The Latest Edition of E-News - News from the Appointive Cabinet, An Update for UM Churches hosting troops from the Boy Scouts of America, and more

February 23, 2022

E-News - February 23, 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.


Update from the Appointive Cabinet
The Appointive Cabinet meet last week to begin considering clergy whose gifts and grace would match the needs of churches where there will be an opening or maybe a change for the 2022-2023 conference year. They reflected on 102 charges, with a focus on the needs of fruitfulness and diversity in leadership.
Celebrating Black History Month in the WNCC: Mr. Clarence Winchester
Did you know Mr. Clarence Winchester led much of the programmatic ministry of the conference during an important time of transition in the life of the conference from 1973-80? In this short bio, Jim Pyatt, Conference Archivist & Historian, tells the story of Mr. Winchester and the impact he had on the Western North Carolina Conference and greater United Methodist Church.
Despite challenges, stewardship endures in African-American congregations
Participants in Transformational Generosity learned practical ways to encourage faithful giving, such as delivering sermons on stewardship; emphasizing giving throughout the year and not just on special occasions; using Scripture during the offering appeal; and celebrating the gifts and offerings that are received.
Deadline is Tuesday to apply for Reynolds grant funding
Do you have a great idea to engage your community beyond the walls of the church? The United Methodist Foundation is ready to support you.
Tempered Resilience Groups
Tod Bolsinger, author of Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change will present a webinar for WNC on March 15. (Find more on the Bolsinger webinar in the "Upcoming Events" section below.)  Each district will host a connection and reflection group for 8 weeks following the webinar based on the book.  There will also be a group for part-time pastors on Tuesday evening. A discount is available for the book.

Joint United Methodist & Boy Scouts of America Information Resources
A resource providing guidance for what churches sponsoring Boy Scouts of America troops should do right now while awaiting the completion of the bankruptcy hearing.

Join us for an informative session with Rev. Mike Slaughter
Join us for an informative session with Rev. Mike Slaughter! The Catawba Valley District is excited to welcome Rev. Mike Slaughter as he leads a discussion on the Post Pandemic Church.
Loving the Hell Out of Our Neighborhoods
This six-week introduction to trauma-informed ministry, offered by Neighborhood Seminary, led by Dr. Elaine Heath and Jeanine Heath-McGlinn, helps participants understand the nature and some common consequences of trauma, so as to be able to offer an empathetic and compassionate ministry of presence with neighbors and neighborhoods experiencing trauma.
New Year, New Programs, New Faces
Greetings from the team at Partners in Health and Wholeness! We have a very active year planned that we hope will support your congregations as you continue to navigate what reopening looks like and reimagine faith and health ministries for 2022.


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Chaplain, Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community
Acclaimed Preacher & Theologian William Henry Willimon Tuesday, March 1, 2022 9:00 am - 11:30 am, Piner Hall Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community 1240 Arbor Road, Winston Salem, North Carolina   Join Arbor Acres in welcoming Bishop ...
Youth Ministry Network Retreat & Resource Gathering
Get excited for the next Youth Ministry Network Gathering! Take some time out for yourself to renew your body, mind, and spirit. Get to know other youth ministers around the WNCCUMC to share ideas/resources & encourage and support one another.

Clergy Leadership Webinar with Author, Tod Bolsinger
Tuesday, March 15, 12:00 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.


IgniteUS: Youth Retreat
IgniteUS is a youth retreat for 6th-12th graders planned by our Conference Council on Youth Ministry. We will have worship led by the Praise Team of First UMC Newton, and our speaker is the amazing Jennifer Bingham Hampton (Camp Director of Tekoa Foothills). Cost is $140. Register by March 15th!


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