The Latest Edition of E-News - Thank You from Bishop Carter, Soul-Tending Retreats, and more

January 26, 2022

E-News - January 26, 2022
E-News is an email newsletter sent out by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. It contains important news, stories, and events from around our conference. Submit articles for the next e-news. Submit events.


Thank You from Bishop Carter
Bishop Carter shares a message of thanks to our churches, congregations, and clergy for their faithful giving during 2021.
TOMORROW - Introduction to Fresh Expressions with Bishop Carter and Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand
Is your church looking for new ways to connect with its neighbors? Churches across the Western NC Conference are discovering new and creative ways to be the church with their neighbors by starting fresh expressions. Tomorrow, Thursday, January 27, in this one-hour webinar, we'll be joined by Bishop Ken Carter and Rev. Dr. Stephanie Hand to learn about what Fresh Expressions is and why every church should consider starting one.

Winter Leadership Training Webinar Series is THIS WEEK! Find the full schedule to join live sessions and watch replays here.
Four sessions remain in the weeklong 2022 Winter Leadership Training Webinar Series! Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for one of two webinars - "Both/And: To Be Continued - Why Hybrid Worship Should Continue," and "The Work of the Church Trustees." Tomorrow, the series closes with "Will We Ever Be Enough? Celebration as a Source for Strengthening Communities" and "Transformational Generosity: Enhancing Stewardship in Your Church." 

Find links to join the remaining sessions and to watch the recordings of previous sessions at

Regathering the Church: Winter 2022 Update
In this updated webinar on February 2 at 10:30 a.m., Dr. Ernst-Bischoff, Epidemiologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health, will discuss congregational regathering, the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccinations, and what to expect in these first few months of 2022. He will also be available to answer your questions.


WNCC Discount for Amplify Media
The conference has negotiated a partnership with the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) to offer their online platform, Amplify Media, at a deeply discounted rate for all churches/charges in the Western NC Conference! Information available for new and current Amplify subscribers in the full article.

Unrevealed Until Its Season: A Lenten Study with the Metro District
Join us as we journey through the Lenten season together. We will use the book Unrevealed Until Its Season: a lenten journey with hymns written by Dr. James C. Howell, senior pastor at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte. You will purchase your own book and scholarships are available to assist with the cost. The sessions are via Zoom and held on Monday evenings at 7 pm. Invite others to join us! They can participate from anywhere! The study will be offered in English and Spanish!/En inglés y español!

2022 Marriage Retreat at Lake Junaluska
We are created for a lifetime of love and intimacy, but relationships can be hard, even for the happiest couples. Distance, frustration and disconnection can enter through any number of life’s events.

At Lake Junaluska Marriage Enrichment Retreats, you and your partner will enjoy a getaway to a scenic 200-acre lake in the mountains of Western North Carolina, take time to talk about what matters most to you, and draw closer to each other and God.


  • The Smoky Mountain District of Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is seeking candidates for the position of District Administrative Assistant. The purpose of this position is to support the District Superintendent as he/she both resources the mission and ministry of the churches within that district, and will foster a relationship with clergy and
    candidates associated with the district. Read the full job description and find directions for application
  • This season of ministry has been hard on leaders and many are exhausted, discouraged, and in need of time away. The WNCC Leadership Development Team wants to help nurture your own spiritual growth, as you nurture the spiritual walks of others.
  • In the latest episode of the Means of Grace podcast, the Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr. has an important conversation about justice with the Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, immediate past president of the NC NAACP and an ordained minister in the AME Zion Church.

  • Virtual doctor's visits are available for active members and their dependents on the WNCC healthcare plan. Learn more about this benefit and find instructions on how you can book virtual appointments.

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Caring Congregation National Webinar
February 26-27, 2022
The Caring Congregation(TCC) offers guidance on the best Christian practices that empower both pastors and laity working together to support the congregation and community. Join us virtually as Rev. Lampe and the national team provide capable, adaptable, and scalable guidance based on the CCM model of care for churches, pastors and districts to empower laity and organize their care ministries.

Upcoming Events at Starrette Farms

The Welcoming Prayer Using the Labyrinth - Saturday, February 26, 9:30 a.m.
Stations of the Cross - Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.

Discover the transforming power of these prayer walks. All are welcome.

Youth Ministry Network Retreat & Resource Gathering
March 7-9, 2022
Get excited for the next Youth Ministry Network Gathering! We will be getting together to share resources and ideas, and to develop a network of collaboration and encouragement for one another and our ministries with young people. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions:

Clergy Leadership Webinar with Author, Tod Bolsinger
Tuesday, March 15 at 12 p.m.
Join Bishop Carter as he moderates a webinar led by Tod Bolsinger on his book Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. The webinar is open to all clergy in the Western NC and Florida Conferences.

Certificate In Church Treasury
Various dates in March & April
The Conference Office of Treasury Services and the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina will offer a certificate training program for United Methodist volunteer treasurers within our conference. Dr. Mark King and Rev. David Snipes will lead the four-session program on March 5,12, April 23 and 30, from 10 am – 3 pm.

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