With the full support of the Reynolds, the Foundation opened a special grant cycle specifically for churches adapting to COVID-19. $100,000 went directly to the Western North Carolina Conference to support various Conference-level ministries. An additional $102,000 in grants were awarded to 178 churches and related ministries to purchase recording and lighting equipment, online meeting software subscriptions, and expand local internet access and capacity.
The Payroll Protection Program has helped many of our churches in the Western North Carolina Conference. We want to continue helping and providing guidance from our various and reputable sources. There is much information floating around so please ensure the sources of where and what your church may obtain.
Hinton Rural Life Center is responding to individual and family needs to retreat, reflect, and renew during this uncertain and stressful time by offering affordable options to getaway, but still be mindful of protecting oneself and others.
One of the Western NC Conference’s Ministry partners, Shelby Systems, has agreed to partner with churches in the conference by providing a comprehensive online giving program that will include text-to-give, custom website form, and mobile app.
The Committee on Relief has secured a donation of cloth face masks through FEMA. These masks are available to staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations and will be available to distribute in the next week(s). Interested churches or organizations should fill out the following request form. COR will review requests and distribute masks. For additional information contact Ben Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Check out the Mission Engagement Blog page for a new blog by Caroline Wood. This month's topic is Mission During Covid-19 - 2020: Back to the Basics.
An extensive resource from Candler School of Theology featuring in-depth guidance and advice from an ecumenical group of theologians, scientists, physicians, pastors, bishops, and practitioners. This guide includes theological foundations, benchmarks, best practices, planning checklist, and practical solutions.
May 28, 2020 The past two days have reminded us of the chaos, hurt, distrust, and anger, that emerges all too frequently in our communities. The news of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis has shocked and awakened us once again to the injustice still present in our world. My thoughts are focused on the family and friends who are grieving and all who are impacted by the traumatic effects of racism and violence. The Church has consistently denounced racial discrimination and violence. As United...
We have curated a list of resources for celebrating Pentecost virtually with your congregation and small groups, or at home with your family!
Our nation will soon pass a grievous point in history: 100,000 Americans will have died from COVID-19. As people of faith, we cannot allow this grim number to go unnoticed. Always and everywhere, it is the duty of religious communities to remember the dead and mourn their passing. We call on religious and political leaders to take a time of prayer, Monday, June 1st at 12 p.m. to acknowledge, lament, and mourn all those we have lost.