with the Metro District Dinner Church Network, please contact Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand, Metro District Vitality Strategist -email@example.com
During these challenging times, connecting with others takes an effort, and this is especially true for college students who are going to school for the first time into a place that is new and unfamiliar. Now more than ever, it is important for our Wesley Foundation campus ministers and United Methodist college chaplains to know the students who are going to be arriving in the fall so they can reach out and help students connect with others.
The 60-minute webinar will highlight the importance of "eating to live" and not "living to eat" during a pandemic. This information will identify the direct correlation between what we eat and our current health/how we feel. We will also learn that although exercise is only 20% of the equation, it is still a vital part of living a BOD4GOD lifestyle.
The Office of Church Development is excited to announce that we have negotiated a great deal to offer corporate licenses to all WNC Conference churches through Zoom. These licenses have several great features, such as: Hosting up to 300 participants per meeting, unlimited number and length of meetings, cloud recording, polling, chat, dial in numbers for audio by phone, streaming to online services (like Facebook Live), and transcription. The discounted price is a year of Zoom for $120, which is half off the regular price. The Office of Church Development is also offering a $60 matching grant to the first 500 churches that request it (limit one per church). Churches can register for as many licenses as you need, but there is a limit of one matching grant per church.
In the latest episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Director of Missional Engagement and Connectional Ministries Caroline Wood, and guests Rev. Eddie Ingram and Dr. Lori Dickson, explore how stress affects mental, physical, and spiritual health. Rev. Ingram explains the Enneagram types and helps us understand each type’s unique response to stress. Dr. Dickson shares the challenges and joys of serving as a general practitioner in a rural community lacking in mental health resources. Listen at www.wnccumc.org/meansofgrace or wherever you get your podcasts.
The Committee on Relief has secured a additional donation of cloth face masks through FEMA. Masks are available to anyone who requests them while supplies last. Requests will be processed on a weekly basis and mailed out each Tuesday. For additional information contact Ben Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org). Click here to complete a request form.